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      29.03.2010 12:09
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      Not recommended!!

      We have a few get together`s at our house and often we will have family meals or family and friends round for cheese and wine nights or various other things, recently we did something that was new to me and we had a pizza night.

      We had invited several friends as well as family, well I say we had but actually my wife had organised it all and just let me in on it in time for me to be told we needed tons of pizza.

      In the main we used Asda pizza for the night as it is always good quality and there are lots of toppings to choose from but I also made some of the pizzas fresh myself.

      It wasn't until about four hours before the guests were due that my wife decided we should have had some garlic pizza bread and off she rushed to Tesco and came back with this Tesco own brand one.

      The night on a whole was a great success but the Tesco garlic pizza bread was without doubt the low point, the first two were ruined as the cooking time Tesco give you for these is way longer than needed, they tell you to cook from fresh for twelve minutes where actually about 8 is all that is needed and so the first two were suitably burnt.

      As for the ones cooked at a reduced cooking time, well to be honest I might as well just have burnt them too because they were not very good at all, the bread on the very bottom was dry but the top of the bread was very soggy and greasy, there was too much garlic and not enough cheese and over all these were a very poor product in my opinion.

      I found this to be one of the worst tesco products I have tried and I know they always say cooking times are a guide but they are all we have to go on and if they are going to get them so wrong might as well not bother giving them at all.

      These garlic breads are too garlicky and too salty and not one I would recommend, we have tried these before from Asda and I wish my wife had gone there again because the Asda ones are quite nice, these were about £1.20 or so each my wife reckons but they were on offer at two for £2 but even at that price they were not good value for money.

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        23.01.2010 20:53

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        We are a bit divided in our house. The Wife prefers the Pizza Base Garlic Bread, whereas I prefer the Baguette. We both like both, but you know what it's like. We had this one the other week, and I have to say although I don't find it as exciting as a Garlic Baguette, as flavoursome or as filling, it is a nice change.

        This was at the Chiller bit in Tesco. I think the price was £1.19, and it just didn't seem like you got much for the money. You can get 2 Baguettes for that price!

        The Base was quite thin, but not quite Stonebase thin. It seemed a bit fluffy in the middle of the dough, which was nice as I imagined eating a bit of cardboard. There seemed to be a good amount of Garlic Butter over this, but I guess it looked more than you could taste in the end.

        Once cooked, which took about 15 minutes in the oven, my wife cut it into 4 bits and we had 2 eat. This was about a 10".

        This was nice enough, as you got the taste of having Garlic Bread, but it wasn't as filling as a Baguette, which can sometimes fill you right up and you need room for Pizza as well. I would have this again, but I do prefer the Baguettes more.

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        30.10.2009 12:31
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        Not The Sort Of Garlic Bread That I Like

        I knew we was having pizza for tea the other day so I picked one of these garlic breads up in Tesco to go with it. We usually have the baguette style garlic bread and after eating this boring one I reckon we'll be going back to the baguette ones! lol

        It's round and flat like a pizza and I think the bread itself is a light pizza base but I can't check because I've chucked the box away now. It deffo tasted like pizza dough and not actual bread anyway.

        It's a lot thinner than I thought it was going to be and there was hardly any smell of garlic on it and even by the smell I knew it wasn't going to be right for me because I love strong garlic bread.

        It's got a yummy texture and is light and a bit stodgy at the same time. Because of how thin it is you have to be careful not to overcook it because it doesn't taste right when it goes crispy, I brought 2 that day and one was cooked perfect so that it was still nice and floppy but the other one had gone crunchy and that wasn't half as nice to eat.

        The garlic isn't very strong at all and I thought it was quite bland especially because of the base being so salty. I think the taste of the bread was quite nice but when you want garlic bread you expect it to taste nice and strong of garlic, this one tasted like a pizza without the sauce and cheese to me and that wasn't what I was after.

        I thought the garlic bread was a bit dry as well and I reckon that's because they didn't use as much butter to get the garlic flavour as they do on baguette garlic bread. I only had 2 very small slices because I thought it was proper boring, the one that had gone mega crispy didn't hardly get touched and even the one that was cooked good was on the table for ages before it all got ate.

        It cost about £1.60 and that's not bad value if you like it but still more expensive and not as nice as proper baguette garlic bread.

