“ Type: Tarts „
Now I do have a bit of a sweet tooth and although I do make about 80% of the cakes I eat myself I have never really got the hang of making pastry. Mostly as my hands are too warm which results in the fat in the pastry melting a bit too much. In a past job I had this wasn't a problem as the kitchen I worked in used to buy it in ready made (as do a lot of kitchens in restaurants). Anyway I was in my local Tesco express and somehow these ended up in my basket. I would blame my other half but he was at home at the time. Still as with all cakes they are VAT free so it wasn't that bad.
Look and smell:
The box contains six individual tarts packed in an inner cellophane wrap to keep them fresh. They are a good size with a layer of white icing and a glace cherry on top. Unfortunately the cherry is one of those artificially coloured bright red ones and not a natural colour one - but you can't have everything. The pastry looks well baked but perhaps slightly anaemic in colour. The initial smell is very sweet with a slight hint of both almond and raspberry although there is something slightly artificial about the scent of the almond.
On cutting through the tart the pastry is not overly thick but it has the appearance of pastry that has been overworked. The icing is quite thick and perhaps a little too thick. It is if they have used extra icing as this is fairly cheap to keep the costs down. The frangipane filling is a good thickness and quite soft the Jam layer is disappointingly thin but still a good colour and reasonable consistency. I know they won't have used the best jam in the world for these but there could have been a bit more of it. The smell of the raspberry and almond was stronger now as they were more exposed but the almond still smelt fairly artificial. Looking at the ingredients list there are no actual almonds in the recipe so not surprising they smell artificial.
Frankly these are far too sweet and the excess of the icing is mainly responsible for this. The icing, apart from being sweet, has no other taste to it but it is quite soft so not all bad. Too much of this icing can make these tarts a bit sickly but if you can stop after one it isn't too bad.
There is a distinct taste of raspberry and a hint of almond which comes through after the initial hit of the sugar. The almond again is slightly artificial but the raspberry taste is a good clean fruit taste. Despite the claim to have plum and raspberry jam there is no taste of plums. This is not surprising as firstly plums have little taste and second raspberries can overpower the taste of many things.
The frangipane is quite soft but really tastes like it could have done with another 5 minutes in the oven. The pastry had little taste to it and again I suspect that it had been overworked and I suspect that it had not been blind baked. This is not an issue as it only became popular when certain celebrity chefs started doing it on TV.
How naughty are they?
Well each tart packs in 215 calories - mostly from the sugar. Taking the icing off and just eating what is left will cut about 100 calories out of them.
Calories - 215
Sugar - 20.3g
Fat - 8.2g (saturated 2.7g)
Salt - trace
In all these aren't too bad for a bit of a treat. Whilst they are perhaps a little too sweet and the pastry isn't the best in the world for a shop bought mass produced product they aren't too bad.
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so every now and then I buy a little treat of some sugary goodness. When buying cherry bakewells I've only ever really gone for Mr Kiplings in the past as I knew they were nice, but recently I was in Tesco, spotted the price difference and decided to give these a go.
There are six individually sized cakes in the box, they are a pastry case, a sponge and jam filling and a fondant icing topping, with half a glace cherry on top for good effect.
I found the pastry that makes up the outer casing to be a bit dry and crumbly and felt a bit like getting through that layer was the price you had to pay for getting to the middle! The sponge with raspberry jam is lovely, soft moist and just sweet enough. The fondant icing on top is very very sweet, which is great for me but might be a bit much for other people. There is a generous amount of it, so be sure to brush your teeth afterwards! As for the cherry on top, well you either love it or you hate it I think!
In comparison with Mr Kiplings cherry bakewells, I'd say the Tesco ones stand up fairly well. The only negative point is the dry pastry that makes up the outer case, and to be honest, Mr Kiplings is only marginally better.
For a bargain price of 68p for six (that's less than 12p a cake!) I'll be getting these again in the future and would recommend them to others like me who need an occasional sugar fix but are keeping an eye on the pennies.
Don't eat them all at once though!
When it comes to cakes both me and my flatmate love them which is why they are usually found in a cupboard hidden from the other person. The other day I came across these that she had bought (and hid from me) and I decided to pinch one...or two...ok I ate the whole box but I do intend on replacing them much to her disgust lol.
Red box with a photograph of the cherry bakewells on the front of it and I am told that they are Tesco '6' Cherry Bakewell Tarts 'Sweet pastry cases filled with a raspberry flavoured filling and an almond flavour sponge, topped with a white fondant icing and a half glacé cherry', that they contain no artificial flavours or colours, that they are suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too. Other information given on the box includes ingredients, allergy advice and storage details being given, there is a full nutritional rundown chart listed and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough packaging and it is informative enough and inside there is a white plastic tray that the cakes (in their foil cases) sit neatly and securely into.
