“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread „
(I am reviewing the cheeseless version of this flat bread which has got garlic and sun blushed tomatoes on it.)
Tesco do a small range of different flavoured garlic flat breads including garlic & thyme, garlic & cheese and garlic & sun blushed tomato. Whenever I buy one of these flat breads, I usually opt for the garlic and cheese flavour, but a couple of days ago I fancied a bit of a change and me and my fiancé were getting a bit bored of just having the garlic and cheese one, so I bought the sun blushed tomato flavour.
I chose this flavour over the thyme flavoured one because I thought that thyme on garlic bread sounded a bit strange. I was tempted to buy both the garlic and cheese and garlic and tomato flavours, as there is a long term 2 for £2 promotion on these flat breads, but because I'm on a healthy eating plan I was good and just bought one because I knew that I'd probably end up eating both of them if I bought two! I paid £1.50 for this flat bread which isn't too expensive, but it isn't the best value either because the flat bread isn't very big.
The weight of it is 200 grams and me and my fiancé had half each and found it enough for us as an addition to our medium serving of bean chilli con carne, but on its own between two people as a snack or small meal I don't think that it would be very filling and I doubt it would last for more than one meal unless you have a small appetite, which unfortunately I don't!
The flat bread came packaged in a simple plastic wrapper which I found easy to open and there was no need for scissors. The packaging is informative with cooking information and nutritional information and also a list of ingredients was included, and I was able to see the flat bread through the packaging so I knew exactly what I was getting. The flat bread was easy to remove from the pack but a lot of the garlic butter had some how been spread all over the inside of the packet which I found annoying as obviously it meant a little less garlic butter on the actual bread.
Cooking information on the sock was easy to read and follow and I put it in the oven for the stated time, I don't actually have the packet anymore so I can't remember exactly how long it was but it was under ten minutes. Once it had been in the oven for the recommended amount of time I checked on it and it had turned a nice golden colour. Upon removing it from the oven though I realised that there were big pools of oil on the bread so I had to be extra careful not to spill any on me while removing it from the oven. I spread the oil over the bread and cut it into four pieces, two each for me and my fiancé.
The bread was easy to cut (I used a pizza slicer) and wasn't soggy or too tough, the consistency was just right. The smell of the flat bread was garlicky but I couldn't detect any tomato fragrance.there was a distinct lack of tomatoes on the flat bread and I think I counted about four all together on the flat bread and all of them were small and quite shrunken and squidgy looking and as it is they didn't taste of much apart from having a slight sweetness. The flat bread didn't taste that garlicky either and the concoction of garlic and tomato wasn't noticeable, as the garlic overpowered the almost undetectable tomato flavour. The overall flavour was quite bland and the dough was slightly watery tasting.
Despite this, the meal was enjoyable and because of the tear and share style of the bread without the crumbiness, it was ideal to dip into the homemade bean chilli con carne I had made and it didn't go soggy when I did so. It was a nice addition to the meal but on its own I doubt it would be very tasty. There are over 500 calories in this flat bread but if you have half like I did it isn't as bad as some other garlic breads and I have found that it is a nice treat to have once in a while with a salad or homemade healthy meal to jazz things up a bit and stop me feeling deprived. I won't be buying this flavour again, however I will continue buying the garlic and cheese flavour as it is much tastier.
This flatbread is the perfect alternative or middle ground between buying a frozen pizza and making one yourself from scratch - with a little pizza sauce (or even just some tomato puree, herbs etc) and some mozzarella cheese, this flatbread makes better pizza than any frozen variety!
The first few times I purchased this bread it was used simply as an accompaniment to pasta - as soon as we tasted it though we realised that the base / crust were cooked far better (and tastier!) than any frozen pizza, and so decided the next time we'd try to jazz it up a little - we added mozzarella cheese and cooked it as per the instructions and the results were superb! Since then we've added all sorts of other toppings and each time the results have been absolutely brilliant.
Many frozen supermarket pizzas seem to taste like rich-tea biscuits and the bases seem very doughy - by using this flatbread, you can make your own pizza which will come out of the oven with crispy crusts and just a few little burnt bits, just like a takeaway pizza!
I would highly recommend the product even if it could only be used as per it's main selling point (ie as a simple flatbread) - the fact that it can be turned into such a fantastic pizza makes it even more of a wise choice - if you like pizza, you have to try this bread!
I have just finished my third flatbread, YUM! and feel I ought to share the experience. At the moment Tesco are selling it for £1, which is a bonus. I have not found this particular delicious bread (to the same quality) in any other supermarket - Asda and Morissons being the prime examples! Now, about the actual bread, it's handshaped (none of this template stuff) topped with tomato sauce (which gives the bread a slightly tangy taste) and delcious, melt in the mouth consistency cheddar cheese. The aroma you get from it, espcecially aftre just heating is like that of a pizza - for less calories!
I must admit that I didn't quite follow the serving suggestion, and instead added my own spin - I poured a copious amount of vegetable curry over it. I tried some from Asda, so I'd have something to compare it to, and found that Tesco's faired alot better, especially how the Tesco one kept its softness, even when heated, as opposed to the Asda variety, which hardened and made it more of an arduous task to eat, than a pleasure.
