“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Mix „
As it's pancake day or Shrove Tuesday tomorrow I thought that I'd review the Tesco Pancake Mix in a bottle. Especially as this is what I will be using to make pancakes tomorrow night!
I've bought this a number of times now, and I've been more than happy with it each time. Yes I know that it's easy enough to make your own pancakes as they are just flour, eggs and milk, but this is handy to have in the cupboard. Maybe you fancy pancakes as a midnight snack but have ran out of eggs or flour!
This is obviously modeled on the Betty Crocker 'shake to make' pancake mix. You get a plastic bottle filled with the pancake mix, you then add liquid to the bottle; milk in the case of the Tesco pancake mix, and water in the case of the Betty Crocker pancake mix. Then just 'shake to make' your pancake batter.
The Tesco pancake mix does normally cost less than the Betty Crocker pancake mix. It costs £1.35. However I find that if the Betty Crocker pancake mix is on offer then it can actually cost less than the Tesco one.
This makes pancake batter in no time at all, with no mess i.e. the bowls and the utensils, and no clean-up either - well apart from the frying pan that you cooked the pancakes in.
The only added extra you will need to make your pancake batter is 400ml milk, so providing you have milk in the fridge then you can have this mix in the cupboard and make pancakes anytime. I use skimmed milk and the pancakes turn out perfectly, I've also used semi-skimmed milk which works perfectly too. I'd imagine that whole milk world work just as well, I don't buy whole milk, so I haven't tried it this way.
The instructions are really quite simple: Shake the bottle well to remove pancake mixture from the bottom. Pour milk into the bottle until level with the top of the label (400ml). Close lid tightly. Shake the bottle vigorously, holding it upside down, until the mixture is fully dissolved (approximately 1 minute). Leave the mixture for 2-3 minutes to settle.
You then pour the pancake batter directly from the bottle into the frying pan to make your pancakes. The bottle states that it makes 6 pancakes, this will obviously depend upon the size of your frying pan, you may get more or less pancakes out of the batter. Whatever size pancakes you end up making though there is enough batter to make pancakes for two adults.
The pancakes taste exactly like homemade, and they always turn out perfectly. In fact my husband can't tell the difference between the either the Tesco pancake mix, the Betty Crocker pancake mix or my homemade pancakes.
I will occasionally wash one of the bottles out and then hold on to it to make my own pancakes in at a later date. I will then just add the pancake ingredients to the clean bottle and give it a really vigorous shake until the batter is smooth. Again this cuts down on the mess and clean up, and the bottle is perfect for pouring your batter into the frying pan.
Mmmm - I'm actually kinda tempted to make pancakes this evening now as well after writing this!
Food is a big thing in our household, probably like many, and we love to have lots of different breakfasts on our days off. One such thing that we love to have regularly is pancakes. I was finding that making pancakes would take a good 10 minutes to make the batter, another few minutes to melt butter, more time to cook the pancakes and then another 10 minutes to wash up afterwards from all the implements I used.
A bottle of pancake mix is something that I have used in the past, usually the Betty Crocker ones, and they have always been very quick, handy and tasty once made so when I spotted this one for just £1.35 I decided it would be a great addition to my store cupboard for a breakfast treat on a day when we are short on time or fancy something a little bit sweet.
This mix comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid. Mixing the pancakes is so incredibly simple, just add milk up to the fill line in the bottle, replace the lid and shake like crazy. I tend to give this a really rigorous shake in one hand while getting the pan ready, melting the butter and getting the different toppings out of the cupboard. I love to multi task when cooking to get things done as quickly as possible and this bottle is handy and light enough to hold in one hand.
After a good few minutes mixing, and once all of the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly, this mix is ready to be used. I then use melted butter, coat a wedge of kitchen towel with it and then wipe around a warm griddle pan. I pour my mix in to a ladle and then use the ladle to spread around the griddle pan before using my wrist to twist the pan and therefore move all of the mix around the pan evenly. This is very simple to do and a griddle pan is the ideal way to make pancakes as they get a cool pattern on them and they never stick to the pan like pancakes can in a standard frying pan.
These pancakes are yummy once cooked. They have a slightly greasy coating to them but then most pancakes tend to if you use butter to cook them. We tend to top ours with chocolate spread, lemon & sugar or golden syrup. Each of these tastes delicious and goes down very well at breakfast time, or even made up as a dessert after a nice dinner.
This mix is fantastic, very convenient, cheap, has a long shelf life and the pancakes go down a treat in our household. I would firmly recommend them if you are looking for something easy to make for breakfast or as a treat.
