“ Brand: Findus / Type: Pancakes „
I was surprised when I came to write this review to see that the overall rating was only 2 stars. I have only recently started to eat these again but I do remember them from when I was a child and I must say, the taste does seem to have changed somewhat.
Nevertheless, I do still like them and I occasionally put a box in my basket when they are on offer so they are in the freezer for when we need to have dinner in a hurry.
I have seen these in a number of the supermarkets over the last few months. They usually retail at about £1.30 for 4 pancakes but can often be found on offer for £1 (they are at the moment in Tesco). They come in 3 varieties: three cheeses, minced beef and chicken and sweetcorn. I have only ever tried the cheese ones as they are the only ones that appeal to me.
The pancakes must be kept frozen until you are cooking them. They are very simple to cook, you simply pop them in the oven for 18 minutes or you can grill them too. I always cook ours in the oven as whenever I use the grill they seem to burn!
When they are cooked, the coating on them is meant to be crispy but I often find it isn't unless you leave them in for an extra 5 minutes. Once they are crispy they look quite appetising.
The pancakes taste quite nice. The breadcrumb coating is nice and crunchy and it has a subtle flavour. The cheese filling is quite creamy but not overly cheesy. It is very thick and tastes quite creamy but the cheese flavour is very subtle, personally I would like it to have a stronger flavour. The cheese filling with the breadcrumbs has a nice flavour but it is really quite a subtle flavour and certainly wont tickle your tastebuds! I'm sure they used to have a stronger flavour.
However, I still like the flavour and they are a nice change to have instead of chicken fillets or pizza. 100g (2 pancakes weigh just over 100g) contains 171 calories, 7g sugars, 4.2g fat (1.5g saturates) and 0.7g salt. I was quite surprised at this because considering they are full of a creamy cheesy sauce they aren't too high in fat or calories.
These pancakes are nice but not fantastic. They aren't the same as what they used to be but they are still ok every now and again. 3.5 stars.
Mooching through Asda one night for inspiration on something new to try out I came across these pancakes on offer in several flavours for just a pound a box. I was excited to see them cos I hadn't had them in absolute years and opted to try out the three cheese variety.
Red and dark red box and on the front of it there is a photograph of a pancake and I am told that they are Findus, Crispy Pancakes '4 Three Cheeses' and that 'Our special crispy pancake filled with 3 delicious cheeses - Mozzarella, Red Leicester and Cheddar Cheese coated in golden breadcrumbs' and then I'm told to cook them from frozen and that they cook in 18 minutes and they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that there is only 97 calories per pancake. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit more about the pancakes, ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown as well a full chart stated, we are told how to cook them, the weight is stated (For 4 of them that weight is 230g) and contact details for Findus are given. Inside the box the pancakes come unwrapped and the outer box contains all of the information you may (or may not!) need.
What you get are 4 really small, covered in light orange breadcrumbs, half moon shaped pancakes which are sealed at the edges. I was shocked to be honest how small they are when I first spotted them!
To cook them you can oven cook them in about 18 minutes or alternatively grill them in around 17 minutes. For ease and cos I'm too lazy to stand and watch and flip them under the grill I did my four in the oven for me and my flatmates tea.
When cooked they looked cooked and had gone a dark orange colour and didn't look greasy but rather dry and crispy and they had shrunk even further! They were ever so small!
Taste wise we hated these. The breadcrumbs almost broke our teeth and were really rather flavourless. Inside they were soft with gloopy like cheese looking sauce in a pale yellow colour. That cheese tasted artificially sweetened had a sort of powdery feeling to it like it was some cheese sauce mixed up from a packet and was rather odd in taste and consistency alike. There wasn't loads of the cheese sauce within it but enough and I would have preferred less, in fact no pancake at all would have been the best option to me to tell you the truth!
I can't say anything positive about these sadly. The dry outer casing and slimy insides were all rather flavourless and I won't be buying any type of pancakes from this range in the future after these!
