“ Brand: Findus / Type: Beef „
Like Tizer, Pot Noodles and Angel Delight, Findus Crispy Pancakes were a staple part of my diet as a child, back in those endless summer days of the 'seventies. I loved them though even back then I knew that they weren't as good (or as good for me) as Mum's own cooking. Perhaps that was part of the thrill, knowing that she disapproved of them a little? In my memory they were dusty circles of orange cardboard, folded over and filled with a thermo-nuclear meaty gloop that burnt the tongue but tasted great, like half a meal in every mouthful. Surely in these days of food concerns over nutrition and obesity they couldn't still taste like that could they?
The answer was a resounding yes. They were pretty much exactly as I remembered them - the inside tasted meaty and salty and the outer wrapping (the 'crispy pancake' part) was like no other pancake I've ever seen. It's almost like part pancake / part pastry covered in golden breadcrumbs. They were very filling too, but the pancake being a bit tasteless on its own without the meat sauce flavouring. The filling is very tasty though, with small pieces of mince and onions in a rich gravy sauce. Sadly about half the filling had oozed out of the pancakes in the oven leaving a deflated semi-circle sitting in a little puddle of gravy on my plate, just as they did forty years ago.
Still, they're quick and easy to cook (bake or grill for around twenty minutes) and are undeniably tasty. And at the bargain price of four for a pound they can't be beaten as a simple nostalgic treat but I wouldn't want to think that I - nor, more importantly, my kids - were planning on having them as part of a regular healthy diet.
I used to love these when I was younger but somehow they have changed over the years and are not as nice as they used to be.
The pancakes come in a cardboard box, as shown in the picture above, they usually come in boxes of 4 although I have bought them in packets of 6 when they have had boxes of 50% free in. The box is quite easy to open and you just pull the flap at either end of the box to open them.
How to cook
To cook these you have to put them in the grill for 18 minutes and keep turning them over, you really have to keep an eye on these though as the top does burn easily, although no matter how much you turn them if you want them to cook properly they will get some burn marks on the outer layer, this is one thing I don't like about these pancakes, and my daughter won't eat anything that has, as she put it black bits on, so I always have to cut some of the top off, I have tried every way I can think of to make sure this does not happen but every time I have tried I have failed.
The taste of the actual pancake is quite hard to describe, but as the name makes out the outer layer is crispy, you cut into the pancake to get to the mince beef filling, The two do really go together, although there is not enough mince beef filling for my liking. The pancake does taste nice although the burnt top can spoil it, so I always have to cut that part off. These also taste nice with gravy over it, although you will not get all the crispiness as the gravy does soften it.
I do like the taste of the pancakes, its just the cooking of them that lets them down, they are hard to cook to perfection without the top burning slightly, although this can be cut off so that it does not spoil your meal. Also I would like to taste more mince in my pancake, as I do feel they are a little tight on this part and the taste of mince does not come through as much as what it could.
Although I do have these problems with it, I still think they do taste nice, and they are worth buying, I usually only get them when they are on offer at iceland and I usually pay £1 for a pack of 4 or sometimes 6 which I think isd a good buy as it does a full meal.
My hubby loves beef or anything with beef inside and I he loves pancakes, and when this product came on the market many years ago, I thought I would buy them and see if he liked them, and I have been buying them ever since for him and myself.
They come in a box of 6 and they are frozen and they are a half moon shaped product with minced beef inside and they are covered with a lightly battered thin pastry and covered with fine breadcrumbs, they can be grilled, fried or oven baked, whichever is your preference and they can be eaten hot.
The beef inside is a very good texture and it is nice and soft and the outside is nice, crisp and crunchy when eaten.
The beef is in a rich gravy that is a very good texture and quality, and they taste absolutely delicious in my opinion.
When cooked they are a nice golden colour and very appetising and can be eaten with fries, mash or any other food that you like and they can be eaten as a meal or snack and for all the family to enjoy.
They are a well known brand and the manufacturer has been around for a very long time and have been producing this product for over 30 years and they also produce other excellent products.
For a pack of 230g for 6, I paid only £1 when they were on special offer from Tesco and they often do offers with this product and the usual price is around £1.30 and so it is a brilliant price when on offer, I have often bought them for 2 for £1 in the past but not recently, and when I see this offer I always buy more and stock my freezer.
Each pancake contains only 95 calories.
There are 2 other varieties of which are Chicken, Bacon and Sweet Corn and Cheese, of which I have tried and they are all delicious.
They are excellent for families on a low budget.
