“ Type: Other Desserts / Food quality: Organic food „
I have been a bit lazy in the kitchen when preparing desserts recently since discovering the delights on offer from Duchy Originals, the company created by Prince Charles. At the weekend I do make a point of cooking a lovely meal on Saturdays when we are all home, and can eat together. As I cook almost everything from scratch it can take quite a while, so sometimes I call on my little friends at Duchy to provide dessert, and they have never let me down yet! I really like them because everything they make is organic and is just brimming with natural ingredients, so it really is ready made, but home made, if you get my line of thinking.
Duchy Originals is the brainchild of Prince Charles who set up the company in the early 90s with a view to caring for the environment, and also for using some of the profits to benefit charities, one very important arm of this being The Princes Trust which has helped so many young people to make a wonderful start in life for themselves.
The bakery items are a relatively new addition to the range of foods they sell, and they have now got a purpose built bakery in Cornwall, which has provided some really important year round jobs. Many of you may know this is the problem in tourist areas, where so much of the work is of a seasonal nature.
The Organic Bakewell Tart costs £3.99 in Waitrose and for this you get a large tart which will easily serve 6 people. It is regularly on offer too. The box is very attractive with a shield shaped clear window which allows you to peep into the box and spot lots of flaked almonds which adorn the tart. There are some fresh raspberries and whole almonds decorating the box in the corners, and the whole thing looks really posh and special!
I really like this product as I don't enjoy making pastry really as it is not easy to get it right, and the pastry in this is melt in the mouth perfection every time I have tried it! Made with all butter it probably is no good for cholesterol, but then after all it is a tart! The pastry sits as a little vehicle for holding the filling which is Duchy Originals Raspberry And Lime Preserve. This is a fruity and tangy jam, and over this is a general blanket of almond sponge, which has a lovely strong almond flavour. On the top are generous amounts of flaked almonds and an apricot glaze.
You can heat it gently if you like and serve it with custard or cream, but I like it cold with almond cream (Ecomil) which is a lovely French cream substitute which I have reviewed on Dooyoo in the past. This has a lovely almond flavour and is made with agave syrup so goes beautifully with it and you can purchase it from www.goodnessdirect.co.uk. If I am feeling really decadent I make up a glace icing using icing sugar and almond essence and drizzle over the top-this is divine! This soaks into the frangipane sponge and it is delicious!
The tart is in the chiller and it keeps well in the fridge but you can't freeze it. They usually have a long use by date on them, and are always really moist up to and including this date.
Not a great product for those with allergies as it contains nuts and gluten as well as eggs and milk. Fat content is scary too at 25.3 g per 100g and 280 calories per 1/6 of the tart, but it is a dessert, so occasionally it can't do too much harm, as it hasn't seen a bean of anything artificial in its life-just pure and natural ingredients like you would use at home.
6.5 million has already been creamed from the profits of the Duchy empire to help in all sorts of charities, and these include over 100 different causes so it is giving to others, and indulging in something delicious at the same time, so it is really something to look out for.
This really is the perfect end to a lovely meal and served on a white plate with a lovely pastry fork you can impress your guests and thank "The Prince!"