“ Brand: Warburtons / Type: Bread „
I have tried many brands of potato cake and can easily and definitely say that these are the best!
They come in packs of six in an easy to open clear wrapper with cardboard insert and can be frozen as well as eaten fresh.
I tend to buy two packets when I see them and freeze one as they are quite often sold out in my local tesco and asda. Sainsbury do not seem to stock this brand.
I have not noticed any difference in taste in the pack which has been frozen to the fresh ones but it is best to defrost them slowly rather than trying to blitz them in the microwave.
I usually eat these toasted in the toaster as this develops a lovely crispy crust and it they taste much better this way than cold. Sometimes I spread a little butter on them but this is not really necessary as the cakes themselves have quite a buttery taste. They do not need any longer in the toaster than a regular slice of toast and are a great 'on the go snack or breakfast. They have about 130 calories each which is similar to some breads and in my opinion they taste better than a slice of toast!
I have also tried Paul rankins potato farls and sainsburys own potato cakes and neither are a patch on these!
A very, very long time ago I had some home made potato cakes....and I adored them and until I spotted these in Asda (costing 65p for a packet of 6 of them) I had forgot all about them so was really, really pleased to spot these and couldn't wait to try them to see if they were anywhere as good as the one's I had fallen in love with years ago!
The 'cakes' come in a cardboard sleeve and with a see-through plastic packet over them that is easy to tear into. On the front of the sleeve I am told that they are Warburtons 'Family Bakers Since 1876', 6 Potato Cakes 'A delicious tasted way to start the day' and there is a photograph of one of the cakes covered in what to me looks like baked beans. Other information given on the sleeve includes being told a little bit about the product, storage advice is given (these are suitable for home freezing by the way), ingredients and allergy advice is given along with an at a glance nutritional chart as well as a full one being shown, I'm told how to heat them through and contact details for Warburtons are given. Nice enough packaging and not too much of it but it contains all the information you could possibly need!
The Potato Cakes:
Well the cakes are round and are a pale creamy colour with no real fragrance to them at all. Not too thick either and generally not very big at all all you do with these to heat them through is pop them in or on a grill turning them once for about 2-3 minutes and/or until they take on a light golden colour and appear cooked.
They are simple to cook, don't fall apart and then of course it's up to top them with something of your choice. Butter, beans or pop them along with a fry up the options are countless and although the instructions on the packet only say to toast them my mate loves them fried best so they crisp up a bit!
I was so looking forward to these but they simply did nothing for me really though. I couldn't taste potato at all though there is 17% of those within it and I couldn't get any texture from them either. I could however taste and feel a bread theme going on more than anything else and basically felt that this was a bit denser (more moist) than bread, that they were well seasoned but simply a very plain and somewhat boring potato cake.
I can't argue with Warburtons about the quality and I like the way they stayed fresh for about 4 days in an air tight container and my flatmate purchased some of these and used her straight from the freezer and they were fine but for me calling them potato cakes is simply a bit odd really. They're bread cakes to me and my taste-buds and really nothing special at all.....sadly lol.
Nutritional Information Per Potato Cake:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
I like a Scottish breakfast now and again (no I don't mean salty porridge), and without a doubt potato cakes, or should I say "tattie scones" are an essential part of this. So as well as your scone, you'll have, as expected bacon and eggs, but also Lorne sausage, Scottish black pudding (smoother, with less fat - Hall's is great, as is Co-op's own), and if you are really lucky a slice of 'clootie dumpling' - if anyone knows where to get clootie dumpling south of the border, let me know.
Now back to the potato cakes, or potato scones as I prefer to call them
Most people I know toast these and butter them. I like to give them a good frying and, unhealthy as some will argue this is, it isn't everyday I consume fried foods, so I think I get away with this.
These Warburton scones, cakes or whatever you want to call them, are round and quite substantial. Some other potato scones are a little dry and floury - thats OK, once they are fried, the fat, or oil, takes a little of the dryness away. They are nice and soft. What I prefer about a softer less floury scone is that you can also eat it cold with butter, or whatever you like on it.
