“ Brand: Cafe Continental / Type: Bread „
I love the weekend and thoroughly look forward to it particularly for indulging myself in lifes little luxuries. I particularly enjoy sitting down to a long late breakfast on a Sunday as during the week this most important meal of the day is either rushed or missed out completely. One of the items I buy for this occasion is a packet of croissants. Yes I know that they are loaded with everything that's bad for you however a once a week indulgence is allowed!!!! These little delights however can be expensive and the price can vary considerably depending on where you actually purchase them. On this occasion I picked up a packet of six of these from Tesco for the bargain price of 89p. The particular brand was one which I had never heard of before Café Continental. The croissants come covered in clear packaging with an inner container which the products sit in. They are all butter croissants and the makers describe them as being perfect for breakfast with butter and fresh coffee. I prefer mine slightly warm with lots of strawberry jam spread all over. My son just eats them straight from the pack uncooked however for best results they should be heated in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Please note that this product is not suitable for microwave cooking. You can also freeze these recommended on the day of purchase. However they should be defrosted for a minimum of two hours before consumption. If you have allergies I would not recommend eating this product before reading the allergy advice on the pack as it is not suitable for lots of people. The product contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg and may contain nuts however it is suitable for vegetarians. I have to say that I would certainly recommend this item as they taste absolutely delicious. When they are first taken out of the oven the aroma is extremely tantalising they smell fresh just like being in a bakers shop. Be careful though as they are hot hot hot. The consistency is just right too a little crumbly but essentially firm however they just melt in the mouth and smothered in butter are divine. Be careful not too keep them in the oven too long as they will burn quickly. These are so moreish be warned!!! I always find that croissants in particular are better eaten on the day of purchase however if you cant eat them all at once ensure that they are stored in a cool dry place and in an airtight container. Overall for the price these croissants are well worth the money and I would grudge paying ridiculous prices for these in the future as they can often be around the £2 mark for only four. Five stars for these ones. Nutritional Information per 100g Energy 1580kj Protein 7.7g Carbohydrates 48.0g Sugar 7.4g Fat 17.1g Saturates 10.2g Fibre 2.0g Sodium 0.4g Overall a delightful treat !!!!!
My granddaughter and I were discussing how well the Europeans eat in the morning compared to us Brits who tend to get by on a bowl of cereal and an apple for breakfast, when I mentioned the continental breakfast we'd eaten each morning when we went to Disney Land Paris a couple of years ago she said she wished we had such an exciting brekkie to look forward to. Later that day in Tesco I decided to buy a few bits to create my own continental breakfast for us to enjoy as a little surprise the following morning. I'd left my shopping a little late and the only croissants left were this Cafe Continental brand which is one of the Discounter Brands that Tesco have begun stocking. I paid 88p for six croissants, which is reasonable although to be honest I was a little concerned at how good these would be for this cheap price as I usually spend more than this on just four of the more premium croissants. I needn't have worried as these are fine, they're obviously not at the top end of the market but considering the price of them they are perfectly adequate. They are not suitable for microwave heating (but then no croissant should EVER be chucked in the microwave in my opinion!) but are easily heated through in the oven for three minutes. I was a little disappointed in the smell of these as my usual croissants have a delicious buttery aroma, and even though these are called 'All Butter Croissants' there wasn't much smell of butter there at all really. I spread ours with butter and a little jam and they were very tasty indeed. The top and sides of the croissant are flaky and slightly shiny but biting through into the body of the croissant reveals a softer yet still flaky bread. They taste very good too, because they are so cheap I had been expecting a croissant that tasted more like normal bread than anything but these actually have the flavour of well seasoned croissant dough. The insides went beautifully soft after I had spread them with butter and both myself and my granddaughters' enjoyed them very much. I was also surprised at how filling these croissants were, while I served the girls' with some smoked bacon and poached eggs I just had the croissant and a cup of tea for my breakfast and it filled me up until lunchtime. Each croissant contains 160 calories and 7.2g of fat, which admittedly isn't great but it's marginally better than my usual croissants - although this is possibly because these croissants are a little smaller than my usual ones!