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19Aug

This week we tried the new Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets and we were very impressed. Thank you for sending us a free sample :)

Look, toast and taste just like 'real' crumpets! Newburn Bakehouse #GF crumpets

Look, toast and taste just like ‘real’ crumpets! Newburn Bakehouse #GF crumpets

So what’s in them? The ingredients…

These delicious crumpets are not only gluten free but also dairy free. Those with a cow’s milk allergy will know what I mean here – many normal wheat containing crumpets still contain dairy so it’s been a long long time since I ate anything like a ‘normal’ crumpet. My dairy allergy started much earlier than my problems with wheat so this is good news for both coaliacs and those avoiding milk and dairy for whatever reason.

Here are the ingredients: Water, Rice Flour, Maize Starch, Potato Starch, Raising Agents: Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid; Whole Egg Powder, Egg White Powder, Salt, Preservative: Calcium Propionate (added to inhibit mould growth); Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum; Natural Flavouring.

Be aware these do contain egg so are not suitable for anyone with an egg allergy

Something in all freefrom baked gluten free food exacerbates my eczema and can cause a flare of nodular prurigo and I suspect it’s either the Calcium Propionate or the Xanthan gum. These two ingredients are not going to go away any time soon and I wasn’t too itchy so I would eat these as a treat. Crumpets are a treat food anyway so what’s not to like?

Are they healthy?

I try to eat a processed food free diet most of the time so that means lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. But everyone needs treats sometimes. And treats are not meant to be healthy… right? It’s why when I bake a cake or flapjacks I end up eating the whole lot! Don’t know why I get a tin out to store them in really. It’s hardly work it… ha ha.

I am also pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of this product. There isn’t a huge long list of unidentifiable ingredients and it’s not high in salt or sugar either and at just 144 calories a crumpet I’m sold!

Firstly, ‘normal’ wheat and gluten containing crumpets nutritional information

Nutritional Info for Warburtons normal wheat containing crumpets

Nutritional Info for Warburtons normal wheat containing crumpets

Looking at these normal crumpets you can see that the fat and sugar content is marginally lower. Just 98 calories per crumpet.

So whilst there is a slight increase in fat and sugar both the normal and gluten free crumpets have similar nutritional profiles. The gluten free was just slightly higher on all the warning measures, including salt but this is probably to be expected when you’re baking without gluten. When you’re looking at a baked product like a crumpet you’re not looking for zero calories you’re looking for that crumpet heaven. The gluten free variety were still only 121 calories per crumpet which isn’t bad for a tasty treat snack.

Gluten free baked goods have had a bad reputation in the past for being high in fat, salt and calories and sometimes 4-5 times the fat content but things are obviously improving.

Nutritional Info for Newburn Bakehouse gluten free crumpets

Nutritional Info for Newburn Bakehouse gluten free crumpets

How did they taste?

They were so tasty and really, they were just like how I remember crumpets should be. A bit of a crust but soft and fluffy inside and it’s even got those holes. Memories of Saturday afternoon walks with my family and tea in front of the telly, a large board resting on two chairs and hot buttery crumpets while we watch Dukes of Hazard. Ahhhhh crumpets…

We will definitely be buying these when we can find them in the shops but oh how I mourn butter.

Even ‘husband who can eat everything’ enjoyed them. Just as well as I am not good at sharing. He had this with butter (the swine) and marmite (yuk!) and I settled for just Flora Dairy Free spread on the first one and then this morning, the ultimate crumpet taste sensation…

Soft boiled egg with dippy crumpet soldiers! The soldiers were rendered unfit for battle once soaked in egg, they did go a bit soggy, but the whole combination was just so tasty. I was licking my fingers and the plate to hoover up every last crumb.

Top marks to Newburn Bakehouse. These are amazing!

  

Ruth

An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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