“ Manufacturer: Aunt Bessie's / Food Type: Pies „
When it comes to puddings they are not something I indulge in very often at all as I am a savoury sort of person in the main. However the other night I was out shopping with my mate, it was freezing and wet and windy and we decided on staying in and watching a dvd in my huge bed with my electric blanket on full blast!
I picked this up for only a pound with a tub of cream in Asda and at the time it was on offer for £1.00 a crumble opposed to usually costing around the £1.50 mark and we both really fancied it!
The crumble comes in a dark blue and green box with a picture at the top of it I guess is meant to be Aunt Bessie herself and a photograph of the crumble is displayed and we are told that it is Aunt Bessie's Scrumptious Bramley Apple Crumble and that it is the family size one I got, 500g in weight and ready to bake and free of artificial colours or preservatives. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the crumble and how to cook it, the ingredients and allergy advice are given along with a full and an at a glance nutritional chart and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice distinctive box this one, its informative enough and looks good quality too.
Well this is a ready to bake crumble and its best to cook it from frozen and it takes about 55 minutes in the oven. It looks anemic when it goes in but a decent size the only thing that bugged me a bit about it was how long it took to cook!
When I got it out of the oven it was of course piping hot as you would expect it to be and the crumble topping goes slightly golden in colour.
Now for a family sized pie this gives incredibly small portions! I managed to get 2 portions from this which really wasn't huge at all so either we're greedy or the crumble size isn't great and I think its the latter!
What you get though is a nice tasting crumble to be fair to it. Lots of slices of succulent bramley apples in a sauce with the crumble over it which is slightly sweetened and made of rolled oats. Some of the crumble is a bit gritty in my teeth though so for me I wasn't overly keen on some of the texture but the apple filling was tasty, tart and sweet all at the same time.
For me and my mate this was ok. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again purely because of the crumble bit of it being a bit hard and the fact that the crumble isn't all that big but I can't fault the quality of it at all to be fair!
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Available in all good supermarkets etc.
The was the first time I have tried apple crumble and not only was it a good experience and appetising but I also preferred it to Asda's own brand apple crumble as Asda's apple's in the apple crumble was too tangy for me whereas I believe this dessert had the right balance which made it enjoyable to eat. The crumble was extremely nice and if Aunt Bessie's were to sell it separately (without the apples) I would buy it and eat it with custard.
The price of £1.79 in Tesco is decent since the quality of the apple crumble was good and the smell was very enticing.
One of the disadvantages of this dessert is that it did take about an hour in the oven so you have to make sure you put it in an hour before you want to eat it.
I would recommend everyone to eat this dessert and especially with custard as I think most desserts taste better with custard.
I have been buying more and more aunt bessie products recently. I usually like to make everything myself from scratch but for convenience during the week when I don't have a lot of time to cook, I like to buy things ready made. I have always thought of readymade meals being stodgy and horrible and I never buy them. But after buying yorkshire puddings, dumplings and all sorts made my aunt bessie I have been really impressed with her stuff! So I decided to have a look at her selection of desserts. I noticed this apple crumble first, and we love apple crumble made from scratch so I was wondering how this was going to compare.
This apple crumble cost me £1.79, but there was an offer on in asda, 2 for £3. I didn't take advantage of this offer as there wasn't anything else I wanted to buy. When I got this apple crumble home, I put it in the freezer as we weren't going to have it until the weekend. One thing I was shocked at with the apple crumble was how long it was going to take to cook! I thought it was going to be a quick and easy dessert, and it is easy to cook, as you just place it in the oven, but it takes about 50 minutes! We left it in a little longer than this, as it didn't look cooked properly after 50 minutes. We put it on 190 degrees too.
When we served this, we only ate half between two of us, as it is a very large apple crumble. We both struggled to eat a quarter of this each, so could have served up a lot less really. I didn't know whether it would be any good the next day as it had been cooked, but we covered it up with foil and put it in the fridge and micro waved it the next day and it was fine.
The crumble topping was nice and crunchy on top and quite chewy underneath which was nice. The apple filling wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be, the apples went nice and soft, not crunchy. The filling was a little dry, but it didn't bother me too as we had custard with it which made it less dry. I thought this was very filling, and I usually enjoy lighter desserts after a meal much more. It was quite stodgy and we both could only manage to eat a small amount. I do wish there was a bit more of the filling too. The box does say now with 50% more fruit, but I still think it could do with a bit more!
Per quarter of this apple crumble there is 293 calories, so if you are adding custard too this is not good for you! But as a treat it doesn't really matter! This apple crumble is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
I really enjoyed this apple crumble, it was a nice tasty warm dessert which I would highly recommend for a cold winters day as it definitely warms you up!
Aunt Bessie's frozen food products tend to be pretty good and good value for money (I've been a fan of this brand's giant Yorkshire puddings for ages). This frozen Bramley Apple Crumble was a very good dessert - and a pretty good price (it cost £1.89 for around four generous servings).
The apple crumble comes in a round aluminium base, with plain card lid, all enclosed in a second layer of cardboard box packaging, which has the familiar red and royal blue 'Aunt Bessies' colours and logo on. Even when the rest of the product is frozen solid, some of the crumble top (the uppermost layer) stays quite crumbly and as the card lid over the foil isn't the best of fits for a crumb-tight seal, you tend to get bits of crumble coming out into the outer box (so basically - open it over the sink).
It takes 50-55 minutes in the oven at 190C to make this edible, which is a relatively long time for a dessert of this type, but you are getting a big block of 'family sized' crumble, so I suppose it takes a while to defrost this quantity and then cook it. The crumble has a small amount of oats (or some kind of kibbled or crushed whole-grain) added to it presumably to help with the texture - personally I don't like oats / grainy bits when they're incorporated into a crumble topping myself, but there was a small enough amount of it to make the addition inoffensive in general.
The apple filling had nice largeish fruit chunks in it which were clearly identifiable as being apple, and it was nice and tangy but not too sweet. Personally I would have liked a bit more liquid content in the apple filling as I found it a little dry - more like a jam than pie innards, but this is my personal preference, again, though. There was a good, thick, layer of crumble over the filling. The stuff closest to the apple filling had absorbed some of the liquid, so it was pleasantly stodgy, which made a good contrast with the crisper crumble top on the outside.
There was enough of this that three of us (two adults, one of whom doesn't eat much dessert, plus one hungry toddler) were able to eat this over two consecutive nights. It reheated quite well the second night (although of course this dried out the apple filling even more) and, like all apple crumbles everywhere was greatly improved by the addition of custard.
Although slighty more expensive than e.g. those horrible 99p supermarket toffee cheesecakes I usually end up buying for dessert, this was a much better buy as we actually ended up eating all of it, instead of just nibbling one slice dispiritedly and then throwing the rest in the bin the next day. One I'll certainly be buying the next time I'm in an apple-crumble-eating frame of mind.