“ Brand: Farm House Fare / Type: Puddings „
Availability and Price
This product is available from selected supermarkets - I have bought it from Sainsburys a number of times from the chilled desserts section for around £4.
It comes in a tray (which you bake it in) which is inside a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve is reasonably attractive though perhaps a little old fashioned looking. I suppose it is part of the branding, it does look like it might have come from a farm house!
When you want to use the product, you place the tray (on a baking tray) into the over and cook for around 20minutes. When this has been in the oven for a few minutes it starts to smell AMAZING. It smells like home baking and toffee and comfort in general!
Eating (the true test!)
Wow, well this is the best part. I would advise leaving it to cool for a minute or two (not too long as the toffee sauce will harden) before serving (ideally with some vanilla ice-cream!). It serves 3 easily but I'm not sure I would want a forth person to get in on the act! It is delightful. The pudding part (the cakey bit) is moist and not too dense in texture. It has a lovely rich brown colour. The toffee sauce which is all around it and through it too, is hot, comforting and heavenly - a real treat! Rich and luxurious - a really hearty dessert.
I would highly recommend this product. But perhaps it ought to come with a health warming - its not the healthiest!
I would have to say that this Farmhouse Fare Luxury Sticky Toffee Pudding claims the prize for the nicest shop bought sticky toffee pudding I've tried to date.
The price is £3.50, which although at first glance might seem a little steep, I think is actually quite good value considering that actually the pudding is quite large (about the size of a loaf tin) and would serve between four and eight people. It comes in a takeaway-style tin tray with a cardboard lid, and whilst they recommend that you heat it in the oven, you can also remove from the tin and heat in the microwave, which is handy.
After heating in the oven for around 20 minutes, the pudding is moist, and rich, but not too heavy or stodgy. The bottom of the pudding is delicously gooey, the half is more firm, and the whole thing is topped with a smooth and sticky toffee sauce. The taste of the pudding, in my opinion, is simply delicious. The sponge has a pleasant flavour of dates and caramel, and the toffee sauce is rich and full of flavour without being too sweet. Seeing as there are only two of us, try as we might we couldn't manage a whole pudding between us in one sitting. I was unsure who well the remainder would reheat, but three days later and reheated in the microwave, I was inpressed to find that the second portion tasted just as good as the first.
This really is a great product, and is very good value for money. For the time it would take, and the cost of the ingredients, I could not make a sticky toffee pudding myself which would come anywhere near the quality of this product, so I would definitely buy this pudding again.
We have just had these as part of our dinner. We got them as part of a meal deal from Sainsburys where we could get a main, a side and a dessert for 2 for £5. Individually, I think the puddings were about £2. We found them in the chiller section of the supermarket and the puddings were packaged individually in plastic containers and around this was a cardboard sleeve. I do like the way the puddings are kept seperately as it does mean that if you wanted to eat one and keep one this would be easy to do as the best before date is not for over 6 weeks.
The puddings look ever so slightly different to the dooyoo picture and I would imagine that Farmhouse Fare have simply given the packaging a bit of a facelift. The cardboard sleeve is predominantly cream and a brighter blue in colour. There is information about the founder of Farmhouse Fare and also a nice large picture of the product. I am also told that there are 2 puddings in the packet. Farmhouse Fare have described the puddings as 'Two moist, buttery date sponges drenched with out hand-stirred sticky toffee sauce. Hand made in rural Lancashire.' I'll be honest - I dont like dates but before reading the packet (after eating the puddings!) I didnt realise there were any dates in it!
Cooking the puddings is really easy, you can either do it in the oven (12-15minutes) or the microwave (30 seconds per pudding), because I asked hubby to do it we did it in the microwave. I usually cook things in the oven rather than the microwave but I didnt think I would push it! Coming out of the microwave the puddings were steaming and looked and smelled very appetising. There was a small amount of sauce on the top and the puddings were a lovely brown in colour.
