Product Type: Aunt Bessie's Ready Meals
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Toad in the Hole
Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole
Member Name: zombieflesh
Aunt Bessie's Toad In The Hole
Date: 11/10/10, updated on 11/10/10 (174 review reads)
Advantages: classic meal, easy to prepare, good price, nice sized portion, fool-proof cooking and good results
Disadvantages: tastes a bit plain
Toad in the hole is a nice comforting winter food and one of my favourites. The only problem is I hate cooking with raw meat and don't like to handle meat products at all. I spotted this Toad in the Hole in Tesco for just £1.00 and thought it would solve my problem! It's part of the Aunt Bessie's range and usually costs £1.37 but I bought it on special offer.
Aunt Bessie says: "Ready to bake. Aunt Bessie adds two thick pork sausages to her tasty crisp Yorkshire pudding for her delicious Toad in the Hole. Aunt Bessie's Toad in the Hole is ready to bake at home. Great served any day of the week."
This comes ready made and frozen so I popped it into my freezer and saved it for a day when I knew I didn't want to bother with all the fuss of cooking a proper meal. The toad in the hole comes in an individual portion size and is packaged in a cardboard box with cooking instructions etc on the outside. Inside the box it comes in its own tin foil tray that you can just put straight into the oven. This is a really convenient and labour saving meal and requires no further attention until you're ready to serve it up. Perfect for days when you don't have the time or energy for cooking.
This toad in the hole looks fairly standard, it has two sausages and is surrounded by a frozen pool of batter. Once it had cooked the batter rose up very high, to above the level of the tin dish. It crisped up on the edges and took on a lovely golden brown colour. The sausages cooked though evenly but were not quite as well done as I like. I tend to prefer my meat a bit overcooked and would usually brown the sausages off quickly before putting them in the oven if I was making this from scratch. Nevertheless the meat was nice and tasted good. There was nothing in the way of seasoning so it did seem somewhat plain, and although the batter had a lovely texture to it, it didn't really have any flavour.
This Toad in the Hole makes a good main base for a meal, and you can choose to accompany it with your own choice of potatoes and vegetables etc. It was filling and just the right size portion for me, although I think my other half would have preferred it to be a bit larger, maybe with three sausages instead of two. For £1.00 this is a real bargain and a handy item to have stocked in the freezer. It is easy to prepare and you are guaranteed good results with Aunt Bessie!
I would probably buy these again if they remain on special offer, and would recommend them to people short on time or if like me you are fussy about handling raw meat.
Nutritional values per product (baked):
Energy 2018kJ 483kcal
Carbohydrates 41.9g - of which sugars 2.1g
Fats 25.3g - of which Saturates 7.9g - of which Monounsaturates 12.2g - of which Polyunsaturates 3.9g
Ingredients: Sausage (55%) (Pork 58%, Water, Rusk, Starch, Soya Concentrate, Salt, Dextrose, Stabiliser: E451, Wheat Flour, Preservative: E223, Spice Extract, Antioxidant: E300, Herb), Water ,Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Egg White, Semi Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Salt.
Summary: Let Aunt Bessie do the work for you
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