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          20.09.2009 18:25
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          OK garlic bead option

          I tend to always make my own garlic bread at home as it is so much nicer when made from a fresh crusty bagette especially when I have maanged to get hold of some organic garlic from my local farmers market which really does show up the supermarket store bought garlic for the poor quality garlic that it is. Anyway a while back I had a group of people coming over and we were having a pizza night and I wanted simple stuff to be able to shove in the oven to keep them all fed and along with the pizza in the freezer cabinet I spied this garlic pizza bread.

          Shaped like a pizza it is easy to cook in the oven and takes about 20 to 25 minutes in total, certainly it does have a strong garlic smell while in the oven and the taste of garlic is quite strong as well, I did find that despite following the instructions it was a bit doughy in the centre and I would have preferred it to have been crisper.

          The second batch that I did worked a lot better as for the last five minutes I sprinkled cheese over it which made it a lot tastier. Not sure that I would buy this again as I reckon I will be sticking to home made, it is useful if cookingfor a lot of people and it goes well with pizza or pasta meals but overal a freshly made garlic bread is much nicer and tastier and will less additives and preservatives.

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            14.09.2009 12:32
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            I like Garlic Bread and probably like the Pizza Base ones the best. There isn't too much eating in it in my view, and as long as you don't cook it too long and the top part gets all crispy, then it is nice.

            This is found in the Chiller section of my local Tesco next to the chilled Pizzas. This cost £1.39 for 170g. I think the size of it was 10".

            Packaging for this was alright. It was a square box which had a large picture of the Garlic Bread on the front. It looked nice and fluffy with a nice coating of the Garlic Butter on the front. It had the cooking instructions on the back which were to cook in an oven at 200 degrees for approx 10-12 minutes.

            The Garlic Bread is on a circular tray in the pack and the whole thing is covered by a cellophane wrapper. I always find that some of the Garlic Butter comes off on the coating, which is annoying, so I can sometimes be found scraping the Butter back off again and onto the Bread. There is nothing worse than a Garlic Bread which is covered patchily with Butter.

            When cooked the Base was quite crisp and the top of the Bread seemed fresh and fluffy. The Bread was kinda damp with the melted Butter and as I said I prefer the Bread lightly done, instead of crunchy. The Garlic spread out well enough and settled into cracks in the bread.

            I cut this into 8 pieces which made quite small triangles, but that is how I normally eat it. I would say 6 sections mades quite a good piece to have, but who cares as long as you are eating it?

            A good enough Garlic Bread, but perhaps not as filling as the 2 pack Baguettes which cost the same money?

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              24.08.2009 13:14
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              Not recommended

              I bought this last week to accompany homemade pizzas. I have had it before and seemed to remember enjoying it. I thought it looked like a nice alternative to your usual garlic baguette. It came in a cardboard box with a cut out so you can see the product inside. Inside, the circular bread is on a polystyrene platter and then wrapped in plastic to keep it fresh. The box is not the same as the one in the picture and instead is a dark green colour with a large picture of the product and bold white writing giving a description of the product. It cost £1.39 for 170g and I would say the pizza bread was about 12 inches across.

              You can only cook this product in the oven so this is how we cooked it, it recommends to cook it for 7-9 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees. We cooked ours for about 10 minutes as we just put it in with the other pizzas and found it was cooked perfectly. Although the dough was light, it had turned a nice golden brown colour and looked very appetising. The garlic and parsley was visable and didn't look like there was too much on it. You can freeze this item and then cooking time takes 10-12 minutes.

              We cut the pizza bread into 6 very reasonable slices and I was looking forward to trying it again after remembering how I thought it tasted the last time. I have to say I was slightly unimpressed. The bread was quite hard and I found that it did not have a lot of flavour to it. This could be due to there being no garlic butter on it as there is usually in this kind of product. However, you could taste the garlic but it was very subtle, therefore it may be best for those who aren't keen garlic fans. Out of 4 of us-2 adults and 2 kids, 2 slices of this were leftover yet all the pizzas had disappeared!

              Tescos website does not recommend how much a serving is but judging from the values I am guessing this is around half of the bread. Per serving contains 315 calories, 16.7g fat (7.8g which saturates) and 0.9g of salt so it is not the best for you!

              I wouldn't recommend buying this as none of us particularly enjoyed it and I think in future I will buy the tear and share bread or a normal baguette, especially as they are cheaper!