Tucking into the pudding I immediately noticed how moist they were and this was a nice pleasant surprise for me. The sponge was soft and bouncy and melted well in the mouth. The sauce was divine and had an absolutely gorgeous flavour to it. It was very rich and complemented the sponge very well.
Sadly, the packaging does not provide any nutritional value so I cannot tell you all how bad they are for you! However, I cant imagine them being very good for you due to the lovely buttery taste of the sponge so I would say enjoy these once in a while.
Overall, both me and my partner thought these puddings were absolutely delicious and we will certainly be buying them again. There are plenty of other things in the range too so we will be keen to try those. These include chocolate pudding and toffee apple pudding. Recommended!
Sticky toffee pudding is one of my all time favourite pudding and I was getting sick and tired of eating the heavy stodgy rubbish stuff.
I saw this at half price in Tesco and the packaging it quite simple but has a old style country feel to it which appealed to me. So the cardboard sleeve looks nice but when you take it out you may feel a bit dissapointed because it is a simple foil take out container with a cardboard lid but don't be fooled! The pudding it's self looks a nice brown colour but the toffee sauce is really light, this again is nothing to worry about because once it's cooked it goes dark and the gorgeous toffee smell is really strong. The cake is lovely and light closer to the surface and as you reach the bottom it is infused with the toffee sauce making it rich and sweet.
The whole thing is really nice because it is not too sweet and sickly like most. I have seen it in two sizes, one in the oblong carton that serves about 4 and a round bowl that probably serves 6 easily. The pudding also goes nicely with either custard or cream, I think this pudding works better with cream rather than the added sweetness of custard.
I would definately recommend buying it half price but even at it's full price (about £3-£4) it is still worth it as a treat.
Farm House Fare Luxury Sticky Toffee Pudding is a complete delight. You can find it from the chilled food section of supermarkets. It's nicely packaged and looked quite 'premium product' to me, though it's not 100% prepossessing when you first see what's inside the box, as it's packaged like takeaway food, right down to the cardboard lid. (It comes in an oblong aluminium foil carton enclosed in a cardboard outer sleeve.) The colour of the uncooked toffee sauce surrounding the pud is also slightly distressing at first - this looks far too pale - but rest assured, this caramalizes to a beautiful russety brown once it's been heated through. The cardboard outer layers being removed, the whole thing goes in the (conventional) oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes to heat through.
The taste and texture are fantastic. The pudding sponge is surprisingly light in the upper layers, but at the base becomes soaked through with dark, genuinely toffee-flavoured sauce. The sauce, which permeates the pudding tastes like real, buttery toffee and flavours the sponge throughout - this product is not at like one of those disappointing sticky toffee puddings that you find have been made from just dates and bit of watered-down muscavado sugar. No, this is the real deal and it's quite delicious.
The fat content, this being a 'real' toffee pudding, appears to be quite high, as the pud has a tendency to re-congeal once it cools down again. It doesn't look the greatest / most appetising in this state, but if there should be any portions left over, it does reheat quite well if you splash a bit of milk on it and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. We tried it with cream and then with custard - both were excellent.
It usually sells at around the £3 - £4 mark for a packet containing approx. 4 servings, but I tried it for the first time recently when it was on a half-price offer at Tesco. The puds have quite a long shelf-life; I bought a second one when the offer was still on and it must've been in the fridge at least a fortnight (possibly almost 3 weeks in fact) and it was still within its sell-by date. If you keep it hanging around like this for a while however, there do appear to be diminshing returns in that the toffee sauce appears to be absorbed more into the sponge pudding - it certainly doesn't disappear though, and still makes its contribution to the finished dish.
When it's selling at the recommended price, this may not be the cheapest dessert available, but personally, when I think of the money I've spent on cheap shaving-foam-cream frozen cheesecakes that I've only eaten the one slice out of, before chucking the rest in the bin - and other bad dessert-based tat like that - well, this sticky toffee pudding is streaks ahead of all the rest and definitely worh spending a little more on.