Review: Tesco Brown Bread

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Bread is one of those things that most coeliacs have got used to eating, whilst it crumbles to pieces. 

A number of gluten free options are dry, or weak and fall to pieces. There are certain brands whose bread is so full of holes that you can’t even toast them properly.

Unfortunately most of us do settle for this second rate bread, merely because it’s a relief to get an option of it!

When seeing a new type of loaf, I will of course try it!

Tesco brought out this sliced brown bread, with a crispy looking crust, that actually looks fairly solid.

One of the more noticeable things about this bread from the outset, is it’s a lot more solid and intact than other brands. 

The crust is much crunchier, and when toasted gives an actual decent crunch. 

I’ve tried quite a number of free from loaves, and this is definitely by far one of the best! 


Review: Tesco Free From Blackcurrant Cheese Cakes

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Cheesecake, probably one of my most missed desserts as a coeliac and dairy intolerance. 

There were a number of frozen cheesecakes that were gluten and dairy free, that I fell in love with. However can no longer find any of these. Tesco have recently introduced their own branded frozen version, however this is unfortunately not free from dairy.

Due to this, it has been a while since I’ve had a cheesecake fix. Therefor I was of course extremely excited when I came across these chilled cheesecakes in the refrigerated free from section.

I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive once I’d got them home. I’m not entirely sure how a cheesecake can be made with oil and coconut milk. 

Packaging wise, there is two in a pack. The cheesecakes themselves come in two little plastic pots with film lids. 

There isn’t a great deal of dessert in each pot, and so these aren’t particularly great value for money.

The ‘cheesecake’ is a layer of a syrup’y tasting jam, which wasn’t particularly great tasting. The next layer was the strange tasting ‘cheesecake’ part. 

This pretty much tasted like coconut oil, but was still better tasting than the jam like syrup layer.

At the bottom of it all was the biscuit base. Nothing particularly amazing here, just a thin layer of crumbs.

Overall, I was rather disappointed. Yes it’s a vegan cheesecake that suitable for coeliacs and those who can’t eat dairy or eggs. However, it’s not cheap and it’s not a cheesecake.

I’m sorry Tesco but these were a disappointment. I will not be trying them again!

Review: Tesco Golden Syrup Pancakes

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Tesco’s free from range is now easily marked up, to show what products are free from.

These pancakes are easy to spot as being gluten, wheat and milk free. 

The pancakes are also freezable, so easy to keep some in the freezer as a handy snack.

The pancakes come in a pack of six. They are thick, and actually hold together well. The golden syrup flavour is not too strong, there is just a hint of it. However I have found they are not too sweet to have with jam.

I love pancakes, and these are definitely no different. Cheaper than other branded versions, Tesco’s have produced a nice tasting product.

I tend to have mine coated in lots of dairy free butter (Vitalite), but have recently tried them with alternative toppings.

An amazing one, was bacon and maple syrup. Not healthy, but amazingly good.

Review: Tesco Chocolate Sponge Mix

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I don’t tend to buy ‘kits’ for baking, as I love creating my own recipes. However I feel obliged to of course try these new offerings!

Tescos chocolate sponge mix, is a fairly easy kit to bake a cake short notice. Only other ingredients needed are some eggs, and a dairy free butter (I used Vitalite).

I do feel like there could have been marginally more mix in this pack. But it did split between two tins (just about)

There was not a huge amount of rise from the mix, once out of the oven they were two fairly thin halves. However once cooled I filled the cake with a chocolate icing. Before covering the outside in the same icing.

I’m not entirely sure how great the cake would be without a decent filling. But with the chocolate icing, this made a beautifully ‘gooey’ cake. 

It did need a fork to eat, as was so soft and ‘gooey’ with the chocolate icing. But the results were more than pleasing, especially since it came from a packet.

This was a last minute bake to take into work before a night shift, it went down well and as it is so rich, it goes far!!

Definitely a good product to keep in the cupboard, and worth buying if baking is not your forte!!

Review: Tesco Free From White Chocolate

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Sometimes I can’t decide if I struggle more with my coeliacs or the dairy intolerance.

I love chocolate, cheese, milk, ice cream and other dairy products so much!!

I have to hold my hands up and admit I can be a bit of a comfort eater. After a bad day, nothing beats having a delicious chocolate bar.

Unfortunately, of dairy intolerant the choice is limited. The limited choice, is also definitely not of a similar standard!!

My most recent free from chocolate purchase, was from Tesco. Tescos new packaging, is really well labelled showing what is gluten free & dairy free.

They have a selection of their own brand chocolate bars, which are not cheap (and unfortunately don’t come in large) but they are at least trying!

The white chocolate bar, is small. Not getting a great deal of chocolate for the money it costs…..however it’s chocolate that isn’t going to make me regret eating it!!

The packaging is clearly labelled that it is gluten, wheat and milk free. Once opened, it looks to be of a similar size and thickness to a milky bar.

The bar itself is very sweet, probably extremely unhealthy (I didn’t look at the contents) but it was a good treat!!

It’s not quite a cadburys twirl bar. But it’s a good tasting chocolate bar, and fairly decent white chocolate.

I hope Tescos continue to expand on their free from chocolate range! 

Review: Tesco Garlic Dough Balls

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I’m of the belief that you can never have enough garlic (work colleagues probably disagree with me on that one)

You can imagine my pure excitement when I came across gluten, wheat & dairy free garlic dough balls!

In the past I’ve managed to find a few garlic baguettes that were free from gluten and dairy, but am often left saddened when I find minimal garlic on them. So am left with a baguette with a hint of garlic.

I was delighted to open the garlic dough balls and find a tray full of garlic ‘butter’.

The dough balls cook from frozen and are handily already in a foil tray.

Removing the dough balls from the oven showed how much garlic ‘butter’ they had. It had all melted leaving the dough balls sat in a large amount.

I’ve never had standard dough balls, so was not entirely sure what to expect and can’t compare them.

But these were absolutely delicious!! The balls had soaked up lots of the melted butter, and there was enough left to pour over the top of them, for extra garlic goodness. The dough balls were soft, ‘light’ and not crispy and dry, as we often get with gluten free.

Tesco Free From Porridge Pot

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Breakfast is pretty much my favourite meal of the day.

Being a coeliac makes it a little harder, as I can’t have quite as many things. This is worse when it comes to needing to get something ‘on the go’

There have been a number of porridge pots that have come out recently that are ‘gluten free’ unfortunately they had milk powder in. Meaning they were still  not suitable for me.

Whilst browsing the latest additions in Tesco. I came across this delightful find….

Yes, that’s right!!! 

An instant porridge that is free from gluten, wheat and dairy!!!

After a moment of utter excitement I filled my basket up with these, and other new finds I had spotted.

The labelling on Tesco’s free from range is nice and clear. To make it easy to spot what products contain.

I have since tried two pots of this porridge. It doesn’t beat porridge made at home, but it’s a quick and easy alternative that can be taken for breakfast on the go.

The syrup flavour is not too strong, it gives the porridge just enough sweetness that it doesn’t need any extra sugar.

It does need to be stirred properly and I found that leaving it for slightly longer once water was added before opening the lid again, gave a much better texture.

Definitely worth grabbing a few as an emergency food source when out.