When I saw the snowflake on the packaging of Warburton's Special Edition Winter Fruit Loaf that they sent through for us to try out, I thought hang on a minute, we're not even into November yet, hold your horses ! Then it started hailing and the roofs (am I the only one who always wants to write rooves even though I know it's wrong ?!) turned white with frost and I thought to myself, eeeeek, I wonder if we'll be trick or treating in the snow this year! So I guess they were actually spot on with their packaging design.
The bread is soft and packed with juicy raisins and other dried fruit, as well as a hint of spice (nutmeg and cinnamon) - in fact, it tastes just like hot cross buns to me - so it can be eaten straight from the pack or toasted and slathered with butter. (But be warned, it toasts quicker than normal bread, so the first few slices that I put under the grill burned !)
We all loved the taste and it makes a nice change to normal toast for breakfast or after-school snacks. I did think the 400g loaf size was very small though. It wouldn't last long in our house so I'd rather see it as a bigger, normal 750g loaf-size. Each slice contains 97 calories, 1.3g of fat and 6.5g of sugar, as well as 1.3g of fibre.
If you want to make something extra special, Warburtons have come up with this rather festive-sounding recipe :
Warburtons Chilled Winter Fruit Loaf Pudding with Cranberries
Nutritional Analysis: 200cal/1g fat per portion
· 2 slices of Warburtons Winter Fruit Loaf
· 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
· 1 cup of fresh cranberry juice
· Brandy (optional)
1. Sprinkle the cranberries in the base of a dariole/ramekin dish
2. Roughly tear the slices of bread and place over the cranberries
3. Mix a little brandy with some cranberry juice and pour over the bread, ensure the bread is fully soaked but not soggy (for a deeper coloured pudding mix cranberry juice with a little blackcurrant juice)
4. Press the bread firmly down into the mould
5. Chill for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator before turning the pudding out onto a serving plate
For that extra Christmas touch, flambé with brandy and serve with brandy butter
The Winter Loaf is a Special Edition, hitting stores in October and only available throughout the winter months, completing the existing Fruit Loaf range, which includes Warburtons Raisin Loaf with Cinnamon and Warburtons Fruit Loaf with Orange.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £1.40 for 400g
for more information : http://www.warburtons.co.uk
Disclosure : We received a Winter Fruit Loaf in order to write an honest review.
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