“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Puddings „
With the nights getting darker and winter on its way, we've started stocking our freezer up with puddings which are designed to be served hot with custard or ice cream. This jumped out at me in Tesco because it was on special offer, costing £2 instead of £2.50. The box has a see through compartment on top, so you can see what the pudding looks like. This also attracted me to it because I liked the look of the oaty crumble on top. The pudding is basically a pastry base containing chunks of apple, with a rich toffee sauce topped with an oaty crumble and toffee pieces. It's a bit like a modern apple pie, with crumble on top and thick toffee sauce in the pie. The pie is 460g which according to the packaging should serve 4 people (although I'm ashamed to say my partner and I devoured this between us in one sitting, I'm even more ashamed now I've seen the nutritional content!). The pie is not suitable for microwave cooking, but has to be done in a conventional oven. It can be frozen, but has to be defrosted for 12 hours before cooking, so bear this in mind if you plan to have it one night or you'll end up doing what we did and forgetting to get it out to defrost! It takes 20 to 25 minutes in the oven, but is well worth the wait, and you can be using this time constructively to make custard to have your pie with. This pudding is one of the nicest ones I've had. I love puddings containing apples but find apple pie and crumble a little boring. This was not at all boring though because it had so many different flavours and textures going on at the same time. First there's the smooth pastry base, then there's large chunks of apple, then the crunchy oaty crumble on top, and all this is mixed with the thick gorgeous toffee sauce. The overall mix of flavours and textures creates a gorgeous experience which gets even better when covered with custard. The pie is quite sweet but the apples aren't tarty or bitter. The nutritional information per serving (quarter of a pie) is as follows: Calories - 365 Sugar - 21g Fat - 20g Saturates - 11g Salt - 0.3g Allergy Information: We are told that the pie contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg & amp, and soya. There are no nuts but it has been produced in a factory which cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. I cannot recommend this pudding highly enough. It is quite sweet, but I think if you stuck to the quarter portions they advise, it would be just the right amount.