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      20.11.2013 19:51
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      Totally disgusting!

      The packaging~ Comes in a cardboard box with the Aunt Bessie's name clearly shown at the top of the box. There a photograph of the said toad in the hole at the front of the box also. Each pack contains 300g of toad in the hole mix and sausages. It tells us that you can follow them on twitter or on face book Cooking instructions~ Best to cook this from frozen to get the best coking experience. To oven cook; preheat the oven and remove the in the said pre heated on baking tray remove from the plastic packaging. Do not remove from the foil packaging place on the middle shelf in the pre heated oven, cook on 220 or gas mark 6 for 25-30 minutes. Verdict~ This I bought from my local farm foods for £1.50 and decided to buy two of these. I have always enjoyed the Aunt Bessie's branded foods. I found this product disgusting. The sausages has no flavour what so ever neither did the batter. I am so surprised to see that other members have rated it so highly. Myself and my best mate had this with cheesy mash potato and baked beans as a warm filling meal for a very cold winters day. I managed to eat the batter, however I gave my sausages to the dog, who wasn't over keen either. The batter is made the traditional way to make a crispy Yorkshire pudding with sausages snug inside. the sausages are made from 100% British pork. They remind me of cocktail sausages as they are very small indeed. Each toad contains six sausages. We will never have this again, it is totally disgusting!

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        11.10.2010 10:10
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        Let Aunt Bessie do the work for you

        Toad in the hole is a nice comforting winter food and one of my favourites. The only problem is I hate cooking with raw meat and don't like to handle meat products at all. I spotted this Toad in the Hole in Tesco for just £1.00 and thought it would solve my problem! It's part of the Aunt Bessie's range and usually costs £1.37 but I bought it on special offer. Aunt Bessie says: "Ready to bake. Aunt Bessie adds two thick pork sausages to her tasty crisp Yorkshire pudding for her delicious Toad in the Hole. Aunt Bessie's Toad in the Hole is ready to bake at home. Great served any day of the week." This comes ready made and frozen so I popped it into my freezer and saved it for a day when I knew I didn't want to bother with all the fuss of cooking a proper meal. The toad in the hole comes in an individual portion size and is packaged in a cardboard box with cooking instructions etc on the outside. Inside the box it comes in its own tin foil tray that you can just put straight into the oven. This is a really convenient and labour saving meal and requires no further attention until you're ready to serve it up. Perfect for days when you don't have the time or energy for cooking. This toad in the hole looks fairly standard, it has two sausages and is surrounded by a frozen pool of batter. Once it had cooked the batter rose up very high, to above the level of the tin dish. It crisped up on the edges and took on a lovely golden brown colour. The sausages cooked though evenly but were not quite as well done as I like. I tend to prefer my meat a bit overcooked and would usually brown the sausages off quickly before putting them in the oven if I was making this from scratch. Nevertheless the meat was nice and tasted good. There was nothing in the way of seasoning so it did seem somewhat plain, and although the batter had a lovely texture to it, it didn't really have any flavour. This Toad in the Hole makes a good main base for a meal, and you can choose to accompany it with your own choice of potatoes and vegetables etc. It was filling and just the right size portion for me, although I think my other half would have preferred it to be a bit larger, maybe with three sausages instead of two. For £1.00 this is a real bargain and a handy item to have stocked in the freezer. It is easy to prepare and you are guaranteed good results with Aunt Bessie! I would probably buy these again if they remain on special offer, and would recommend them to people short on time or if like me you are fussy about handling raw meat. Nutritional values per product (baked): Energy 2018kJ 483kcal Protein 21.7g Carbohydrates 41.9g - of which sugars 2.1g Fats 25.3g - of which Saturates 7.9g - of which Monounsaturates 12.2g - of which Polyunsaturates 3.9g Fibre 3.2g Sodium 1.1g Ingredients: Sausage (55%) (Pork 58%, Water, Rusk, Starch, Soya Concentrate, Salt, Dextrose, Stabiliser: E451, Wheat Flour, Preservative: E223, Spice Extract, Antioxidant: E300, Herb), Water ,Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Egg White, Semi Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Salt.

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          31.05.2010 15:08
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          Quick and easy meal!

