“ Brand: Hartley's / Type: Apple „
My grandma always used to make delicious apple pies, all home made of course with sweet stewed apples and a sultanas for an irresistible filling. Recently I discovered that baking can be a lot of fun and that my housemates very much appreciate all sorts of pies after a nice Sunday roast. Having experimented with rhubarb/strawberry, forest fruit and all other combinations I will stick to my favourite: a classic, sweet apple pie! Cooking and or baking for 5 people is not an easy job and I think that if you were looking for this review you will agree on that. Hartley´s Bramley Apple Filling is the perfect solution if you want to cook but don´t have enough time to peel loads of fresh apples. One can contains 395 gram of diced apples in sugar water. The apple content is not too high with only 47% which leaves over half of the weight to water, sugar and maize starch. However, don´t dismiss this product too easily. Upon opening you will be surprised by the lovely apple flavour which transports me instantly into my grandma´s kitchen. The apple pieces are of a decent size and make a good, chunky pie filling. Other tinned apples often remind my of an apple puree rather than proper apple dices. The pie tasted delicious and had an absolutely lovely texture. The apple pieces actually stayed quite firm and dint turn into some kind of puree. You could not see any difference to a freshly made filling and the consistency was almost nicer than when I stew the apples. The taste was absolutely fine, maybe a tiny bit too sweet which is not surprising by the rather high sugar content. But hey, apple pie is nothing for when you are on a diet anyway. Would I buy Hartley's Bramley Apple Fruit Filling again? Yes definitely. 92 pence is a very good price for almost 400g of apple filling. I usually get a very decent sized pie for our whole flat share out of it and nobody ever tasted a difference between tinned and fresh apples. Highly recommendable product which gets 09 out of 10 from me!
I personally love apple pie and apple crumble, but don't always have the time to peel and stew the apples etc. I saw Hartleys fruit filling of bramley apple and thought I would give it a go. At just under a pound for one 395 gram tin, I felt this good value as it is a well know brand too. The tin itself has a green wrapping with apples and apple pie pictures to the front, along with the product name and brand. Turning the tin around, they list the ingredients:- apple, water, sugar and modified maize starch. I did find this slightly disappointing. They stated the apple content at 47% (I would like a little more), but they did not state how much of the others were in the tin - mainly sugar. They list the standard nutrional information per 100g, which I assume is an approximate portion size. Useful bits are the serving suggestions - pies, tarts etc and the storage - unopened cool/dry as usual but the opened I never realised you should put the contents into another bowel and cover in frigde. I always just put a lid on the tin and stuck it in! They also mention about where to write to if you are unsatisfied with the product. So, what does it taste like..... Opening the tin I was pleasently surprised, nice, proportional sized chunks of apple and smelt of apple too. Filled right to the top. Spooning it out, the liquid was fairly thick which is good and it holds the apple chunks together well. Tasting it, the chucks were nice and soft but not squishy and easily bite sized. The liquid tasted substaintal too and not runny. It was not particulary sweet as I expected, but I guess you could add more sugar if you wanted. Once cooked, the apple maintained its size and consistancy well and the pie tasted good! Well worth a try.
When the weather was colder, I developed a bit of an addiction to hot puddings and custard . As a busy mum though, I didn't really have time to make them from scratch, so purchased a lot of cheats ingredients, one of them being Hartley's Fruit Filling Bramley Apple , which comes in a large 395g ring pull can and costs a little under £1. This can be found on the bakery aisle in most supermarkets. This can be used for all sorts of things - pies , tarts, even danish pastries. My favourite way to use these though was in a crumble, simply putting the tins contents into a buttered baking dish and patting the topping down on top . For those who are really short on time, you can buy ready made crumble topping, but I like to make my own as I can vary it a little . Usually I make my topping out of oats, butter, sugar, and flour, mixed together with my fingers until it makes a nice crumby texture . I tasted a little of this topping before baking in my crumble, and it was very pleasant, if a little bland. It was quite sweet , without much of the acid sharpness some apples can give, and there were plenty of generous chunks of apple there, as well as plenty of sauce to keep my crumble moist. I did play around with the filling a little to make it more to my taste, adding a dash of cinnamon, some raisins, and a good squirt of lemon juice, as I like sharpness to go against my sweet custard. Then, I simply plonked this in the oven until it was heated through and the crumble topping was brown, and voila! A quick, easy, tasty, warming, satisfying dessert . The ingredients of this filling are :Apples (47%), water, sugar, modified maize starch. Nothing at all scary there. It has a fairly long shelf life (mine have at least a year on them) and so is handy for keeping in the cupboard for days when you want a pudding but just don't have the time to faff about. I'm giving this four stars - it's a quality product that saves lots of time in the kitchen, but in my opinion does need pepping up a little with some extra ingredients to make a nice crumble filling!
Hartley's Fruit Filling Bramley Apple can be found along side canned fruits on the shelves and maybe by the home baking section sometimes. It's a 395g tin, about enough filling for an apple pie and costs around the 94p mark. It's ideal for pastries, pies, turnovers, crumbles, etc. Ingredients include: Apples (47%), water, sugar, modified maize starch. Amazingly enough the tin was full of cubed apples with little sugar syrup sauce, I thought it would have less apple pieces and more sauce, as at the supermarket I was contemplating whether to purchase 1 or 2 tins. In the end I purchased 1 tin as I thought it would be terrible and might be a waste of money but I'm happy that they have not skimped on the apples as the ratio of apple pieces/sauce is just perfect. It does not taste really sour or really sweet, it's tastes just right. My only complaint is that there are bits of the core in there, slight sharp hard bits where the seeds are usually found. So maybe they need to core the apples properly as it's really annoying to come across when eating. Nutrition values: nutrient per 100g Energy 85 kCal Energy 363 kJ Protein 0.2g Carbohydrate 21.1g Fat 0.1g According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light labelling the product is low in fat at 0.1g. Saturated fat, sugar, salt was not applicable in this case so no traffic lights for those. Packaging: It's a normal tin with a ring pull, it has a two tone green label with a picture of an apple pie and Bramley apples. Overall it's a good store cupboard ingredient and saves time on peeling, coring, and stewing the apples. My apples sometimes end up too mushy probably due to too much water or I have accidently over cooked them. With this Bramley apple filling the apples stayed intact when I used them in my baked apple puff pastry tart.