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Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Highland Demerara Shortbread Rounds

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      27.07.2009 16:07
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      Nice for a treat from time to time

      ***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.

      ***Opinion***

      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!!!


      Enjoy...

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