Review of Jackson’s Champions Seeded Bloomer Bread

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you follow a dairy free diet. I have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed dairy free. I recently discovered that Jackson’s Champion’s Seeded Bloomer Bread is dairy free from a fellow allergy sufferer on Twitter. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf. However the fact that it had been recommended and the fact that you got seeds thrown in made this the perfect bread for me to try.

I liked the simple clear packaging with allowing you to see the bread with its scattering of seeds inside. Sometimes simple is best I just wanted to dive in and give it a try.

Onto the ingredients list the only allergens highlighted is wheat. There is no may contain warning. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet.

On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with white bread. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The slices of bread themselves were of a good size and had a good quantity of a scattering of seeds. The bread was bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread which can often happen with processed bread. The seeds to the top of the bread remained in place, I was worried that they might fall of. The bread itself remained fresh over a couple of days and didn’t start to dry out. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures the light airy texture from the main part of the loaf intermingled a slight crunch from the seeds. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture even when left in a fridge for a couple of hours. It also toasted well with the seed topping texture remaining the same.

So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegetarian diet? Yes I would. I was really impressed by its combination of light bouncy texture and the slight crunchiness from the seeds complimented each other perfectly. This makes it stand out from your average loaf of bread. So thank you Jackson’s for producing bread that I can enjoy.

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Review of Hovis Seeds Sensations Bread

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you follow a dairy free diet. I have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed milk free. I recently discovered that Hovis seed sensations large loaf of bread is dairy free. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf and the fact that you got seed thrown in made this the perfect bread for me to try.
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I liked the simple packaging with the purple theme to the bottom and the clear see through element to the top allowing you to see the bread with its scattering of seeds to the top inside. Onto the ingredients list the allergens highlighted were wheat and soya and barley. There is no may contain warning. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with granary bread. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The slices of bread themselves were of a good size and had a good quantity of a scattering of seeds. The bread was slightly bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread which can often happen with processed bread. The seeds to the top of the bread remained in place, I was worried that they might fall of. The bread itself remained fresh over a couple of days and didn’t start to dry out. I had the bread as part of a sandwich for my lunch and as toast with some Pure dairy free sunflower spread. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures, an initial crunch from the seeds followed by the light airy texture of the main part of the loaf. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture even when left in a fridge for a couple of hours. It also toasted well with the seed toppings texture remaining the same.
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So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet? Yes I would. I was impressed by its combination of textures. I really liked the initial crunch from the seed topped crusts. This makes it stand out from your average loaf of bread. So thank you Hovis for making bread that I can enjoy.

Review of Morrisons Bake At Home Baguettes

I recently popped into Morrisons and found a pile of their own brand part baked baguettes at the end of an aisle. I hadn’t decided on lunch so I thought it would make a nice treat. As other value baguettes I have tried have been dairy free I checked the ingredients list being optimistic. I was in luck it was indeed dairy free. The only allergen listed was wheat with a warning about containing gluten. So that was my lunch sorted.
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I popped them into the oven and cooked them as instructed. They produced a lovely aroma in the kitchen which is always a bonus. When the baguettes came out of the oven they had a fairly crusty texture on top and were a light to medium cream / brown colour. I decided to have them straight out of the oven with just a dairy free spread so that this could slightly melt.
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The baguettes were easy to cut into they had a nice crunchy texture which became light and fluffy inside. On biting into the baguettes the same textures were apparent. The flavour of these baguettes were also spot on. Just as I think part a baked baguette should be. In fact I would have to say these baguettes were on par with the Tesco’s value baguettes, which I really enjoyed. Again it just proves that you don’t have to pay a lot of money to enjoy a nice baguette. So if you follow a dairy and or lactose free diet like me why not give these baguettes a try. So thank you Morrisons for producing a nice good value for money baguette that I will definitely be buying these again.

My latest vegan bread find

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you are dairy free like me. I have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed milk free. I have recently discovered that the co-op clearly label their bread as suitable for vegans on the front of their packaging. This is very user-friendly and meant that I could easily see what bread is suitable for me and check the label for any may contain warnings as I personally avoid these. On my last visit to the co-op their own brand white farmhouse caught my attention because of the vegan label. I personally prefer to eat multi-seeded bread but my other half likes it so I got it as a treat.
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I liked the simple packaging that the loaf came in. The clear labelling which I have already mentioned but the fact you can easily see the bread inside with a dusting of flour to the top. On checking the ingredients list the allergens highlighted were wheat and soya. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet.
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On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with processed white bread. This was intermingled with the aroma coming from the dusting of flour. The slices of bread themselves were of a good size. They were slightly bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread which can often happen with white processed bread. I had the bread as part of a sandwich for my lunch and as toast with some Pure dairy free sunflower spread. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture even when left in a fridge for a couple of hours. It also toasted well with the flour topping remaining the same.
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So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet, yes I would. I was impressed by its texture and that it kept this even when I gave it a gentle prod and even when it was left for a few hours in the fridge as part of a sandwich. I am personally not a lover of white processed bread but I would definitely have this again as a treat if I am feeling kind to my other half. So thank you co-op for making bread that I can enjoy.

