Bagels are usually one of the biggest disappointments in the supermarket. A proper bagel is an absolute joy to eat - tangy, chewy, with a dense texture and a hint of sweet maltiness. However, what you usually get is just a bread roll with a hole in the middle. These new berry bagels from M&S looked the part so I thought they would be worth a try.
The bagels were not uniform in size, which appealed to me as they looked more homespun and interesting and the barley flakes sprinkled on top added to their wholesome charm. I loved the idea of bagels with blueberries and cranberries and they sounded like an indulgent weekend treat.
The bagels look absolutely stunning and M&S were really generous with their dried fruit. The blueberries and cranberries were quite subtle and you only really noticed them if you bit into one and got a brief explosion of fruity flavour.
However, the actual bagels were fantastic and probably one of the best packaged ones I've tried. They had a great soft but chewy texture with a lovely shiny glaze and the barley flakes gave a lovely bit of nuttiness.
I also really appreciated the salt level in this. It's quite faint but adds a savoury backbone that perfectly complements the sweetness of the bagel.
Available: Marks and Spencer
Pros: Fab texture, nice flavour twist, added barley flakes
Cons: Blueberries and cranberries not coming through as strongly as I'd like