“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Cakes „
I make my own scones and it's an extremely rare occurrence that will find me purchasing them from the supermarket, or even the bakery. The only reason I happened to buy these is that a comment from a friend telling me how nice they were coincided with a challenge I'd set myself to purchase and sample five products from the Morrisons Value range.
I have to tell you straight away that I am sitting on the fence with these scones, as they are neither 'really nice' (to quote my aforementioned friend) nor as appalling as the price or packaging would lead me to believe. They are, quite simply, OK..
To really enjoy them you do have to go into the eating experiment with an open mind. I am used to my own scones, larger than usual and cooked to my exact requirements with a very generous filling of fruit.
These are smaller even than the scones you can buy from more specialised brands, they have a very dry appearance and look to be almost flaky along the sides. They have a pleasant golden brown colour but this looks a little forced to me, almost as though Morrisons have dabbed a little browning agent onto the top of the scone rather than it indicating a well and thoroughly cooked scone.
I sliced the first one in half and discovered it to be a very crumbly affair, I spread a little soft butter on the two halves and was eventually left with small pieces of scone on my plate as it fell to pieces. This wasn't a problem in itself, although I did start to wonder at this point just how dry the scone was going to be.
The answer to that is very dry. This is definitely the driest scone I've ever eaten, even the very few sultanas in the scone didn't help moisten it in any way as they themselves weren't juicy in the slightest. By the way, don't be fooled by the large sultanas you can see on the crust of the scone because once you cut one open you'll realise those are all there are as only a couple of smaller sultanas were dotted inside the actual scone.
The taste isn't bad really. There are no spices or anything else added to the scone to make it any less than doughy tasting, it's very bland but not something you'd spit out in disgust. I found with my second scone that a dabbing of strawberry jam livens the flavour up nicely, and while you'll never be fooled that you're eating a Waitrose scone at least these are more edible than they look! The main problem I think is that they haven't been seasoned well and perhaps they have used a recipe to make these a cross between a cake and a real scone.
They are better than I expected actually. I honestly cannot say that I particularly enjoyed them, and I certainly will never buy them again, but for 36p they are there as an alternative should you be on a tight budget and are a decent base to be brightened up with your choice of filling or topping.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per scone):
- of which sugars: 8.2g
- of which saturates: 0.9g
Salt equivalent: 0.5g
Wheat flour, water, sugar, vegetable margarine, annato, curcumin, whey powder, sultanas, sodium diphosphates, sodium bicarbonate, soya flour, potassium sorbate, I-cysteine hydrochloride, salt
Commercially made scones always seem a bit of a mystery to me, in how much they vary as regards shape, size, consistency and flavour. I have tried making my own, as I love scones, but the result is always the same - a cross between a house brick and a brillo pad. Consequently, I prefer to rely on the ready-made variety.
I found this pack of Morrisons "value" range fruit scones close to the entrance door, well away from all other packed fruit, cake and biscuit products.
The outer packaging is sealed cellophane which has largely yellow, green and white panels on the front and back. The back shows nutritional information, ingredients list, storage instructions, Morrisons' contact details, and advice that only the outer film of the packaging is recyclable.
The scones are approximately 2" high, and have a circumference of approximately 5" - that's a "guess-timate", as I can't find my tape measure - and they nestle inside a clear, moulded plastic tray. They are nicely browned on the top, and you can see even before you bite into one, that there is a generous serving of sultanas inside.
I can't eat my scones dry, and I'm not keen on having them with jam and/or cream, so I just go for a little butter or Flora. On cutting the first scone in half, though the knife slid through fairly easily, crumbs of all shapes and sizes shot everywhere. The consistency of these scones is very crumbly, to the point where a dustpan and brush was called for. Due to the crumbliness, I found the insides of the two halves of the scone very difficult to spread on this occasion Flora upon. Flora is very soft and doesn't need hard work as butter sometimes does, but just the lightest pressure of Flora on the scone inside surface made it break into little pieces.
Never to be swayed, as I was going to chew it up anyway, I grabbed a spoon to scoop up the "Flora'd" pieces, and settled to do the taste test.
The first thing that struck me about the scone was the strange smell.....not a million miles away from modelling clay. I'm used to scones having a spicy aroma, but these had none - hardly surprising as no spices are mentioned in the ingredients list. Once inside my mouth and on chewing the scone, I found the texture to be varied. Parts were somewhat chalky, other parts were dry, and the rest was soft and spongy.
As far as the overall taste is concerned, I wasn't too impressed. The cake part was extremely bland - even a little chalky, and though the serving of sultanas was very generous for a budget product, they were completely uninspiring, and I didn't like what I was eating very much at all.
It's rare for me to throw food away, even if it is of substandard quality, but in this instance I broke my usual "waste not want not" rule, and felt that I didn't want to eat the other 9 scones. The rubbish bin ate them for me.
I'd seriously recommend to anybody who just happens to fancy some scones next time they are in Morrisons, to give these a miss, and pay a little more for a more up market brand. Some "value" products across the spectrum of supermarkets are superb, but Morrisons Value Fruit Scones aren't, and actually result in being a false economy if they are so bad that you have to throw them away. If you pay more for your scones and go for a brand that you know is good quality, at least the product will get eaten.
In summary, this is a very miserable offering from Morrisons which I certainly won't even think about buying again.
Thanks for reading!