“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cherries „
I can't believe it's November already and time to make the christmas cake again. This was my first year making a christmas cake and with a long list of ingredients to buy I was looking to make buying them all as cost effective as possible. Tesco glace cherries fit the bill perfectly at a mere £1.09 for 100g, these weren't going to break the bank.
These cherries come in a somewhat flimsy plastic pot, I did accidentally drop my pot on the floor and it developed a crack down the side - luckily I was using the entire pot for my recipe! Providing you are not too heavy handed like me this pot is a perfect adequate container for the cherries and has a resealable lid, which is great if you don't want to use all the cherries in one go.
These cherries are red, very sticky and sweet, when you bite into them they are firm and have a sugary cherry taste. Glace cherries are just pitted cherries boiled in syrup, the ingredients are listed as:
Cherry (53%),Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Sugar ,Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sulphur Dioxide) ,Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) ,Colour (Erythrosine)
As the cherries are covered so heavily in sugar they have very little nutritional value, however they do taste delicious! Lovers of glace cherries will be happy to eat these straight out of the pot (myself included), however they are perfect for mixing into a batter or topping a cake with.
I would buy these cherries again as they are a great product for a great price. I look forward to baking with many more pots in the future.
I do love baking and cherries are one my favourite ingredients to throw into the cake or bun mix, particularly for what I call 'fairy loaf' (my own fairy cake mix in a loaf tin - the edges go all crisp and lovely).
I often use cherries on their own but also team them up with something like coconut or chocolate chunks to really bring out the flavour. I always quarter them when putting them in a mix so they don't sink to the bottom.
In every big supermarket, there is a distinct lack of choice with glace cherries, which tend to be limited to one brand, and I think Tesco is the only place that do their own brand (? correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not sure why this is exactly.
With the leading brand there are a couple of different options on offer, such as different coloured cherries (why would you want green and orange cherries though?) and even quartered cherries which are at least 2-3 times the price of regular ones (WHY?? Why not just quarter them yourself?!).
Thankfully, Tesco ones are without all the gimmicks, and taste just as good. In fact, since they are so coated with sugary syrupyness, I'm not sure that glace cherries could taste different from each other...? However, Tesco's own are slightly smaller than the leading brand - but I find actually that this is an advantage because you use fewer, they are easier to work with, and they are still just as satisfying for less sugar and fewer calories per portion.
I'm beginning to think there must be some complicated manufacturing process behind glace cherries because as well as having very little choice, they are also very expensive (though perhaps this is because they aren't massively versatile or essential, and people are buying more premade baked goods?). I've never seen them on offer, and only the tiny pots are just under £1, which isn't worth it in terms of packaging and the amounts I use - they keep for years anyway so buy a bigger pot. There are only a couple of sizes around, and personally I'd like to see them in double or triple the 100-200g size. It would save on packaging and shopping!
You might be thinking that I'm cherry obsessed, but funnily enough my boyfriend is the obsessed one and usually manages to eat at least half a pot if left unsupervised when I'm baking. If he's looking in my cupboard for something to eat he'll usually pick them up as the first thing so I tend to go through them quite quickly.
Overall, at a little cheaper than the leading brand, Tesco's own are worth considering as they are only marginally different and are so similar in every respect it's probably worth the small saving.
Perhaps more people will start baking as we are in the middle of a credit crunch, a plain sponge made into fairy cakes and topped with some icing and a piece of cherry will give parents or grandparents good quality time with the children, and the result although maybe fattening will be appreciated by all with a sweet tooth. A learning process that is fun and cheaper than going out to the cinema or other place of amusement.
I always have a tub of cherries in the cupboard because they are so versatile, I chop them and use in scones, cakes, Christmas and birthday rich fruit cake and to decorate biscuits, cakes and trifles. Cherries can be cut really small to decorate cakes and biscuits.
My tub of Tesco French glace cherries is a 200gram size and I am informed that 25grams contains 80 calories, 18.9 grams of carbohydrate. Five cherries weigh about 25 grams. The cherries grow in Provence and are processed there before exporting. Glacé or candied fruits are cooked in a sugar solution, colouring is also added to make the cherries lovely and red. The skin of the cherry is quite firm, but the inside soft and juicy. My tub cost 94 pence and has about 40 cherries, so can be used for several different things. I was pleased to see that they were all whole, just the stone removed, I have bought other tubs of cherries that have bits and pieces in and although I generally cut them up I like whole cherries to start with not the odds and ends.
There are warnings on the tub that wheat and sulphites are contained in the cherries, and although they have tried to remove all the cherry stones, there may be an occasional one. The clear plastic tub has a white top and the labels are in red and white and it is recyclable. My tub needs using up before the end of March 2009, but was bought before Christmas when I was making the cake.
