Product Type: Frü Food
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Frü Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake
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Frü Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake
Advantages: zesty, delicious
Disadvantages: not for diets, price
As today I had the pleasure of being his taxi service me and my rattling micra and himself headed to our local tesco. Luckily given he was escorted I got him passed the cream cake section and on to the yoghurts - I almost got him to buy those, but instead he spotted these, on the top shelf.
They come in a distinctive white box, from the side is a very tempting picture of the cheesecake and lemons, this fills around 1/3 of the space the other 2/3 are taken up with the name of the puddings, Frü Fruity Puds, and then a short description of the contents, 2 zesty lemon cheesecakes, made with lots of juicy lemons, served in glass ramekins. The top of the box simply is half and half the picture from the side enlarged and Frü Fruity Puds at the side.
All sounds very nice and looks good so we decided to buy them - after all lemon cheesecake is rather summery.
Getting home as is also usual the stresses of a weekend shopping trip has taken its toll on the older member of the family, and he needs a sit down, nice cuppa and something sweet to make him feel better, so lets give up on the nice dessert idea (again this is usual for him). Out come the cheesecakes.
Once out of the packaging they still look very inviting in their glass dishes, the layers of biscuit, lemon curd and creamy cheesey bit look mouthwateringly good from the side, from the top you see a further sprinkling of crushed biscuit. They have over the top a domed plastic lid to protect them, and help retain their freshness.
Removing the lid you get a lovely smell of lemons. And if you didn't have a watery mouth before you do now (as well as a lively dog to contend with - bleedin' animal loves fruit).
Putting your spoon in to the top reveals that the cheescake has a nice firm texture and isn't too moist as some can be. The smell is getting stronger and zestier, the taste is perfectly balanced between zesty lemon and the creamy cheese topping. The only let down was the buttery biscuit base as this was slightly too moist for my liking, I prefer my cheesecakes to have a slightly crunch to the base (but I may have been spoiled by my mums homemade cheesecakes). Splitting the layers so as to taste them individually the cheesy layer is very creamy almost too much so, and the lemony layer is very zesty and has no artifical taste to it at least not to my mind and is straddling the line between sweet and tart perfectly. But still it tastes much better with a good mix of all the layers.
Sadly all too soon it is gone, though an aftertaste of lemon remains for some time (even after drinking a cup of tea I can still detect the lemon in my mouth).
Each pud is around 100g, and wouldn't look out of place served at a restaurant given that it is prepacked in a glass ramekin and even bought at a supermarket is very much at restaurant prices as the box of two will cost you almost £3 (it's £2.79), which is alot for a small dessert in anyones book, but I suppose the cost of the ramekins must be an influencing factor in this. How much would a set of ramekins cost anyway?
They are also totally unsuitable for anyone planning a healthy diet as they contain 352 kcal per dessert and 25.2g fat! They also contain wheat, soya and traces of nuts as well as the fairly obvious milk.
If you can manage not to eat them straight away they must be stored in a fridge, and can be kept around 2 weeks (ours had a date of 8/5/07) but tasting this good I can't see that anyone will have them sitting around so long.
Frü also sell other fruity desserts but I have only ever seen the Lemon cheesecakes in Tesco's (both the Ashford branch and Horwich where we were today) or Sainsbury's so if you want to try the others it might be worth paying a visit to their website to see if they have a list of stockists for the full range. This is also the company who produce the Gü range of chocolate puddings (he also bought a box of the Chocolate Soufflé's to try at a later date).
Though I have just discovered 8 of the Frü/Gü ramekins in my Dad's cupboard so he may not be as new to them as he claimed. He now says they sent samples to the office when the company became one of their clients - maybe I need to go to see him at work more if they get this kind of samples!
Summary: Individual cheesecakes, beautifully presented
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