“ Brand: Findus / Type: Pancakes „
I was a kid in the 'seventies when Findus Crispy pancakes first hit the shops. Thanks to freezer boxes in our fridges we were finally able to keep frozen food for days or weeks at home, which meant that ready meals like this were new and exciting to us. But not everyone was happy. This was the kind of food that grannies around the country used to dismiss as junk because it wasn't home cooked. Of course that made these forbidden fruits all the more appealing to us kids even if these particular ones did taste like thermo-nuclear meaty gloop wrapped in warm, dusty cardboard.
So maybe it's time now to revisit this taste of my youth to see if it's improved any since those halcyon days of long ago.
The one that I went for was the chicken, bacon and sweetcorn variety. The box was certainly enticing, bright red with a fun logo of of a smiley pancake licking its lips. It says that two pancakes are just 175 calories, which doesn't sound bad as part of a main meal, and there was a picture of two plump, golden pancakes oozing a creamy sauce packed with chunks of what definitely look like chicken, bacon and sweetcorn.
What I ate was somewhat different. I cooked them in the oven for twenty minutes (they recommend eighteen) and they came out looking exactly the same as the ones on the box - plump and golden, even if they don't resemble any real pancake that I've ever seen before. It was almost like part pancake / part pastry covered in golden breadcrumbs. But that's where the similarity to that lovely box picture ended.
When I cut into the pancake it collapsed to almost flat, like a deflated balloon. The filling didn't fill it at all; there wasn't much of it and it just sort of oozed out leaving a sad - though undoubtedly crispy - pancake shell. What filling there was was a thick white sauce that was, frankly, rather unpleasant. It was a thick, creamy white sauce that tasted of nothing really, just a bit of salty cream. There were a few corn kernels in it and two pieces of red meat in each pancake, presumably bacon. I didn't find any evidence of chicken at all, neither to see or to taste. All in all the entire thing was a disappointment that I won't be in any rush to repeat.
If you loved crispy pancakes as a kid then I'd definitely recommend that you keep your memories intact and stay away from these. Even at the bargain price of four for a pound they're not worth the money.
There are some things that , for me, are quintessentially 80's - mullets, shoulder pads, and rubiks cubes . All these remind me of growing up in the 80s's - and another thing that reminds me is Findus Crispy Pancakes, which would regularly make it onto my dinner plate. I loved them at the time, but hadn't thought about them in years - until I saw some at the supermarket last week that is!
I opted for the chicken, bacon, and sweetcorn flavour, and happily tipped these golden crumb coated semi-circles onto my baking tray . After 20 minutes in the oven, they were ready to eat (I elected to serve mine with Micro-chips and beans for the true back-to-childhood experience) and I happily sat down to (hopefully) enjoy my meal.
The outside was a bright orangey brown colour, and cutting into the pancake I could hear the crunch as I sliced through . There was a creamy coloured sauce inside, in which I could clearly see bright yellow pieces of sweetcorn, as well as small bits of bacon and chicken. The meat was cut up rather finely, and lifting a bit to my lips, I was pleased with the thickness of the sauce, which was rather creamy. The sweetcorn was crisp, not at all overcooked, and the chicken and bacon mixture was well seasoned. However, the actual pancake/crispy shell part was very greasy tasting- it tasted fried even though I had over baked it .
The contrast in textures between the creamy sauce and thr crunchy outer was nice though, and made it interesting to eat these.
I'm glad I had a little nostalgic moment and tried these again - but they seem more greasy than I remember, and I don't imagine I'll be buying these again!
This review really has been a long time coming as I suggested this as a product back when food reviews were still worth 500 miles! I guess I should have got it done sooner! But as I had these for dinner earlier today it reminded me to get around to writing this finally for you today. Now while most people will prefer the mince beef and onion crispy pancakes this "Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn Crispy Pancake" has to be my favourite and has been for years now - I can just never seem to find them sold anywhere so I don't have them as much as Id like - however Ive recently found them in a local freezer food shop going for £1 a pop so Ive stocked up!
