“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheesecake „
I decided to try this cheesecake from tescos last week as it was only £1 and it looked really nice in the picture, so we thought we would give it a go. For £1 I was not expecting much from this dessert but it was actually really nice and I bought another in the range this week which was toffee.
This black currant cheesecake consists of a light biscuit base which is made of digestive biscuits, with a thick layer of cream cheese and topped with swirls of blackcurrant sauce. One thing I didn't like about this cheesecake was the base falls apart too easily, it was not crunchy at all, it was very light and it just crumbled as you sliced into it, although it tasted really nice. If you look at the biscuit base you can see all the grains of sugar in it, like its not really mixed in properly.
The cream cheese layer was perfect, nice and soft and light, and the blackcurrant sauce was lovely. It was fruity and gave it enough taste so that the cheesecake wasn't bland, but not too much that its too fruity and sweet. I hate when you get big pieces of fruit on the top of cheesecake I much prefer the way tesco have done the blackcurrant topping as just a sauce, it was really nice.
It was really easy to cut into this cheesecake, I hate it when you get to the biscuit base with your knife and its too hard to cut and it makes a mess. Although in the foil tray you need up with loads of crumbs from the base as it crumbles so easily.
This is such a light cheesecake it is not very filling, we ate about 1 quarter each for a dessert, and 1 fifth of the cheesecake contains 285 calories so it isn't good for you, but which desserts are!
We ate ours the day we bought it, but it is suitable for home freezing, and when you want to eat it you can defrost it in the fridge for about 5 hours, or at room temperature for around 3 hours.
This cheesecake comes in other flavours for just £1 too including toffee and lemon. I have tried the toffee one and it is lovely too.
Overall, for just £1 you cant go wrong with this cheesecake! It tasted lovely and I will definitely be purchasing this flavour again!
A new week has arrived. Time to try another new dessert perhaps? Actually I don't buy frozen desserts very often, but this month seems to be one for doing just that, and cheesecakes in particular. Why? No particular reason, except I am exploring what in the supermarket frozen dessert range is worth £1 (or thereabouts) without being on special offer.
So, having tried and enjoyed Tesco Lemon Cheesecake recently, I returned to the dessert section of the frozen cabinets in Tesco, to see what else was available. I opted for Tesco Blackcurrant Cheesecake. I am going to make comparisons between the review product, and the Lemon Cheesecake in this range. You can also read my review of the Tesco Lemon Cheesecake.
This is not a 'Tesco value' item but unlike the Tesco Lemon Cheesecake I think it should be.
The manufacturer describes the product as 'A deliciously creamy cheesecake with a digestive biscuit base; topped with a swirl of blackcurrant sauce'.
What do I have to say?
The item is packaged in a card box approximately 6.5" square and 2" deep and inside the box is an aluminium foil dish of slightly lesser depth and diameter. This foil dish contains the cheesecake. The box is purple, with cream and pale purple print. There is an image of a cut cheesecake on the front of the box. The packaging is 100% recyclable and appears to protect the cheesecake well for storage and transporting home without squashing the product on route. Except for the colour of the card box, the packaging is identical to the Lemon Cheesecake packaging.
Sugar, Yogurt, Vegetable Margarine, Low Fat Soft Cheese (13%), Cream, Wheat Flour, Egg, Wheat Starch, Blackcurrant puree (2.5%) Glucose Syrup, Wheatgerm, Maize Starch, Invert Sugar Syrup, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Egg White, Salt, Raising Agent (sodium bicarb), Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Chloride), Whey Powder, Emulsifier (mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring, Thickener (pectin).
##General Nutritional value and Allergy Advice##
*Allergy advice - The manufacturer states the equipment in the factory was previously used to make products containing nuts. There is no guarantee that the ingredients are nut free, but there are no nuts in the recipe. The product contains milk, wheat, gluten and egg.
*Nutrition - (How much of this can I eat before piling on the pounds?)
