Tower Gate Fruit Shortcake
Back in March, I discussed before the difference between 'shortbread' and 'shortcake' biscuits:
However, it was only recently that I found out that the 'short' is a lump of fat used in the cooking process. Fruit shortcake biscuits are different from the standard shortcake biscuits you will find in our supermarkets, what I used to term 'tractor biscuits' due to the distinctive diagonal patterning around the edges. Fruit shortcake biscuits are circular rather than rectangular and are usually around a third of the thickness of a standard shortcake biscuit. They lack the diagonal pattern but instead have small holes on the upper side, a crimped edge and a kind of 'weave' pattern on the underside; the one pictured is of a classic design in this respect. They can often have white sugar sprinkled across the upper side.
As mentioned before Tower Gate are a Lidl provided brand notably for biscuits. Thus, they are aiming at the cheaper end of the market. These fit the standard pattern, but were a little thin. The biscuit did not have a distinct flavour and the fruit which was present in about the right quantity did not really bring the sweetness I expected. They had a sightly limp snap on being bitten. Thus, they were alright but not fruity enough really to mark them out from a standard shortcake biscuit and lacked the creaminess of some fruit shortcakes to allow them to compete against rich tea biscuits. They get slightly marked up for value.