[UK] M&S Lemon Desserts

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Despite not a major part of their mainstream business hauling the revenue for Marks and Spencer (M&S), their foodhall is about the only reason why I remain a regular customer since the days of living at Manchester. Unfortunately, the range of food products available at the M&S in Singapore and Hong Kong are limited to dry goods or snacks. 

Being a huge fan of tangy lemon desserts, we set out to food taste all the lemon flavoured desserts (at least at the point of writing this entry) available at M&S supermarket! The freezing coldness of the winter and the snow had made us indulge in sinful food of all sorts (mainly desserts though) on a religious basis, for there is always that convenient excuse of wearing thicker layers to cover our growing layers of fat...

Anyhow, some snow pictures before we move on to rub our tummies!

Snowflakes entangled on the spider web!

The very building where we first met each other during our German class. 

Before digressing further, let us now return to some sweet treats!

Lemon Meringue Roulade (£4.50 = S$9/-)
Prior to leaving Singapore, we had actually wanted to head down to Smittens by The Patissier down at the basement level of Takashimaya, however due to time constraints, we failed to try it in the end. When we first noticed this, it rang an uncanny resemblance to what Smittens has to offer, meringue swissrolls which were their signature cakes. Well, we could not ask much here at Leicester, but this was in fact surprisingly good!

(+) Broken pieces of free-range egg meringue, sprinkled with sugar pieces gave the soft swissroll a varied texture and mouthfeel.
(+) Shreds of caramelized orange zest, spread with lemon curd provided that ultimate oomph, a lethal combination of mild sweetness balanced by the lemon's tangy-ness.
(+) The lemon curd was very rich and dense, a striking contrast to the light sponge cake.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 267 per 1/6 of the roulade.
Protein: 2.4gm
Carbohydrate: 47.0gm (of which sugars: 45.1gm)
Fat: 7.7gm. (of which saturates: 4.8gm)

Verdict: 8.5/10

Sicilian Lemon & Ricotta Cheesecake (£2.49 = S$5/-)
Creamy baked cheesecake made with ricotta and zingy Sicilian lemon juice, topped with a lemon glaze on a crunchy digestive biscuit base.

(+) The cheesecake was rich, dense yet smooth to the bite.
(+) The sweetness was compensated by the mild sourness from the light lemon juice.

(-) Digestive biscuit was soft instead of the expected crunchiness.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 345 per slice.
Protein: 4.2gm
Carbohydrate: 29gm (of which sugars: 18.5gm)
Fat: 23.7gm (of which saturates: 8.6gm)

Verdict: 7.5/10

Lemon Souffles (£3.99 = S$8/-)
A light refreshing dessert made with cream and lemon juice, hand finished with caramelised orange sheds.

(+) Very light and fluffy, yet tasting the strong lemon flavours with each spoonful.
(+) Melted in our mouths literally, very smooth indeed.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 275 calories per pot.
Protein: 2.9gm
Carbohydrate: 23.3gm (of which sugars: 22.5gm)
Fat: 18.9gm (of which saturates: 10.8gm)

Verdict: 8.0/10

We particularly enjoyed the desserts at M&S due to the quality of their products, same goes for their other deli and bakery. The essence of good food is simply defined by the fineness of ingredients used, which M&S benchmarked at a high level. For that reason, M&S had earned themselves 2 regular patrons.

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