One-fifth of the cheesecake (90g) contains
(calorie Warning - over 350 calories if you go to one-quarter of the cake! )
Carbohydrate 33.9g of which
~(sugars 22.0g, fat 14.3g)
##Defrost (how long do I have to wait after removing from freezer before scoffing)##
You can either leave for approx 2.5 hours at room temperature, or approx 4-5 hours in the refrigerator. The recommendation is to remove all packaging beforehand and place onto a plate or serving tray. Actually, I successfully cut this cheesecake into portions in its frozen state, and removed the portions to thaw, and returned the rest to the freezer. The frozen Cheesecake portions came away from the sides of the foil dish, without sticking or breaking. Recently, I overlooked removing a Tesco Lemon Cheesecake from the foil dish before it had thawed. So, I was pleased to note that, frozen or thawed, there is little or no waste of the product. This is not the usual case with cheesecakes in my experience. I do feel the product packaging could be improved with a push-up base to the inner foil dish.
The cake had thawed perfectly in the time suggested by Tesco. Actually in slightly less time than suggested, but I think the room temperature and the pre-cut frozen portions helped speed the thawing time.
##Taste and Texture (munch, and yum factor)##
~The biscuit base (bottom layer)~
I found this easy to cut through, without bending the cutlery, or needing to exert any particular force, but expected this, after the experience of the Lemon Cheesecake recently, and I think I would have been surprised otherwise. The biscuit base was not too soft, but nor was it too hard. There was no fear of catapulting the dessert across the room when cutting through the biscuit, which is more than can be said for some cheesecakes I have tried. The base is firm, not buttery, and there is a tendency for it to crumb slightly more than other cheesecakes I have tried. It wasn't too dry though. As with the Lemon version in this Tesco range, there is a slight grittiness to the biscuit, presumably, from the sugar. Overall I found the base quite tasty and not cloddy. The taste and texture of the base of this Cheesecake was very similar to, if not the same as, the Lemon one already tried.
~The cheesy top part (top layer) ~
The texture of the top section (there is no third fruit layer) is smooth and somewhat creamy, but I was surprised that the texture particularly was different to the Tesco Lemon Cheesecake. Actually I was a disappointed by the texture, and the family agreed that the Lemon Cheesecake was better. The blackcurrant sauce, although only swirled through, and not layered on the top, is not enough to give a good blackcurrant flavour with the cheese top. I just couldn't taste much of the blackcurrant. I didn't like the top layer generally compared to the Lemon Cheesecake, and thought it bore some resemblence in taste and texture to a set yoghurt. This was not hugely unpleasant, so much as unexpected, but I felt it let the product down. It reminded me of set yoghurt cutting through the Cheesecake too.
The blackcurrant sauce is of a consistency similar to a seedless jam and, what there is of it, is quite sweet. Because there is so little swirled sauce in the top layer, this particular Cheesecake falls far short of the more traditional berry topping I am used to.
##Size, serving and value for money##
The total weight of the whole cheesecake is 450g. The actual depth of the cheesecake is just over 1" which doesn't sound much but is adequate, and the diameter of the cake is about 6". Tesco suggest the cake serves 5, but I cut it into 6 pieces. As I said in the Lemon Cheesecake review, it is a bit fiddly cutting a circle into an odd number of pieces. Even numbers are so much easier! One sixth is probably too small (unless you are counting your calories - 237 calories and 75g of cake for a sixth size portion. I think cutting into four pieces is about right but then this is 356 calories for 113g of cake!
Overall, I think the size is adequate for four/five people, and the cheesecake represented fair value for money at just £1. But, unlike the Lemon Cheesecake, I think this one needs more fruit sauce, and an improved texture to the top.
These Tesco frozen cheesecakes are available in Lemon (reviewed recently) Blackcurrant (this review) Strawberry, and Toffee.
This cheesecake was produced in Germany and is suitable for vegetarians