Product Type: Aunt Bessie's Ready Meals
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Aunt Bessie's yorkshires with a difference
Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole
Member Name: clairelw101
Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole
Advantages: Good yorkshire on the edges
Disadvantages: Not very healthy, soggy yorkshire undeneath
I am a fan of Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings, which taste great and are so easy to make if you only want a couple rather than enough to feed an army if your making them for yourself. I spotted these toad in the holes in Asda on offer at £1 so picked up a couple of boxes to have something different in the freezer for those I fancy something different nights.
They come in the usual blue Aunt Bessie packagaing but instead of the plastic bags for the yorkshire puddings etc they come in a cardboard box. Inside the box you will find a foil tray containging the batter mix with two sausages in the middle and a plastic film over the top.
The instructions on the box recommend that they are cooked at 220c for 25 - 30 minutes, so this is not a quick meal to do. For obvious reasons you have to remove the product from the box and peel off the film lid and then place the foil tray on a baking tray in the middle of the oven. Certainly not a taxing meal to cook.
I checked them after 25 minutes and thought that the sausages were not very brown, more pink with a slightly mottled skin that you get before a sausage is cooked properly. The pudding itself had risen nicely and was just starting to turn brown so I thought I would give them the extra 5 minutes.
After the next 5 minutes had gone by I checked on them again and found that the sausages had not coloured anymore but the batter had started to catch slightly on one of the corners so thought it best not to leave them any longer before I ended up with burnt yorkshire puddings.
When you get these out the oven you need to remove them from the foil container but be warned there is oil in these and if you are not careful you could find yourself burnt from the excess in the tray.
When we first cut into the the Yorkshire Pudding was perfectly cooked and tasted exactly the same as a normal Aunt Bessie's yorkshire. So next to the sausages, they were cooked but didn't look the nice brown colour that the picture on the box depicted which was a bit disappointing and if I had left them any longer in the oven we would have had burnt yorkshire. The sausages were cooked and reminded me of a the sausage meat that you get at Christmas rather than a proper sausage. Having said that they did taste nice.
Now the one problem I had with these was that the underneath of the yorkshire where the sausages were was a bit soggy and not crispy like the sides but was still edible.
Per pack you get
25.3g of Fat
7.9g of saturated fat
1.1g of sodium
So these are not a healthy choice of meal but as a one off they won't hurt too much especially if like us you do plenty of vegtables to go with them.
Overall if these were on offer again I would probably pick up a pack to keep in the freezer but I'm not sure that I would pay full price for them. I'm normally impressed by the Aunt Bessie range but feel that these have fallen slightly short on my expectations hence the 3/5 rating as they could do with some improvements.
Summary: Great when on offer not sure if I'd pay full price
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