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.
I popped into Morrisons and decided to explore their free from range to see what Christmas treats I could try. Sadly. It was rather limited so I opted for their Christmas cake Slices. I liked the packaging with the slices of Christmas cake stacked on top of each other. It was very inviting and made me want to get home and try one with a nice cup of tea.
Onto to the ingredients they are clearly labelled as a free from product. To the front of the packet clear wording stating gluten free, wheat free and milk free. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet. Onto the ingredients list egg, almonds and sulphur dioxide are listed as allergens. There is also a may contain for other nuts and peanuts.
On opening the packet I was immediately hit with an aroma that I associate with a traditional fruit cake. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. However, this became combined with sweetness from the icing on top of the Christmas slice. My instinct told me that this Christmas slice was going to be rich yet sweet at the same time. On biting into the Christmas slice I got an initial slight crunch from the icing followed by a moistness from the cake below. These textures worked perfectly together. Onto the flavour. Well the icing was very sweet but you needed this to compliment the richness from the cake below. I could clearly taste the various fruits in this cake. As for the mixed spice element this just seemed to be lacking. Which for me was a real shame as I love mixed spices as this is what makes a Christmas cake a special treat. On a positive note the portion size was just right.
So would I recommend these Christmas cake slices if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? I’m afraid not it just didn’t taste like a Christmas cake to me. The lack of the flavour from the mixed spices simply let it down. Sorry Morrisons but these Christmas cake slices just weren’t for me.