“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Desserts „
I've been off work ill this week and so on Saturday night really wanted something warming and comforting for my dessert on Saturday night. My boyfriend and I were browsing the frozen desserts section at Tesco and when he admitted to me that he had never had strudel and custard before, I knew I had to make him try this! This is a frozen strudel which you put straight into the oven from frozen which I think is good as I have never been any good at waiting for something to defrost in the fridge - the number of times I have eaten a half frozen chocolate cake...... The strudel is cleverly made with a section in the middle that means you can snap it in half when it is frozen so you can cook half now and put the other half back in the freezer for another day. I really like this design as normally you have to cook the whole thing in one go, which for 2 people (even my eating machine of a boyfriend) is just too much. The strudel bakes from frozen at 200 in the oven in 40 minutes. After 40 minutes the whole house smells wonderful!! I love this strudel. The pastry was sweet and flakey and golden and the apple and berry fruit was sweet and succulent. This really was very very tasty and my boyfriend was quite upset that I had only cooked half of it! The only downside I found was that I put it on tin foil on a baking tray and when I took it out of the oven it had stuck a bit and I lost a few layers of the base of the pastry. Next time I will put it on something non stick! I am not marking it down for that though as it was my fault! It cost £1.60 and as you can snap it in half, it can last for 2 nights which is great. As this is a Tesco own brand, of course it is only available from Tesco stores or Tesco online.
Before my boyfriend headed home this morning (we have a long distance relationship for now!) I decided to pull out all of the stops and make us a nice meal. For years (we've dated on and off for many!) he has been the most fussy eater I have ever met however since we got back together a few months ago, and me having an eating disorder he has really changed his food habits and tries and rather appreciates most things edible wise now! So I made a curry with nan bread and a load of bits and pieces for us and for my flatmate (lexicrazy on here lol) and for dessert I bought this earlier on with him in tow in Tesco along with some cream for afters as I usually love strudels! The Packaging: The strudel comes in a dark purple oblong box to which the front and back of it in appearance are the same and on those sides we are told that it is Tesco Woodland Fruit Strudel 'Chunks of delicious apples and juicy berries wrapped in a light puff pastry and sprinkled with sugar' and that it contains no artificial preservatives. flavours or colours and that it oven cooks in 40 minutes (ish), that it suitable for Vegetarians, that it weighs 600g and should serve 6 people and there is really handy at a glance nutritional chart shown too. On one side of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart shown, cooking instructions are given (cook from frozen in the oven for about 35-40 minutes) and contact details for Tesco are listed. Its a nice enough box and of course as informative as it needs to be. The Strudel: Well this came in a rather long box and I was initially surprised by how long and thick it was really! Easy to cook, this came out of my oven smelling of sweet fruits and pastry and it had gone a golden colour and had slashes to the top of it so the fruit and juice oozed just a little and the ends of the strudel were slightly sealed but the fruit mix had weeped and toughened around those ages slightly. What you get with this is, is a lovely soft puff pastry, not too flaky but really buttery without being greasy and it is nicely sweetened on the outside of it with real natural white sugar which is granulated. Inside you get a rather lumpy red mix of chunks of apples mixed with blueberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. The fruits still have a few seeds in them and the recurrants inparticular really do taste sharp and sour which is a great contrast with the majority of soft and slightly mushy (in some parts) of the apples. The blackberries in this are really fresh and natural tasting and add a lovely sweetness too and we all loved this pudding loads in my household. The quality of this is excellent, the portions (this gives those by the way!) are generous and it looks and tastes great and this comes highly recommended as not just a value buy from my home but as an amazing, warming and easy to handle and eat pud! Nutritional Information Per One-Sixth Of The Strudel: Calories:250 Sugar: 14.1g Fat; 12.4g Saturates: 7g Salt: 0.3g Only available in Tesco stores costing about £1.25 a strudel.
Must admit, this is not the stuff I'd normally write about but why not? The packaging has changed from the pic. above and now nicely illustrates the product We are told there are no artificial preservatives, flavour or colours and all credit to Tesco for supplying such a tasty dessert . As you might hope it is also suitable for vegetarians so we must assume that no animal fats were used in the recipe. The strudel is actually two seperate 300 gram strudels which is rather unusual and also very convenient. Each is designed as three servings but as there are only two of us at home we generally pig out, or at least, I do. The pastry is lovely light puff, generously sprinkled with sugar. the filling is a tasty mixture of berries and apple and there's plenty of it, so each spoonful is a good combination of fruit and pastry. The cooking instructions are spot on, though as seems normal with strudels, a little of the filling tends to cook out at the ends, so I always place it on baking paper, problem solved. I won't scare you with the nutritional details, suffice it to say that this is not within Weight-Watchers territory, especially as you're sure to serve it with sinfull creamy custard, but hey, who's counting! Normal price is £1.50 but it's on offer at times, in fact, it's on special at the moment my wife informs me, just £1. Must buy a couple this week.