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Somerfield Toffee Bakewells

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Brand: Somerfield / Type: Cake

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      05.06.2009 16:10
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      These are bloody gorgeous!

      PRICE: £1.19 for six


      Calories: 181
      Kj: 752
      Protein: 1.6g
      Carbohydrate: 32.6g
      - of which sugars: 18.7g
      Fat: 4.9g
      - of which saturates: 1.5g
      Fibre: 0.8g
      Sodium: 0.09g
      Salt equivalent: 0.2g


      Sugar, wheat flour, vegetable margarine, oil, water, E481, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, egg, invert sugar syrup, sweetened condensed milk, E422, caramelised sugar syrup, dextrose, butter oil, E150c, E150a, milk proteins, salt, E450, E500, toffee fondant icing, toffee sauce


      Contains egg, milk, wheat & gluten
      May contain traces of nuts or nut derivatives
      Suitable for vegetarians


      As you may have gathered by my recent review on Sainsbury's Lemon Bakewells, I'm at the moment going through a phase of being obsessed with different types of bakewell tart.

      After having gorged and thoroughly enjoyed the Sainsbury's lemon variety believing them to be possibly the best thing I've ever eaten, I popped a box of Somerfield Toffee Bakewells into my trolley last time I was in there, to see if they could equal or outstrip Sainsbury's.

      These toffee bakewells come in a largely brownish/orange coloured box. On the front is an image of a few bakewell tarts with a couple of nuggets of toffee, and a claim that the recipe for the product is new and improved. I can't comment as to whether there has been an improvement on the old recipe, as this is the first time I've tried these bakewells. The rear of the box very clearly (compared to most products) shows nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy/dietary advice, and Somerfield's quality claim together with their contact details.

      Inside the box, each bakewell is pressed into a foil tart case, and they in turn are packed into a white moulded plastic tray which is sealed inside a cellophane wrapping.

      The bakewells are pretty standard in size, and quite deep. The pastry is fluted and golden around the edges, and on top is a nice, mid-brown coloured caramel water icing. Each bakewell can be easily removed from the foil cases, and though the pastry is light, it doesn't crumble too badly, hence going a long way towards retaining the shape of the tart.

      On lifting the first bakewell to my mouth, my olfactory receptors were treated to a delicious caramel/toffee aroma, sending my digestive organs into palpitations of wild expectation. Would the first bite be a total anti-climax? No!

      The icing is firm but not hard and brittle, blending perfectly with a layer of heavenly toffee-flavoured goo and a layer of deliciously light sponge cake at the bottom. The pastry is light, rich and buttery - not too crumbly, and the whole experience of gorging on this wonderful little cake for the first time (and beyond to the end of the packet of course!) was an experience that I want to repeat again, and again, and again.

      Of course these bakewells are very high in fat, sugar and calories, but after all....they are cakes! Though some people may find them a little on the sweet side, especially the toffee-flavoured icing on the top, for me they are true perfection.

      I can't say that Somerfield has ousted Sainsbury's from it's No.1 position in the bakewell tart charts - I'd say they are equal, so both deserve to be No.1.

      Full marks to Somerfield. Just as a closer and backtracking to the "new & improved recipe" statement on the packaging.....I'm always a little suspicious when manufacturers print this on their packaging, as I often find the new recipe is worse than the old one, but in this instance, we have perfection and there's no way I could imagine that the previous recipe could have been better - you can't top perfection.

      Thanks for reading!


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