          I have been buying many aunt bessie products recently, I don't usually buy much frozen food, but aunt bessies stuff is really nice and I have been impressed with everything I have bought so far. I was looking for a quick and easy meal the other day in tescos, and I really didn't want to cook, and when I saw this aunt bessie toad in the hole I thought it would be perfect with some tescos finest mash, as you just shove the toad in the hole in the oven, the mash in the microwave and I wouldn't have to make much of an effort to cook! I paid around £1.40 for this toad in the hole, which I thought was expensive really as it wouldn't feed both me and my boyfriend as you only got 2 sausages, so I bought two, one each. All I had to do with this toad in the hole was take it out of the packaging and place it on a baking tray in the oven at 220 degrees for 25-30 minutes. I left mine in a bit longer than this, as the sausages didn't feel piping hot inside after just 30 minutes, mine took about 40 minutes. The pastry is the same as any normal yorkshire pudding, it was crispy on the edges but had gone a bit soggy on the bottom, but I don't mind it like this, but my boyfriend hated it. You get a decent size portion, and it did fill us up. We usually buy sausages with a high meat content from the finest range, so I was worried whether these sausages were going to be any good, but they were really tasty and didn't taste cheap. They are 58% meat, which isn't too bad, but I do prefer them with a higher meat content. This toad in the hole went really well with our mashed potato, peas and gravy. Per pack there are 483 calories which I suppose is quite a lot when you are having other things with it too, it makes it quite a high calorie meal. This product needs to be kept frozen, and cooked straight from the freezer, you cant defrost it! I will definitely buy this toad in the hole again, it was a really nice quick and easy meal, and great to keep in your freezer when you have forgotten to take something out for tea the next day. Another highly recommended product from the aunt bessie range!

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            16.04.2010 12:08
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            Delicious toad in the hole that's very simple to make and reasonably priced.

            I am a big fan of home cooking and my children always enjoy everything that I make, however, there are times when I don't always have lots of time to make delicious home cooked food so I like to have something in the freezer for times when we have a bit of a rush on or we are pressed for time. One of the meals that I know my children like is this Aunt Bessies toad in the hole. It's very simple for me to just pick a few of these up at shopping and I usually buy them when they are reduced to £1 each as it's fairly cheap with 3 bigger children to feed and then one for my husband and I, almost as cheap as making a toad in the hole from scratch. This toad in the hole is very simple to cook as you literally need to open the box and put it in the oven for 30 minutes or so. I think it says slightly less time on the packaging but we like ours nice and crispy and I want to make sure that the sausages are cooked thoroughly before I serve them to my family. Sometimes the edges burn a little bit if left for too long but generally my children will just eat whatever I put in front of them! Each toad in the hole is a nice rectangle Yorkshire pudding with two sausages in the middle and there is just the right amount of Yorkshire and sausage for my little ones. The Yorkshire is lovely and fluffy and tasty and almost as good as any Yorkshire that I could make myself. The sausages are nice and meaty and there are no gristly bits within to put anyone off eating them. The combination works very well together and for a ready meal I am quite impressed with the taste and the quality. I usually cook up some vegetables to serve up with mine just to ensure my children are getting the right balance. The toad in the hole is yummy on it's own though and I've eaten this for lunch now and again. Of course gravy is a fantastic accompaniment to this and almost compulsory in my house! This toad in the hole is a great hit in my house and one that I will be continuing to buy. The quality is very good and it's enjoyed by everyone in my house and I love how convenient and easy it is to cook.

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            13.03.2010 07:58
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            I like the odd Toad in the Hole, but often I find that some makes can come out pretty greasy. I like the odd bit grease with my food, but not if it is swimming in it. We have been buying a few things from the Aunt Bessies range recently, as it seems to be nice enough food, so i'm going to review a few of the things. I got this in Asda where it was on offer for £1. Recently Asda has been doing a good promotion where most of the frozen food that costs £1 is also 4 for £3, so we picked up a few new things to try. I think the right price of this is around £1.50. Seems a bit expensive for a 400g frozen ready meal. The meal is in a little foil tray that you put in the oven. This cooks in about 25 minutes and the pastry is crisp and the Sausages are soft but with a bit crisp skin on them. The size of this meal is ok. I think it looks larger and more filling than what it is, due to the Pastry being flat and rolled out. There is 2 thick Sausages in this, and although they don't taste the most expensive cuts of Meat, they are flavoursome and give out a bit grease, but that is mopped up by the Pastry anyway. The pastry is a bit soggy inside but the outside is crisp enough as I mentioned. This was a nice Toad in the Hole, which I would have again. I would probably say it is my favourite one i've tried, but not sure if it is quiet worth the £1.50 price tag.

