“ Brand: Pizza Express / Type: Garlic Bread „
I received this as a substitute as part of my Sainsbury's online shop, I'd never tried Pizza Express products from the supermarket before, but I have eaten in their restaurants so I was keen to try their Garlic Bread with Mozzarella. I originally ordered Tear and Share Bread, so I was a little confused as to why I had received this; however it became much clearer when opening the packet!
Pizza Express's Garlic Bread with Mozzarella comes in a clear plastic tray and it covered in plastic packaging brandishing the well known Pizza Express logo. There are two garlic breads in the pack; I would say that each can serve 2 people a good portion though, although I have been known to have a whole one with salad for my lunch before! The pack is £2.95 which is expensive but the taste and quality is so good I would always go back to buying this.
When I opened up the packet I realised why I had been sent this instead of Tear and Share, the bread is presented in oblong pieces, it's made from Pizza Express's pizza dough making it a lot thicker than the usual garlic bread which comes on french baguette. I could see that there was visibly a generous amount of mozzarella cubes and a sprinkling of parsley, I couldn't wait to give it a try, and every time I've opened the packet since I can't wait for it to be cooked. Each piece of garlic bread is individually handmade, so I have more faith in the quality of this product.
The cooking is very simple, they recommend that the product is thoroughly defrosted before cooking. You will need to arrange the mozzarella on the garlic bread as some of the cubes do fall off, it's recommended that you cook them in the middle of the oven on a tray or just on the oven shelf for crispier bread, you will need something underneath though as some mozzarella may drip of the bread as it melts.
Cooking times are:
Type Electric, Temp 220°C/425°F, Time 9-10 mins.
Type Fan, Temp 180°C/350°F, Time 9-10 mins.
Type Gas, Temp Mark 6, Time 9-10 mins.
Pizza Express Garlic Bread with Mozzarella smells absolutely delicious while it's cooking; the hard part really is resisting it for 10 minutes! When it comes out the mozzarella looks delicious creamy and slightly browned on top. When I cut it into two it cut very easily and the gorgeous smell of garlic mixes with the smell of the cheese, heavenly! Eating this all the flavours are just right, the garlic and the creamy mozzarella really go well together making the flavour not harsh in the slightest, the parsley also helps with. The generosity of the mozzarella makes the bread slightly moist and although it's quite doughy it isn't stodgy at all and it crisps up nicely on the outside without being dry. It's lovely and filling and feels like home made, if you could make something this good yourself!
In one Garlic Bread with Mozzarella there is:
16.4g of Fat
8.5g of Saturated Fat
1.3g of Fat
So they aren't very good for you at all but I doubt many people would eat a whole one of the breads as part of a main meal as they are a good size. I don't think it will do you any harm eaten in moderation though, they also do a plain garlic bread to you which you could add your own low fat cheese if desired for a slightly healthier option.
Overall: I can't recommend these enough; I'm so pleased that I received this as a substitute in my online shopping or else I may never have discovered it! We have since bought these about once every couple of weeks as they are expensive and not that great for you but the taste and quality really makes it worth the money. Pizza Express are onto a winner here.
There was a time when one couldn't imagine a shop bought pre-packed bread would begin to compare with the delights of fresh food served in a restaurant. It looks like the times are changing as Pizza Express unveils its Garlic Bread with Mozzarella.
Once removed from the packaging you will notice two medium-sized oval shaped breads which are about the same size as the restaurant served ones. As a starter one bread is probably enough for one person, but if sharing with a main course four people could easily share both breads, or two people could share one. On top of the bread are small cubes of mozzarella. A handy tip here is to spread the cubes evenly around the surface of the bread (not too close to the sides) so that the cheese doesn't all melt into one spot in the centre.
After a 8-10 minutes in the oven at about 200 degrees the breads are ready to eat, as simple as that -- and the smell around your house will be mouth-watering.
As for the taste, it is sublime. Quite buttery with just the right balance of garlic, and the creaminess of the mozzarella just tops it off. The texture of the bread is soft and a little doughy inside. Not quite the same as fresh bread of course, but for a ready-made product, this is quite a feat.
The garlic bread is a little more expensive than most, but in this instance you certainly get what you pay for.
I do enjoy a bit of garlic bread with my pasta & pizza. Usually I purchase the supermarkets own brand but as this was on offer, I thought I'd give it a go.
