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Aunt Bessie's Traditional Pancakes

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Brand: Aunt Bessie / Type: Bread

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      09.03.2011 23:06
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      Very nice!

      As a child I used to love pancake day and I have very fond memories of helping my grandmother cook them, it was always an exciting time of year for me. As I have grown older, pancake day had lost it's significance somewhat and this year, I completely forgot about it. Not having the time to make my own, I tried these today. Being a frozen product, they are very convenient and easy to prepare. It avoids the effort of having to mix the batter and fry the pancakes.

      The pancakes are sold in a blue plastic packaging with the Aunt Bessie's logo, the name of the product and a picture of the pankcakes. The packaging is fairly typical for the Aunt Bessie brand with their other products following a very similiar format and design.

      In each pack, there are six round pancakes which I would say are 5/6 inches in diameter. They are quite thin, but not too thin. In my opinion they are just the right thickness, any thicker and I think they would become a little sickly. When frozen, the pancakes don't really look too appetising at all and before trying these, I really wasn't expecting a great deal from them. Thankfully the pancakes were easy to separate, and once cooked, took on a very different look, certainly a much more appealing one.

      There are two ways to cook these, either by placing one or more in the microwave, or using a pan. I opted for the microwave method for convenience. Depending on the wattage of the microwave, the cooking time needs to be adjusted accordingly. I was able to cook one pancake in just under a minute, and the result was a very decent looking pancake. As always, I sprinkled with sugar and splashed on a little lemon juice, and really enjoyed it. For a frozen pancake, the taste was very nice. The only problem I found was that it was a little soggy. I prefer a crispier pancake, but I have a feeling this was down to using the microwave. I think using a pan would harvest more desirable results.

      Available at Tesco for £1.49.

      --Nutritional Information (per pancake)--

      Energy - 90kCal

      Protein - 3.7g
      Carbohydrate - 14.8g
      of which sugars - 2.1g
      Fat - 1.9g
      of which saturates - 0.7g

      With 90 calories per pancake, I don't think this is abad treat at all and the calorie contect is quite acceptable. There is also little fat in each pancake making this not a healthy, but not a too unhealthy treat at all.

      Overall I would recommend these pancakes. They are very tasty for a frozen product of this nature and very convenient to keep in the freezer for a treat. I would suggest cooking them in a pan as opposed to using a microwave. Of course they're not going to taste as nice as home made panakes or even pancakes made from a batter mix but they are very tasty and in my opinion worth trying.

      **Also on Ciao under the same username**

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        13.03.2010 08:11
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        We often have Pancakes in the house. The wife loves them, and I like the odd one. She has bought these a few times in the past, and picked up a pack on the Asda 4 £1 items for £3. I figured she liked them a lot, but she says that she thinks they are ok.

        These are frozen Pancakes, which I think is a good idea as you just pull out 1 and put in the microwave. Not worrying about best before dates apart from 1's that are about 8 months away.

        You get 6 of these in the pack. They are quite large and really thin. They only take 20 seconds in the microwave which makes them nice and soft, and readt to eat. They come out pretty hot as well.

        The butter spead on these well, probably since the butter just absorbed into them with the heat. I probably applied too much butter, but we like things like these nice and buttery.

        These tasted alright. I sort of got the taste that these seemed a bit doughy in the middle, but it's not as if these are thick, so no need for a doughy bit in them. They were sort of nice in an undercooked way, but they weren't undercooked. I know this won't be making much sense, but can't describe them in any other way.

        These were nice enough and I ended up having another when this one was finished. They were tasty, tasted home made and fresh made as well.

        A nice thin Pancake that can be easily jazzed up.

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        23.02.2010 14:22
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        Cheat with Aunt Bessie's traditional pancakes

        I bought some of these for Pancake Day but because my husband hasn't been well we didn't get to try them out until last night.

        These are frozen pancakes from Aunt Bessie's and are the easy way out of actually making pancakes from scratch. There are 6 in a pack and I'd say that 3 or 4 should be enough for 1 person depending on how hungry you are. They only cost £1 for a pack of these which is excellent value.

        They are so easy to do they just need to be heated either in a saucepan or in the microwave. I choose the saucepan as I thought the turnout would be better. You just need to cook them on a medium heat in a saucepan for 30 seconds, turn over and heat the other side of the pancake for 30 seconds, then flip back over and reheat the other side for another 15 seconds and then serve immediately. The cooking instructions didn't say that you needed to use oil but I used a tiny bit in the saucepan just to stop the pancakes from sticking to the pan.

        They're very slightly smaller and very slightly thicker than the pancakes I'm used to but I suppose everyone's come out differently depending on the size of the saucepan you use. Once they've been heated, the pancake becomes floppy and soft like it should and it turns a slightly golden colour. They don't stay hot for too long which is why the pack says to serve them immediately but they still taste perfectly fine after losing their heat.

        I was a little hesitant about eating frozen pancakes but they taste just the same as any other pancake. They're soft, fluffy and a little sweet and tasted delicious with both savoury and sweet fillings. I'm used to my mum's own pancakes which she usually cooks from scratch so this is the first time that I have tried other pancakes at home - I have to admit that they weren't quite as nice as my mum's pancakes but then nothing usually is as good as mum's cooking is it?! They were perfectly tasty and lovely and I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.

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