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Sainsbury's 'Basics' Batter Mix

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      05.08.2013 20:21
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      Good for a weekday pancake or Yorkshire.

      For the princely sum of 15p (as of 05/08/13) for a 125g bag, this batter occasionally makes its way into my shopping basket when I'm around Sainsburys.

      The ingredients of this product are simple - it is just wheat flour, skimmed milk powder and salt. Yes, I know making your own batter is easy - but somehow my homemade batters always turn out on the heavy side. After almost twenty years cooking for a family I have to accept it's not something I'm very good at making. The pre-mixed batters are quick and usually much lighter.

      In our house this batter mix is mostly used for pancakes. I've tried using it to make Yorkshire puddings and they turn out quite well - but unfortunately my children prefer the pre-made Yorkshires.

      Looking at the ratings for this batter on dooyoo I was surprised to see that it doesn't fare very well. Then I remembered - this is actually one of the products I cheat a bit with. I tend to add a dash more water to the mix than they advise - not much but just enough to loosen it up a bit. I tried it their way and found the pancakes ok - but a bit lack lustre and stodgy. I suppose it depends on your personal taste.

      The packet gives out the two recipes as follows: For Yorkshire Puddings - pre-heat oven to 220 degrees C/or GM 7. Whisk 1 medium egg and 200ml cold water in a bowl with a balloon whisk, then gradually add to the batter mix whisking until smooth. Heat a quarter tsp. oil per pudding in a 12 hole Yorkshire pudding tin. Divide the batter equally in the tin. Bake in the top of the oven for 20 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.

      (I found in my own oven the puddings were done slightly before the 20 minute mark.)

      For pancakes - whisk 1 medium egg and 200ml of cold water in a bowl with a balloon whisk, then gradually add to the batter mix whisking until smooth. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Thinly cover the base of the frying pan with the batter. Cook until the underside is golden brown, turn over the pancake and cook to brown the other side. Makes approx. 6 x 20cm pancakes.

      What you choose to serve your pancake with is up to you - I usually have fresh squeezed orange juice and caster sugar sprinkled over mine. Naughty but oh, so nice.

      As far as calories go, the batter itself has 200kcal per 100g. The Sainsburys website says one Yorkshire pudding is about 48 calories. The F.S.A rating gives green lights for sugar, sat fats and calories and orange lights for salt and fat.

      The product is not suitable for milk/gluten/egg or nut allergy suffers due to ingredients/ nature of manufacture.

      I'm not saying that this is the best batter ever -but by the time I've smothered my pancake with topping I can't tell that there's too much difference between this batter and the slightly more expensive ones. I think this batter is good value for the money. My pancakes come out crispy and light enough and I am satisfied with the results for a weekday pudding - although I do get a top notch batter mix for Pancake day which I don't feel the need to 'adjust' the recipe to.

      Still - worth keeping in your cupboard I think.


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      25.01.2010 13:35
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      Great for a fun dessert.

      Well I have just bought a brand new crepe pan from Lakeland (possible review coming up) and I was desperate to give it a go. I wouldn't have a clue how to make up batter from scratch, so went in to Sainsburys to buy a packet of batter mix. The only one they had left on the shelf was this Basics mix, I think everyone must be having practice runs before pancake day arrives. I was a little sceptical as it only cost 9p which compared to one they had sold out of was 70p cheaper. Still with nothing to loose I popped one into my basket. Here is how it turned out.

      The packet - Well it is plain and simple, with its white with orange writing it would be easy to find in the shop. There are clear instructions on the back telling you how to use the batter mix to make pancakes or yorkshire puddings.

      How to use the product - To make pancakes you need to beat one egg with 250ml of cold water. Once this is done slowly add the batter mix and whisk until it is all smooth. This is very easy to do and you can't really go wrong.
      Next you heat a blob of oil in a pan, when it starts to smoke add a enough of the mixture to cover the pan. Heat it until it the bottom turns golden brown then turn or flip onto its other side and repeat until it is all lovely and cooked.
      It was easy to do and I didn't burn any - yipee.
      The packet made five medium sized pancakes.

      The taste test :
      The pancakes were soft and fluffy, they tasted delicious.
      I am amazed that the batter mix only cost 9p and I think they tasted better than the well known more expensive brand I would normally buy. I am converted, I only hope I don't get addicted.

      Ingredients - Wheat flour, skimmed milk powder and salt. Suitable for veggies.

