19th May 2011, on the menu today...
Botham's of Whitby Yorkshire Brack
Perusing the shelves of the quaint village shop around the corner from us, I happened upon this delightful tea cake from a family company called Botham's. Admittedly, I had never heard of the manufacturer but, with the product beautifully packaged and looking so tasty, I was sold and looking forward to a particularly nice cup of tea and sit down.
The packaging is what initially drew me to this product. It has a lovely sense of tradition about it that feels befitting of such a classic teatime treat. Moreover, the smart serif-style font and black, white and gold colour scheme adds an air of sophistication and, with that, specialness to the product. I thought the addition of some product history to the side panels of the packet was a nice touch and helped individuals who may not know what Yorkshire Brack is. In addition, I loved the fact the cake came still with its baking parchment on just like you would do at home as this reinforced the family feel of the manufacturer. Finally to the cake itself, it had a mouth-watering sticky glaze that was clearly visible through the packaging and the cross-section revealed a beautiful fruit-studded interior. All in all, it ticked all the right boxes on appearance for me.
The packaging was great but the taste was even better. The cake was wonderfully sticky and moist - it almost reminded me of Soreen Malt Loaf in this respect - and it gave off wafts of tea-infused flavour. Slathering each slice with unsalted butter, soft, rich sponge full of tea flavour was punctuated by bursts of plump dried fruit and the creamy indulgence of butter. Being so riddled with dried fruit and rich in flavour, I found two slices more than satisfying for a teatime treat. Indeed, I have no hesitation in recommending this and will definitely be on the lookout for some more Botham's products to review in the future.
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Reassuringly, the ingredient's list is relatively short with the manufacturer using quality ingredients, including their own-blend tea. Moreover, the product contains no added fat and is suitable for vegetarians.
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