“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake „
Very occasionally I treat myself to a twin pack of Tesco Maple Pecan Plaits at the grand price of 89p in Tesco. This is cheaper than you would pay in a cafe but it is still 45p per slice which I feel is quite expensive. They are not a healthy option but every now and then for a week-end breakfast treat I do enjoy the change.
The pastry is a thin flaky one but it can be quite dry, although be the maple syrup is quite generous so that helps a bit. Although there is plenty of maple syrup the pastry is not soggy at all. I like the thinness as then the filling is tastier. I could not eat one without a drink of coffee or tea to help it down though as it is quite sweet. The maple syrup balances the flavour of the pecans which are also dry in flavour. I do find that pecans need a balance of sweetness to make their flavour more enhanced.
I think that most of the pecans and syrup are on the top rather than in the middle. The maple syrup is lovely and sticky and quite generous. The pecans are delicious, they are fresh, crunchy and with a good natural flavour. Unfortunately there are not enough for me. What is needed is a good handful more sprinkled onto the pastry prior to being folded over then another lot on top then a good slosh of syrup poured over it. But possibly this is not possible as the pastry will not hold any more without spreading and burning.
When you bite into one of these small slices sometimes your mouthful has a nice lot of nuts and syrup while at others all you get is a mouthful of slightly sweet pastry. I have found from experience that the flavour is improved with a little heating up rather than eating them cold. This makes the pastry softer and brings out the flavour of the nuts and allows the syrup to mingle and spread further.
I do quite like these especially if they are warmed up and even naughtier a little cream over creme fraiche is poured over them. However the cream or crème fraiche does add a bit more fat to something that is already quite high in fat - 25g per slice with a total of 370 thigh hugging calories.
In short these are quite a nice pastry for a change either for breakfast or you could serve them up as a dessert but you would not eat them every day. However nobody would realistically buy these thinking that they were a healthy option so the calorific content is not such a huge surprise. Just please Mr Tesco a few more nuts would be nice with a touch more syrup to top it off. I still prefer these to other Danish pastries despite these short comings. I have had these in other places and I have to admit that they all suffer from the same short coming so maybe that is what they are meant to be like and I am just wishful thinking.
I'm giving these tasty morsels 4 sticky stars - taking one off for the lack of pecans in my view
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The pecan plait is my favourite treat of all time when it comes to danishes. It can be eaten hot, cold, with ice cream or even custard.
The reason why tescos one are so good are for the 3 very important following reasons:
1. enough maple filling,there is nothing more disappointing than a lack of filling, as it makes the pastry seem very dry. It also helps the filling is throughout and not just in an inch in the midde, which often happens leaving you with mouth fulls of dry pastry.
2. Not too much thick pastry - a mouthful just of pastry is no fun, so luckily the pastry in the plaits are not too thick or stodgy but quite light, at a good ratio to the maple sauce filling.
3. The pastry is well cooked - in other places the pasty is either a) falling apart or b) completely white and undercooked.
I would highly recommend as a winter treat warmed with thick creamy ice cream
A twin pack of Tesco Maple Pecan Plaits will set you back 85p in Tesco, which I think is reasonable but perhaps not quite what I want to pay for these. If they improved the quality slightly, I'd happily pay the price, but for the quality I get I don't think these are brilliant value for money.
The pastry they've used to make these is a bit on the cheap side for starters. It's very thin, flakey and crumbly. There's an element of moisture to it thanks to the additional ingredients, specifically the maple syrup, but without it the pasty would be pretty dry and bland.
The toppings are decent enough with the maple syrup being nice and sticky, without having a horrible sugar granule texture or anything that poor quality maple syrups can have. The pecans are tasty little things, with a strong flavour and good texture to them. My only grumble with them is that there isn't enough of them on this!
When you bite into one of these, it's hit and miss as to whether you're going to get a decent mouthful or not. If you hit a bite that's got a pecan nut in it, along with a bit of syrup and a tasty part of the pastry, you're doing alright. But if you get a bit of the dry pastry without any pecans and not much syrup - you'll find yourself chewing it down quickly to get it out of your mouth.
I guess I don't really recommend these. I think they need big improvements really, particularly where the quality and moisture of the pastry is concerned. I know you can't expect a whole lot for the price, but I'd rather pay twice the price and get something I know I'll enjoy every bite of.
Nutritionally these are pretty bad, but not in the way you might expect them to be. Each slice has 370 calories in it, along with 13.4g of sugar and 25g of fat. So the sugar content is surprisingly okay for a syrup-laiden pastry - but that fat content is just not worth it for a snack that tastes this mediocre!