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Asda Good For You Summerfruit Cheesecake

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      04.05.2010 08:22
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      A nice cheesecake

      We'd had this in the freezer for a while but after tea last night we fancied a little treat.....


      Packaging.

      The cheesecake is housed in the usual foil tray which, in turn, in inside a square paper box.On the front of the box there's a picture of the cheesecake with a portion sliced out so you can see what the interior looks like. We're also told that there are 173 calories per sixth of the cheesecake and that there are no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat in this product.
      The back of the box contains the usual ingredients, nutritional information, storage instructions and defrost information as well as Asda's website address:-

      www.asda.com

      The product is described as:- "Rich baked vanilla flavoured cheesecake, with a crunchy biscuit base and a fruity strawberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant topping"



      Nutritional Information per 100g

      Energy kJ: 805kJ
      kcal: 191kcal
      Protein: 3.7g
      Carbohydrate: 34.5g
      of which sugars: 21.7g
      Fat: 4.2g
      (of which saturates): 2.0g
      Fibre: 1.4g
      Sodium: 0.18g
      Equivalent as salt: 0.5g


      Allergy Advice:

      Contains: Gluten, Milk, Wheat and Egg
      May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds


      Ingredients:

      Water, Reduced Fat Digestive Biscuit (11%) [Wheat Flour, Sugar, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Tartaric Acid , Emulsifier (Mono-and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)], Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese (10%) (Milk), Sugar, Blackcurrants (4.2%), Redcurrants (4.2%), Strawberries (4.2%), Yogurt (Milk), Whipping Cream (2.6%) (Milk), Wheat Flour, Maltodextrins, Modified Potato Starch, Margarine [Vegetable Oil, Water, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)], Blackcurrant Concentrate, Fructose Syrup, Egg Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Whole Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Dried Glucose Syrup, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Colours (Anthocyanins, Paprika Extract), Flavourings, Lactic Acid .


      Price:

      At the time of writing this cheesecake was on offer for £1 in Asda


      Taste & Opinion:

      After the cheesecake is taken from the outer box as you can see if the top of it which looks to be jammed packed with strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants in a sort of jelly like substance.

      So, in a top down process here's what I thought of the separate elements of the cheesecake.

      The fruity top layer:-

      There was plenty of fruit here in the sweet jelly topping. The strawberries were a decent size and had been chopped in half before being placed on the cheesecake. I was pleased with the amount of fruit on the top and, having left this out of the freezer for longer than stated on the box, had no problems with any of the fruit being frozen. Obviously I can't comment whether or not you'd still find any or all of it frozen if you followed the defrost guidelines on the box to the letter.

      Tastewise I'd say that the blackcurrants were perhaps the most sour of the fruit. This is not to say that they're so sour that they're unpleasant just that they have a slighter edge to them than the other fruit used. The strawberries were neither sweet nor particularly sour and, compared to the other two fruits used could be seen as a little lacking in taste. I found the redcurrants to be the sweetest of the three fruits. They were juicy, firm and quite sweet compared to the other two.

      Overall I felt that the sweet "jelly" worked well with the three lots of fruit used to create a pleasing taste, especially in contrast with the slightly sour blackcurrant.


      The cheesecake layer:-

      This is similar in thickness to the biscuit base, making up about 40% of the cheesecake as a whole. It tastes a bit creamy rather than the "rich" claimed in the product blurb and has a pleasingly firm consistency. I couldn't however detect any taste of vanilla. I'm not sure whether this is because my tastebuds had been assaulted by the top fruit layer or not but, to me, it didn't appear to taste of very much at all.


      The biscuit base:

      Like the cheesecake layer this makes up around 40% overall and, having tried biscuit bases in various desserts I have to say that this was probably the nicest I've come across. The base was neither so soft that it crumbled easily nor so hard that I had to use a lot of pressure to make the knife go through it when I was cutting the cheesecake in quarters. I also had no issue in getting my spoon through the base once I'd got a portion of the cheesecake into my bowl. Again, I'd take issue with the product blurb as I don't think that this base could be described as "crunchy" in any way. Mainly I was just thankful that it didn't taste soggy and wet, which is a problem I've found with some biscuit bases in the past.


      Overall I found this quite tasty and not too oversweet. If you eat the cheesecake layer at the same time as the fruit layer and the biscuit base then you can't even tell that the vanilla flavour is rather lacking. Boyfriend and I both enjoyed this and would quite happily buy it again. It should be noted, however, this it is fairly high on the sugar front (almost 22g per 100g).

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        19.04.2010 17:19
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        FAT REDUCED AND CALORIE REDUCED TREAT

        I am still exploring what in the supermarket frozen dessert range is worth £1 (or thereabouts) without being on special offer.

        Having tried and enjoyed some of the Tesco frozen desserts recently, (thawed first where appropriate, of course) I thought it would make a change to check out Asda frozen dessert range, and this time I opted for Asda GOOD FOR YOU Summerfruit Cheesecake.

        Asda describes the product as a 'Rich baked vanilla cheesecake, with a crunchy biscuit base and a fruity strawberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant topping.'

        So, what do I have to say about it?