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            12.11.2009 10:53
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            Great when on offer not sure if I'd pay full price

            I am a fan of Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings, which taste great and are so easy to make if you only want a couple rather than enough to feed an army if your making them for yourself. I spotted these toad in the holes in Asda on offer at £1 so picked up a couple of boxes to have something different in the freezer for those I fancy something different nights. They come in the usual blue Aunt Bessie packagaing but instead of the plastic bags for the yorkshire puddings etc they come in a cardboard box. Inside the box you will find a foil tray containging the batter mix with two sausages in the middle and a plastic film over the top. The instructions on the box recommend that they are cooked at 220c for 25 - 30 minutes, so this is not a quick meal to do. For obvious reasons you have to remove the product from the box and peel off the film lid and then place the foil tray on a baking tray in the middle of the oven. Certainly not a taxing meal to cook. I checked them after 25 minutes and thought that the sausages were not very brown, more pink with a slightly mottled skin that you get before a sausage is cooked properly. The pudding itself had risen nicely and was just starting to turn brown so I thought I would give them the extra 5 minutes. After the next 5 minutes had gone by I checked on them again and found that the sausages had not coloured anymore but the batter had started to catch slightly on one of the corners so thought it best not to leave them any longer before I ended up with burnt yorkshire puddings. When you get these out the oven you need to remove them from the foil container but be warned there is oil in these and if you are not careful you could find yourself burnt from the excess in the tray. When we first cut into the the Yorkshire Pudding was perfectly cooked and tasted exactly the same as a normal Aunt Bessie's yorkshire. So next to the sausages, they were cooked but didn't look the nice brown colour that the picture on the box depicted which was a bit disappointing and if I had left them any longer in the oven we would have had burnt yorkshire. The sausages were cooked and reminded me of a the sausage meat that you get at Christmas rather than a proper sausage. Having said that they did taste nice. Now the one problem I had with these was that the underneath of the yorkshire where the sausages were was a bit soggy and not crispy like the sides but was still edible. Per pack you get 483Kcal 41.9g Carbohydrates 25.3g of Fat 7.9g of saturated fat 3.2g fibre 1.1g of sodium So these are not a healthy choice of meal but as a one off they won't hurt too much especially if like us you do plenty of vegtables to go with them. Overall if these were on offer again I would probably pick up a pack to keep in the freezer but I'm not sure that I would pay full price for them. I'm normally impressed by the Aunt Bessie range but feel that these have fallen slightly short on my expectations hence the 3/5 rating as they could do with some improvements.

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            22.10.2009 00:10
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            A Yummy Toad In The Hole That Tastes Like Home Made!

            I love Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole because it's so easy to get perfect results and it's not dripping with fat like the supermarket own brand meals. Today I had the individual one that has got 2 long sausages and is in the size container that is like a metal Chinese container but not as deep. It takes about 40 mins in the oven and you just put it in and leave it so nice and easy. The sausages are quite thin but they're long. They are pork and taste meaty and good quality. They're skinless I think or it's a proper good skin that you can't feel when you're chewing them anyway. They have a perfect sausage texture and are nice and tasty with a moist inside. I love the Yorkshire pudding batter because it's light and fluffy, the top crisps up but not too much and it's not crunchy just crisp. The middle is fluffy and stays a bit wet and I know that sounds weird but it's wet in a good way and is lovely and chewy. The batter and the sausage go nice together and it's proper comfort food and makes me feel better in the cold wet weather. I have mine with gravy, sweetcorn and peas usually because when I'm having a greasy meal like that I like to even it up with a bit of veg! It's very filling and like I said it's not madly oily like one I had from Asda that had puddles of oil on the top of it! This Aunt Bessies one cooks through evenly and is a lovely flavour with meaty sausages and light batter. Yummy!

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              02.10.2009 19:13
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              A very nice toad-in-the-hole, but not my absolute favourite

