I was pleased to learn that the Newburn Bakehouse are expanding their range by adding seeded wraps and baguettes (in addition to their white wraps and baguettes that launched earlier this year). They were kind enough to send me some samples to try, and I was interested to know how they compare to the non-seeded variety.
The Seeded Baguette
First up, the baguettes. Like the white baguette this held together very nicely and was soft enough to eat without toasting (I imagine it’s delicious toasted though!). There wasn’t much of a crusty crust on it, but a few minutes in the oven would sort that out.
At 212 calories it’s not bad for a baguette, and depending on the filling would make a reasonably healthy lunch. The salt content per baguette is 0.79g, around 13% of an adults guideline daily amount, but they also contain 3.5g fibre (around 15% adult’s GDA). For comparison the white baguette contains 2.5g fibre. The baguettes do unfortunately contain egg, which sucks for vegans and the egg-allergic.
I filled mine with tuna, mashed avocado and a little low fat mayonnaise and sprinkled feta cheese on top. Mmmm…
It was certainly very tasty!
Overall I would say that both the white and seeded baguettes are a very respectable lunch option – they can be filled and wrapped up in cling film and they do not crumble or fall apart. The seeds do add a more interesting flavour, and even though I don’t eat a lot of bread, these would be very useful to take while travelling, as you can make up a decent sized meal, and I can actually see myself buying these over any other supermarket options.
The Seeded Wrap
I reviewed the white wraps when they first came out and was impressed with their flexibility and softness. The seeded wraps stay true to their paler sibling, but with a more interesting flavour.
The only downside to the wraps is that each one contains 225 calories and 0.94g salt. It does have a good amount of fibre (4.9g – 20% adults GDA), but I wonder why they needed that much salt. They also contain milk, and are made in a factory that handles egg.
I really liked the wraps and they have a good flavour, although I’m not really a wrap person. They are quite expensive though and I feel like the baguettes are better value for money – they just give the impression of there being more to them.
Completely personal and subjective verdict: I’d go for the baguettes over the wraps any day.
Are the wraps great for people who like wraps? Definitely.
Adding seeded varieties to existing products is by no means a game changer but Newburn Bakehouse are trying to give us what we want – choice. After my many samples at the Allergy Show, the range of gluten-free products has never been better. I think they key thing is that we need to find a way to get supermarkets to a) expand their measly FreeFrom aisles and b) actually keep the items they sell in stock.
I was in Tesco the other day (not for me, for a friend, I still try not to use them) and I had a poke around the FreeFrom aisle. Every single bread product was missing APART from Tesco’s own brand stuff. Don’t they get the message? Times have changed, and we are no longer content to put up with nasty gluten-free products when there are so many delicious varieties available.