        ##PACKAGING##

        The item is packaged in a card box approximately 6.5" square and 2" deep and inside the box is an aluminium foil dish of slightly lesser depth and diameter. This foil dish contains the cheesecake. The box is sunny colour mostly, with bright green and yellow used to highlight headings. The print is mostly grey. There is an image of a cut cheesecake on the front of the box. The packaging is 100% recyclable, although Asda don't bother to mention this. The card box is a bit flimsy and although the cheesecake was not damaged, I'm not convinced the box would protect the cheesecake very well for storage in a freezer. Overall it is a cheerful, happy looking package.

        ##INGREDIENTS##

        Water, Reduced Fat Digestive Biscuit (11%) [Wheat Flour, Sugar, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Partially invested Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarb), Salt, Tartaric Acid, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)], Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese (10%) (Milk), Sugar, Blackcurrants (4.2%), Redcurrants (4.2%) Strawberries (4.2%), Yoghurt (Milk), Whipping Cream (2.6%) (Milk), Wheat Flour, Maltodextrins, Modified Potato Starch, Margarine [Vegetable Oil, Water, Emulsifier {Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids}], Blackcurrant concentrate, Fructose Syrup, Egg Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Whole Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Dried Glucose Syrup, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Colours (Anthocyanins, Paprika Extract), Flavourings, Lactic Acid.

        Asda state NO hidden nasties in this product, and qualify the statement by saying 'no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat'.

        ##GENERAL NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND ALLERGY ADVICE##

        *Allergy advice

        Asda state the product contains gluten, milk wheat and egg, and that it may also contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.

        *Nutrition - (How much of this can I eat before piling on the pounds?)

        One-sixth of the cheesecake (92g) contains

        Calories 175
        (calorie 'warning' - if you go to one-quarter of the cake then calories increase to 263! )
        Protein 3.4g
        Carbohydrate 31.6g (of which sugars 19.9.0g, and fat 3.85g)
        Salt 0.5g

        ##DEFROST (how long do I have to wait after removing from freezer before scoffing)##

        You leave for approx 2-2.5 hours at room temperature. The recommendation is to remove all packaging beforehand and place onto a plate or serving tray. There is no mention of leaving the product to thaw in the refrigerator or timings for this (but double the time should about do it). The cheesecake was mostly thawed in the recommended time, however, the strawberries on the top were not and this spoiled the overall enjoyment somewhat. I would suggest the product be left at least 3 hours to thaw.

        Asda give instructions for speedier thawing with the assistance of the microwave, but I can't comment about this because I haven't actually tried it.

        ##TASTE AND TEXTURE (munch, and yum factor)##

        ~The biscuit base (bottom layer)~

        I found this easy to cut through, without bending the cutlery, or having to exert any particular pressure. The biscuit base was not too soft, but nor was it too hard. It was not, however, crunchy as suggested in Asda's product description. I found it quite firm, not buttery, and there was no tendency for it to crumb too much. It was a little dry, but not sugary gritty. Overall, I found the base quite tasty and not cloddy, but I don't think the biscuit base was as nice as it would have been had 100% wholewheat flour been used in the recipe. It reminded me somewhat of a cheap sweetmeal biscuit really.

        ~The cheesy middle part (middle layer) ~

        The texture of the middle part of the cheesecake is smooth and somewhat creamy. I was disappointed that it didn't really taste of vanilla as Asda suggested. I noticed some of the liquid from the fruit topping had bled into the middle layer colouring it pink. Actually I would have preferred more middle to the cheesecake (further comment in fruit topping section). Overall I thought the texture was about right, but it needed more flavour.

        ~The fruity top part (top layer)~

        The consistency of the three fruit topping was good. The redcurrants (about five per one sixth cake) were firm and sweet, the blackcurrants (about four/five per one sixth cake) were also firm but quite sour (despite the sweet sauce ), and the strawberries (only two/three per one sixth cake) were still partly frozen, and quite tasteless and watery (eventually). The fruity sauce was quite sweet, and quite rich tasting. I think this is why you couldn't really taste the middle layer.

        ##SIZE, SERVING AND VALUE FOR MONEY##

        The total weight of the whole cheesecake is 550g. The actual depth of the cheesecake is just over 1" which doesn't sound much but is adequate, and the diameter of the cake is 6". Asda don't suggest the number of servings, but averaging typical portions of a cake this size, it is probably meant to serve 6. I cut mine into 4 pieces. I think one sixth is probably too small (unless you are counting your calories) for a portion. One sixth is probably an adequate portion for a child (under 12). I think a one quarter portion is about right (and besides at such low fat and calories generally for a cheesecake, why not sneak the bigger portion!)

        Overall, I think the size is adequate for four/five people, and the cheesecake represented fair value for money at just £1. If needing to watch your calories or fat intake, I found the cheesecake good as a lower calorie, lower fat product. I think Asda has successfully got the fat content down to minimal levels, without compromising taste too much.

        This summerfruit flavour was the only Asda Good For You cheesecake available so far as I could see.

        This cheesecake was produced in the UK (three cheers for that) and is suitable for vegetarians.

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