“ Type: Other Desserts „
I am a lover of anything with almonds and when I saw these little slices I thought they looked tempting. Made by Waitrose they are £2.15 for 6 and are referred to on the Ocado website as a cherry and almond stacker.
Packaged in a striking black box with a red gingham tablecloth style decorative strip at the base these look appetising.
They are pastry squares which have been topped with cherry conserve and then overlaid with an almond frangipane, which is basically a soft almond sponge and drizzled with a lemon icing. The conserve attracted me as it is 45% fruit so I was expecting it to be an intense flavour.
Suitable for vegetarians these are 120 calories each and 5.8g fat, but as the squares are smaller than 2 inches I think it is the size more than the content that restricts the calories and fat. Still these are excellent for portion control because faced with a large bakewell tart I might just be tempted to cut a sizable wedge which could easily triple the calories!
So to the taste test. Well I have to say these are a slight disappointment, which is sad really as I was expecting a lot. Maybe it is because I have grown used to the excellent bakewell tart made by The Duchy Originals Company with its organic and home made feel, I don't know, but these are just average. The sponges and the jam do compliment each other well and the jam has the intense cherry flavour I was hoping for, but the whole slice comes across as quite dry and lacking in flavour. My son tried these and he agreed with me, they are always on the dry side despite consuming them well within their sell by date. Also if you open them it does say you must consume within a day, and this is spot on because they really do dry out after opening. The lemon icing really does not add anything, and I find it hard to discern this flavour in the slice at all. The pastry is acceptable though quite buttery-good if you like that creamy taste.
Now I am not saying these are unpleasant at all, in fact I did enjoy them, but I don't feel inclined to purchase them again as they are not exciting and being on the dry side this is not in their favour.
With so many cakes to choose from I think these will pass me by next time, but I wouldn't say no if someone offered me one. I think they are average value and average flavour. Portion control is where they score highly, and they use free range eggs which always presses my buttons.
Just an average slice.
Six all butter pastry squares layered with red cherry conserve and almond sponge and drizzled with a lemon icing