My 4 year old son is crazy about these pancakes. Since the age of about 2 he was able to find them in the supermarket and they would go straight in the basket. If we are out he will eat them plain, but he also sometimes has a treat of one with chocolate spread on after breakfast. And, at only 20p a packet, you cannot go wrong.
I do not think that they are of an inferior quality to the more expensive ones. They might be slightly smaller though - but that might just be my imagination. Anyway, they are a great snack and not just for pancake day.
I decided many years ago that pancakes are not just for pancake day! I love traditional British pancakes with lemon and sugar, but when staying with a friend in the US I was introduced to American pancakes, a much thicker and more substantial version of the foodstuff I grew up with.
On coming back to the UK I discovered that these American pancakes were very similar to Scotch pancakes, and before I learned to make them for myself these Sainsbury's Basic Pancakes were a staple of my snack stash.
Sainsbury's Basics pancakes come packaged in transparent cellophane and a cardboard backing sleeve which protects the product. A pack of 6 Basics pancakes costs around 20p, but both the size of the package and the price vary from month to month - I've seen packs of 8 as well as of 6, and I've seen the price rise into the mid 30ps, as well as down to 20p.
The traffic-light nutrition wheel on the front of the packaging states that these pancakes are high in sugars, have a medium calorie rating(59 per pancake), medium fat and salt rating and a low saturated fat rating.
The circular pancakes themselves are very small: around 8cm in diameter, and around 0.5cm thick. They are mid-brown in colour on the outside, often with a mottling of darker brown patches, undoubtedly part of the baking process; I get a similar effect when cooking these for myself. When broken open these pancakes have trapped bubbles, and are a paler brown in colour.
The reason the pancakes are bubbly, as opposed to British crepe-style pancakes, is due to the addition of flour and raising agents, both essential ingredients in making these Scotch/American style snacks.
Ingredients include wheat, milk and eggs, so these pancakes aren't suitable for those with allegies, intolerances or aversions to these ingredients.
I used to love these pancakes! I've eaten them in many different ways over the years - here's a summary:
* On their own straight out of the packet - quite dry, moderately sweet (due to the inclusion of syrup in the recipe), quite chewy, tasted OK but nothing special. A useful snack in a pinch
* On their own, microwaved for 20 seconds - quite dry, but sweetness of the syrup comes through more. A more pleasing texture than when eaten cold, and not as chewy.
* With honey, microwaved for 20 seconds - my favourite way of eating them! Very sweet - the texture of the honey contrasts nicely with the pancake and stops them being dry. This used to be a favourite mid-afternoon office snack. I put a couple of pancakes in a tupperware box with a spoonful of honey and kept it in the office fridge until I was ready to eat them.
*With jam, microwaved for 20 seconds - I had this for breakfast a couple of times. The taste was very pleasant, and had the right amount of sweetness, but I found the pancakes too 'heavy' for my tummy first thing in the morning.
* With maple syrup, microwaved for 20 seconds - American style! The taste was lovely - not as sweet as with the addition of honey, but very pleasant and again the syrup made a nice texture contrast to the pancakes.
After eating them for a while, I finally bothered to read the full ingredients list on the back of one of the packets, and was horrified! Ingredients include all sorts of additives, including Rapeseed Oil, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate and the preservative Calcium Propionate. (Info taken from the Sainsbury's website). I did some research online and found really simple recipes for this style of pancakes, so started making my own a couple of years ago. I know exactly what goes in them, they freeze well and they taste just as good (if not better!) than these Sainsbury's ones.
These are a very cheap, flexible snack which taste really nice, especially when eaten hot with some kind of sweet sauce. Unfortunately, they're full of additives, and now I know how to make my own version, I don't need to buy them any more.
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When I was picking up a few extra groceries during the week I decided that I fancied something a bit different for breakfast. Having toast or cereal does start to become monotonous after a while! I always loved the little scotch pancakes as a child, drenched in maple syrup, or just with a little butter or jam.
I saw these Basics pancakes with all the other 'branded' ones and the shelf-edge label caught my attention. These little beauties were only 20p for six!! Twenty English Pence! I'm always quite careful with my money, and wouldn't have minded paying 50p-£1.00 for a packet of the others had I not seen these. These were too good to turn down - 3.33p per pancake did seem like a good deal to me!