Nutritional Information Per Pancake:
Available in all good supermarkets costing about £1.31 a box.
Findus cheese crispy pancakes are available for sale in a wide range of shops and supermarkets and are found in the frozen section. They come in a cardboard box and there are four in the packet. The only packaging is the cardboard box which is great as it is 100% recyclable.
The crispy pancakes cook from frozen which is nice and convenient as it means you can get them out at the last minute, no faff, just easy to cook. You can cook them in the oven or grill, the grill is much quicker, about 12 minutes whereas the oven takes about 18 minutes, but you have to intervene less as you don't have to turn them over as often. They are quite messy to cook as the cheese sauces spills out a bit when cooking, but is quite easy to clean out of the baking tray.
I really like the taste of the pancakes, They outside is breaded and hard and the inside is very soft and runny, and is a nice cheese flavour, very mild, not mature. The only reason these aren't getting five stars is because they could have slightly better nutritional value. They are extremly yummy and easy to cook though, and much better for you than a greasy beef burger!
Findus Crispy Pancakes. What a blast from the past. I hadn't had these in years and although I often seen them in the freezer at the shops, I just never bought them. Not sure why, as I remember that I thought they were alright.
Not sure of the right price of these but I got a pack for £1. You get these in a couple of different kinds, so I will try the Minced Beef ones next I think. You get 4 Pancakes in the box.
The box looked alright. The lettering was bit enough, and we know these are made by Findus. There is a nice enough looking Picture on the front as well, and these look pretty yummy I have to say.
You just pop these in the oven and they cook in about 15 minutes.
When I opened the box I seemed to think that these are now smaller and thinner than they used to be. Perhaps that's what growing up does to you, but I eyed the box up and though I could probably eat the whole 4 of these with Chips and still want a desser. They were so thin, that I wondered if they only had 3 strands of Cheese in them.
Anyway when they were cooked the Crumbed coating on the outside was nice and crisp so I cut into the Pancake and the Cheese oozed out a little bit. Looking inside here the Cheese looked more yellow than orange and I thought this tasted nice and Cheesy. The 3 Cheeses in here are Red leicester, Mozzarella and Cheddar.
These were alright, but certainly not how I fondly remember them. I just wonder if they have changed or if it is me that has changed?
I will still try others in the range as these are still pretty tasty and make a nice enough meal, or snack, but they were a bit of a letdown i'm afraid.
Findus are famous for their frozen foods and their Crispy Pancakes have been around for many years. I prefer to make my meals from scratch, but sometimes I just need a break, so always keep something quick and easy in the freezer.
I hadn't had Crispy Pancakes for about a year until we ate them last week. I don't plan to have them again for a very long time!
Findus Three Cheeses Crispy Pancakes are made by filling a pancake with Mozzarella, Red Leicester and Cheddar Cheese. The pancake is then coated with breadcrumbs.
I cooked ours in the oven, which does make most of the pancake crispy. The only problem I find is the pancakes tend to blow up and burst open, leaving the cheesy filling all over the baking tray.
The edges of the pancake were very crispy when I cut into them but towards the centre it was quite soggy. What was left of the cheese was thick, but it tasted cheap and fake and left an unpleasant aftertaste. I definitely wouldn't be in a hurry to buy them again.
This product contains eggs, gluten, milk, mustard, soya/soyabeans, wheat and yeast.
It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.
Each cheesy pancake contains around 100 calories, which doesn't sound that bad, but I would need two of them in a main meal. With all 5 of us in our family eating two each, I'd have to buy 3 boxes, which would work out very expensive.
Tesco sell a pack of 4 Findus Crispy Pancakes for £1.39 but until 08/03/10 they are on special for £1 a box.
If you are really desperate for something quick and filling to eat, Findus Crispy Pancakes would do the trick. Personally, I won't be in a hurry to eat them again.
I would award them 2 stars. One of these would be for the reasonably crispy outside, it's just a pity it explodes! The other would be for ease, just throw them on a baking tray and put them in the oven.