You get six in a pack and they cost about 60 pence. I think this is really good value for something that can be part of a main meal, or simply as a quick snack.
They are also great with beans, using the tattie scones as a substitute for toast. As I said earlier, most people I know toast these and have them buttered, just like a slice of toast - that is not my preference, and I generally won't have them like this, though to be fair, Warburtons are one of the better tattie scones to go through the toaster.
In general most potato scones are much of a muchness, but if you are a dedicated tattie scone eater, you will probably get to know the subtle differences and come up against a preference, for example Paul Rankin's Potato Farls are particularly yum.
I will buy Warburtons again.
After having tried the Warburtons Crumpets, and really enjoying them, I decided to give their Potato Cakes a go. I usually buy the Tesco's own brand ones or make my own, but the reviews for the Warburtons ones were very good, and persuaded me to buy a pack. There are six potato cakes in a pack, and they are round and quite thick. Each potato cake weighs, on average, 53.5g. I bought mine in my local Tesco, and they cost 57 pence.
The potato cakes can be toasted or grilled under a preheated medium grill for 2-3 minutes. I used the toaster, and they turned out well, and were delicious covered in butter. My husband also had some for a snack too, and we both found that you don't need to put much butter on, as it doesn't soak in very well, and just sits on the top. We cut a few slits in the top, to help the butter soak in, but it would probably be better to just use a small amount, and save yourself some calories.
Potato cakes can also be served as part of breakfast, and they are very good with baked beans, cheese, eggs, Marmite, bacon or ham. I think they are especially good in cold weather (along with crumpets) as they are a great comfort food, and rather stodgy, but delicious.
Each potato cake contains -
20.1g carbohydrate (2.4g sugars)
5.4g fat (1.7g saturates)
They aren't that healthy, but, as part of a balanced diet, and an occasional treat, I think they are fine. They do contain a few more ingredients (E numbers and so on) when compared to ones that you would make yourself (just potatoes, milk, butter, seasoning and oil to fry) but it doesn't seem to be too bad.
Warburtons Potato Cakes can be frozen on the day of purchase, and are suitable for Vegetarians. They should be stored in a cool dry place. Contains wheat gluten.
They are perhaps not the most obvious choice but potato cakes are my favourite food. When that silly question arises between friends of what one food we'd take to a desert island to live on for the rest of our lives I always reply with "potato cakes!". Infact I'd go as far as to name the particular brand of potato cake - Warburtons. The brand call their product 'potato scones' but they are similar to farls and cakes and are always situated alongside other potato cakes in supermarkets.
The scones come as a six pack. They are wrapped in clear film and inserted into a paper insert which has all product information printed on it. An easy read guide to nutrition is printed on the front of the packet. Each scone contains 139 calories and 5.4 grams of fat. The scones are suitable for vegetarians with the ingredients comprising of: wheat flour, potatoes (17%), margarine, raising agents, preservative, citric acid and flour treatment agents.
Storage instructions state these can be frozen on day of purchase. Otherwise they should be stored in a cool, dry place like a cupboard and not in a fridge. I find that they taste best when they have NOT been frozen. The freezing process means they tend to absorb water and so the overall texture and flavour gets slightly impaired.
Warburton's potato scones are a unique product. No other 'farl' or 'cake' looks or tastes anything like these. First of all they are fairly thick (as far as potato cakes go) and circular shaped (about 3 1/2 inches across) - I've never seen another on the market that isn't square. They are also different in texture to other potato cake products. These have a light and fluffy interior texture, unlike the stodgy, heavy texture common to other cakes. When toasted these scones have a crisp and distinctive outer crust. It is so crispy that it can actually be peeled away from the inner part of the scone. Again, this is a unique feature of the Warburton's scone.
