“ Type: Breads/Cakes „
Recently I developed a craving for McDonalds Bacon and Egg McMuffins and thought to myself, I wonder if I could make better ones. The answer is yes! I popped down to my local Sainsburys and was pleasantly surprised when I spotted these Cheese and Black pepper muffins. 4 for £1.25 is a reasonable price. I simply put them in the toaster until lightly browned, grill some streaky bacon, and a thin slice of cheddar cheese, fry an egg (on both sides) and then devour. They have a floury covering and the taste of cheese really comes through. I actually added more pepper as I like lots of it but that's down to personal taste. You will find that 4 mcmuffins would cost you over £4, my muffins are more healthy, cheaper and tastier. You could use plain muffins but you don't get the same quality. Just need to come up with a name for them and I could make a fortune :)
I will hand it to Sainsbury`s, You can taste the difference. A toasted muffin makes a pleasant change, more often than not I buy the plain muffins. For a start they often cost less and then you have the choice of a sweet or savoury filling. This morning I had a toasted muffin with raspberry jam on the top for my breakfast. Savoury muffins make a nice supper time snack. Some of the cheaper cheese muffins just don't seem to work for me, the cheese powder that is used in the manufacturing process tastes very `tangy` and very artificial. The four cheese and black pepper muffins are laid on a cardboard platform that is in the silver and purple packaging unique to Sainsbury`s Taste the Difference range, the muffins are then covered over with a clear plastic sleeve. A pack of four costs £1.25 and you can freeze them on the day of purchase. The muffins contain wheat and gluten. One muffin contains 213 calories, 7.4g fat, 4.1g sat fat, 0.72g salt, 1.2g total sugar. Each muffin is about 4 1/2 inches in diameter, about an inch thick and the tops of them have a well-cooked appearance. Though the muffin has been partially sliced through it still needs separating fully with the bread knife. Overall the muffin has a stodgy appearance, a close texture and in fact it feels quite heavy for such a small bread based bun. When you slice them through you can smell the fresh cheese, now this is where the difference comes in, Sainsbury`s have used fresh Cheddar to make the muffins. At that point you cant detect any sign of the black pepper other than an odd speck of what looks like dust sitting in the muffin. Put the muffin in the toaster, this is where a wide slot toaster comes in so handy. I like my muffins well toasted, as the whole thing starts to toast the aroma of cheddar cheese starts to flood from the toaster but still no sign if the black pepper coming through. Muffins are yeast based and you can detect the yeasty smell, it reminds me of standing in a Bakers shop. The toasted muffin needs to be lightly buttered, if you fancy adding a filling then the choice is yours. Personally I like to enjoy the cheesy taste. But cold meat, ham or grilled bacon make a great filling. When the buttered muffin sits on a plate it is eye catching, if you grilled a beefburger and slid it in between the muffin then added a side salad it would be a meal in itself. The consistency is heavy and doughy, but that appeals to me. The crust has developed a crunch to it but the inside remains thick and divinely stodgy. The butter has sunken deeply into the stodgy muffin making it heavenly. The cheddar cheese flavour is bursting forth but still no sign of the black pepper! Taste the Difference cheese muffins are more than adequate, Sainsbury`s have been generous to the fault with the cheddar cheese, im not too sure where the black pepper was though but seeing as the muffin was virtually perfection on a plate I will forgive them!
I have to say that I wasn't planning on my second DooYoo review being about muffins. Nevertheless, food is a mini passion of mine, so it was inevitable that a food review would creep in sooner rather than later. Sainsbury's Taste the difference Cheese & black pepper muffins were a last-minute addition to our shopping basket this afternoon for Mr Cheetarah's late lunch. Why then, might you ask, am I reviewing them as they weren't for my consumption? First, a bit of background: I love cheese, but am *very* wary of anything cheese flavoured after too many disappointments with various products. Also, I'd already had my lunch, so wasn't planning on trying these. In our house, organic wholemeal muffins are the favoured variety, split and toasted and topped with sliced tomatoes, plenty of black pepper, ham and/or cheese. Mr Cheetarah duly started preparing his lunch - opting for just a sliced tomato topping on the grilled muffins (the cheese and black pepper being already provided for him in the muffin!) - and the smell of the toasting muffins was enough to lure me into the kitchen asking if there happened to be one spare. The muffins come in packs of 4, so there was more than enough to go round. I opted to have the plain toasted muffin with a little bit of butter melting in to it - deeeeelicious! It was so light and fluffy (more so than any other muffin I've tasted before) and the balance of the cheese and black pepper was perfect. I could have quite easily gone back for the "spare" one, but restrained myself. I was assured that they were equally delicious with the tomato topping (I'll maybe address the fact that I wasn't offered a taster at a later time....). While I think our normal muffin purchase will be continue to be the wholemeal type, these will now definitely feature when we want some variety. The pack of 4 muffins is priced at £1.25, which is definitely worth it for an occasional treat. They are described on the packet as "Soft and buttery muffins enriched with mature farmhouse Cheddar and butter. Seasoned with black pepper for a lovely savoury flavour." Mmmmm, did I mention they were good? The pictured serving suggestion on the packet is for poached egg, hollandaise, and crispy bacon. In addition there is the suggestion to try "making the ultimate soldiers. Slice the muffin so that it splits into two. Toast until golden before cutting into strips. Boil an egg so that it's still runny in the middle for easy dipping". The ingredients list is pleasingly short - wheat flour, water, mature Cheddar cheese (15%), butter (5%), yeast, wheat gluten, durum wheat semolina, salt, sugar, vinegar, black pepper. Each muffin contains 213 calories, 7.4g of fat (of which 4.1g is saturates), and 0.7g of salt. The allergy advice is that the product contains milk and wheat gluten. The muffins are freezable. The product is vegetarian. And after all that, I still haven't managed to come up with a cheesey comment!
Cakes. Mild spicy flavour.