Unfortunately they have no other redeeming features.
My wife makes very few mistakes when it comes to feeding me but I have to say recently when she brought home some snack meals for when I get peckish through the day instead of eating rubbish, she got one of them completely wrong.
Knowing that I love my cheese my good lady wife thought I might like some Findus Three Cheeses Crispy Pancakes, sadly she was wrong, very wrong.
Feeling a bit on the hungry side the other afternoon I decided to give these ago instead of a pot noodle or a packet or two of crisps, I followed the cooking instructions, 15 - 18 minutes at 220c, then left them to stand for one minute as instructed then set about eating them.
They were very crispy round the edges and the cheese tasted like those awful cheese strings that you get and not at all like the delicious three cheeses they describe on the box, they tasted very fake and I dread to think how many additives were in them, I certainly didn't go back to check.
I ate half of one of them and the rest went in the bin, the cheese was no more than a fake tasting cheese sauce and the rest of the pancake was far too crispy and just not palatable at all.
I had expected these to have been very cheap as they were certainly nasty but my wife tells me they were £1.49 for a packet of four which does not seem overly cheap to me and they certainly were not worth their money.
I tend to do the majority of my shopping at my local supermarkets Iceland and Netto as I don't drive so find it easier to buy things on the way home from the school run.
My mum was going to Morrisons near to where she lives and asked if I wanted to go, so I hopped in her car and prepared to do my shopping there.
On reaching the frozen section in said supermarket, I spotted Findus Crispy Pancakes in Three Cheeses flavour and immediately purchased 2 boxes.
Why? When I lived at home many moons ago I LOVED these and would have them quite often, but neither Iceland nor Netto stock these so I excitedly bought the 2 boxes thinking how nice they used to be.
Price, packaging, flavours, blah blah blah etc. ~
These crispy pancakes come in a pack of 4 and have been around for 30 years which I never realised!
They come in 3 flavours at present:
Chicken, Bacon and Sweetcorn
They come in the shape of a semi circle and basically consist of runny cheese smothered in golden breadcrumbs.
The packaging is in the form of thin cardboard in a rectangular shape, which is bright red with a picture of one of the pancakes cut open oozing out creamy cheese.
It's quite eye catching and stand stands out due to the bright colours of the box.
The price probably varies depending on where you shop but these were £1.89 for a pack of 4 recently at Morrisons.
Nothing too hazardous - even I can manage to cook these without causing too much chaos -
*18 minutes cooking from frozen in a conventional oven - 220 degrees/425 degrees/gas mark 7
Or if you prefer to grill them:
*17 minutes (turn them occasionally)
The taste test~
After deciding to cook mine in the oven, I was excited to see if these would be as tasty as I remembered.
I took them out of the oven and left them for about 5 minutes as the cheese is red hot in the centre of the pancakes and I didn't want to risk any blisters because of greed.
The appearance of the pancakes was quite pale and 'cardboardy' and I seem to remember them as being more golden?
On tasting them I was pleased they still retained that creamy cheese flavour that I remembered but the consistency of the pancake was more soggy than crispy.
It was nice to try them after all these years but I was left feeling disappointed at the soggy limpness of them.
I wasn't going to waste the second box however, so after cooking in the oven for 15 minutes I popped them into a frying pan with a little oil just to brown them.
This seemed to be the key and they definitely tasted much nicer cooked this way!
I don't know whether I'll buy them in future shopping expeditions to Morrisons, though if on offer I may but at full price I'll give them a miss.
*97 calories per pancake
*3 cheeses are Mozzarella; Red Leicester; and Cheddar
*No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
*For more information contact www.findus.co.uk
4 stars from me as they did taste better once lightly fried.
Review of Findus Three Cheeses Crispy Pancakes.
Findus, a well known frozen food manufacturer has been producing their Crispy Pancakes for over 30 years. There are several different varieties available, however this review will centre on the Three Cheeses version.