Price: Around £3 - 4 "pancakes"
Stockists: Most Supermarkets
Flavour: Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn - Contains Egg, Gluten, Wheat, Milk & Mustard.
Nutritional Information: [Per Pancake]
That is actually much better than I was expecting as I assumed these would be quite bad for you. In actual fact those values aren't too high and these can actually help towards quite a balanced meal as long as you have them with the right things. You wont be having them everyday anyway but even so they are much better for you than I expected.
To cook these you simply put them on a baking tray in an oven on around 200 (or there abouts I don't have the packaging sorry!) and cook for around 18 minutes. I also recommend turning them over once during that time just to make sure the filling cooks properly and warms all the way through. And you can have these with pretty much anything - I personally had 2 with chips earlier today - I felt like treating myself but Ive actually seen people have these with mash and veg so basically whatever tickles your fancy!
To me these are really yummy - the filling doesn't look too great - my brother says it looks like sick but it tastes so nice Ill let that go. The sweetcorn, chicken and bacon are all in little tiny bits and contained in a cheesy type sauce so it kind of tastes like a big Kiev with added extras. All the ingredients are equal and there is enough to be really filling and enough for you to be able to taste each one - the sauce doesn't over power anything don't worry. These taste quite meaty which I wasn't expecting and I think all the different flavours work really well together. I like the difference in texture between the filling and the outer part because the breadcrumb outside is proper crunchy and the inside really gooey. They are just yummy! Take my word for it here.
I highly recommend these to everyone as they are a great addition to any meal and can be used alongside whatever you fancy - a staple freezer food that I really love. Thanks For Reading.
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When I was younger I used to really like Findus Chicken, Bacon and Sweetcorn Crispy Pancakes so recently while shopping in Morrisons I decided to buy some to have in the freezer for quick meals. The box of 4 cost me £1 so they were very cheap and I popped them in our freezer for a day where I wanted an easy meal.
That day arrived this week when my partner decided to work late but didn't bother to tell me he was working late so I was left wondering where he was and didn't cook anything because I didn't know how long he'd be. Once he'd wandered in and explained himself I realised I needed to find something that would be ready in a hurry as it was very late. I remembered the Crispy Pancakes so popped the 4 in the oven along with some oven chips while some frozen peas cooked on the hob.
Crispy Pancakes are a breaded outside in the shape of a cornish pasty filled with various fillings. These chicken, bacon and sweetcorn ones have tiny chunks of chicken, even tinier chunks of smoked bacon and the odd kernel of sweetcorn all floating round in a white sauce.
Each pancake has 92 calories, 1.9g sugar, 2.0g fat, 0.6g saturates and 0.4g salt. As you can see they're quite reasonable for a processed item. They can be baked in the oven which takes about 15 minutes depending on your oven or grilled which should take about the same but be warned they burn very, very easily under the grill so I think baking in the oven is better.
The pancakes come in a cardboard box so it can be recycled and there is no other packaging. Findus claim to use "only the best ingredients" in their pancakes and I can tell you if you see these made by anyone else they usually taste like cardboard. As far as making these pancakes goes Findus are definitely the best.
So about 15 minutes after my partner arrived home we had a meal ready which is great. The pancakes fluff up in the oven and sometimes get the odd leak of sauce and the sauce is a delicious tasty sauce with a hint of garlic and mustard. The chicken and bacon bits are always good quality even if they are small but I've noticed there seems to be less of them these days. As for sweetcorn I think I only found 1 kernel in the two pancakes I had so even less of those!
The outer breadcrumbs cook to a slightly crunchy layer but can be a bit hard around the edges where there is no filling. However the combination of all these ingredients does taste nice. One thing I noticed this time around though was how dry these are. Even though the centre is oozing with sauce after a while they do make your mouth really dry and you start to wish you'd made extra sauce to moisten them up. I never noticed this before so it must be a change in my palate.
Overall these do make a quick and fairly tasty meal, the nutritional statistics aren't bad but they are a bit dry. I'm going to give them 3 stars and although I doubt I'll buy any more in a hurry I'd bet money I'll buy some again in the future to pop in the freezer "just in case". Recommended as a stand by.