“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
Tesco Scottish Rough Oatcakes.
Comes in a blue box with a Scottish flag on the front and image of the oatcakes with smoked salmon.
Made with Scottish oatmeal.
25 grams and 24 cakes in the box wrapped in clear cellophane and in four separate packages.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Produced in the UK for Tesco.
Contains 89% oatmeal and palm oil, sea salt and bicarbonate of soda.
Each oatcake is 47 calories and with 0.8 grams of fibre ad 1.9 grams of fat.
Longish shelf life - mine are until November 2013.
Well we all hear a lot these days that we need to eat more oats in our diet as they are beneficial to our cholesterol levels and our hearts.
These are thin round cakes of oats in a golden brown colour and slightly more brown around the edges.
As well as trying to incorporate more oats into my diet I am also trying to reduce wheat so these oatcakes seems a reasonable choice to make.
I tend to use them in place of when I would have normally used bread or ordinary biscuits. I like a little butter or cheese spread on mine but they can be eaten on their own quite easily. They are crispy without being too brittle and have a nice sort of nutty toasted taste.
For lunches I have them with butter and a plate of salad or an omelette. For a snack I can eat them with a banana or cheese and I sometimes just have them on their own with a little butter and a cup of tea.
I was surprised how easily I could incorporate these into my diet and I am not really missing bread at all.
The fact that they are wrapped separately in packs of six means you can pop them in your bag if you go out so you always have something to nibble on if peckish.
They are quite inexpensive and handy to have in the cupboard for a snack.
Apparently oatcakes were once eaten with every meal in Scotland and were popular there as oats would grow there but not wheat.
===Would I Recommend?===
I'm going to be poor soon....unfortunately dooyoo didn't take this into consideration when they removed the 50p payment for reviews on food.
But still, as I was about to put the blue cardboard packaging of my Tesco Rough Scottish Oatcakes into the recycling bin at work I was inspired to write a review, if for no other reason than to share with you my new exciting new breakfast idea (it really isn't that exciting though I'm afraid).
These oatcakes retail at 89p for 4 individually wrapped packs of 6 oatcakes which works out at just 3.5p per oatcake.
---What do they contain?---
Each oatcake contains 45 calories (2% guideline daily amount), a trace of sugar, 1.9g fat (3%), 0.8g Saturates (4%) and 0.2g salt (3%).
They contain oatmeal, palm oil, salt, and raising agent (sodium bicarbonate). For those with allergies, they contain oat and gluten and are suitable for vegetarians. The recipe and factory contain no nuts, but it can't be guaranteed that the ingredients are nut free.
---The taste test---
I am happy to eat oatcakes just on their own (but then I'm happy with a cream cracker too) and these Tesco oatcakes are no exception. I find them equally nice as more expensive brands of oatcakes (which is just as well for when I become poor).
Oatcakes really taste of oats mainly, and these are no exception. Some might think they're pretty bland on their own, but I like oats, and they are nice and crunchy too.
There are a million and one things you could eat on your oatcakes, the serving suggestion pictures on the box include beef and tomato, salmon and cream cheese and cheese and jam. I think they're nice with butter and cheddar cheese, or with brie and a bit of cranberry sauce.
However, my new exciting breakfast is to get the oatcakes and cover them with slices of banana. Yum! Ok, so by the time you've had 6 oatcakes and a medium banana this works out as a pretty calorie high breakfast (especially if you compare to the cereal bars I went through a phase of reviewing) - however, it really does fill you up and keeps you going at work! If you had a jar of peanut butter (oh, or chocolate spread!) I would imagine that between the oatcake and the layer of bananas this would taste even better.
---My big problem with these oatcakes---
This problem isn't a specific Tesco oatcake problem, it's the same with other brands. However, it REALLY annoys me that there's 4 packs of 6 rather than 6 packs of 4.
I have absolutely no self-restraint once a packet is opened, and must finish them - this means that a box of oatcakes will only last me for 4 snacks, when it otherwise could have done me 6, as I really only wanted 3 or 4 (max) oatcakes in the first place.
Once opened oatcakes can be stored in an airtight contained.....however I would just know that they were waiting for me to eat them.
These have a shelf life of approximately 4 months (based on the best before date on my packet).
Aside from the issue with the pack sizes and the fact that the oatcakes do sometimes break before you get them out of the packet, or when you're spreading them with butter or cream cheese, I think these are a fantastic thing to have in the cupboard at home, or in the drawer at work!
Popular throughout history, Scottish Oatcakes were once said to be the reason why the 14th Century Scottish army were able to march longer than other men. Obviously the oatcakes in question weren't the ones which can be picked up in Tesco for 89p... but they may have been similar. Inside the dark blue 250g box there are four individually wrapped cellophane packets, each containing six of the oatcakes. The Oatcakes measure 6.5 centimetre in diameter and are around 3mms thick. They have a mildly oaty aroma, and to be honest, don't look too appetising on their own without a topping - but how do they taste?
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The Oatcakes are very crunchy and have an interesting texture. I would describe the flavour to be similar to that of an unsweetened digestive. The taste really comes alive with the simple addition of some butter and a slice of Cheddar Cheese. A strong cheese in particular complements the subtle oat flavour, and the cheese's softness will combine beautifully with the oatcake's crunchy nature - the end result is an ultimately pleasing snack. Other topping alternatives include smoked salmon and cream cheese, which is another of my faves.
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The Oatcakes contain;
Oatmeal, Palm Oil, Sea Salt, and Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).
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For a sophisticated after dinner extra, these biscuits are probably going to be a classier offering than Jacobs Cream Crackers. Their mellow flavour allows them to be eaten with a large range of toppings - in fact, i'm off to have some now - highly recommended.
Nutritional Info Per Biscuit
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Saturated Fat: 0.8g