I am always on the lookout for new sweet treats to enjoy alongside a nice cup of tea. This can sometimes be tough when you follow a dairy free diet. If I am honest I tend to eat the same things be it my regular cereal bar, or my bourbon biscuits. I may occasionally have a free from cake as a treat. So when I was asked if I would like to try Bonne Maman new rhubarb & strawberry conserve I of course said yes. Bonne Maman is Britain’s best-loved premium conserve brand. It is famous for its signature gingham lids, use of simple, traditional methods and high quality, all natural ingredients. The new conserve from the French conserve specialist is a perfect marriage of two of Britain’s favourite summer flavours. Rhubarb & strawberry offers the perfect balance of distinctively sharp, quality rhubarb with a top note of sumptuously sweet strawberries.
Onto the packaging I loved the pretty yet simple white box that the conserve arrived in with the brands logo and lid. Secure inside this were two conserves one of which was the rhubarb & raspberry. On taking the conserve out of the box I immediately fell for the shape and design of the jar. As for the lid very charming it made me want to grab a hamper and go on a picnic. It was much more charming than the regular jam or conserve that I would normally purchase. I shall be saving the jar and will either fill it with salad dressings or if I ever get the time and feel adventurous a homemade chutney.
Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On the company’s website it is labelled as being gluten free as well as being suitable for a vegetarian diet. On a link to the common questions on their website it also states that their conserves, marmalades and compotes are gluten free.
On opening the jar I heard a slight click and release as I twisted and lifted the lid. I was quiet proud that I did not damage the lid because I just loved the design and wished to reuse it. I was expecting to be hit by a fairly strong aroma of rhubarb and strawberries. Instead this was a fairy faint subtle aroma with the strawberries being more predominant. This didn’t intensify on my famous close up test with the strawberry still taking centre stage.
On taking the conserve out of the jar via a teaspoon I immediately liked the dark pink/red colour. I was surprised just how thick in consistency it was when comparing to previous conserves that I have previously tried. I could clearly see thin strings or rhubarb pieces, and no berry pips which is always a bonus for me. I Initially I tried the compote by itself. The first that struck me was its sweetness, I was worried that it may be a little too sweet but not so. I got the initial sweetness strawberry flavour this was then intermingled with the tartness from the rhubarb. The combinations of flavours complimented each other perfectly. Onto to the texture the fruit had been integrated nicely into the conserve so there were no real lumps, bumps or pips. It was firm and very sticky in texture.
At this point I should confess to having no time to make scones or cakes. I discovered that crumpets can make the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea. I had the compote on crumpets as a treat for lunch and as crafty snack later in the week. The compotes firm texture meant that only a little snuck into the holes the rest stayed firm on top. It made a delicious change to my normal go to treat of peanut butter on crumpets. It also worked well as part of quick homemade afternoon tea of shop bought scones and a nice cup of tea. At this point I should add a little disclaimer as it was definitely not dairy free or gluten free and therefore not eaten by me. My other half enjoyed his afternoon tea and loved the flavours and texture of this conserve and gave it the thumbs up. I don’t have much left but I think it will be great topped on a porridge or a plain yogurt so I shall be giving this a try.
So would I recommend this conserve? Yes definitely. I liked everything about this conserve from its packaging through to its aroma, flavour and texture. So why not give this conserve a try. Thank you Bonne Maman for producing a delicious conserve that I can enjoy.