They come in the standard Basics packaging with the orange and white label. It's basic - but you're not paying for a fancy packet are you? You're paying for what's inside :) I ate these toasted with some jam and butter and they were delicious - they honestly tasted no different to any of the other ones which I've tried before. These are just the plain ones - I just wish that you could get the ones with the raisins in as well! The only drawback I found was that they're a little smaller than some of the others. But they also seem slightly thicker, so maybe it all balances out somewhere along the line? Since it was a Saturday morning, I decided to treat myself to 3 (I usually just stick with 2) and they were relatively filling and I certainly wasn't still hungry after eating them.
I cannot recommend these enough - and if you're a little put off with the fact that they're smaller, buy two packets! It will still probably work out cheaper than some of the others they sell in Sainsbury's!
Breakfast for me normally consists of eating a cereal bar at work on the way to work but when I am on a day off I like to have something nicer and more substantial for my breakfast. One thing that I do really enjoy for breakfast is pancakes and whilst shopping in Sainsbury's recently I spotted packs of their basic pancakes for a bargain price so decided to give them a try.
The basic pancakes come in packs of 6 and cost just £0.20, I was slightly amazed by this price and thought they were too good a bargain to miss.
The packaging of the pancakes is a very simply designed and consists of the pancakes placed on a rectangular piece of card and wrapped in a plastic wrapper. The top of the wrapper is clear which allows you to see the pancakes inside and the bottom is white and orange in colour to match the rest of the basics range. There is limited information on the front of the wrapper but it does tell you the basic nutritional information of each pancake. It also states that the pancakes are 'a little smaller, but still perfect with syrup.' On the back of the wrapper you can find more detailed information including, ingredients listings, full nutritional information, storage instructions, heating instructions and allergy advice.
You can eat these pancakes just as they are straight from the pack or you can heat them up under the grill or in the toaster. I personally prefer to heat my pancake's up and have them warm, they are really quick and easy to heat and I simply pop mine in my toaster for about 1 minute.
The pancakes are not as large as some that you can purchase but they look the same. They have a nice golden colour and you can see the fluffy texture with the air bubbles inside. I love to eat my pancakes with golden or maple syrup and this is exactly how I ate these pancakes. The pancakes had a nice light texture and were just as good as some other more expensive brands that I had tried. I would say that although they contain quite a high amount of sugar they did not really have a sweet taste at all and tasted quite bland. But this makes them a perfect base to add all different toppings and my syrup worked perfectly and soaked into the pancakes to make them moist and sweet.
These as it states on the packet may not be the largest pancakes but they are still of good quality and are a complete bargain. Personally I will certainly be purchasing these pancakes again as I think they are great for the cheap price.
After having the Syrup and Raisin pancakes the other week, I decided to buy some more as I really liked those ones. I decided to give the Sainsburys Basics plain Scotch Pancakes a try as they are really cheap for 6 pancakes.
--- Packaging ---
The pancakes come in a clear plastic wrapper that has a large white label on the front. As they are part of the Basics range, the label has orange parts to match the rest of the range. This is the only label on the pack and so it contains everything about the pancakes on it.
The pack is easy to spot on the shelves due the white and orange colour scheme and it's size. Each pack measures 24cm x 12cm in size and contains 6 pancakes stacked in 2 piles of 3 on a card backing.
--- The Pancakes ---
Each pancake is 8cm in diameter and 0.5cm thick at the maximum. They have a lovely golden brown colour on both sides. One side is completely smooth and the other has quite a few air holes through-out. The pancakes feel quite light and airy to the touch and have a nice soft feel to them.
The pack advises that they are grilled for 3-4 minutes on each side, I usually just pop them in the toaster for 3 minutes to make them lovely and warm.
--- My Opinion ---
As I have had branded pancakes before this, these are set against a benchmark as the ones I had were really nice. Once toasted, the pancakes still retain there soft and airy texture but I find that the edges usually go a little crispy which I quite like. I find them a bit of a pain to get out of the toaster as they sometimes have a tendency to sag a little.
I usually spread a little bit of butter on mine, which melts quickly and seems to soak in very well with very little sitting on the surface. Aside from a slightly crispy edge, the pancakes have a lovely soft inside that has a texture similar to more expensive ones that I have tried. The pancakes have a lovely sweet smell to them which is also resonated in the taste. The taste is lovely and sweet, especially with the added butter.
