As I've said before, I absolutely love the Bonne Maman brand and the association of continental holidays it brings. I'm pretty familiar with the lovely conserves they make and I also like the chilled desserts they do, like mousse au chocolat and creme caramel, but I've never seen their biscuit range before. When I spotted these lovely, continental looking galettes in Sainsbury's, I was eager to give them a try.
The range comes in four fairly simple flavours: Traditional French Butter, Chocolate, Lemon and Poppyseed and Caramel Sea Salt. They all looked extremely tempting but I plumped for the caramel sea salt as I'm really into savoury and sweet combos at the moment.
A nice feature about these galettes is that they are individually wrapped in twos. I always like products that come in this format as it's great for portion control and stops you munching your way through an entire packet of biscuits. It also means your biscuits stay fresh and they would be good for taking out and about with you. Admittedly, you only get ten biscuits per box and at £1.50 they are at the higher end of the market. However, these are a more premium biscuit in my opinion and I'm happy to pay for quality over quantity.
The ingredients are certainly good quality with fresh eggs and simple ingredients. Each galette also contains 29% fresh butter and there are no oils in them like most biscuits. This is really evident upon opening them as they have the most delicious buttery smell with a lovely sweet caramel backnote.
The're also very attractive in appearance, despite the basic look. Perfectly round with a nice caramel glaze providing a subtle sheen, they're a good size with a satisfying snap. The service has an interesting look with its maze of cracks and lines. The texture is spot on thanks to the butter too. Soft and crisp at the same time, they don't crumble everywhere yet have the most delicious buttery mouthfeel.
They have a lovely buttery taste with a subtle yet still very detectable caramel flavour with a faint saltiness to it. These are not particularly sweet and actually have quite a simple taste but this is a good kind of simple. They still feel very rich and indulgent but with no sickliness at all.
I had these outside with a cup of coffee and it really was a very nice break in the day. These feel very continental and sophisticated and I will definitely be purchasing these again in the future.
Pros: Simple yet indulgent. Lovely buttery and caramel flavour. Good quality ingredients. Individually wrapped packs.
Cons: Butter content makes them slightly fattier than other biscuits.