“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Mix „
After having really good results using Morrisons Batter Mix recently (please see review I did on that) I really wanted to remake some pancakes. As I explained in that previous review I don't know why but I make them from scratch and I seem to be rubbish so I resorted to buying a ready made mix. Well my results served me so well from that past experience that I decided to get me another batter mix and living too far from a Morrison's just to nip and get one I went to my local Sainsbury's and purchased this instead to try out.
125g bright orange plastic packet. On the front in white writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's Batter Mix...For Savoury & Sweet recipes. There is a small picture in the top left hand corner of the packet of a couple of Yorkshire puddings with an at a glance nutritional pye chart partially covering them, and the main picture is pancakes stuffed with fruits. I am told on the bottom left hand side of the packet that this mix is suitable for Vegetarians and the size is stated and finally I'm told the best before date is on the back of the packet. On the back of I'm told cooking instructions for Yorkshire puddings, Pancakes and how to make Batter and then there is a recipe idea given for apple pancakes. Ingredients are listed along with allergy advice being given, nutritional information is listed, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, the best before date is stamped on (as promised) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice, simple to open packet, full of product and it all has lots of information on it so you know exactly what you have and what to do with it.
Directions For Using The Mix....
Preheat the oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7
Empty the batter mix into a large bowl, crack an egg on it and add 200ml of cold water and beat it up with a fork or a whisk until quite smooth (no lumps).
Place some cooking oil into a 12 hole bun tray or into a large a tin and bake for about 15-20minutes or until golden brown.
Make batter the same as making Yorkshire pudding mix but use no egg and 175ml of water. Coat whatever food you like with the mix and shallow or deep fry until done.
Me Using It....
Well I use my batter mix to make pancakes and this mix comfortably made me 6 big pancakes. All I do is get the none fragranced white flowery looking mixture into a bowl and add 300ml (1/2 pint) of water and 1 egg. I beat it up until it's a smooth beige looking mixture and this is really simple to do. I then fry up a little hot oil and add desired amount of the pancake mix to the pan and away I go frying.
I find I take about 3-4 minutes to make a pancake and of course that does depend on the thickness and overall diameter of the pancake but I do find that these make quite flat pancakes really and they don't give a lot of rise so I do use rather alot of mixture per pancake and keep to a low heat so the centre cooks and overall my pancake goes a nice light golden brown but more importantly it really is cooked.
No real smell when cooked apart from a fried none distinct smell really. They do crisp up a little on the outside, remain light and airy on the inside and look fantastic when cooked and very presentable. Taste wise they are really nice but as I said earlier they do feel a little flat and taste wise although they do taste of flour and milk in the main they lack lots of taste, however you can of course use your own fillings to fancy them up and of course that can be savoury or sweet, that's your choice and me I love mine covered in golden syrup lol.
Of course you can use this mix to make Yorkshire puddings and although I haven't done that with this particular mix I would assume that they become quite hollow, light and crispy and are much like frozen one's rather than home made.
However for me this is a great pancake mix. Simple to use and store for ages (flour can get mites in it) and it's great for people like me who want a pancake and quickly with no daft weighing and measuring out etc! Ok so I'm lazy but it works for me and that's the main thing! lol.
Wheat Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder (from Cows' Milk), Salt.
Contains milk & wheat gluten
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional information.... Per 100g Serving....
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Total Sugars 1.0g
Only available in Sainsbury's.