Compared to the more expensive ones that I have tried, these ones rank quite highly in terms of flavour, texture and overall consumption pleasure. I find that these are quite good as part of my breakfast as they are quite filling and so help keep me fuller for longer.
--- Healthiness & Ingredients ---
As they are an own brand product by Sainsburys, I didn't expect them to contain the best ingredients. In total they contain 13 ingredients, which in my opinion is a lot and some are unnecessary. I'm quite sure that they could make them with less for a similar price. Health wise they aren't too good for you. Per pancake they contain 61 calories, 1.4g of fat, 0.2g salt and 4.5g of sugar. On the whole this isn't too great, but as part of a balanced and varied diet they will be fine.
--- Overall Opinion ---
On the whole I really like these as part of my breakfast meal as they are tasty, filling and cheap. The only downside to them is the ingredients and the healthiness of them. I am therefore going to give these 4/5 as they are really good, but Sainsburys could make some improvements to make them amazing.
I can't remember the exact cost I paid for these, but it was around 25p for the pack of 6 from my local Sainsbury's store.
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I have been on the quest for summer breakfasts lately and have tried other brands of scotch pancakes and really enjoyed them, so I thought I would try sainsburys own version and see if they are any good.
The packet I got were 29p for 6 pancakes.
The packaging is very plain compared to other brands, but that doesn't matter too much to me.
On the packet it says that each pancake is 61 calories, which is 3.1% of the RDA, which I didn't think was too bad, but I'm not really a calorie counter so I'm not entirely sure if that is good or not.
The main thing I noticed about these pancakes as soon as I got them out of the packet was how thin they were compared to other brands, also with these the one side looked like it had more air holes than the previous brands I had tried. They didn't look very puffy, so I did think that they weren't going to taste as nice as the others. I was wrong though.
Despite the thinness, after a couple of minutes in the toaster they came out soft but a little bit crispy, the same as all the others.
The taste of these is much the same as other pancakes, they were soft but a little bit stodgy but still very light. They were a bit sweeter than the other brands I have tried, so I can't imagine if that would go too well with butter on them, but they were very nice.
I had mine with a dollop of greek yoghurt, some melon and a bit of honey. If felt like a very healthy breakfast, but I think you could eat these by themselves as they are quite sweet. They are very versatile you could have lots with them.
I would definitely buy these again, at 29p they are a bargain, and the only difference between these and the more expensive brands is the thinness and that they are a little bit sweeter, but I can live with that for the price.
Sainsbury's Basics Pancakes.
I love pancakes especially home made ones, but occassionally i havnt got the time or the effort to make them so usually buy them, and Sainsbury's Basics offer this little packet of six pancakes for a mere 35p, but thats not all mine where reduced for 24p and thats a real bargain, i guess.
The Package **********
They dont have a luxury package, as because they are a one of the Basics range of products and they come in a clear plastic easy to tear open package, with a thin white carboard piece at the bottom, and the pancakes are stacked three high on each side of the carboard layer.
No fancy packaging here, but they are suitable for vegetarians and contain 61 calories per pancake, with fat at 1.4g total sugars at 4.5g and a little salt at 0.1g. so not too bad.
The Pancakes (taste)
Lovely i really liked them , hot or cold, they are about five inches in dia, round, and quite thick and taste even better with a bowl full of these, with ice cream makes for a really great desert, with syrup, or lemon and sugar or simply because they are quite sweet they are great on their own.
Now freezing, well yes you can freeze them but you must freeze them on the day of purchase, and eat them within a month, if you do not want to freeze them, store them in a cool dry place.
Cooking Instructions **********
Grill, pop them under a moderate grill for a few minutes, of course you would know to take the packaging off them first, although it does tell you on the packaging to do this....ermm... turning them occassionally, incidentally i prefer mine cold just my preference to these lovely already made pancakes.
I really enjoy them, and as they are already made they are great just unrap them and eat them.
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The product I am reviewing is Sainsbury's basics Pancakes. There is only one variety, which is available in a packet of 6 units. I bought this packet for 35p, yesterday.