The scones have a rich buttery and bread-like flavour. The potato flavour is quite mild but they do taste slightly like a very buttery mash. The fluffy inside of the scone melts in the mouth and has a slightly moist consistency. I have found that it is better to find a packet that has the furthest away best before date and to eat the scones asap to enjoy them at their very best. Otherwise they have a tendancy to dry out and aren't as tasty.
The usual method of cooking these potato scones is to toast them. They take about the same length of time as a slice of toast in a toaster and the machine doesn't need to be set on a special 'bagel' setting or anything. These are also the only potato cakes on the market that I have been able to eat WITHOUT toasting. They taste quite different when not cooked but just as good. They have a heavier, wetter and texture and feel supernaturally cold when eaten like this. Their flavour when cold is different too - more doughy and with a hint of a vinegar flavour. Other potato cakes can't be consumed this way as most are dusted in a raw, flour powder and a sloppy texture unless heated through. These Warburtons scones are totally different.
My favourite way to enjoy these scones is to simply toast them and spread with a tiny bit of butter or margarine. They taste fabulous when dipped into tomato ketchup. They can be used as part of a big breakfast and are an excellent companion to scrambled eggs, beans or grated cheese.
As far as competition goes, I don't think Warburtons have anything to worry about. I have tasted many brands of potato cakes and would rank these as number one. I'd rank Marks and Spencer's Irish Potato Farls as the second best and chef Paul Rankin's Potato Farls as third best. Try these and love them!
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Warburtons Potato Cakes, not the brand I usually buy but these were on a BOGOF offer in my local Morrisons store.
How differnet can potato cakes be I asked myself?
Well it turns out, quite alot actually.
The potato cakes are round, quite dense in appearance and feel spongy to the touch, everything quite normal there. Once in the toaster I could smell an almost sweet tang, not quite vanilla but something more than just potatoes and flour. A quick check on the pack confirmed that they contain "flavours" and "colours", quite why is beyond me.
Once toasted and buttered I set about testing, the cake was fairly floppy, felt almost rubbery and the sweet tang was evident again. There was little to no flavour of actual "potato cake" only that of something synthetic and not particularly pleasant.
Over all I was disappointed with the entire thing, flavour, texture, smell and appearance was all sadly lacking. It's not a product I'd be buying again and it's not what I'd expect from such a trusted name in baking.
The packet I bought called these 'Warburton's Potato SCONES' but they're the same thing (what's in a name?)
I bought these in a bargain shop called B&M for 79p for a packet of six as I fancied a change.
They're suitable for vegetarians and for home-freezing. The allergy advice warns that they contain wheat gluten and are produced in a bakery that uses soya, egg and milk.
You can eat them hot or cold. If you try them cold they're very soft and not too chewy. They taste a bit like a savoury pancake to me. They can be a bit bland if you eat them plain so I like to dip mine in hummus. They don't smell very appetising and they have no strong aftertaste.
If you decide to warm them up (under the grill for 2-3 minutes), they become slightly crispy on the outside while staying soft inside. They smell much better toasted and have a bready aftertaste.
Once warmed they taste a bit more like an ordinary bread product and I like them with butter on but the serving suggestion says you can top them with beans, egg, cheese etc.
Hot or cold, you can't really taste the potatoes!
They seem to have quite a high salt content; just one contains 18% of your RDA of salt (and that's without any topping!) which does seem a lot for a breakfast product so I would say these make a nice occasional treat.
I prefer to eat them at lunch time instead of a sandwich but I'm not really much of a breakfast person.
Wheat flour, water, potatoes (17%), margarine (vegetable oil, water, salt emulsifier E475, colours E100, E160b, flavouring), raising agents E450, E500, salt, citric acid, preservative calcium propionate, flour treatment agent, ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Energy - 584kj/139kcal
Protein - 2.5g
Carbohydrate - 20.1g
(of which sugars - 2.4g)
Fat - 5.4g
(of which saturates - 1.7g)
Fibre - 1.9g
Sodium - 0.42g
Salt - 1.06g
(For those who don't get the title: Google the 'Mashed Taters Song'!!)