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                28.04.2009 13:32
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                Don't waste your money! >:-o

                My partner and I were hosting a bit of a family get-together recently, and had arranged a bit of a spread for those who were visiting us. We opted to buy several ready-made items as well as doing a bit of home-cooking, and spread it all out in a buffet style, so that our guests could help themselves to whatever they fancied at their leisure.

                We had a variety of breads and pizzas which were purchased from two different supermarkets, one of which was our local Tesco store. Whilst in the store to buy some of the assorted products for our buffet, we noticed the "Tesco Garlic Pizza Bread" which was in the chilled food section, in one of the large fridges.

                We both agreed that it looked lovely and tasty from the picture on the box and concluded that it might be nice with some of the other food that we were planning to serve. With that, our minds were duly made up and we popped the pizza bread into the trolley.

                The following day was the day of the buffet-lunch and I eagerly set about making preparations in the kitchen and doing some light cooking whilst my other half helped with the cold section: pork pies, salads, coleslaw, that type of thing. We decided that it would probably be best to wait until our guests had arrived before we put the oven on and set about heating/cooking the few items we had that required it. One of these items was of course, the Tesco Garlic Pizza bread.

                Once everybody had arrived and had been given the drink of their choice, we set about heating up our breads and sausage rolls and things. The back of the Garlic pizza bread box stated that it didn't need long (if I recall, it was approximately 12 minutes) so I popped it in towards the end of our cooking 'cycle', as some of our other items required longer than that in the oven.

                Whilst I was waiting, I prepared the Garlic pizza bread, and was pleased to note from the instructions on the reverse of the box that it could be placed simply onto the oven shelf for cooking; it didn't require to be placed on a baking tray or similar, which was just as well as we had used them all for other items! There was a polystyrene disc underneath the pizza bread and this was to be discarded along with the rest of the packaging before cooking.

                The smell that came wafting from the oven whilst the pizza bread was in was very appetising; well, obviously only if you like the smell of garlic! A couple of our guests actually commented on the delicious garlic smells coming from our kitchen, which we can only assume was down to the pizza bread as nothing else in the oven was even remotely garlic related!

                I decided to check on the pizza bread a little before the cooking time was up, and boy am I glad I did! I couldn't believe that it appeared that it was actually overdone; it hadn't had its full cooking time in the oven yet, and the oven wasn't too high. I deliberately checked the oven settings upon seeing the overly crisp pizza bread staring back at me from the depths of the oven.

                Removing the extremely crisp-looking pizza bread from the oven, I noted that the back half was very brown - a few minutes longer and it would probably be that almost-black colour that we all know from experience! The whole pizza bread appeared to be extremely crisp, which was proven when we attempted to cut it into slices; it was literally bouncing all over the chopping board.

                The picture on the outside of the box that had contained the pizza bread appeared to have a light sprinkling of grated cheese on top of it, but this was hardly noticeable from the crisp-looking disc we had removed from the oven. I think there was probably a teaspoon-sized sprinkling of cheese over the top, and I'm probably being overly-generous in my estimations at that.

                I cut up the best part of the pizza bread (the part that was not overly-brown) and placed it with our otherwise lovely looking buffet. Most of this portion of the bread was eaten, and myself and my partner both had a small piece, but I certainly didn't hear lots of ooohs and aaaahs over the bread, and in fact nobody commented on it at all. This was noted by me because the rest of the buffet was complimented and fussed-over in comparison.

                And what about the taste? Well that, in a word was........... Disappointing! It was indeed garlicy, but that's about all I can really say in its favour. I found it to be a bit salty and rather uninspiring.

                The bread wasn't soft and gooey and delicious which is what I'd been hoping and expecting! The texture is indeed what let this product down the most, but I have to be honest and say that the taste was nothing special either. I'd have been better off buying some ready-made garlic baguettes for a fraction of the price of what the garlic pizza bread cost, because at least they would have been a bit more palatable and not half as disappointing as this was!

                The cost of the pizza bread was in the region of £1.50. I think you have probably worked out by now that I most certainly would NOT recommend it, and I am only awarding it one star. And even then, it is only getting that because I can't give minus points or stars!

                If you are tempted to purchase this pizza bread for yourself, then please do NOT be fooled by the lovely picture on the front of the packaging - I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it is clearly a photograph of an entirely different product altogether!

                A very, very dissapointing product indeed, Mr Tesco! >:-o

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