      Half the packet contains 92 kcal although I think mine topped with chocolate and ice cream would be considerably more .
      Well the mix was a fine powder


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        07.04.2009 16:09
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        Worth 8p of your money anyway!

        Loving pancakes the way I do but being so rubbish at making them of late I have resorted to purchasing packet mixes of the stuff made up. I simply find I can't go wrong with them and all I have to do is add some water and an egg and away I go, opposed to before never knowing how much salt to add to the mix or whether to make up my mixture using some milk and water (aka Delia Smith's idea!) or whether to add butter to the mixture etc. I found it all so mind boggling that once I had worked out how to make up the mixture and was cooking it I'd burn the lot cos I was so confused! Hence the packets. I like them. I'm not stressed out and it's an easy task for me to undertake so I'm happy!

        The Packaging....

        128g white plastic bag. On the front is the usual orange writing and bands of colour (that adorn all Sainsbury's Basics products) and I'm told it is Sainsbury's Basics Batter Mix 'Everyday recipe for Yorkshires And Pancakes 'you can't beat it'. There is an at a glance nutritional pye chart displayed, along with the vegetarian symbol and there is a scribbled on picture on the there of what I think is meant to be a frying pan flipping a pancake! On the back of the packet all in black writing this time I'm given a list of ingredients and allergy advice, nutritional information and storage details are listed, how to prepare the mix and contact details for Sainsbury's are given, the best before date is stamped on and finally there is a bar-code on there. Very simple 'basic' packaging from Sainsbury's but never mind it's the product that counts and what do you expect for 8p (yes the cost of this!)

        How To Prepare The Mix....

        For Yorkshire Puddings:

        In a jug or bowl beat together 1 egg (medium) and 200ml of cold water.
        Empty sachet contents into another bowl and gradually add the egg and water an whisk until smooth.
        Heat a little oil in 12 small patty tins. Add batter and cook in a pre-heated oven 200C 400F Gas Mark 6 for 20-30 minutes.

        For Pancakes:

        In a jug or bowl beat together 1 egg (medium) and 250ml of cold water.
        Empty sachet contents into another bowl and gradually add the egg and water and whisk until smooth.
        Heat a little oil in a small frying pan. Pour in enough batter to cover the base and cook over a moderate heat underside is golden brown. Turn pancake over and cook to brown the other side. Repeat until batter is used up.

        Preparation time: 5 Minutes

        My Experience Making Pancakes....

        Really easy it is to make this up! As directed I make up my batter which takes less than a couple of minutes for me to do. All the mixture in the packet is, is white powder and when mixed with the water and egg it does go a greyish colour and a wee bit lumpy but even after beating the living daylights out of it you can't possibly get it totally smooth. That worried me the first time I bought a packet of this but I now know that as long I whisk it as well as I can then them lumps I can't fully get rid of do dissolve though cooking anyway.

        So I pour some into a pan and away I go. It takes a couple of minutes each side to go golden brown and of course it's up to you how much mix you use per pancake depending on how big and thick you want them! I get about 7 large pancakes from this.

        They don't stick providing you keep them on a medium heat and use new oil every time you use more mix and it really is as straightforward as that (even for me who is a self confessed hopeless cook!).

        The Results....

        Well I've used a few other pancakes mixes and this is my least favourite one of them all so far. It isn't awful but simply not as tasty as some of the others I have found. It makes flat pancakes opposed to fluffy one's so you don't get a lot of rise to them and basically they really don't taste much. They don't taste of flour and I can't detect seasoning and if blind folded and someone filled my mouth with this I'd be hard pushed to know that it was a pancake cos filling this mix is but tasteless it is too!

        I would think making Yorkshire puddings with this is as simple as making pancakes though I would think they wouldn't rise very well and that they would be just as tasteless as me making pancakes with it.

        As I have said they really are not awful but are ok for a quick snack and I'm sure if using this to make pancakes (like me) you can also achieve flavour with fillings and cos of the lack of seasoning these are suitable for sweet and savoury fillings.


        Wheat Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder (from Cow's Milk), Salt.

        Allergy Advice....

        Contains milk & wheat gluten. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

        Nutritional Information Per 68g Serving

        Energy 92 Kcal
        Protein 4.0g
        Carbohydrate 16.3g
        of which is sugars 0.7g
        Fat 1.2g
        of which is saturates 0.3g
        Fibre 1.3g
        Salt 0.5g
        of which is sodium 0.2g

        Only available in Sainsbury's stores priced at 8p a packet and value for money they are!


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