In appearance these tarts look rather nice. Not as deep as say Mr Kipling one's but deep enough. The base and sides are pastry which is rather thick and fluted to the top then over the top of them there is an even layer of white icing of course with a half a cherry on the top so in appearance they look good!
Taste wise as well as looking good they taste it too. The pastry is moist but still a little flaky giving it a fresh feel. It doesn't possess all that much flavour, however the rest of the tart is flavoursome and probably does interfere with the taste of the pastry as the other ingredients use are really flavoured.
The icing is very sweet but firm then under that there is a thin layer of sponge which is light and moist and very much flavoured by almonds. The raspberry jam, again is in a thin layer, I couldn't detect seeds but with the sweetness of the icing and almond flavouring that got lost on me and I certainly couldn't detect any raspberry flavour this had going on within it but could feel jam in my mouth lol.
However saying that I did enjoy them alot! I liked the textures that they had going on within them and I approved of the sweetness though saying that I do like really sweet cakes! The cherries were flavoured the way you would imagine them to be and all in all although they did look a little bit economy due to their size they did the trick for me lol!
Nutritional Information Per Tart:
Only available in Tesco stores costing 68p for a box of 6.
We first brought these Tesco own brand cherry bakewells a few weeks ago and like them so much that we haven't bothered with the Mr Kiplings ones since.
These are only 68p for 6 cakes and are wicked, they not quite as sweet as the Mr Kipling ones and I'm glad about that because them being so sweet makes my teeth hurt sometimes.
They are a pastry case with sponge inside, there's jam inside and icing on the top. There's a cherry poked into each cake but I took that out because I'm not mad keen on them sugary shiney cherries.
They've got a wicked flavour, they taste like marzipan all the way through but the raspberry jam gives them a lovely fruity taste. The sponge is mega soft and melts in your mouth when you start chewing. If there's one bad thing about these cakes it's that there isn't much taste in the icing. It's fondant icing and just tastes sweet like most other fondant icing but I thought it was a bit boring and wish it had a bit of a different taste.
The icing isn't that thick though and I'm glad about that, I reckon that's why it's not as sweet as the Mr Kipling ones. I think the taste of the sponge is yummy and also love that the pastry part of the cake isn't too dry like some other own brands of these cherry bakewells.
I have had these cold straight out of the box and warmed up with custard, they're wicked both ways I think but when the cakes are hot they've just got the edge. They warm up nice in the microwave and it only takes a minute, the icing doesn't melt either and that's a bonus because I thought it probably would! lol
These are brill cakes for the price, they taste wicked and are at least half the price of Mr Kipling and there's hardly any difference in the flavour or texture of them.
Having quite a sweet tooth and a quite a large family, I am alaways looking for value goods. Please note I said value goods ie goods that are cheapish but also taste good too. Hence recently when in Tesco recently these little goodies caught my eye, and as my wife is a huge Bakewell Tart fan I thought I'd give them a go.
The packet is red in colour with pictures of some Bakwell Tarts on the front. It also boasts that it is a New Recipe and has No Artificial Flavours or Colours. The box doesn't look anything special but as they say the 'proof is in the pudding' (I mean Tart), I thought I'd delve in and try them out.
Upon opening the pack I was greeted with 6 individual Bakewell Tarts in foil in a red tray. They are then covered in a clear plastic covering. So well protected.
So what are they. Well they are a 'sweet pastry case filled with a raspberry flavoured filling and an almond flavour sponge, topped with white fondant icing and a half glace cherry'. They don't really look much to be honest. I have seen a lot more appetising Cherry Bakewells (visions of Costco's come to mind) but upon biting into one it really is quite tasty. They are only small, so for review purposes:-) I had to have two. The pastry was really soft and the filling was also. You could really taste the raspberry. My only complaint was that the fondant icing was a bit sickly. A good Cherry Bakewell, in myopinion, concentrates on the filling, rather than the icing. In fact some of the best I have tasted haven't even had fondant icing on.
White Fondant Icing (31%) Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Raspberry Filling (6%) Glace Cherry Half (4%) Pasteurised Whole Egg, Glucose Syrup, Raising Agents (Disodium Disphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Natural Almond Flavouring.
White Fondant Icing contains: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup
Raspberry Filling contains: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Raspberry Puree, Apple Puree, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Colour (Anthocyanins).
