“ Type: Puddings „
I only tried this. We've had the Chocoalte Roly Poly quite a few times after trying when on offer and liking it. We picked this up as part of the £1 each or 4 for £3 on the recent Asda offers on the frozen goods. This has resulted in us trying a few new things, and stocking our freezers right up.
This is frozen and cooks in the microwave from frozen in only 2 and a half minutes. The pack size is 300g, and is meant to serve 4. I wondered how this could be perhaps cooked so that only half of it was made since there is only 2 of us, but all I done with the chocolate one was to split down the middle and cook for half the time. This worked out alright though. Last night we didn't have such a large main meal, so ended up having the half of this each.
You just cook this in the cardboard tray that this comes in.
Once this has been cooked I found it quite hard to take out of the tray. It was ok, but it didn't come out in 1 piece, and the cake fell apart into a lot of different pieces. Didn't look that nice this way, but who really cares.
This was great. Even the wife who isn't much into Syrup Puddings liked this. There is a thick enough layer of Syrup on the top, and the rest of the cake is a light and fluffy sponge cake. It would have been nice if the syrup was mixed through, but this way you could eat the Syrup part along with the sponge or just eat the sponge. The cake was sweet enough, but it was the syrup that was the right sweet part. It was pretty sickly but still nice.
Don't have the pack to hand but know that a quarter of this had around 250 calories, so we consumed about 500 calories each eating this.
A really nice desset that we will be buying again.
Now everybody loves something warm and sweet everyonce in a while and this cake is perfect for those cold winter months. I like to do my own baking most of the time, it's more fun and it's more satisfying to know that I've baked it myself. However that isn't always possible, I sometimes need a cake quickly because we are expecting guests and won't have enough ingredients or enough time to bake one so I do ocassionally buy them.
I bought Aunt Bessie's Golden Syrup Sponge Puddings in January when it was still very cold. They come in, like most other Aunt Bessie's products, a blue box. It has a picture of a golden syrup sponge pudding on the front and the Aunt Bessie's logo in the top left hand corner. The pudding is then in a bowl inside the box.
Remove the pudding from the box but leave it in it's bowl. Place in the microwave for 4 minutes and then leave it for a minute to stand and cool down. Then simply serve, very easy hey? It's also great for if you're pushed for time.
The sponge is quite light and fluffy, a pale yellow colour and tastes quite nice. The golden syrup is very sweet and especially nice warm however it does tend to drown the taste of the sponge because there's so much of it.
Overall I think that it's quite a nice pudding especially as they are only £1 each and are enough for 2 people. It could do with having a little less syrup but otherwise it's really nice.
Good old Aunt Bessie, she has revolutionised the art of preparing basic foods almost single handed. Her Yorkshire puddings are light and tasty, her roast potatoes render potato peelers redundant at a stroke and Im reliably informed her stuffing balls have to be tasted to be believed. Yes, dear old Aunt Bessie must be a dream come true for every time challenged or hopeless cook there is who do not know their balloon whisk from their ladle. And now this miracle worker of the culinary kind has turned her hands to the Great British dessert, with Sponge puddings of both the chocolate and golden syrup variety the latest addition to her ever expanding range. Now as a chef you must understand that I can make a fairly fine sponge pudding when called upon to do so, but there are times when Ive just completed a sixteen hour shift in the kitchen and the last thing on my mind when I get home is to start cooking something to sate my hunger. And so it was that I found myself with a couple of golden syrup sponge puddings produced by the aforementioned matriarch of basic foodstuffs, Aunt Bessie, in my freezer. My local Farmfoods freezer shop were selling them for £1 each but I have seen then elsewhere priced around the £1.29 mark.
Packaging wise the pudding is held in a plastic pudding bowl and placed inside a larger box. A delicious looking syrup pudding takes up the majority of the front with Aunt Bessie herself looking homely in the left top corner. As is the custom with food products the rear of the box is given over to nutritional, ingredient and cooking information. Calorie wise the dessert is fairly high with the whole 430g pudding notching up 1592 of the blighters, this is predominantly down to the fact that the most evident Ingredient is golden syrup which takes up a whopping 37% of the total product weight. Even with my sweet tooth Im not sure I can cope with over a third of the product being golden syrup. The pudding also contains Soya, egg, milk and gluten so those who have intolerance to these items should look elsewhere for their desserts.
The pudding is simplicity itself to cook, and it should be done with the product straight from the freezer. The pudding can be steamed for 75 minutes but my guess is that if you cannot be bothered to make your own sponge pudding the chances are the steaming option will be abandoned in favour of the faster microwave method. This is a straight forward procedure with a microwave blast of between 3½ and 4½ minutes depending on your microwaves wattage and category, an obligatory 30 seconds standing time is then all that stand between you and a hearty lump of hot sweet pudding.
First impressions when the pudding is turned out onto the plate is that there really is a lot of syrup, although much of it has soaked into the sponge to produce that lovely syrup cake-like amalgam there is still an ocean of the molten hot syrup sitting at the base of the pudding. The pudding itself looks decent enough, with a pale yellow colour and a good general pudding like shape. As I break into the pudding with a spoon I notice little resistance with the sponge separating easily to reveal a light, airy and pale looking sponge. My first mouthful is swamped by the over obliteration of syrup as it smothers the flavour of the sponge itself, with this in mind I manage to find a piece of the sponge with relatively little syrup attached so I can taste it on its own. The sponge is light on the tongue but not so much so that it disintegrates without trace, there is a slight bouncy texture when chewed which is pleasant and enables the flavour of the sponge to develop on the palette before it is reduced to a mush in the mouth. A slight buttery taste is evident while eating the sponge which compliments the other pudding ingredients rather well. Another mouthful, this time with a good amount of syrup and for the most part the two main constituents compliment each other well, the syrup delivers a quick sweet punch which is followed by the subtle flavour and texture of the sponge pudding.
All in all this is an acceptable dessert and Aunt Bessie can be justly proud of her achievement. Although I have the sweetest of sweet teeth I found the syrup too much, my advice would be to turn out the cooked pudding on a plate and then pour away the river of syrup that has not soaked into the sponge. Because of this fact I give this pudding three stars out of five, but I do recommend it as a filling and warming pudding that should serve two people comfortably, or one greedy chef who cant be bothered to make his own.
Microwaveable in 4.5 minutes, frozen sponge puddings with lashings of Golden Syrup sauce.