“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Fruits „
Baking is undergoing a revival, no longer is it seen as an outdated occupation but more so as a way of providing the family with affordable cakes and puddings.
I have been baking for many years and my daughters also enjoy producing their own cakes and biscuits. The grandchildren love to join in and help on baking day and it is a good way of occupying them.
Dried mixed fruit can be very expensive. We all look out for the bargains and Tesco have 500g of reasonably good quality dried mixed fruit on their shelves for 65p. That has to represent good value, if you turn to the brand names you will pay far in excess of that.
Tesco have put together a mixture of sultanas, candied peel, currants and seedless raisins. The dried fruit is packed into a basic plastic bag that has the Tesco value colours and once that plastic bag has been opened it can easily be sealed with the help of a rubber band.
When you buy a bag of dried mixed fruit the ratio is all important, Tesco have given us 39% sultanas, 39% seedless raisins, 11% candied peel and 10% currants. That is a fairly good mix, currants are the most expensive dried fruit so you cannot expect more than Tesco have provided.
From my point of view it is essential that there is not too much candied peel, a little adds zest to the baking but too much makes the mixture bitter and unpalatable.
The Tesco dried fruit looks fine in the bag and when you open the bag you will find that the fruit is moist and sticky. The raisins, sultanas and currants look plump and juicy and the peel does not look dried out. Tesco cannot give us grade one dried fruit at this price so do make sure that you check the fruit over before you use it for baking, there may be the odd stalk lurking about.
Tesco have used preservatives to ensure that the fruit keeps as fresh as possible and I always put my dried fruit into a sieve and wash it well before I add it to the cake mixture.
The Tesco dried fruit is good for baking and one 500g bag produces a lot of home made cakes for the family to enjoy. If you are baking your own cakes then you can determine how much or how little dried fruit goes into the mixture, if you buy a fruit cake then nine times out of ten it will not be loaded with fruit.
Tesco say that the dried fruit mix may contain nuts, so this mix is not suitable for anyone who has a nut allergy.
Tesco have done well to offer 500g of dried mixed fruit at this price and it is one bargain that is well worth going out of your way for.
As part of my money-saving mission, I have started baking more often and buying cakes and goodies, a bit less often.
Tesco Value Dried Fruit Mix is a excellent buy at just 65p for a 500g bag. This dried fruit mix can be eaten straight from the pack, as a quick snack or used in a multitude of tasty recipes. As a snack on it's own, it is great if you need a quick, sweet tooth fix. The dried fruit and candied peels are very sweet and chewy and make an excellent job of satifying your craving. I just have to watch and not eat too many, or I come out in an itchy rash for some reason.
One of my favourite recipes is fruit loaf, which is shown below. This was passed on to me from my mother-in-law and I have been using it for years.
8oz self raising flour
1 cup of dried fruit mix
1 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of spice
Mix all the dry ingredients together, add beaten egg and gradually add in milk. Place the mixture in a small non stick loaf tin and bake in preheated oven at Gas Mark 5 / 190C / 375F for 45 minutes. Test to make sure the centre is cooked before removing from oven.
When the loaf is cooked, knock it out onto a wire rack and allow to cool. Place in a tin once cool to prevent it drying out. I love a slice of this with a light spreading of margarine.
As I have said, I have used this recipe many times over the years, it is extremely simple and you can't go far wrong. The dried fruit softens and plumps up when cooked and the candied peel adds a little extra bite and a slightly tangy flavour.
*Ingredients in bag of Tesco Value Dried Fruit Mix*
Seedless Raisins (39%), Sultanas (39%), Mixed Candied Citrus Peel (11%), Currants (10%), Vegetable Oil.
Mixed Candied Citrus Peel contains: Glucose Syrup, Orange Peel, Sugar, Lemon Peel, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide).
Tesco Dried Mixed Fruit is suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per 100g*
Energy - 285 kcal
Protein - 2.1g
Carbohydrate - 67.5g
of which sugars - 67.5g
Fat - 0.7g
of which saturates - 0.1g
Fibre - 2.3g
Sodium - 0.1g
Tesco Value Dried Fruit Mix is a must for your store cupboard if you enjoy baking. It is great value at 65p and the next closest in price is Tesco's own (non value) at £1.30 for a 500g bag.
A 5 star product that's definately worth a try!
Tesco Dried Fruit Mix.........
Tesco Value Range is something I have been trying a lot of recently as money is, as always, rather tight. This Dried Fruit Mix however cheap is still somewhat of a luxury as I use it to make Rock Cakes.
The mix comes in a rather good sized 500gram clear plastic bag. This is good because you are able to see exactly what you are getting. It costs a mere 65 pence which is a good price compared to other items similar to this and is nearly half the price of some alternatives.
The fruit contains a mix of raisins, dried orange peel and sultanas. The orange peel pieces are rather hard and not something that I really like but thankfully there is not so much of these pieces compared to the other mix so these are easily picked out.
I have used this Dried Fruit mix many times now and find it brilliant in making Rock Cakes. At first I thought it might be too dry and chewy but this was not the case at all and in truth I couldn't really tell the difference between these dried fruit pieces and the dried fruit that costs more. The Rock Cakes I made tasted just as good as they always have.
I would say this is well worth the price and I get two, very fruity, batches of Rock Cakes from buying one bag. This makes the cost of making a batch of cakes very low and indeed far better than buying a box.
I would highly recommend this Tesco Value Dried Fruit as you really cannot go wrong with it. As I say the only niggles I do have is with the Orange peel pieces but this is because I don't like them but they are no real bother to pick out.
I think a 5 star rating and a high recommendation is the only rating I can give to this product.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
My husband was brought up with a mother and grandmother who spoiled him with homemade cakes and buns, and caused his complete sweet tooth. So in being the dutiful wife, I have tried, since we got married, to bake more. One of the recipes given to me by my husband's grandmother was for a tea loaf, which involves dried fruit. It was her that recommended that the Tesco value pack was perfectly fine for such a recipe.
This 500g pack of dried mixed fruit, is as I said from the value range and currently costs around 65p for a bag. This bag included a mix of seedless raisins, sultanas, mixed candied citrus peel and currants.
Althugh I first made use of this bag of fruit for the tea loaf, and I have to say that it worked a treat, and tasted great, I ended up using it in my porridge in the morning. I thought I would try it one morning to give the porridge a little more flavour, and ever since I add it daily to my breakfast.
According to the front of the pack, 25g of this dried fruit, contains 75 calories, 16,9g of suage, but only 0.2g of fat. So apart from the high sugar content, it isn't too bad.
Some people may choose to eat these alone as a snack, although I have never done this, but the dried fruit really does taste great added to a hot bowl of porridge.
All in all, as I have said before, I have found items in the Tesco value range to be a bit 'hit and miss'. Some have been awful and are to be avoided at all costs, but some, like this bag of dried mixed fruit, is excellent. If you are using it for baking, this value pack really is ideal. I love them in my porridge, however, it is possible that you may get more plumped up fruit in some more expensive brands, especially if you like to snack on these. However, I am perfectly happy with these, and will continue using them for baking and porridge - why pay more, when these do a great job?!