Product Type: Asda Baking & Ingredients
Newest Review: ... excellent bargain. The flour comes in a paper bag - as do most brands of flour. However, I do not particularly like this packaging as it m... more
A Self Raising Bargain!
Asda Smart Price Self Raising Flour
Member Name: angelboouk
Asda Smart Price Self Raising Flour
Advantages: price, does the job, my cakes taste lovely
Disadvantages: packaging, needs a good sieve
*Review originally posted to Ciao Jan 2012 and updated for dooyoo*
Smart Price is the basic range of products from Asda.
~Self Raising Flour~
Self raising flour is a regular (and important) ingredient when baking. The Smart Price version is suitable for vegetarians. It is untreated flour which contains various wheats (from the UK) and raising agents ((Sodium Bicarbonate, Diphosphates).
This flour is presented in a thick paper bag which is white with a green design so is identifiable as a Smart Price product.. Whilst I doubt this flour will be consumed raw, it is worth noting that 100g of flour contains 331 calories, 1.3g of sugar, 0.2g of saturated fat.
Smart Price Self Raising Flour can be purchased from the Asda website or in-store and is located within the baking aisle. A 1.5kg bag of flour costs 45p. Plain flour can also be purchased.
I used to bake with my Gran as a child and she would use only the finest ingredients. There are a few different self raising flours available and to be honest, the only difference I have noticed is the price and packaging. Asda offer an own brand flour at 90p for 1.5kg and the more expensive brands such as Homepride and McDougalls are around £1.50 for 1kg - 1.5kg of flour. I have been buying the Smart Price version for a few years and it was recommended to me by my sister who had used it for a while.
I have recently finished my last bag so must purchase another. At 45p, it is an essential and very cheap baking ingredients and normally a staple in my baking cupboard. The packaging is unattractive - it can be folded over to keep the flour fresh or alternatively transferred into your own container. The paper is quite thick and I have only ever had one bursting accident after something pierced the paper accidently!
I do a lot of baking and mainly do sponges and cupcakes. Self raising flour can also be used for baking scones and biscuits. The flour itself is an off white colour and appears quite thick and crumbly within the paper bag. When the bag is full, it is heavy and difficult to hold. This does mean that a little mess is due to occur when measuring out the flour onto my scales. It can be spooned out easily and because the flour is quite thick, there isn't a lot of dust created. The flour doesn't have much scent.
One thing that I have noticed about this flour (compared to the more expensive flour) is that it isn't as fine. If I were to throw it in a bowl the way it comes out the bag, it wouldn't be very good. It takes a minute or so to sieve the flour and once sieved, the flour turns quite fine. My usual cupcake recipe requires me to cream my sugar and butter first then add a spoonful of flour alongside an egg and repeat this. I need 4oz of flour for 10 cupcakes. I then use a metal spoon to turn the flour into the mixture and it blends very well without leaving clumps behind. It blends well with the other ingredients and gives the cake mix a thick, smooth consistency.
My cakes rise perfectly in the oven often forming a sponge peak at the top. They come out golden brown and light and fluffy inside - sort of airy. They taste lovely and there flour cannot be tasted when eating my cupcakes. The cakes do not taste any different from when I have used more expensive flours. I can even lick the bowl (a childhood habit) and the mix is creamy and light without a flour taste.
Other baking activities require you to flour a surface. Whilst this flour is good for this purpose, I would recommend sieving it first and putting it into one of those shaker bottles to make it a lot easier to dust the surface rather than cover it!
This flour is very cheap and exceptional value for money. I wish I had started using it sooner! It has a good shelf life (about a year I think) and one bag lasts for several baking sessions so I can highly recommend it. I don't understand why anyone would pay more (except if they were professional and didn't want their customers to notice them buying cheap ingredients). My wee granny didn't notice a different taste when I presented her with my Smart Price floured cupcakes recently.
Overall highly recommended!
Thanks for reading :)
I still use this flour to date but don't do quite as much baking as I used to due to my diet. This flour was previously priced at 52p so has actually gone down in price in the last 18 months. I still recommend it.
Summary: a bargain!
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