Sunday, 21 September 2014

Cucina Focaccia (Aldi)

I'm not a massive Aldi shopper but do pop in every now and then to have a different experience to the other supermarkets. On my last trip, I decided to give these focaccia a go. I bought a rosemary flavoured one but there was also a cheese and red onion version too. At 99p I thought it couldn't hurt to give them  whirl.

They looked pretty good with a nice colour and lots of visible strands of rosemary. Reassuringly, the ingredients list is pretty high quality with real ingredients: flour, water, extra virgin olive oil, yeast, rosemary, salt and malted barley flour. All stuff you would use in a homemade version. It's also not overly salty, like a lot of breads.

Opening the pack, you could tell there was a generosity with the rosemary as the fragrant, herby smell was very apparent. Heating it in the oven produced a lovely golden colour with a nice crispness that further enhanced the rosemary smell.

Whilst, it wasn't quite as nice as a real restaurant focaccia, it was pretty good and certainly on par, if not better, than a lot of store bought ones. Many can just be like white rolls but this had an authentic texture that was warm with lots of air pockets and a good crunch. The rosemary came through for a lovely Mediterranean taste. I served it as a side to some tortellini Bolognese and it complemented it perfectly.

Price: 99p
Available: Aldi

Score: 7.5/10

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