Nothing is more enticing than the smell of fresh bread.
It’s been tempting us since the Stone Age and, some 5,000 years on, it’s still our daily staple with an important part to play in a healthy, balanced diet.
A medium slice of bread contains just 94 calories, not to mention fibre, protein, vitamins and iron.
We put our loaves together and put the humble white to the test.
Here’s our verdict...
Ozmen Turkish Supermarket, London Road, 99p (BEST VALUE)
This was the smallest white loaf in the shop - and it dwarfed our other samples. Great value at 99p. A good, soft but firm texture to the crumb, but the crust wasn’t crunchy. A pleasant, slightly sweet taste.
Morrisons, 75p or £1 for two
This small uncut loaf, baked on supermarket premises, held its shape well as it was cut. The crust was soft to crisp, the dough springy. At two for £1, you can’t go wrong.
Slightly larger than the Morrisons loaf and again baked on supermarket premises, this uncut white had good flavour but was badly let down by its texture. The dough was so heavy the loaf squashed during cutting. Possibly under-baked.
We had high hopes for the white loaf from independent Sheffield bakery chain Roses. But we were disappointed. So light and full of air, it had no oomph to it. Reminded us of slimmers’ bread Nimble.
Turner’s the Bakers, Castle Market, 85p or two for £1.50 (OVERALL WINNER)
A small but upper-crust loaf - a slice of perfection. Crisp, flavoursome crust with a soft but not sticky inside, it tasted like traditionally-made bread from a bakery shop used to do.