Glace Cherry Half contains: Cherry, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Colour (Anthocyanins), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)
Contains wheat, gluten, egg
May contain traces of other nuts besides almonds
Suitable for vegetarians
Nutrition per tart
of which sugars 17.7g
of which saturates 2.8g
Salt Equivalent Trace
Price: At present these are reatiling only in Tesco (Tesco Brand) for £1.30 or 2 for £2.30.
These Bakewell Tarts are nice. They are Tasty. But they are not something I'd sing and dance about. However for the price they are okay. I would buy them again, but there are a lot nicer out there.
I picked these up on the Tesco trip today because my boyfriend's coming this weekend and he doesn't like anything remotely healthy! Of course, I do't want to risk poisoning him so I had to snaffle one myself.
The Cherry Bakewells come in a box of 6. Good quality but not excessive packaging, and I didn't realise at first that they weren't Mr Kipling.
At 60 something pence, they are pretty good value for money, and far cheaper than branded ones.
On opening the box, I noticed that they look exactly like premium brand cherry bakewells, and smell like them too - no complaints there. They are also about the same size, so you actually are getting more for your money compared to more expensive brands. On biting into one I found the pastry light and nice - nowhere near as crumbly as Mr Kipling, so no mess. In fact I've just dropped my half eaten one upside down on the bed by accident and there's not a crumb in sight.
Taste wise is where they fall down, because I can taste only almond and pastry - though I can see jam and icing, I can't really taste them as such. Sampling the icing alone reveals a very faint tang of almond. Disappointing, as they looked so promising! All in all, I would normally trade this disadvantage for the Mr Kipling disadvantage of having crumbly, too-thick pastry, but the taste is just too much of a let down.
If they are your favourite parts of a bakewell tart then you will love them, but I dislike pastry as a general rule and much prefer the cherry/almond/jam flavour so strong in Mr Kipling. So don't disregard them based on my star rating as it depends where your priorities lie!
If you ate them with something like custard or served them at a party I don't think people would complain, though they might not eat more than one.
These are pretty unhealthy calorie, sugar and ingredient wise so moderation is advised!!
Last week I went to Bakewell for the day and I came home without a Bakewell Tart, the reason being that I would far rather have the mass produced Bakewell Tarts than the ones that are baked to the original recipe.
Some of the tarts that are made by the independent bakers are sickeningly sweet even by my standards.
Both of us are partial to a Tesco Bakewell tart, for a start they are better value than the Mr kipling variety, unless there is an exceedingly good offer on!
Tesco have definitely pitched their packaging at the female shoppers, the tarts are dressed in a cardinal red box with pink accessories. To the right of the box there is a group of iced tarts, one has been cut neatly at an angle to make sure that you can see the full beauty of the inside.
Inside of the box the six tarts are placed into a plastic tray which has six separate compartments.
Always a good starting point...the cakes are attractive. Each Bakewell tart consists of a shortcrust pastry case which has a layer of raspberry filling at the bottom. On top of the raspberry filling they have placed a layer of almond sponge mixture, then after the tart has been baked they have added a thick layer of white fondant icing and finished it off with a half a glace cherry.
If you find ultra-sweet a little too much then this tart may not be for you.
Take a knife and cut into the small delight, the fondant icing is thick and gorgeously gooey, the shortcrust pastry is buttery and crumbles under the knife. I can never decide at what point to eat the cherry, a major decision that needs plenty of thought. The entire tart only provides four mouthfuls at the most but each mouthful needs to be savoured as though it is your last.
Make sure to pay particular attention to the light almond flavoured sponge, it tends to mingle with the raspberry filling towards the bottom pastry layer, but it is scrumptious. The thick sticky texture of the fondant icing takes slightly longer to work through, but it is worth every second.
If you can stop at one Tesco Bakewell tart then you can be extremely proud of yourself! I'm afraid that my fingers always find their way back into the box for `seconds`.
The recipe that Tesco uses doesn't include any nuts, but they still advise that anyone with a nut allergy shouldn't eat this product, but Vegetarians can enjoy them. The tarts do contain wheat, milk, egg and gluten
For such a tiny tart they are loaded with calories! To be exact each tart has 195 of them! they also have 19.6g of sugar, which is understandable really.
In their defence I would like to say that they do Tesco proud!
A crumbly pastry case filled with an exciting mixture of sponge and icing.
Very well worth the 68p for a pack of six.
Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells used to be my favourite kind of tart: a little bit simple, but not too sweet. The kind of tart that never lets you down during an afternoon session. But after years of tarting around I went off tarts completely and ended up settling for something a lot more fruitier, but I'll leave that for another review.