I recommend this product to try and see if you like them too.
I give them a 5 star.
Thank you for reading my review
*** Me and my pancake ***
I'm a person who likes food. I talk about food a lot, I think about food a lot, and I eat food a fair bit too. I can cook to a fairly low standard, say perhaps that of a 12 year old girl from the 1950's (I've made that claim with no real knowledge or experience to back it up by the way)? One of the few things in my cooking locker that I can confidently say I can create to a decent standard are pancakes - I make a mean pancake. I can do either the thin feeble type or the thicker more substantial fluffy thick sort (they're my favourite) but one variety I can't make is the Findus Crispy Pancake.
One of the main reasons for this is that I don't work for Swedish frozen foods company Findus and they've got the recipe. I have however eaten my fair share of said pancakes and think that they're pretty great. Crispy Pancakes have been around for as long as I can remember. Always there like a small orange boxed cold friend, who I eat. And that's the sort of friend I can never grow tired of.
*** Thinking inside the box ***
For anyone out there not familiar with the wonder that is Crispy Pancakes, I should maybe explain that they are delightful folded over pancakes with a minced beef filling and a crispy coating. They can be enjoyed on a bed of oven chips with a side serving of onion rings and possibly an auxiliary serving of baked beans. But don't feel tied down by this serving suggestion, go with your instincts people.
You stick them in the oven for the amount of time on the box, say about 20 - 25 mins at 180 degrees C or gas mark 27 or sumfink. If you're honestly relying on me to give you the cooking instructions it's time you found your independence, I won't always be here to help. Go on, spread your wings.
*** You can have your pancake and eat it ***
Anyone watching their weight will certainly be happy to hear that one of these little beauts will only set you back 95 calories. So not only are they tasty, but also they won't make you feel guilty about eating them - crispy pancakes are the new salad, there I've said it.
*** Findus Keepers ***
I once overheard Delia at a Norwich City match saying that she enjoys nothing more than a cheeky crispy pancake sandwich smothered in tomato ketchup after a hard day in the kitchen. Certainly something to think about.
When it comes to food I can be a big kid. I have to have such things like fishfingers, potato waffles, oven chips in the freezer for a quick and easy fix when i'm feeling really lazy (which is often). One of the items that I frequently buy is Findus Minced Beef Crispy Pancakes. They come in packs of 4 or 6 each pancake only has 90 calories.
The pancake is filled with tender minced beef and onion in a rich gravy. Whats great about them is there is always plenty of filling in each one and once cook the filling doesnt dry up. It stays nice and tasty.
1. Preheat the oven to 220 c, Gas Mark 7.
2. Place the pancakes on a bakling tray in the centre of the oven.
3. Cook for 15-18 minutes until crispy.
4. Leave to stand for 1 minute before serving.
1. Preheat the grill to a moderate heat.
2. Place the pancakes on a baking tray under the grill.
3. Cook for 17-20 minutes until crispy.
4. Leave to stand for 1 minute before serving.
I cant comment on how the pancakes taste when they have been grilled because I only ever cook mine in the oven. I generally have mine with chips which can all go in the oven together and be ready at the same time. They taste great as well. The filling is really tender and has plenty of taste. The pancake taste better the crispier they are (not burnt of course). And the two go together really well.
Nutrition Info per pancake:
Protein 3g, Carbohydrates 15g, Fat 2g, Fibre 0.7g, sodium 0.2g.
So overall the pancakes arent too unhealthy for processed food & kids will love them as well.
Water, Wheatflour, Beef 6%, Onions 3%, whey powder, vegetable oil, starch, dried egg, tomato puree, salt, flavourings, wheat gluten, yeast extract, sugar, spices, pepper, malt extracts.
The packaging is recycleable.
A pack of 4 pancakes can be bought for about £1.39 from most supermarkets.
Findus Crispy Pancakes are a godsend! When you usually think of Pancakes most people think of sweet fillings such as ice cream or chocolate, etc. But Findus Crispy Pancakes actually come in three savoury fillings, Cheese, Chicken and Sweetcorn and Minced Beef.
The Minced Beef ones are the ones I buy most often as my partner swears by them. They are reasonably cheap (I can usually find them on special offer for £1!) and they are also surprisingly filling. They are a great meal for children, admittedly they may not be that healthy, but they are a quick and easy meal for busy mum and dads.
Findus Crispy Pancakes are not just for kids though! As I previously mentioned, my partner absolutely loves them and would probably eat them every day if he was allowed to!
I urge you to go on and try them, any flavour you like, you will not be disappointed!