Pizza Express of course are a successful chain of Italian style restaurants and their branding has now become commonplace on pizzas, dough balls and of course garlic bread in most of the major supermarkets.
Generally, you pay a premium but from my experience with the pizzas, the quality is high.
The garlic bread with mozzarella smells and feels really fresh when you open the packet. Like most garlic breads on the market, it is sectioned so you can portion with ease. The mozzarella is in smallish cubes and there is a little parsley scattered on top. It's also worth mentioning that you get two portions in a pack and that they are a substantial size.
Cooking is simple, as you just need to pop it into a hot oven for 8 to10 minutes, then it's ready to eat. It really does smell delicious as it is cooking and it takes a lot of self control to allow it to bake for the full amount of time.
Flavour wise, the garlic isn't overpowering. In fact, compared to most other brands, it's very subtle indeed. The mozzarella also adds an extra dimension to the taste experience. The combination of both is quite delightful. As there is a sprinkle of parsley on the bread, it helps prevent the usual garlic death breath. Ideal for a romantic night in then!
Usually this product is priced at £2.95 (260g), which is at least a pound more than the stores own. However, you do get the feeling in both packaging, presentation and most importantly taste, that this is high quality. Which, on occasion can be worth paying extra for.
I would definitely recommend this garlic bread, especially if you see it on offer. This really is restaurant quality food at home.
I'm sure everyone has heard of Pizza Express. They are a British chain of pizza restaurants founded in 1965 that have a belief that focusing on flavour, fresh quality ingredients and simple hand-made food is best. They don't use GM foods or hydrogenated fat in their food.
Pizza Express also has a very successful 'At Home' range which is sold in all major supermarkets in the chiller sections. You can buy a selection of pizzas, salad dressings and breads including their famous dough balls.
I bought the Garlic Bread with Mozzarella on impulse from Tesco when I saw it, as we'd had Pizza Express garlic bread in one of their restaurants and my son loved it. The cheese topping was a bonus.
The packaging looks different to what's pictured above. The two pieces of garlic bread sit on a black plastic tray which you can see through a clear 'window' in the middle of the packet, and the plastic covering is gold/brown coloured with the blue Pizza Express logo on the right. It's quite a large item for garlic bread, about 14 inches long, 8 inches high. I first thought it contained two small pizzas when I picked it up.
There are two generously sized portions of garlic bread in the packaging, and they look rustic and hand-made, though for a supermarket range I don't suppose they are. The dough is classic Pizza Express pizza dough. There is a good layer of garlic butter all over up to the crusts, several small cubes of mozzarella sitting in the middle of the bread, and a fine scattering of parsley.
The ingredient list is refreshingly simple. The dough is made from wheat flour, salt, yeast, water and malt flour, and the toppings are mozzarella cheese and garlic butter made from unsalted butter, garlic, flat leaf parsley, salt and lemon juice. How often can you understand every item an ingredients list nowadays? The sell-by date is about two weeks after purchase unless frozen.
They cook for 9-10 minutes at Gas Mark 6/220 degrees centigrade. A word on the temperature, the Pizza Express website has the temperature suggestion of 200 degrees and I would try that, as at 220 degrees it cooks very quickly and the crust of the bread starts to scorch by 9 minutes.
It's the kind of item that needs to be monitored anyway as they cook so quickly by the time you smell the garlic butter wafting through the house they will already be slightly burnt.
Once out of the oven and served up they look just like the ones you would get in Pizza Express. The bread is very tasty on its own, it tastes freshly baked and soft in the middle with a kind of crust on the outside but not a crusty crust if you know what I mean, you wouldn't be able to cut your mouth while eating it.
It is very garlicky and there is just enough butter, enough to make it nicely moist, not so much that the bread goes soggy.
The mozzarella cheese melts well, or in Pizza Express' own words 'our signature mozzarella cubes melt into wonderfully creamy golden pools'. The cheese coverage is good, it's not stingey and it doesn't drip over the sides.
It's all done just right.
The garlic bread portions are obviously great with pizza, or make a nice little snack for a quick lunch, and the Pizza Express website suggests they make a great accompaniment to a simple omelette.
The cost is £2.95 and even though you can buy a twin-pack of French stick type garlic bread in Tesco for £1.22 I would recommend the Pizza Express version as I think the difference in quality makes the price very reasonable for what you get in return.