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Well now, when I spied these gluten free toasts from Kent & Fraser on Twitter the other day, I thought they looked delicious - and was intrigued at what exactly their texture would be like.
I've never had a 'toast' before, so wasn't sure if they would be thick or thin, chewy or crunchy, sweet or savoury. Kent & Fraser were one of the first gluten free brands I ever reviewed (See my savoury and sweet reviews for a proper #throwback moment!) so I already knew their products were pretty impressive.
These toasts come in three flavours:
- Cherry, pecan and poppy seed
- Cranberry and almond
- Olive, walnut and pimento
Described as a 'premium' product, they come in gorgeous packaging which make them look perfect for an evening with friends, good cheeses, and a bottle of red!
The toasts are the newest in the Kent & Fraser range, are all handmade and were shortlisted in this year's Free From Food Awards. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw the packaging, but was excited to break into them!
The first flavour I tucked into was the cherry, pecan and poppy seed toast. The only way I can describe the texture is literally really crunchy toast - they are crunchy from being twice-baked, but the fruit in them adds a whole different chewy texture, great combined with the extra bite from the nuts and seeds.
This flavour was delicious. It is recommended to enjoy with a creamy, soft cheese like brie - and I did just that! I also had brie with the second flavour, cranberry and almond. Personally this was my favourite - the bursts of sweetness from the cranberries was just divine! I also tried some stilton with these two flavours which worked really well.
While those two flavours have a sweet twist, the last flavour, olive, walnut and pimento is a much more savoury affair. The taste was delicious - not too overpowering - but it made me feel all summery with its Mediterranean vibes. This flavour is recommended to try with a hard, Italian style cheese such as pecorino or parmesan. I think it would also be gorgeous with houmous!
While cheese seems the obvious pairing, these can easily be devoured on their own - and I may have scoffed half of each pack before I got round to taking any photos!
These toasts are all gluten free, wheat free and GMO free. I think it's really great to have some more savoury snacks which are gluten free and something a bit different. These would be perfect for dinner parties - I am definitely going to have to make sure we have these in the house when Christmas comes around!
*With thanks to Kent & Fraser for sending me these products to review.