              PRICE: £1.42 for 190g at my local Morrisons NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 190g portion, baked): Calories: 483 Kj: 2,081 Protein: 21.7g Carbohydrates: 41.9g (of which sugars): 2.1g Fats: 25.3g (of which saturates): 7.9g (of which monounsaturates): 12.2g (of which polyunsaturates): 3.9g Fibre: 3.2g Sodium: 1.1g INGREDIENTS: Wheat flour, water, skimmed milk, whole egg, egg white, vegetable oil, salt, soya lecithin, pork sausage (51%), water, rusk, pork fat, starch, soya concentrate, dextrose, E450, E223, spice extract, E300, herbs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Some Aunt Bessie's products I'm keen on and some I think are pretty awful, but until the other day I'd never tried 'her' Toad-in-the-Hole. I did hunt for a vegetarian version, as I prefer veggie sausages to meat ones, but the only toad-in-the-hole I could find in my local Morrisons was Aunt Bessie's meat sausage version, so I went for that. Aunt Bessie's Toad-In-The-Hole comes in a flattish box bearing the manufacturer's standard logo on the front, together with a portion of the product on a plate. The rear of the box lists nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions and basic GDA details - strangely these GDA details state to be for women only (don't men or children eat toad-in-the-hole?). On one of the box's edges, is the manufacturer's contact details. There is no dietary/allergy advice on the pack at all, nor anything to say that any part of the packaging is recyclable. The toad-in-the-hole rests in a foil tray which is in a sealed cellophane wrapper, and on removing from the box, looks rather tempting. The frozen Yorkshire pudding is a rich, creamy colour rather than having that horrible greyish hue which some ready meal toad-in-the-holes seem to be guilty of. The sausages are nice and plump, appearing to have little bits of herbs inside. Whenever I eat something like a pie or a toad-in-the-hole, I never have potatoes with it, so I chose a mixture of steamed green vegetables and carrots as my accompaniment. This particular sized pack serves one person. During the cooking process, I didn't notice any smell rising from the oven, so I hoped the sausages would be as tasty as they looked - I've often found that odourless sausages can be very bland. Time up! I removed the toad-in-the-hole from the oven. The Yorkshire pudding had risen and browned nicely, and it slid easily out of the foil container onto my plate....but, there was quite a lot of oil floating around in the bottom of the container, which I wasn't too happy about as though my food tastes can largely have the label 'pure junk' affixed, I really don't like greasy things. I lifted the toad-in-the-hole up a little just to see if there was too much excess oil clinging to the bottom, and I did have to give it a little wipe with a clean tissue before tucking in. The sausages were well browned, and though still not giving off any kind of appetising smell, did look plump and delicious. The whole meal appeared substantial and attractive, so I settled to eat. The browned outside of the Yorkshire pudding was slightly hard, rather than crispy, but my knife cut into it easily and on sampling, it tasted good. The bottom underneath the sausages was a little doughy, but I don't mind my Yorkshire pudding like that, so from me that isn't a complaint. The sausages had retained their shape and size in the oven, and I cut a piece off one. Inside my mouth as I chewed, the texture of the meat was firm, but not too chewy, and had a nice, delicate herby flavour. Also, there were no horrid bits of gristle or lumps of fat inside the sausages at all, and for me that is a huge bonus. After I'd finished eating, I did feel as though I'd have liked a slightly larger portion of toad-in-the-hole - say three rather than two sausages - but then my appetite is larger than a lot of other people's, so I'd guess in the whole scheme of things, the portion size wouldn't be a problem. I do feel though that I wouldn't have enjoyed the Yorkshire pudding so much had I not mopped up the excess oil clinging to the bottom, but in the state that I ate it, it was delicious and blended very well with the sausages. Overall, Aunt Bessie's Toad-in-the-Hole is an excellent product, but I am knocking off one star for the overload of oil on the bottom of the pudding and in the foil tray after cooking. It's a little pricier than some other brands of frozen toad-in-the-hole, and despite enjoying it, I'm not sure that I would favour it (due to the price more than anything) above a couple of other preferred supermarket own brands. The fat content is frighteningly high, although the calorie content is what would be expected of this kind of product. It is very nice though, and my favourite part was the lovely herby sausages. One single portion is probably ample for most adults, even if it isn't for me, and the product comes recommended with thumbs up, but not quite touching the ceiling. Thanks for reading!

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                21.04.2009 22:17
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                Good but not something I'd eat that often