Review of co-op white toastie bread

Now I am a girl who likes to eat healthy multi seeded loaves of bread. I tend to steer clear of white processed bread however, my other half really likes it. We had run out of our usual bread and so I stopped in at my local co-op. Popping in for a quick loaf of bread is never easy being dairy free as so many breads contain milk. As I was in a hurry I picked up the first loaf I saw and knew that my other half would be surprised by this possible purchase. Not only was the loaf suitable for dairy free me but also for vegans. So I made a quick dash to the till and purchased it.
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The packaging is light brown in colour with several patterned leafs filling up this space. The wording to the front is simple, thick white toastie. To the back is the ingredients list highlights soya and wheat as the only allergens. There is also a separate V to the side of the packaging indicating that it is also suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packet a familiar smell of what I would describe as white processed bread was noted. I can’t really put this into descriptive words though, sorry. The slices of bread looked fresh there was no dryness which I’ve noted with other loaves. I did my stoggyness test which basically involves me pressing the slice of bread gently with a finger. Sometimes this can result in the bread clumping together in a doughy mess. This did not happen, it bounced back as if I had never touched it. This was a good sign for me as I personally hate it when your sandwiches start going into this doughy mess before you can enjoy them. Especially if like me you make your sandwiches in advance for packed lunches. So far I was impressed by this bread, but what did it taste like ?
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On biting into the bread it had a pretty neutral white bread processed taste to it. This is not a criticism it was what I expected. The bread did not congeal in my mouth from going soggy or stick to the roof of my mouth. This was also a pleasant surprise. It made a nice sandwich for someone like me who is not a fan of processed white bread. I also tried it as toast. It toasted well and was nice and crunch on the outside and slightly light to the inside.
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I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this bread it was one of the nicest white processed loaves of bread that I have had. My other half really enjoyed it and soon finished it of. I’m not sure if that is also because it is not normally allowed in the weekly shop. So thank you co-op for producing a nice white loaf that both dairy free me and vegans can enjoy.

Review of The Toby Carvery Breakfast and Being Dairy Free

We decided on a last minute trip to a local Toby Carvery for breakfast. Now, I have to confess to have never even been in a Toby before. I had heard good things on social media mainly via Twitter about the Toby Carvery catering well for dairy free diet and having a good knowledge of food allergies. You pay at the till in advance for your food and drink. In explaining my dietary requirements the manager clearly explained what food I could safely have and what to avoid. He was very helpful and knowledgable and I felt reassured about my breakfast to come. In addition to my breakfast I requested earl grey tea and was given 2 teabags and I was explained that I could help myself to the hot water.

The breakfast is already pre prepared and ready to eat under hot plates. There was a good selection of food to choose from. I opted for sausages, bacon, fried eggs, mushrooms and baked beans. I could of also had bread to put in one of those slow toasters but decided not to have this. The good thing about the Toby is that you can go up as many times as you wish. I only had one plate, but this was very big for me.
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So what did I think. Well, you certainly get a lot for you money. The bacon was nice, slightly crispy and not greasy. The eggs were a bit hit and miss, one was hard but the other one was nice a runny just how I like it, and again not to greasy. The sausages were cooked well and again not greasy, they tasted better than I expected for what I had paid. Finally the mushrooms it was great to be able to have these as often it’s not possible. These were well cooked, but a little greasy. Finally, the baked beans these were also nicer than I expected and complimented the rest of my breakfast.
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I must not forget the tea. This was a nice accompaniment to my breakfast. There was a faint hint of bergamot, it wasn’t the best but it was good and hit the spot nicely.

So would I visit Toby Carvery again for breakfast again, yes definitely. It’s a great value breakfast to keep you going for the day. The staff were helpful and knowledgable about food allergies. So if you are dairy free why not give Toby’s breakfast a try as an occasional naughty treat.

Review of Burgen Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free Sunflower & Chia Seed Bread

It’s guest post time courtsey of my mum…. I came across Burgen gluten free bread in Sainsburys, which I had not seen previously. I have seen the normal Burgen bread and was aware that it has been suggested beneficial for ladies of a certain age going through the menopause.
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There are two varieties of gluten free Burgen bread – the Sunflower and Chia that I tried – and Soya and Linseed, although I haven’t seen this in the shops yet. Firstly I tried the bread “fresh” as a tuna sandwich. It was quite nice, not too doughy and fairly soft. Also whilst there are seeds these were easy to eat, just enough crunch and tasty. However it was delicious toasted with a little lime marmalade. I look forward to trying the Soya and Linseed loaf.
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Burgen states that the bread is healthy without artificial preservatives or flavours and suitable for vegetarians.
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As you would expect, the bread is made in a dedicated GF and wheat free bakery and is certified by Coeliac UK. Also dairy free.