“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Snacks „
Be aware that this product is only available through te Marks and Spencer Food to Order service where you go online to make the order and then collect from your local store a couple of days later, also as the ingredients in this product are all fresh you only want to be collecting it one day or preferably on the day for when it is needed otherwise it will not taste as nice and the ingredients suuch as the creme cheese and the fish might go off and the bagel could go stale.
The Food to Order Service is excellent if you are looking to cater a party and while these mini bagels are not that cheap, working out at £10 for a box of 24 they make a slightly different buffet item and they do taste rather nice.
Each mini bagel is about three to four bites worth in size and inside you have some lovely pink smoked salmon hich has a lovely taste and smell unlike some of the bland cheaper cuts you get in sandwich shops and the creme cheese is nice and creamy with a subtle flavour of sour cream.
For me the only slightly disappointing thing about these was the fact that the bagels did not quite have a chewy enough texture to do, they were a little floury and too similar to crusty bread rather than the more doughy texture I would expect, having said that these went down a treat on the buffet table at a recent drinks party we had and the 24 bagels were soon gone.
Next time I would probably be tempted to buy my own bagels if I could access some good ones however for that to happen I would have to be in London as the supermarket sold ones are rubbish compared to the ones I get in my favourite Jewish bakers in Golders Green.
When I threw a party for my granddaughter's birthday last year my daughter bought a selection of the Marks & Spencer Food To Order ready prepared foods, the idea of this is that you order your chosen items online and then collect from your local store on a set date. I remembered this when I had the idea to hold an Easter party last week and decided to treat us to a nice selection of their foods that I could set out on the buffet table, it obviously worked out much more expensive than making all the food myself but it definitely cut down on the hassle and being Marks & Spencer I was relatively sure everything would be of the best possible quality.
These Mini Smoked Salmon Bagels were one of the items that I couldn't have made myself for much less than its £10 price tag, and I wouldn't have known where to buy mini bagels from anyway. £10 sounds a lot for one buffet item, but you get 24 of the mini bagels which was plenty to go around and they were absolutely delicious so I didn't really mind the cost.
What you get for your money is an attractive box which is shaped to securely hold the ready filled bagels to avoid them becoming damaged before you want to eat them, be aware they do have a very short date so don't order them too far in advance but really all components of these bagels are fresh so I would be surprised if they had a longer date.
These bagels are wonderful, absolutely perfect. They are cute in that they look exactly like proper sized bagels only in miniature, taste wise they are softer and fluffier than the stodgy New York Bakery bagels that I usually buy and they are not so sticky feeling. The bread melts in my mouth when I take a bite and I think Marks & Spencer have the seasoning just right for the kind of filling they have used.
The smoked salmon is divine, actually of a higher quality than I was expecting. I don't know whether you can see from the picture above, but the salmon is actually a very small thickish fillet rather than the thin shavings I had been expecting. This was a nice surprise as it makes the bagels seem so much more substantial than if they were filled with wafer thin salmon and air! The Scottish smoked salmon has a wonderful smoky flavour and tastes really meaty, cooked to perfection it has that slightly raw texture that all good smoked salmon should have.
The cream cheese which lies underneath the salmon is excellent too. It is thick, creamy and cool and really the perfect consistency for such a dish. I think I can detect a hint of lemon flavouring in the cheese but there is no mention of this on the packaging so I'm not sure, whether lemon is included or not the cheese goes wonderfully with the glorious smoked salmon flavour.
The size of the bagels makes them perfect for a buffet as they can be picked up and eaten in two bites, this does mean that one isn't always enough however so do make sure you have your guest list handy before you order. I knew that of the twenty adults and children who were invited to the Easter party only around half of the guests would eat these, which was useful as the 24 shared between ten or twelve people was ideal. A bigger party would obviously require more of these and then the cost would really begin to mount up, but personally I think 42p a bagel (which is what it works out to) is reasonable for such a brilliant and posh addition to my buffet table.