I don't know what came over me when someone offered me a cheap Tesco Cherry Bakewell Tart. Maybe it was that time of the month, or could it have been the weather and all this climate change? Or perhaps I was overcome with a sense of nostalgia as soon as I caught site of the little tart served on a plate with its white iced topping finished off with a shiny glistening half cherry in the centre. Yes, I'm sure it was the cherry that did it, and brought the memories flooding back.
The Tesco Cherry Bakewell Tart I sampled was an unmemorable affair. A bit of a let down. There were traces of almond flavour in the sponge, but I want more than traces. The pastry was crumbly to the point of being a nuisance. The jam tasted like... well, jam. There's no real raspberries in there as far as I can tell. The icing was too sweet, in fact the whole tart was too sweet. And the half glazed cherry on top hardly made up for the disappointment. Of course, I guess one shouldn't expect too much from such a cheap tart.
I won't bore you with the long detailed list of ingredients other than to say that they include egg - that would be the kind of cheap egg that is laid by a scrawny caged cheap emancipated chicken. The kind of thing you'd expect really for a cheap tart. A lot of vegetable oil is listed in the pastry, fondant icing and raspberry filling, but they fail to mention whether this includes hydrogenated vegetable oil which means there probably is some. There's also Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate). Invert Sugar Syrup (whatever that is) and colour (Anthocyanins).
Each bakewell tart contains loads of calories (195kcal, 10% of your GDA), lots of sugar (19.6g, 22% of your GDA), an amazing amount of fat (7.2g, 10% of your GDA) and plenty of saturates (3.2g, 16% of your GDA).
At the time of writing a box of six tarts will set you back about 70p.
My advice is to stay away.
Ah Cherry Bakewells Tarts, they're one of my favourite snacks, I know I say that about a lot of things but these really are one of my all time favourites. I like to buy my cherry bakewells rather than making them myself as I can't bake them well, no pun intended. There's a huge range of cherry bake wells on offer out there so it can be difficult to choose on. However when I went into Tesco they only had to types; The Weight Watchers version and the Tesco version. I try to avoid all major weight loss things as I think they are a con and I'm much happier just eating a balanced diet than using them to loose weight. So I chose the Tesco ones.
They cost £0.75 for 6 tarts which is a pretty good deal I think. They come in a red box with a picture of the tarts on the right hand side one of which has been cut open so you can see what they'll look like inside. On the left of the box is the Tesco logo and a description of them in a pink box. The description says:
"Sweet pastry cases filled with a raspberry flavoured filling and an almond flavour sponge, topped with white fondant icing and a half glace cherry."
On the back of the box are the ingredients and the nutritional information. I like to include the ingredients in my reviews because I know a lot of people who suffer from food allergies and it really helps them to have a list of the ingredients so that they know whether or not to avoid them. The ingredients are:
White Fondant Icing (32%), Wheat Flour, Sponge (19%), Raspberry Filling (6%), Glace Cherry Half (4%), Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate).
White Fondant Icing contains: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup.
Sponge contains: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Egg, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Invert Sugar Syrup, Milk Proteins, Natural Flavouring, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate).
Raspberry Filling contains: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Raspberry Purée, Apple Purée, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Colour (Anthocyanins).
Glace Cherry Half contains: Cherry, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Colour (Anthocyanins), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).
As you can see these contain: Milk, Wheat, Gluten & Egg plus they may contain traces of nuts so if you suffer from any of these allergies then please avoid this food.
Now for those of you who want to know what this is going to do to that diet you've been promising you're sticking too whilst really eating the same amount of treats as before, here's the nutritional information:
Each bakewell tart contains:
195kcal, 10% of your GDA
19.6g, 22% of your GDA
7.2g, 10% of your GDA
3.2g, 16% of your GDA
trace, < 1% of your GDA
As you can see they really are very bad for you and I know that they've totally ruined all of my diet plans as they are so high in fat and sugar! Still, they are good as an occasional treat. As you have probably worked out from what it said on the front of the box these tarts are pretty nice. They come in a little plastic tray inside the box to prevent them from getting destroyed and then each one is in a little foil tray, like mini pies are.
The smell nice and sweet but once you've bitten into them you can really smell the almond quite strongly, yumm. The pastry is quite thick and very crumbly, it could probably be a lot less crumbly but oh well, it's still nice. The almond sponge is very nice, I guess that you won't like it if you don't like almonds but I do and so I loved it, the almond sponge isn't very light but it seems to fit perfectly with the rest of the tart and has a very almondy taste. The layer of jam in the middle does taste fruity but not very much of raspberry, if you want one that tastes more of raspberry then try the Tesco FreeFrom version. The icing on the top has to be one of the best bits, it has a nice crunch to it despite being quite thin and it has a wonderful sweet taste that compliments the almond sponge perfectly. The cherry on the top of the icing is the best part for me, it's the cherry on the top of the cake! It tastes just as you'd expect a glace cherry to and goes really well with the rest of the bake well tart.
