Many Old Fashioned puddings are making a come back and many restaurant menu`s have one or two of them on offer for dessert.
I always think of them as Winter puddings, usually they are served hot with custard and are comforting, warming puddings.
I can remember making Jam Roly Poly pudding when our children were small, the pudding itself is fairly easy to put together but it is far simpler if you can hop to the supermarket and buy one that is already made.
Tesco have done the business here, a jam roly poly that serves four people comfortably for £1.39, a brilliant deal!
Tesco have dressed this Roly Poly pudding in a very chic rectangular cardboard box. Following this seasons catwalk colour the box is in an elegant shade of deep red. Tesco have added their name to the box and the nutritional values are marked on the front.
When you make your way into the cardboard box (don`t forget to recycle it afterwards) you find out that the roly poly pudding is laying in state in an inner sanctum.
The frozen jam roly poly is one of the most ugliest of creatures that I have ever had the misfortune to clap eyes on, it resembles a giant uncooked Swiss roll with a hint of a suntan. Take it out of the container, place it onto a baking tray and cover the top of the pudding with a piece of tin foil to protect the crust from burning.
Place it into the preheated oven (180C Gas mark 4) for about thirty five minutes. As the Roly Poly cooks you start to pick up a `jam tarty` smell.
When you take it out of the oven the top of the pudding should still be reasonably soft due to the foil protection.
Whatever you do take care! the jam inside of the suet pastry will be boiling hot and if it springs a leak it may well burn you.
As you cut into the Roly Poly the suet pastry feels firm under the knife and the pudding has undergone a transformation. In its uncooked state it was an ugly bug and as it sits on the plate waiting to be served it has gained my admiration. I would only ever serve the pud with custard, just a personal thing.
They have used vegetable suet, so the pudding is fine for vegetarians.
Tesco have described the filling as a mixed fruit jam but it seems to be more of a thick fruit syrup than a jam.
The pudding tastes gorgeous, a very stodgy pud with a firm texture which is only lightened by the sweet jam. The suet pastry isn't sweet at all.
Take into account that any stodgy pudding is very filling and this is why the Roly Poly can easily be cut into four portions.
It is possible to microwave the pudding from frozen but on the one occasion that I microwaved it I left it in for a fraction too long and the pastry developed a hard chewy crust and the jam was like toffee!
Hence I use the oven now.
A serving of the pudding contains an enormous 375 calories and that is without the custard! It is high in fats and sugar too.
Apart from saying that it is a great pudding for a cold day and fully lives up to expectations I think I have just about said it all!
My wife is brilliant she really is but sometimes god bless her she does the stupidest of things and on a recent shopping trip to Tesco she done a very stupid thing. She knows fine well that I make the best homemade jam roly poly in the land but for some ridiculous reason she decided to buy a Tesco one.
She said she got it because it was on offer with another product she had bought on an, any two for £2 deal and she thought it looked really nice. So fair enough it would be a nice treat and it would save me making one so that night it was jam roly poly and custard or as it turned out jam stodgy wodgy and custard.
This so called roly poly was horrible, the sponge was far to mist rendering it stodgy and the jam was more like jelly than jam, the actual taste of the jam was very nice but the consistency of it left a lot to be desired.
It was a rather large roly poly at 360g and although it was suitable for home freezing and could be kept after opening there was no way I was going to be having it again and even the kids didn't like it so almost half of it went in the bin (there is never a bit of mine left when I make it)!!
It may have been on offer at 2 for £2 but apparently they charge £1.79 for this when it is not on offer, anyone looking for a good roly poly?? I will do you a good one for £1.50!!
My grandmother made the best jam roly poly. Mine is not bad but stodgy puddings are not something we have a lot at home due to the high content of fat and calories. Although packaged desserts are something I rarely buy, my daughter asked me if we could buy a packet of the Roly Poly, whilst shopping recently, so we picked one up and bought it home to sample. The dessert cost £1.99 from Tesco. The Roly Poly can be found in the chiller cabinet, together with the fresh cream cakes, and is packed in a red, rectangular shaped, cardboard box. A picture of a delicious looking piece of jam roly poly on a plate, surrounded by a pool of ruby red jam, dominates the front of the packaging. The product weighs 360g and is suitable for home freezing. The packaging assures the consumer that not only is raspberry jam used in the production, but also raspberry puree, so I looked forward to an explosion of a slightly tart, liquid, raspberry filling, when eating the dessert. However, on reading further, there is also the addition of mixed fruit jam, which is slightly surprising. The dessert is suitable for vegetarians. The Roly Poly can only be microwaved, and not cooked in a conventional oven, which was a slight disappointment, as I could not see how the product would be crisp on the top when ready to eat. On opening the outer box, I was very surprised to see that the jam roly poly is not in fact a whole one, it is in fact cut into four slices. It does state this clearly on the packaging, but I did not look before picking it up. The Roly Poly is packaged in a plastic container, with a layer of plastic film on the top. The appearance didn?t set me alight either. The roly poly was a very unpleasant grey colour and looked as though it was going to be very hard and rough to the touch. Although there was a generous portion of jam, it looked very thin and watery, and was bright pink, not blushing red, as I had imagined. After cooking in t
he microwave, for about minute and a half, and then leaving the dessert to stand, we served it with lashings of custard. Unfortunately, after cooking, the Roly Poly did not look any more appetising. The end slice had sunk into the watery jam, which had turned it bright pink, so now we had three grey slices and a pink one. The smell was not particularly appetising either, sort of a doughy smell, with undertones of a bargain basement squash drink. The outside of the roll was quite quite slimy, and the inside quite soft. The taste was bland, with just a faint doughy aftertaste, and the jam was devoid of flavour. It tasted as bad as it looked. Cheap, watery, and definitely no raspberry flavour was apparent. In fact, it tasted like a cheap cordial drink. As the taste of this was so revolting, I begrudge the 338kcal and 12.5g each 3 ½ oz portion would provide. At least if I?m going to put on weight, I would like it to be because I had eaten something tasty. As each small slice cost me 50p, I will not be buying it again. I wouldn?t recommend this at all. Don't be fooled by the picture on the box. Make one yourself, and use good quality jam.