The packaging is presented in the colour scheme used on all of the Sainsbury's basics range, very white with a splash of orange. It has a cellophane wrapper around the product that is stacked in two piles of three on some cardboard. Interestingly, I can't seem to find the product weight printed on the packaging but it does give me nutritional information, ingredients, allergy advice, freezing advice and grilling guidelines. This product is suitable for vegetarians.
The best before date is the 26th July 2009, so the product had a one day shelf life when purchased. I consumed these today.
The product itself is inferior to other brands in texture. When I buttered them, they feel apart under the pressure of the knife. This was somewhat alleviated when I tried toasting them, but not entirely. The flavour is very sweet and I'm told the 4th largest ingredient is sugar syrup. The product does not state in the name that I am buying syrup pancakes, it just says 6 pancakes.
The bottom pancake from each stack of three didn't seem to want to budge from the cardboard base! It fell apart and I ended up just grazing on these instead of buttering them.
Apart from the price I was very disappointed. I should note that I don't think price and quality always correlate, but in this case, I feel it was false economy to try the basic pancakes. A treat should not frustrate me!
Today I really needed some sort of sweet fix big time! I came out of the gym starving and ready to eat ten ton of chocolate and binge my way through sweets when I saw these in my local Sainsbury's and decided on a packet of these instead because at on 61 calories per pancake it seemed a wiser option!
Oblong clear plastic wrapper of which you can see two rows of 3 pancakes sitting inside of it on a white cardboard tray type of thing. The front label is white and orange and on that I'm told they are Sainsbury's 6 pancakes, the best before date is stamped on there, there is nutritional information given as well as ingredients and allergy advice, I'm told how to store them, how to heat them (if desired), contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is bar-code on there. The packaging is cheap looking in the usual 'Basics' orange and white label system but the only thing I do think is a bit messy is how so much information is displayed on the front, it's a mind boggling! lol.
How To Heat Them....
Grill for 3-4 minutes, turning several times.
Delicious! They are round in shape, golden on the outside and moist and creamy on the inside. The only small issue I have with these is how they are packaged a cardboard tray! This is because they are so moist that 2 of the pancakes I had to tear off the backing, meaning I had two completely broken pancakes!
Now I like mine cold, though have in the past warmed them through on the grill and both ways taste lovely to me.
They are slightly fluffy, though not too thick and certainly not messy (if your forget the two I broke to pieces trying to get out them out of the packet lol). They have a creamy taste to the with a slight hint of sugar and really they are just plain pancakes and to me best served with syrup or something drizzled over the top.
Not too sweet, when they are bought fresh they are light, airy and tasty. They are not to sugary, are well seasoned and take on other flavours of foods you put with them. Great value and not too unhealthy and store well for about 3 days and of course are suitable for freezing!
Contains milk, egg, wheat gluten & soya.
Saturated Fat: 0.1g
total Sugars: 4.5g
Only available in Sainsburys priced at 34p (for the 6).
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I actually bought a pack of the pancakes when they were in the reduced section the other day, bringing them to a very nice 23p - full price is around the 36p, I believe. I really like pancakes for a simple treat, but given that I tend to wolf them down in a couple of sittings, and they're not very filling, I don't want to spend too much money on them. Having said that, pancakes strike me as the sort of food that might taste bad done on the cheap - like cheap bread, stodgy and with an aftertaste. But you can't argue with the reduced section, so buy the pancakes I did.
First thing first - the packaging. These are part of the basics range, so a very simple, clear plastic wrapper with a white label, which opens easily. The pancakes automatically look quite decent quality - pale, but not sticky or stuck to each other, they peel from the pack easily and in one piece.
The pancakes cook nicely, heating up quickly through in the toaster or under the grill (don't burn them!) without getting hard, just golden. As for how they taste - lovely! Just right pancake taste, no aftertaste or stickiness. They are wonderful with honey, and I bet they'd be delicious with golden syrup or apricot jam, too! The texture is lovely - unlike some cheap-version bakery products they won't stick to the roof of your mouth, and are nice are light and spongy.
Nutritionally, the pancakes are pretty okay. Obviously the topping makes a big difference - so if you're on a diet, add fruit and honey rather than jam - but each pancake only has 1% of your day's saturated fat, 4% of your sodium and 61 calories, which I consider a fairly justifiable for a treat snack.