I don't usually buy Fruit Crumbles from Supermarket's because if I have time I usually make my own. The 'crumble' was the first thing that I made at cooking lessons in school, so will never forget how to make one. It is such an easy recipe (and cheap to make!) as all you need is apple/rhubarb or fruit filling of your choice (which you need to stew with a little water) and flour, butter and sugar for the crumble. Pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes at 170 C/Gas Mark 4 (or round about) and there you have a crumble.
So a few Sunday's ago I had a lazy day and fancied something sweet and headed to Tesco and bought their Finest* Orchard Fruit Crumble which appealed to me as it was on offer - buy two for £5.00. On it's own it cost £3.99 (which is a bit expensive for a crumble) so I thought that I may as well buy two.
The crumble has been developed by chef Nigel Barrowcliffe who has over 20 years experience (I have never heard of him either!) and is the chief selector of fruit and ingredients of this crumble. The crumble is a mixture of Bramley apples, pears and plums. It has a crunchy oat flake and butter crumble and is hand finished with a sprinkle (I think they mean handful!) of Demerara sugar. You will find it in the frozen section; it weights 600 g and serves four. It comes in a cardboard box that is black and silver, there is an appetising picture of the crumble on the cover and the crumble itself comes in a silver foil tray. The main ingredients of the crumble are: apples (18%), plums (16%) and pears (16%) and of course the crumble on top.
This is a very sweet crumble and considering that one quarter of this (1 recommended serving) contains 33% of your daily intake of sugar it's not surprising!! I found that it was slightly too sweet for my liking. I like my apples to have a bit of bite to them and these apples seems to have very little taste as they have probably been nuked before hand.
The consistency was quite thick and gooey, I mean unlike making your own they have to add thickeners to it to make it all bind together, but it was so thick that when you put the fruit on your spoon and turn the spoon upside down, it's didn't fall off straightaway!
I have to say that I liked the crumble. Before putting the crumble in the oven you need to fork the crumble to loosen it all up and there is about a centimetre depth of crumble. I was slightly disappointed when the crumbed was cooked as the crumble didn't seem to go hard, it stayed quite loose. To me hard crumble (slightly burnt or well done) with custard is the best bit!
In my opinion: Tesco Finest* Orchard Fruit Crumble is nice and great for those who haven't got time to make one themselves. It serves 4 portions, however these are not very big portions and for a family you will probably need to buy two. It is very sweet and very high in calories and fat, but for a nice treat it's lovely.
One quarter of a crumble contains:
Calories = 305 (15%)
Sugar = 30.1g (a whooping 33%)
Fat =11.5g (16%)
Saturates = 6.3g (a very high 32%)
Salt = 0.3g (5%)
There is only one way to cook this crumble and that it is to oven it. Place in the oven at 180 C/350 F Gas mark 4 for 40-45 minutes. I have a fan assisted oven and found it took 50 minutes to cook. After this time the crumble is piping hot and the crumble should be a golden brown colour. It is best to leave it stand for a few minutes before serving.
Bramley Apple (18%), Plum (16%), Pear (16%), Wheat Flour, Butter (9%), Sugar, Demerara Sugar (4.5%), Water, Oat Flakes, (3,5%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Thickener (Modified Maize Starch), dextrose.
Bramley Apple contains: Apple, Antioxidants (Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid), Forming Agent (Calcium Chloride).
Contains milk, wheat and gluten. This product may contain apple pips and every care has been taken to remove plum stones, but some may remain.
Further information can be found at www.tesco.com
Thanks for reading xx