“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake „
I recently got the opportunity to try the relaunched range of Tesco Finest Dairy products as part of a BzzAgent campaign, a task I happily embraced. One of the products I tried was their Strawberry Cheesecake, which I tasted as an individual portion rather than the large size shown above.
The cheesecakes come in a twin pack of square plastic pots, each with its own individual lids. The plastic of the pots is thicker than normal yogurt pot plastic, but not actually sturdy enough to be reusable. Being square for any dessert is always going to be a problem for me - until someone invents square spoons, or for that matter square fingers, I will always have to waste the bits in the corners.
That wasn't the case though as the biscuit base to the cheesecake comes away easily and leaves none behind. Personally, though, it might have put me off trying them for the price as you've no way of knowing that from looking at them.
The strawberry topping had little shards of strawberry in and was really tasty. It blended beautifully with the soft cheese layer really delicious. The cheese was really creamy and had a very delicate flavour.
The disappointing part for me was the base. I found it very dry and crumbly to the point of being an almost dusty texture. All three elements together on a spoon, however, did give a delicious mouthful and good textures.
One thing that has really surprised me is that nipping over to Tesco's website just now, the description for this product states that there are white chocolate chips in the base... I didn't know or detect any suggestion of that, so now I'm feeling a bit cheated!
Overall, my dessert experience was lovely, but for me personally the prices represent too much of an indulgence for weekly shopping. The cheesecakes in their individual pots would be suitable to serve as a 'cheat' dessert for a dinner party, you could easily dress them up on a plate with a cheffy swirl of sauce and a bit of plate dusting, but certainly not something I would be buying again other than that.
I still award 4 stars because in the main, the quality can't be questioned. It's just that dry biscuit base has dented my opinion and at these prices, in this upmarket packaging I would expect (I think rightfully) perfection.
Calories 280, Sugar 20g, Fat 16g, Saturates 9g, Salt 0.1g; Suitable for vegetarians.
(My review is also on BzzAgent website)
This strawberry cheesecake is from the Tesco finest range and while I must say it is a very acceptable and tasty cheesecake I'm not really sure why it is considered to be from the finest range as there is nothing especially unique about it to justify the extra price you have to pay.
Taste and texture wise it is a good cheesecake, the biscuit base is the perfect blend of an ideal moist and crunchy blend that works really well, the biscuit has a sweet taste to it and this compliments really well the slightly sour but also creamy taste of the creamcheese layer which is very smooth and has just the right amount of thickness to it.
Across the top is a thick layer of strawberry sauce with chunks of strawberry in it and this is the area that I was slightly disappointed with, the taste is ok but to be honest I would rather have a plain cheesecake and eat it with some strawberries on the side as the strawbeery sauce was a bit too strong and tended to dominate the other flavours.
All three components together were nice enough however I found myself reducing the amount of sauce that I ate and leaving some of it on the side of my plate so as to get the overall balance right between the three competing flavours.
I would recommend this chssecake as it is fundamentallygood just a bit too much sauce for me. It retails for about £4.00 and serves eight comfortably.