Overall I think that this is a brilliant little treat but to be totally honest I prefer the Tesco FreeFrom version because it not only tastes more of raspberry but you also get thicker icing. However I give these 8 out of 10 for being really tasty but having a very crumbly pastry. Recommended.
I have never really been a puddings person since I started eating more sensibly. When I was younger I didn't think twice about eating 6 full sized chocolate éclairs in one go washed down by a couple of cans of sugary coca cola. These days I am more worried about what I eat and tend not to go for puddings in case I eat too much of a nice thing.
On Monday I have dinner at my grandmas and this is a very weak time for me as she only ever cooks the fattiest (obviously the nicest) food and we always have to have a pudding. Usually I am really good and choose either fruit or some sort of trifle, which is small, but after keep spotting the cherry bakewells in Tesco I simply couldn't resist and now I am regretting it!
HOW MUCH and WHERE FROM?
You buy Tescos own Cherry bakewells in pack of 6's for 73p. You can get cherry bakewells at other shops and supermarkets but not these because they are Tesco's own. The main brands you can get are Mr Kipling and Weight Watcher which come out at about £1 a box and taste exactly the same so the Tesco's own are really good value for money.
You can't miss the box on the shelves in Tesvo it is big red and has the lovely cakes on the front making it very enticing.
You get 6 round medium sized cakes in all each one sits in its very own silver case. The short crust pastry is quite thick and crumbly around the edges. The fondant covering is also very soft but not sticky unlike other cakes with fondant covering. Some people who have sweet teeth may find the cakes too small but I think the majority of people will think they are just right or a little bit too big even for some because they can be a little bit sickly because the almond sponge and raspberry filling are very sweet but very Moorish at the same time.
At first you cant really smell a lot on the cake until you get really close and the bottom smells very yummy indeed. The almond sponge has a very distinctive smell and soon draws you in to the kill at speed!
Once you have taken a bite out of the cake it smell quite fruity but not very much of raspberry, more like strawberry. The top doesn't really smell it just has the smell of fondant which I cannot describe its just plain.
THE TASTE TEST
The first bite out of a cherry bakewell is heaven whatever brand they are and Tesco's own live well up to expectations. At first the pastry feels very thick and stodgy and tends to get everywhere so its best to hold the tin case under your mouth to catch all the crumbling pieces. Once you get a full taste your taste buds go wild the fondant topping is quite a thin layer so your teeth don't feel to sweet and there is only a small amount of raspberry flavour filling just giving you that fruity feeling. The almond flavoured sponge is nice and light with a mild aroma of almond, which I love. The almond really blends the tastes together combining a really soft and sweet taste. The best part is the centre the half cherry! My favourite taste in the whole world glace cherries. The top is blessed with a half glace cherry perfect for popping in your mouth at the end of scoffing the cake. I always save the cherry till last and always eat around it. The cherry always sticks to the fondant so you get a very sweet piece of cake, which isn't too bad considering the whole cake sounds quite sweet. The cherry part is probably the sickliest part yet nicest overall all taste.
Once you have polished one cake off I don't tend to fancy another one for about another 10 mins! They are very sweet but have that addiction factor. They are the sort of cakes you sit looking at and think it would just be wrong not to eat the lot so unless you are a strong person don't get these cake or you are in danger of piling on the pounds. I think these cakes should carry a warning sticker "WARNING addictive to anyone who likes anything sweet!"
Ah not really but with all sweet things they are ok in moderation. Each little cake contains 165 calories out of your 2000 a day it may not seem like a lot in comparison to 2000c but it takes me 10 minutes to burn one of these babies off on my exercise bike yet only 10 seconds to devour one so you can imagine if you eat half a packet of these you have already had a quarter of your daily allowance of calories and that isn't including you drinks, snacks and 3 meals how scary is that!
WHO SHOULDN'T EAT THESE
Cherry Bakewell tarts contain milk, wheat, gluten and egg so if you are a celiac or have intolerance to any of these foods these aren't the cakes for you. The also contain traces of nut so if you have any nut allergies steer clear of these. For anyone who is on a diet or is trying to eat healthy should also avoid these cakes unless they want to give up immediately.
Cherry Bakewell Tarts