“ Brand: Pearl's / Type: Tarts „
I absolutely love bakewell tart and the other night I had to leave my house in the wind and rain and whilst in a shop feeling sorry for myself I spotted this costing 89p for a rather large tart and I felt I had to have it to cheer myself up with, with a cuppa lol! The Packaging: If you can see the photograph on the top of this review then my box is exactly the same as that, that you can see. If not it comes in a red, square box and there is a photograph of the bakewell tart on there and I'm told it is Pearl's Iced Bakewell Tart 'Shortcrust pastry case with fruit filling and almond flavour cake topped with fondant icing'. Other information on the back includes being told what it is, ingredients and allergy advice is given (Contains: Wheat, gluten, egg milk), and contact details for Pitta Foods (the manufacturer of the product are given). It's a nice enough box however on the back of it I'm told it is delicious hot or cold. Oddly enough no heating instructions are given and I'm left wondering how you heat something up that has icing on it! The tart comes in a foil tray and has a sort of clear bag over it that pulls off with ease. The Tart: Round in shape it's a nice large size you could get 4 rather large slices from though you could of course get about 6-8 slices out of it that would be rather small if preferred. Appearance wise when you first take the tart out of the tray it comes in you'll see the pastry case and that's fluted somewhat to the edges and then the rest of the tart is covered in pure white icing. When you cut into it what you get is a thick layer of white icing then a sort of spongy layer of cake then some fruity looking, smooth jam and the base is pastry and it looks nice and crumbles a little and has a gentle sweet aroma to it that is quite appetising. So the pastry is shortcrust. It's moist and it doesn't really contain a lot of flavour really but it's nice enough. The dark red fruity jam is smooth and plentiful and tastes of plum although apple is listed in the ingredients and I can't detect that at all. Above that the sponge is a little stodgy but does taste buttery and with a hint of almond to it and then the icing is sort of glued on by an apricot jam. It tastes very sweet indeed however to be fair to it not in a sweetener sort of way but more sugary which I actually prefer. I like the pastry, sponge and filling however the white icing is gloopy and too thick and feels like I'm chewing up pure sugar...which I guess I am but it fails to melt in the mouth and is a little hard to chew up and swallow! I actually didn't mind this really, like I say the quality and flavours were ok but it was a basic tasting bakewell tart and covered in too much icing for me to bear. Not bad though and very worth 89p!