It's similar to a pizza, but without the extra topping, (but that's something you can add to, if you wish) making it lower in calories. The flatbread itself weighs 225g, of which there are 75g of carbohydrates (of which 6g are sugars), 13g of fat, (of which 5.5g is saturated). The bread itself is quite substantial for one person, very similar to a large naan bread. It is suitable for vegetarians. The packaging is minimal, therefore good for the environment and in terms of storage. I would recommend it as a snack or even as part of a main meal.
I am sitting eating this flatbread as I write this review - it is delicious, so I might be a while writing this review, fitting sentences between mouthfulls.
OK I have actually decided to finish the bread first before attempting the review.
I sill have the wonderful flavour in my senses, but I am going to start at the beginning - price and packaging. This cost just over a quid. Not quite a bargain, but not too expensive for a treat.
The packaging is a plastic 'envelope' as you might expect. The first thing that caught my eye was the serving suggestion picture. Yes, you can see that they suggest serving this with a salad, but the image is not entirely clear - being one of those shallow depth of field images so prevalent in advertising these days.
Just a little of the bread is in focus, but just what the salad consists of is not at all clear. OK that is not too important, but for the absolute newbie to cooking and entertaining, it might just help. It might also help the store get a cross-sale.
Now down to the nitty gritty - the grub!
It is so easy. Pop it in the over for five minutes - I didn't even wait for the oven to warm up. For the last minute or so pop a plate in there as well so you have a nice warm plate to serve it on. While the bread is warming, get yourself cup of coffee made.
As you can expect it is a flatbread, not an imitation of a pizza. The amount is about the same as a small-medium pizza. I ate the whole lot to myself and still have room for a bit more. I think I prefer this to a pizza to be honest. I like the way the bread, although heated up, stays soft and doughy.
The flavours are subtle, not as in your face as a pizza. With this bite you will get a tang of cheese and with that bite a little tang of tomato - yes it is tangy. This is going to be a regular thing for me now.
I did have it on its own, but I am looking forward to having it with salad, or baked potato. I reckon this will be delicious in the winter with a bowl of minestrone soup.
Cheese & tomato flatbreads are a slightly healthier alternative to pizzas available from Tesco's. They're made of a soft bread base with a thin layer f tomato sauce and then a small amount of mature chaddar cheese on top. Although there isn't a lot of cheese, there is enough to provide a nice chessey flavour.
They are available in the bread isle in Tesco's, and have a shelf life of a couple of days from whe they are purchased. I tend to keep mine in the frifge. Another bonus of the flat breads is that can be frozen and then used within a month.
You pop them on a baking tray and heat them in the oven for 5-6 minutes if they are fresh, or 8-9 minutes from frozen.
Tesco provides the following nutritional info per 1/4 flatbread:
Calories: 135kcal, 7% of your GDA
Sugar: 1.4g, 2% of your GDA
Fat: 3.7g, 5% of your GDA
Saturates: 1.5g, 8% of your GDA
Salt: 0.6g, 10% of your GDA
Unlike most supermarket bought pizzas, the flatbread has a really soft bread, which I really like. Even when cooked from frozen it maintains this soft base.
It's also great value for money only costing £1.29 for one flatbread.
They're also great to have in to use as a supplement to proper main meal, you just cut them up and share round the family!
I've looked round a few other supermarkets but haven't seen or tasted anything as good as the Tesco flatbread.
At my Weight Watchers meeting this week a lady mentioned this Cheese & Tomato Flatbread which she said is a good substitute for a fat laden pizza, when I placed my online order I decided to get one to try for myself.
I warmed it up to have with a salad, my brother was due to pop in so I had it ready for when he got here and we had a spot of lunch. I must admit I was very impressed, while I can't say it tastes exactly of pizza there's a rich flavour to the flatbread that makes it an extremely filling and tasty part of a meal.
The bread is very doughy, it's quite thin towards the centre but gradually gets thicker as it spreads outwards. The bread is spread with a tasty, herby tomato sauce which is thick in places and spread so thin that it's barely there in other spots. This works nicely I think as if it were a uniform thickness then the richness of the sauce would soon become sickly.
The Cheddar cheese is shaved very thinly onto the top of the flatbread and again this is excellent as it not only keeps the fat content down but adds a fairly subtle flavour of cheese without descending into typical stringy pizza territory. In fact while eating the flatbread you could be forgiven for forgetting there's cheese on it as there is so little that there is absolutely no texture of melted cheese whatsoever.
I haven't made it sound too good, have I? This is a shame as it's actually a delicious bread but I haven't been able to convey this well. It's a perfectly acceptable trade for a pizza if you're watching your weight, it's more a reminder of pizza than actual pizza flavour but considering there are only 135 calories and 3.7g of fat this is a vast improvement.
The flatbread costs £1.29 from Tesco and the only problem I can occurring is the fact that you have to warm the whole flatbread through and it goes hard if not eaten straight away, I live alone so am restricted really as to when I can eat this as I'd never be able to eat a whole one by myself and this means wasting half of one every time.