We are usually invited to family for Sunday lunch, and so I do not usually have to come up with a dinner and dessert idea, however a few Sundays ago, I found myself cooking for hubby and I for lunch. I would quite happily forgo pudding but for hubby, Sunday lunch is not complete without some sort of dessert. To make my life a lot easier, rather than make a dessert, I looked the aisles in Tesco for a quick and easy pudding, and my eye fell on thse Aunty's Steamed Puddings In Sticky Toffee Sauce for £1.33.
The front of the packaging is quite enticing, even though I don't have a particularly sweet tooth, with a picture of the sticky toffee puddings inside. There are 2 x 110g steamed puddings in one pack, and each pudding, is, according to the packaging, ' deliciously moist.....with dates smothered in a smooth Sticky Toffee sauce.'
It also claims on the front of the product, that these puddings are less than 5% fat and only contain natural colours and flavours. They also promote the fact that they literally take 30 seconds each in the microwave, which is hard to beat for a warm pudding. These puddings can also be heated through in a steamer, although this takes 25 minutes.
There is allergy advice on the packaging, warning that this product continas wheat, milk, egg and soy, and therefore will not be suitable for everyone. It has also been produced on equipment that may have been used to make products containing nuts. However, these desserts are suitable for vegetarians.
These puddings were so easy to prepare that there is no way you could go wrong. Heat it through for the time given, and then invert the pudding holder, squeezing out the rounded pudding along with some of the yummy sauce.
Hubby and I bot hfound these puddings to be delicious. They were very moist, and I used a bit of ice cream with them to cool the hot pudding down. As you would expect from Sticky Toffee pudding, it was very sweet, without being sickly sweet. You were able to taste some of the dates throughout which added to ther flavour. It did not take long before both were devoured, and hubby was exclaiming that I should uy these more often, because they were so delicious.
These steamed puddings, really are a life saver if you are in a rush, or have forgotten about dessert at a dinner party. They are quick and and easy to prepare, and really do taste delicious. I do have to say however, that we were at a wedding recently, where sticky toffee pudding was the dessert on the menu, and it is difficult to compare a freshly made sticky toffee pudding with anything bought from the shops. However, that does not take away from the fact, that if you are looking for a quick, delicious dessert without a hefty price tag, then these steamed puddings are a great choice.
I saw these in the Cooperative on offer so thought I'd give them a go. I don't usually eat puddings but thought these would be nice to have on a cold evening.
Each packet has 2 puddings each in its own plastic container with a foil lid. The 2 pots are within a cardboard sleeve with a picture of the pudding making it very appealing.
On the packaging it says Aunty's traditional steamed puddings are slow steamed to perfection, these deliciously rich and moist individual sponge puddings have been prepared using only the finest ingredients - just like Aunt Betty Cole's original recipe.
So what's in these puddings?
Invert sugar syrup, water, wheat flour, glucose syrup, sugar, Dates (5%), Humectants, rice bran oil, golden syrup, raising agents, butter, dried skimmed milk, milk protein, ginger, dried buttermilk, dried egg white, rice flour, modified maize, starch, firming agent, salt, gelling agent, stabilisers, preservatives, emulsifiers, natural flavouring, citric acid, yeast, natural colours.
Contains 32% toffee sauce.
Contain wheat, milk, egg and soy and may contain traces of nuts but they are suitable for vegetarians.
Each pot contains 334kcal, 3.3g protein, 67g carbohydrates, 5.1g fat, 2.3g fibre, 0.78g salt.
I went for the microwaving method only taking 30 seconds. The other option is to steam it for 25 minutes. With the microwave method you have to remember to take the foil lid of otherwise things could go off with a bang!!
Once cooked you have to tip the pudding onto a plate give it a little squeeze and out it comes easily. With the steaming pudding in front of me it looked as good as on the picture. I dug the spoon in and through the toffee sauce, which smothered the top of the pudding and into the golden beautifully soft sponge.
There are dates through the sponge, which adds to the wonderful, sweet, taste. You do have to watch that you don't burn yourself, as the pudding is very hot. The sauce is a lovely sticky toffee one which is why this is a sticky toffee pudding!
These puddings cost me £1 for the 2 of them, which I think, is OK, normal price is around £1.69.