“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuit „
***Sainsbury's Demerara Shortbread Rounds***
I drove about five miles out of my way a few days ago to purchase these, so they must be good!! I don't particularly live near Sainsbury's but from time to time, I will make the extra journey to pick up some of their items that you can't get elsewhere. These biscuits are one of the things that I mainly shop there for.
***What are they like?***
These are individual shortbread rounds from the Taste the Difference range. They are quite expensive for how many comes in the pack - only 9, but in my opinion are well worth it. The only quibble I have is that once the packet is opened it is very difficult to keep them fresh - having said that they don't hang around long!
When you open the packet they smell gorgeous, really buttery and you can can see a sprinkle of demerara sugar around the edge, which adds to the overall attactiveness of the biscuit itself. The packaging states that they are 'slow baked', which I think adds to the texture and taste of these biscuits - they are a quality product. To me they do have a 'homemade' taste to them, although they are a more polished product than I can manage at home
The ingredients are simple which I like - Wheat Flour, Butter (29%), Sugar, Demerara Sugar (4%), and salt. For once it is nice to read a list that doesn't contain a load of additives and that I think is why they do taste homemade and not full of chemicals.
They do have a high calorie content - 113 calories per biscuit and 5.9g fo fat (3.6g are saturated). They are made in Scotland, which of course is well known for their quality shortbread.
These biscuits are among the best shortbread that I have tried. Some shortbreads are either too crumbly, too hard or do not have the buttery taste that they should. I have to say that slow baked method must make a difference and perhaps I will try that with my cooking.
They are a substantial biscuit and too good to dunk!! In fact, on the packet a suggestion is to use them for the base of a cheesecake - what a stupid idea!! They are much too good and much too expensive for this!! I can however recommend adding whipped cream to the top and putting some strawberries on and making a proper dessert!
As I have said freshness can be an issue as it is impossible to reseal the packet and sometimes if you put them in a biscuit tin they become contaminated with the smell and taste of other biscuits.
I appreciate they are not the healthiest snack, but from time to time they make a nice luxurious dessert. They smell great, the texture is spot on, and they don't fall apart then you eat them. I should perhaps note that they contain milk and gluten and are not suitable for nut allergy sufferers. They are of course only available from Sainsbury's and I bought 6 packs! They cost £1.29. They do have a long best before date of Nov 09, which is just as well!!!