I was wandering down the 'baking' aisle in Tesco last week as I have developed this sudden interest in bakery. Whilst having a good old browse, I noticed this pancake mix bottle. I normally dislike pancakes, especially the shop bought ones, as I find them really stodgy, but I got a unexpected craving for them.
HOW TO USE
To start with, shake the bottle to release the mix from the bottom first. This will prevent the pancake mix from becoming weak. Simply add milk to the bottle, until the liquid is level with the top of the label and shake well for a good minute. Leave the mixture to settle for a couple of minutes before cooking as this will allow it to thicken up.
Typical of me, I didn't read the instructions properly the first time and I began cooking as soon as I finished shaking the mixture, I'm really impatient plus I really wanted those pancakes!! Anyway the mixture was really runny and the pancakes just merged into one big one, ok in theory but really hard to flip!
I says on the bottle to fry with a little oil, but I much prefer to use butter. I know it may increase the fat content, but they taste so much better and I find them a lot less 'sickly'. But that is really down to personal taste.
Fry on both sides on a medium heat until golden brown or, as I like it, for about 5 minutes each side until they are slightly burnt (they go really sweet and crispy, yummy).
Now for the fun part, the filling or toppings! My favourite topping is Canadian maple syrup which you can buy from most supermarkets, including Tesco. I absolutely drench my pancakes in syrup until I'm just mopping it up at the end, it's soooo good! I recently tried them with added chocolate chips which were really, really good. A little tip though, pour just enough mixture for one pancake into a bowl and then stir in some chocolate chips otherwise they'll all just sink to the bottom of the mixture, leaving the first few pancakes without any chocolate. My boyfriend likes them with eggs and bacon, as they are good with sweet or savoury accompaniments.
Now they are quite high in calories, especially the way I make them, but all good things are. Each 79g pancake contains:
200 calories - 10% daily allowance
8.8g sugar - 10% daily allowance
3.9g fat - 6% daily allowance
0.9g sat fat - 5% daily allowance
0.1g salt - 2% daily allowance
This is based on a pancake cooked as directed and using semi-skimmed milk.
Wheat flour, Sugar, Cornflour, Dried egg, Modified Maize Starch, Natural Flavouring, Salt.
They are suitable for vegetarians and come with an allergy advice of containing: Wheat, Gluten, Egg. The recipe does not contain nuts but may contain trace from ingredients and factory.
Tesco Pancake Mix is roughly around £1.31 for a 200g bottle making around 6 pancakes depending on the size you want to make them. They are slightly more expensive compared to the ready made pancakes from Tesco, which are roughly around 89p for 8. However, they are worth the extra money as they just taste much better, less synthetic and more fresh. As there is just me and boyfriend, the price doesn't work out so bad, but I image for a family of four you would have to buy another bottle to feed everyone.
Having never made pancakes before, I found the mix bottle really simple to use and the instructions really easy to follow (when I decided to read them that is!) . The pancakes themselves have a really great taste and since trying them for the first time, I have loved them and make them every Sunday for breakfast now. They have re-developed my love for pancakes!
We have pancakes quite a lot so when I was in Tesco recently I picked a bottle of this pancake mix up because I thought it would be easier than having to use a bowl and whisk the milk in. I've used the bottles before and it's dead easy because you just have to pour milk into the bottle and shake it like make until all the powder has been mixed in.
This bottle is chunky so it's comfortable to hold, you have to make sure you hold the bottle upside down for a bit because if you don't you'll end up with some of the powder sticking in the corners and then you might end up with weaker tasting pancakes. It's easy to shake the bottle and only takes one minute to get all the powder mixed in, then you have to leave it to stand for 3 mins to let the batter thicken up.
You just need 400mls of milk and then a little bit of oil to fry the pancakes in. This bottle makes 6 pancakes but that will obviously depend on how thick or thin you make them, sometimes I like making extra thin pancakes especially if I am going to be rolling them up and then I can get even more out of one bottle.
The taste of them is yummy when they're cooked and you can add whatever topping you fancy. They can be a bit greasy tasting so you're better off not to add a topping that is going to make any more grease..... my aunt has butter on her pancakes and while I was eating mine I was thinking about her and how sickly melted butter would be on these. Yesterday I had chocolate spread on one pancake and plain sugar and lemon juice on another one, both of the toppings went proper nice with the pancakes and the one my dad had with raspberries and cream on looked LUSH!
A bottle of this pancake mix costs £1.31 so that's quite a dear way of making pancakes, especially as you'll only get about 6 out of it. There are 5 in our house so we'd need to buy at least 2 bottles if we were all having pancakes and that would work out proper expensive compared to making your own.
Recommended..... a pricey way of doing it but a bottle will make 6 yummy pancakes!!!