Findus Crispy Pancakes are a savoury, easy to cook convenience food which can be eaten with a variety of accompaniments. Each pancake is a folded mini circular pancake, filled with a cheesy sauce and coated in crispy breadcrumbs. They are found in the frozen food section of most supermarkets.
Crispy Pancakes are presented in a distinctive bright yellow cardboard box. The Findus logo appears in red and white, with the product description in blue and white. The box carries a picture of a green plate on which rest two Crispy Pancakes.
Cooking instructions, ingredients, nutritional values, Findus contact information and storage guidelines appear on the reverse of the packaging.
Cooking and Storing
Findus suggest Crispy Pancakes are either oven cooked or grilled. To oven cook, place in a pre heated oven (Gas 7/220c) for 15-18 minutes or until crispy, leave to stand for 1 minute before serving. To grill, place pancakes under a moderate grill and cook for 17-20 minutes turning once and then leave to stand for 1 minute.
Findus Crispy Pancakes should be stored in a freezer and used by the sell by date. They should not be re-frozen once thawed. The pancakes will last for up to 3 days in the ice making compartment of a fridge.
Ingredients and Nutritional Values
I won't replicate the full list of ingredients or nutritional information here, as I am firmly convinced that no one really wants to wade through a review padded out with this sort of thing!
Main ingredients are:-
Cheese, wheat flour, whey, dried egg, skimmed milk, yeast.
Brief nutritional values per pancake:-
100 calories, 4g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 3g fat.
I was actually quite surprised by the fat content, I would have assumed it to be higher, but 3g per pancake is what Findus state!
Findus Three Cheeses Crispy Pancakes are suitable for vegetarians. They contain wheat, gluten, egg, milk and milk products, mustard seed and sugar, so anyone sensitive to these items would do well to exercise caution.
The All Important Part--Taste!
I used to love these as a teenager and have fond memories of scoffing plates of crispy pancakes and chips after nights out on the town! I spotted them again recently and decided to give them another try.
I bought a pack of 4 Crispy Pancakes and when I showed them to my other half, he declined to try them! I duly oven cooked a couple for myself and sat down to tuck in.
The pancakes were just as crispy as I recalled, but the filling was decidedly different. As I cut through the crisp golden brown outer shell of the pancake, a thin, watery, insipid looking sauce trickled out. It was a pale lemon yellow in colour and smelled a bit strange, not unpleasant exactly, but rather like stored mushrooms. Having checked the box, I found there were no mushrooms listed in the ingredients, so quite where that aroma came from, I do not know!
Anyway, on with the review! The actual pancake tasted quite nice, not like a pancake, more like the pastry used for a quiche base. The crispy breadcrumbs coating the were just right in texture and thickness. The filling is supposed to comprise of three cheeses, Cheddar, Red Leicestershire and Mozzarella. The filling did not taste of any of these cheeses, in fact to my palate, it was more like cheap cheese spread, very cheap cheese spread at that!
The texture of the filling was quite nasty, almost slimy and it had a distinct after taste, a sort of metallic tang. Not nice!
Cost and Availability
Available in packs of 4 or 6 from most supermarkets. The box I bought contained 4 Crispy Pancakes, which weighed 230g and cost £1 on 'Rollback' in Asda. The usual price is in the region of £1.49 for 4.
Company Contact Information
Findus Customer Services
PO Box 188
Newcastle uponn Tyne
My Thoughts and Conclusion
Some things are best left in the past and in my opinion this applies to Findus Crispy Pancakes! Now, whether it is simply that my tastes have altered over the years or that Findus have changed the recipe of this product, I don't know! What I do know is that I won't be buying this product again, it was not a pleasant experience and I do not feel that I can recommend them to others. Consequently I am rating this product with one begrudged star as they are cheap and easy to prepare.
I wonder, does anyone want two Crispy Pancakes that seem destined to lurk in the bottom of my freezer until the end of time?
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 December 2009
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