“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cake „
When a friend offered me a Sainsbury's Lemon Bakewell this morning, I thought it only polite to accept (would be rude not to really, absolutely nothing to do with the fact I wanted one), and on tasting it, decided I'd write a review.
You see, the Lemon Bakewells weren't exactly what I imagined. Never having tasted one before, I expected it to be much like a normal bakewell tart (where the predominant flavours of the filling are almond and cherry jam), but with a lemon twist. Instead, I found the tarts to be quite different from the norm (in taste, not presentation), with no hint of almond at all. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit unexpected from the name!
Each lemon bakewell is a shortcrust pastry tart, with lemon curd and lemon sponge in the middle, topped with lemon flavoured (and coloured) icing. All this lemon may sound a bit overpowering, but in my opinion Sainsbury's have got the the balance just right. The bakewells taste zingy and refreshing (as lemon should taste), without being sharp. Just the right flavour to go with a cup of tea, I say. The icing is very nice, and the filling good and soft, the only problem being, so is the the pastry. This is a shame as I would personally prefer a bit more bite to the crust, and is going to prevent this product from scoring top marks.
Still, Sainsbury's Lemon Bakewells are definitely worth a try, especially if you fancy something a bit different. They come in boxes of 6 (each tart sits in it's own individual foil case), so are great if you're having some friends round for a cup of coffee and a chat. They may even spark some conversation! The boxes should be easy to find on the shelves, being as they are lemon yellow (of course!) with a picture of the tarts (also very yellow!) on the front.
To finish, for those of you interested in the nutritional side of things, here's the basics per tart:
26.7g carbohydrate (of which sugars is 17.3g)
7.5g fat (of which saturates is 3.0g)
I'm a bit of a sucker for any lemon flavoured cakes as I live lemon drizzle cake, I have never been a big fan of bakewell tarts however when I saw a lemon version on sale in Sainsbury I thought I would give it a try and I'm quite glad I did.
These come in six individual portions each contained in a foil case. The top layer is yellow coloured icing, underneath this there is a layer of lemon curd instead of the normal jamand then benath this is a sponge layer and these all sit on a pastry base.
The cake smells of lemons and the taste is also a wonderfully lemon delight, the only moan I do have is that the pastry is a bit crumbly and it makes the cake difficult to pick up, eating it with a fork is much easier and less mess.
As far as the taste goes they are very moorish indeed and I had to really fight the temptation to have a second one, they have a fresh lemon taste which is very appealing and they are nicely presented as well.
PRICE: £1.09 for 6
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per cake):
- of which sugars: 17.3g
- of which starch: 9.3g
- of which saturates: 3.0g
- of which mono-unsaturates: 3.1g
- of which polyunsaturates: 1.3g
- of which sodium: 0.06g
Wheat flour, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, dextrose, disodium diphosphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, glucose syrup, sweetened condensed skimmed cows' milk, water, sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60, sunflower oil, natural flavouring, vegetable glycerine, dried egg white, potassium sorbate, lutein, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, palm oil, rapeseed oil, reconstituted egg white, whey powder from cows' milk, whey protein concentrate, lemon oil, concentrated lemon juice, glucose-fructose syrup, dried egg, maize starch, citric acid, pectin, sodium citrate
Contains milk, egg & wheat gluten
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers
Contains no artificial colours or flavours
Many years ago, I used to hate any kind of bakewell tart, as I felt that pastry and sponge cake didn't harmonise with one another, but later on in life I have changed my point of view. I love lemony flavoured things, and bought a pack of Sainsbury's 6 Lemon Bakewells.
These lemon bakewells come in a largely yellow coloured box, with an image of a plate containing six gorgeous-looking tarts, one of which is cut open to reveal the inside. The back of the box shows the nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy advice, Sainsbury's quality claim plus their contact details, and a little panel giving brief advice on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle (a little odd perhaps, as the cakes themselves are far from healthy??). There is also a statement that the only part of the packaging which is recyclable, is the outer cardboard box.
On opening the box, the six tarts are in little foil cases, resting in a brownish/reddish coloured moulded plastic tray, and this tray is in a sealed cellophane wrapper. The pastry edges are nicely fluted, and the surface is a very attractive-looking custard-yellow coloured icing.
It is very difficult to remove one of the tarts from the foil case, as the pastry crumbles very easily, so if you are serving them to other people whereby appearances may be more important than if you are eating them alone, I'd suggest leaving the cakes in the foil cases and letting your guests remove them.
Each tart is fairly deep, and on taking the first bite, the pastry is lovely - rich, crumbly and buttery. The filling is interesting, and a slightly unusual take on the ordinary idea of bakewell tarts, in that the bottom is a light sponge, with a generous serving of lemon curd spread over the surface, then on top of that is a nice thick layer of lemon-flavoured water icing. The four components that make up the tarts (pastry, sponge, lemon curd and lemon icing) blend perfectly well together, making a deliciously mouth-watering treat.
These tarts may be a little on the sweet side for some people, but that sweetness is tempered with a slight sharpness that the icing has.
I'm not ashamed to admit that when I first opened the box of these lemon bakewells, I scoffed three of them on the trot, because they are absolutely heavenly. I am going to have to try and exercise a little willpower, because if I don't, I could easily fall into the habit of eating at least half a box each day.
Yes, they are high in all sorts of spine-curdling things such as sugar, fat, calories etc., but they do claim to be free from artificial flavourings and colourings.
If you love lemony flavoured things and have a sweet tooth, I'm sure you will find Sainsbury's Lemon Bakewells as delicious as I do, and they are also reasonably priced.
In a way I'm sorry I discovered this product, as I'm going to find it very difficult to stop myself buying them by the lorry load, but Sainsbury's definitely have created perfection here and heaven thus comes highly recommended by me.
Thanks for reading!