                My brother eats loads of these toad in the holes, sometimes two at a time so one day when I didn't know what to have for dinner I decided to have one of these. Aunt Bessie is a company that specialises in doing what you might call traditional family food like roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, apple pie and custard and so on. I had tried Sainsbury's toad in the hole before, its Finest version, and thought it disgusting so I was a tad wary. The box itself is a blue purple colour with a big picture of the food in the corner and the big Aunt Bessie's logo in red and white. There is a picture of a lady (Bessie I presume) in an old-fashioned apron stirring a mixture in a bowl with a wooden spoon. I think this is some good marketing here. Not only do they use an old-fahsioned name like Bessie to conjure up notions of the good old days of traditional family dinners but seeing that picture reminds you of old-fashioned cooking and meals. You get 190 grams in a box and it contains 483 calories. It is cooked on Gas Mark 7 for 25 - 30 minutes and should be stored in a freezer. Toad in the hole is essentially Yorkshire pudding with sausages inside it. The sausages were quite pink and plump and tasted nice though I thought you could tell that there was only a 58% meat content in them because they tasted less meaty and you didn't have to chew them in the same way as you do for 80% meat sausages. I found them a bit greasy overall though they tasted okay. The batter was very good and tasted authentic and cooked to a lovely golden brown colour though again it was very fatty and greasy. It is a very filling meal as they are very heavy ingredients and because of this coupled with the fact I was very aware of how greasy and fatty it was as I was eating it, I left some of it. It's probably more a hearty winter meal, not something I'd pick in summer. This cost £1.59 from Budgens and I think it can be bought for 10p less at Tesco. Overall, it's not bad, certainly better than Sainsbury's attempt, it was just a little too stodgy for me.

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                  12.04.2009 13:18
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                  I would recommend this as a quick easy meal, might be obvious you didn't cook it though!

                  I am a huge fan of toad in the hole and regularly make my own but sometimes you fancy a change from cooking things and having to worry about sinking Yorkshires and burnt sausages! I saw this Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole for the bargain price of £1.00 in my local Tesco (normal price £1.49 in the big supermarkets). I decided it was a bargain too good to miss and promptly threw a couple in to my basket. These are very easy to cook and I normally put mine in the oven for around 30 minutes just to make sure that it's cooked correctly. I do find that the corners can get a little burnt as they rise better than the sides and therefore get more heat in the oven. You get two sausages with a thick crust of Yorkshire pudding around the edge not so much in between the sausages. There is just the right mix of Yorkshire to eat some with each mouthful of sausage. The sausages are very tasty and cooked just perfect. I like to serve this with gravy and mash or even just eat it alone with a little tomato ketchup. My other half is also a big fan of these so they must be nice as he can be a little fussy at times. There are 417 calories per baked toad in the hole so if you are having this with a half plate of vegetables this isn't too bad for your main meal at all. It's certainly filling enough to just be accompanied by vegetables. It is provided in a aluminium tin (for the oven cooking) and that comes inside a cardboard box so at least you can recycle this. I would highly recommend this product, it's delicious to eat, easy to cook and currently on offer at a very reasonable price indeed. I will be rating this 5/5 as I can't find anything to grumble about at all!

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                    08.04.2009 19:29
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                    Definately a tasty freezer item

                    Aunt Bessie often visits out house to help out with the cooking. I bought her toad in the hole from Morrison's when it was on offer for £.1 for a 190g box My son loves both Yorkshire pudding and sausage so decide this could be a great Idea for a meal It came on a cardboard box which has the recognisable background of an Aunt Bessie product then a picture of the meal produced. Nutritional information Main ingredients: Sausage 55% made from 58% pork, Water, rusk, starch, Water, wheat flour and whole egg. Per 100g Calories 254kcal Protein 11.4g Fats 13.3g Sodium 0.6g Inside the box the toad in the hole is in a foil tin wrapped loosely in a cellophane bag. Pre heat the oven to 220 degrees c or gas mark 7 It does sate to cook from frozen and needs to be placed on a baking tray with the cellophane wrapper removed but kept in foil container. It states to cook for 25-30 minutes. This product is not suitable for microwave cooking. My experience I bought one and then forgot to put it in the freezer so the batter defrosted and thankfully I can confirm the cellophane packet is sealed so I was able to throw it in the bin. Without any mess The second one had a more successful trip to the freezer. I decided to cook it for my son and me, with chips for myself and smiles and vegetables for my son as he now refuse to eat chips. Upon opening there are two fat sausages in the batter. I set my oven to 200 degrees as I have a fan assisted oven. It did take the stated time too cook and came out golden brown. I served up tea and we sat down to try it. We cut the toad in the hole into two. It is a very strange size as it would be too big for me on my own but too small for two adults. Upon tasting the batter is crispy but a little stodgy in the middle. The sausages are very tasty they do taste of pork and have no fatty grisly bits in. Both my toddler and myself ate all of ours and were quite satisfied with our meal. As it was cooked in a foil container I had to rinse the tray it was cooked on but generally caused no washing up. I do think twice about buying branded products these days but as usual I am impressed with the quality of the food. I will buy this product again and would happily recommend it. For more information see www.auntbessies.co.uk

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