When I use cherries I usually rinse and dry them as they can be very sticky and the weight of the syrup makes them sink to the bottom of the cake. Tossing in a little of the weighed flour helps to stop this happening too. I usually chop them up in cakes as a whole cherry is quite a mouthful. Sometimes I just toss them in flour if the cherries aren't too sticky.
I love cherries and always pinched one when my Mum was baking, I still do this now! To me they don't taste anything like fresh cherries which can be quite bitter, they are sweet and have a flavour all of their own. My sister never liked cherries and always took them out of cake and gave them to me, so I loved cherry cake as I got loads of cherries!
They can be stored in a cupboard in the kitchen as long as it is dry and not too hot, and used by the use by date.
My favourite cherry confections are:-
* Cherries soaked in liqueur and wrapped in a ball of marzipan.
* Cherry and almond cake
* Cherry scones
* Paradise cake
I'll give you a recipe for Paradise cake if you feel like baking!
8 oz shortcrust pastry
4 oz margarine
4 oz caster sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons chopped glacé cherries
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons ground almonds
Caster sugar for dusting
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use it to line a greased 11 inch by 7 inch baking tin. Heat oven at 350F/175C/Gas Mark 4. Cream the margarine and sugar together and stir in a beaten egg, cherries, walnuts and almonds. Add the vanilla essence/extract and mix well. Spread a layer of raspberry jam on the bottom of the pastry case and spoon in the mixture on top of the jam. Bake for about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sugar and leave to cool in the tin. When it is cold, remove from the tin and cut into squares
And in conclusion I think you already know that I do recommend these lovely cherries, they are delicious additions to baking and make great decorations on food.
Glace cherries can be the cause of conflict in my humble abode, I love to taste their plump sticky squidgyness in cakes and scones and the Other Half resolutely picks them out, puts them on the side of his tea plate and whinges. (Yes, a male who whinges lol)
But in all fairness they are very sweet and certainly not to everyone's taste.
Tesco French glace cherries come in a 200g pot and on average they cost 94p.
I hazard a guess that these cherries originate from across the Channel thus allowing them to be described as French.
Most glace cherries are placed into a clear plastic pot for marketing purposes and these are no different. Maybe the manufacturers recognise that the cherry is an attractive little fruit and truly deserves to be on show to its public.
Although I always have a pot of glace cherries in my larder it may take me months to use the whole pot, but they still keep as fresh as the day they were bought due to being smothered in the rich sugary syrup.
Sometimes I just take my pot of glace cherries out to dust them! and of course then I need to make sure that they are still fresh so I end up tasting one (or two)
If you lift the lid your fingers are automatically covered in a sticky substance and no matter how you try to disguise the fact that you have sticky paws, you can`t!
If you were a character in a game of Cluedo it would certainly be a case of Mrs Cherry did it with the cucumber in the larder.
Every cherry has literally been smothered in thick gluey syrup and as you try to remove them from the pot they resist all attempts to be taken away from their friends and relations that reside in that clear plastic pot.
Uniform is one of the best ways to describe the size of the cherries, uniform and plump. The fruity scarlet temptresses are moist and exceptionally juicy, so when you bite into them they are so sweet and succulent.
If I am using them to put into scones, fairy cakes or a fruit cake I always roll them in a tiny bit of flour before I add them to the mixture to stop them sinking to the bottom when they are cooking. But even though they are weighed down with that floury coating they still manage to retain their moist texture after cooking.
The product is Vegetarian friendly, on average one glace cherry contains a massive 80 calories and as suspected and expected they have a very high sugar content.
After conducting the investigation into the calorific content of the glace cherry I have made a mental note...Remember a cherry on the lips means a lifetime on the hips. But sadly I feel that the note will be forgotten when I next check the cherries for any signs of deterioration!
So Tesco French glace cherries are moist, succulent, just right for a sugar boost and are laden with calories and sugar.
Never the less they are delicous!
Tesco French Glace Cherries, they're what really make a trip to the Tesco's baking isle worth while, them and to but chocolate chips of course.
I've loved eating them since I was a little kid although I probably shouldn't eat so many as they contain LOADS of sugar! They're just a fantastic thing to snack on if you have a really sweet tooth. I know there are a lot of people who hate these and in a way they're a bit like marmite people either love them or they hate them but I recommend them.
Straight out of the pot they're fantastic and my husband and I can happily eat our way through an entire pot in just a few minutes but they are evehn better when coated in icing or on top of a plain iced fairy cake, they just put the cherry on the top of the cake as the saying goes.
What are they you ask? Well it's quite simple really they're cherries with the stones taken out and then boiled in a syrup - melted sugar about 5 times. They then have an amazing sweet taste, it can be a litle sickly if you eat to many but they are really nice, the perfect sweet snack for cake toppings.