“ Brand: Hovis / Type: Cakes „
Price: 88p for 4
Rival: Warbutons/ supermarket Teacakes
Where to find: Bread aisle
Size: Regular teacake sized
Calories/ fat : 158/ 1.5
Wrapping: Purple plastic wrapper; The teacakes sit in a plastic container
Fluffy teacakes made with juicy raisins and sweet sultanas
Can be frozen
Seeing as I am going on a Teacake tasting rampage, I guess I have to sample the rival to supermarket own brands - Hovis Teacakes.
Now, I don't find these anywhere near as nice as Tesco Teacakes. They taste similar to Tesco Value teacakes rather than the proper Tesco teacakes. This isn't bad as they are tasty and are thicker than Warburton's teacakes.
The bread is bread. Sounds obvious but with some teacakes, like Tesco's, the bread has more of a dense currant cake structure (which I find nicer). The bread in these is soft and fluffy so it's nice when eaten cold and hot. It doesn't really have much sweetness however and relies only on the sultanas.
The sultanas are always the best part for me and I missed the sweet juiciness in these. Firstly, the sultanas are really small, not really enough to burst in your mouth when you bite into them. When heated, I am sue they release flavour but probably shrivel in the process. Secondly, compared to the proper Tesco version, there is definitely a stingy amount of fruit in them, to the point that I added some of my own to give it more flavour.
Now, these are nice and would make a lovely buttered bap and toasted, if that'd how you prefer but they would definitely need something sweet to go with them, like jam or a squirt of syrup. Compared to the Warburton version, these are probably nicer as they are thicker and even though the sultanas fail to deliver to the Tesco version, they do beat Warburton's.
Hovis tea cakes are round fruited breads made with currents and raisins, they are delicious to eat any time of the day, and I particularly like them first thing in the morning with a cuppa instead of toast.
Toasted tea cakes can be sliced in half and served hot or cold with butter, but traditionally they are toasted and spread ,when still piping hot with butter,the butter will sink straight into the tea cake, making it soft and the fruity sweet taste the raisins and currents give to them are just divine. There is orange and lemon peel amongst the ingredients as well and you can taste a nice citrus undercurrent.
If you are feeling really naughty you can put some jam on as well, but this takes away the taste of the tea cake so I prefer just to use butter.
Hovis tea cakes are the best I have found to date, they are lovely and crunchy on the top when toasted and then soft in the middle as the butter sinks in. They are also delicious without any topping on if you are dieting and you will still get all the sweet flavour without the added calories of a topping.
Hovis tea cakes contain no artificial preservatives or flavourings. Per tea cake they contain 158 calories 1.5g fat of which 0.6g is saturates, they have nice fibre content as well at 1.8g per tea cake.
The tea cakes must be stored in a cool dry place and used within 2 days of opening, they can also be frozen on the day of purchase.
Hovis tea cakes are normally around 70p for a pack of 4 but at the moment Tesco have an offer of 2 packs for £1.00 until 15/06 2010.
I got these when the Hovis stuff was on special offer and you could get 2 for £1.00, the normal price for these teacakes is 70p so that's a pretty good saving and you can freeze them as well.
You get 4 in a pack and they don't look like they've got all that many raisins in them. They look like soft white cobs more than anything and I thought they was going to be a bit of a let down.
They're not though, these teacakes are PROPER nice. When you cut them through the middle you'll see there is a mix of raisins and currants in the teacakes and there are deffo more than it looks like there is going to be.
I toasted mine and spread butter on it and it was lush. The raisins and currants are lovely and juicy and chewy and go proper nice with the actual teacake. The teacake is more like white bread than other teacakes I've had, it's got a bit of an orangey taste which I loved and when I had one without toasting it I realised that warming the teacake through definately brings the orange taste out more.
The teacakes are soft and very doughy feeling, they don't fall apart when you cut them but they are quite crumbly and I recommend you cut them over a plate if you don't want to be cleaning crumbs and bits up off the side! lol
They are delish and a wicked change from cereal for breakfast. The butter soaks lovely into the teacake but the bread doesn't go soggy or slimey or anything like that, the butter actually brings the richness of the fruit out and makes this feel like a proper treat.
Recommended...... I'm not even all that mad on teacakes but I still loved these delish Hovis ones. They have got a bit of a hot cross bun taste but aren't as strong tasting.