“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Cakes „
In my household we all have one thing in common. We all love Egg Custards! So when I was out last Friday shopping as usual I purchased a box of these as a bit of a treat for me and my parents for afternoon tea. I love Marks & Spencer's but have to admit I don't normally buy stuff from there due to higher prices than alot of other supermarkets but I know (cos we've had the before from here) that we all love them and they're just a bit special!
Light yellow cardboard, square box with a clear plastic window through a big section of the front so that you can see your chosen custards through it. In light brown writing on the front I'm told they are indeed Marks & Spencer 4 Egg Custard Tarts which are 'Light fresh egg custard topped with nutmeg in a golden pastry', and on the bottom right hand corner of the box I'm told they contain no artificial colours or flavourings, or preservatives and the best before date is stamped on in a white box in black ink clearly, I'm told to eat them warm or cold and to keep them refrigerated and finally the size is stated (4x83g). On the back side of the box ingredients are listed, allergy and storage advice is given, heating instructions are given, nutritional information is listed, I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians and finally contact details for Marks & Spencers are given. It is a nice, plain and simple box with no fuss and no frills to it. It simply looks like a quality product like anything (in my view you buy in this store!).
Heating Instructions.... (Can be eaten cold as I've pointed out already)....
Preheat oven. Remove carton. Do not remove foils. Place on a preheated baking tray for 12 minutes on 180C, Fan 160C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and serve immediately. Do not reheat. This product is not suitable for freezing.
The Egg Custards....
Well when you open the side flap of the box the four individual egg custards are all sat in silver trays in a clear plastic holder. The appearance is light golden pastry and encased in that is lots of egg custard with lots of visible nutmeg powder over the top. The smell is naturally sweet and they all just look really pleasant, small, nice and look very tidy.
Eating these though is a slightly different kettle of fish to be honest though lol. These are really filled with delicious and light but slightly gloopy and incredibly moist custard. Sure it's slightly set (and some have what appears to be a glossy skin on them) but as soon as you start eating these they fall apart really badly. This in my view is because of the weight of the egg custard itself. It is far to heavy for the pastry!
Never mind that though just use a plate and have a napkin to hand or use a fork or whatever because these really are seriously yummy and worth every penny in this case, offering great value for money!
They taste wonderful. The pastry is light, not crumbly and a bit moist. You can actually taste the whole milk and proper butter in it (as listed in the ingredients) and the pastry isn't just a carrier to give you the filling it really is very nice indeed and tastes fresh and light. The filling although wibbly wobbly is really creamy, smooth and not one bit greasy and you can really taste the eggs and you can taste the sugar (opposed to any sweeteners) along with a slight hint of vanilla. The nutmeg although to the eyes looks a lot it really isn't and has a nice but distinctive flavour to it and I do like the way it is evenly spread across all of the tarts.
Filling, economical these really are amazing value for money and they just taste so much of quality and are a real treat. I like the lightness of these and the fact they just feel so freshly made! Me and my family love these and at £1.29 a box are just great and an affordable, indulgent treat at an affordable price!
Contains Cow's Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Gluten.
This product has been made in a factory which uses nut ingredients.
Nutritional Information.... Per Tart...
Energy: 215 Kcal
of which is sugars 16.8g
of which is saturates: 3.9g
equivalent as salt 0.4g
Only available in Marks & Spencers.