“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Baking Aids „
I was just thinking about what we would be having for tea and realised that I needed to put one of the part baked loaves from the pantry into the oven to bake.
The loaf in question is Tesco Bake at Home White Bloomer and it currently costs £1.39 for a 350g loaf. A 400g crusty bloomer currently costs 65p so the part baked version is about twice the price but you are paying for the convenience I suppose.
These loaves can be found in the same aisle as the ordinary bread and are in a transparent thick plastic packet. The packet is transparent with a blue panel giving the details of the product - 1 Bake at Home White Bloomer - part baked, hand cut sourdough white bloomer made with French wheat flour.
There is a further panel giving the full nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions, allergy advice and storage instructions. The basic nutritional information expressed as a percentage of RDA (recommended daily allowance) is down the right hand side of the packet front.
The logo on the front tells us that this bread is suitable for vegetarians. The allergy information tells us that this loaf contains wheat and gluten and whist the recipe contains no nuts the loaf cannot be guaranteed nut free. The bread is part baked in a factory which uses sesame seed ingredients and so may contain traces of sesame seeds.
When you buy the bread it has been part baked and looks like an ordinary baguette but it is very pale in colour and I'm guessing it would be pretty horrendous to eat as it is!
To cook the bread you just need to remove it from the packaging (which can then be recycled) and placed directly on the middle shelf of the oven which has been pre heated to 200°C, 400°F or Gas Mark 6 for 12 minutes. For fan assisted ovens the times and temperatures may need to be adjusted. Once the packaging is open the bread must be cooked straight away or it will begin to deteriorate.
I have just cooked one of these loaves ready for us to eat at tea time and the aroma as it cooked was lovely, just like fresh bread cooking so that was a good start!
When the bloomer came out of the oven it looked and smelled great, just like a freshly baked loaf. It was a lovely golden brown colour and looked as though the crust was going to be very crispy.
I suppose you would like to know how it tastes!
Well it is delicious and easily tastes as good as it looks; it is great toasted, on its own with a chunk of cheese or as sandwiches. The outside of the loaf is nice and crusty and the inside is soft and fluffy so it is pretty much perfect!
The nutritional values per 100g are as follows:
Of which sugars 2.4g
Of which saturates 0.4g
So now these bloomers will be a constant store cupboard standby. They are a great fix if you have run out of bread or just to have as a treat when you fancy some 'freshly baked' bread.
Incidentally Tesco also sell part baked rolls and baguettes in the same range.