When I heard via social media that Morrisons had added tray bakes to their free from range I admit to being a little excited. They were not only gluten free but milk free and perfect for dairy free me. So I sent my dad out hunting to grab me one with the plan being that I could share it with my mum and nephew who are both gluten free. My dad popped into Morrisons and they were sold out so were obviously popular. My dad finally managed to get me the chocolate celebration tray bake to try. I couldn’t wait to give it a try and had it all to myself as my mum and nephew had managed to find several gluten free cakes on holiday to enjoy.
Onto the packaging. Well it’s in the same style of all of the other free from ranges in Morrisons with the green style packaging. What I liked about this packaging was that it had a clear film to the top which meant that you could see the tempting treat inside. Onto the ingredients it is clearly labelled as being both gluten free and milk free to the front of the packaging. On the ingredients list egg and soya are clearly in bold as allergens. There is a no may contain warning.
On opening the pack I was greeted by a nice sweet but artificial chocolatey aroma which was pleasant and stronger than I had anticipated. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The tray bake consisted of 2 clear layers the chocolate sponge underneath and a top chocolate butter icing style with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on the top. On biting into the cake the it had three textures which complimented each other nicely. On my initial bite I got the smoothness from the chocolate butter style icing intermingled with an intermittent crunch from the hundreds and thousands. This was proceeded by the chocolate flavoured sponge which was light and airy and slightly bouncy in texture. A pleasant surprise if I’m honest. However, the sponge was slightly crumbly which did result in some of the sponge separating from the rest of the cake when the it was cut. The combinations of textures worked really well and the hundreds and thousands added that little extra to the cakes texture. Onto the cakes flavour well the main chocolatey element came from the top layer. The actual sponge was a little bland in flavour if eaten in isolation but worked perfectly with the topping. I personally think that if the sponge had been more chocaoltely the cake would have been too rich. I loved the hundreds and thousands on the top. They were sweet but added a little extra to this tray bake.
So would I recommend this free from chocolate tray bake? Yes I would I’m not surprised that they are popular. I enjoyed everything about this cake from its aroma through to its flavour and texture. I will definitely be buying this again. So if you follow a dairy free, and or gluten free diet why not give this tray bake a try.
After a busy morning at work I had developed a bit of a thirst. I fancied a cool refreshing drink to have on the go. So I popped into a co-op local. I quickly found a drink but out the corner of my eye I saw the free from section calling me. It was fairly big and saying go on have a look you know you want to even if you don’t need any sweet or savoury treats. I gave into temptation and had a crafty look. I was suitably impressed and saw these mini pecan tarts. I loved the simple vibrant packaging which was clearly labelled as being dairy, gluten and wheat free. As usual I checked the ingredients list and the allergens listed were egg, walnuts and pecans. I could have them and they had a good sell by date which meant I didn’t have to have them straight away. I gave into temptation and took some home to try.
I opened the packaging and loved the fact that the 6 mini tarts were split into 3 individually sealed packs containing 2 tarts. A simple but great idea because there is nothing worse than a cake or biscuit that gets slightly stale. On initially seeing the tarts I was slightly put of. The outside pastry was very pale in colour and slightly unappetising. This didn’t deter me from giving them a try as the filling looked rich and indulgent. I was expecting a combination of textures and flavours from this mini tart. I know I’m hard to please.
I carefully took the tart out of its foil packaging as it looked and was indeed very delicate. On further inspection the outside pastry looked slightly crunchy and look as it may crumble with a nice dry non soggy bottom. You can tell I watch the Great British Bake Off 😊. On biting into the tart the first thing I noticed was how light and crumbly the pastry was, it had a nice neutral flavour that did not impact on any other of the elements to the tart. This led nicely into the centre of the tart which was lovely and moist and gooey in texture. This was combined with a nice crunch from the pecan but on top. As for the taste it was rich and indulgent the only way I can describe it is by comparing to a Mississippi mud pie which a subtle hint of pecan added. Now I loved Sainsbury’s free from pecan pies, but I am afraid these have are now my favourites. They are spot on from the cute little style through to the combination of both the flavours and textures. I couldn’t believe how good they were and they certainly didn’t make it to their best before date. The co-op have proved that you can make a really nice sweet treat that is both dairy and gluten free. So thank you co -op from producing a fantastic free from sweet treat that I really enjoy. My only criticism is why isn’t more freely available so more people can give them a try.