“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Baguette „
Every month I tend to do my grocery shop online with Tesco. This is for items that I classify as being abit bulky and difficult to walk with, or I simply need a lot of stuff and it makes more sense for it to be delivered to my door. In between the delivery, I tend to drop into Asda to do top up shops or on rare occasions I will nip to Sainsburys. Morrisons is no where near where I live, but I was in an area that had a store and discovering the night before there was not much to feed the family on I thought it would make a convenient change to pick up afew bits as I was passing. This item was thrown in the basket, costing 32p.
Why did I buy it?
Everyone in my family love garlic bread, and it's a great accompaniment to so many dishes I tend to serve. Ive also had a revelation of sorts in regards to supermarkets own brand ' economy ' versions of garlic bread. In the past I wouldn't have dreamt of buying them, as Ive found previously if you buy really cheap bread you can really taste it and its not a patch on other versions where you spend abit extra. But after trying Tescos version I have been converted, and I wondered if Morrisons was in the same league.
How is it packaged?
The garlic bread is encased in a plastic wrapper. Mostly clear and see through, but partly covered by a white and green area with the ' M Savers ' logo on it but more noticeably a large green silhouette of some garlic bulbs. In the top right hand corner you have the price which is 32p, below that a brief summary of the nutritional information of a quarter of a baguette and it mentions this is suitable for vegetarians and is freezable.
On the back is the ingredients list, cooking instructions, allergy advice , nutritional information and how to store.
Wheat flour, Water, Vegetable margarine ( 15% ), Emulsifier, Flavouring, Colour ( beat-carotene ), Garlic puree ( 2.3% ), Yeast, Salt, Bread improver, Flour treatment agent ( ascorbic acid ), Parsley, Garlic.
A ¼ baguette provides:
Calories 143 7.2% GDA
Sugar 1.2g 1.3% GDA
Fat 5.3g 7.6% GDA
Saturates 1.8g 9% GDA
Salt 0.5g 8.3%
How to cook
Preheat oven to 200 degrees/400 f/Gas 6.Remove all packaging. Place on baking tray for 12-14mins til brown ( if chilled ) or 14-16mins ( if frozen ).
How did I find it?
When uncooked, I felt it looked quite pleasing to the eye and a decent yet standard size (length is 11 inches, width just over 2 inches and depth is just short of 2 inches.)
Appearance was very very light slightly brown. What you would expect if you saw something that needed to be cooked. You can see the herbs and butter smothered over the baguette. Quite afew scores at an angle so will ensure enough pieces to go around although on my eye the segments look a tad bit small per person. Smell of garlic is there but not overwhelming and pungent.
When cooked, the baguette is golden brown, crispy on the top and bottom and soft and slightly doughy in the middle. Taste wise, there wasn't really a hint of the herbs and the garlic wasn't strong enough although it did linger in the mouth afterwards.
Taste wise is needed to be stronger, fuller and was lacking flavour. I wanted to eat something that really packed a punch and it gave me a tickle.
Would I buy this again? No. Don't get me wrong-it's a decent garlic baguette. Good size, nice to look at and cheap, but needed much more flavour and to pack a bigger punch with the old garlic. Im not afraid of garlic and quite like it ( so do the kids ), so for me this should have made much more of an impact. As I was eating it with my meal ( turkey curry and wedges ), it got lost in the middle of it all and didn't stand out. Best thing to do if you wanted a good value garlic baguette, is buy another supermarket brand which is overall in better quality and tastes richer and more enjoyable.
Good price, didn't quite get it right.
The other night I did my big shop in Morrisons, not usually a store I opt to shop in but I do really like it. I decided to grab me and me mate a garlic baguette each to go with a meal I was preparing us later that evening and costing only 35p each I thought they offered really good value for money!
If your used to seeing Morrisons Value products in the yellow packaging well they're not anymore! These now come in a white plastic wrapper with green coloured garlics depicted on the front of it and we are told that it is 'M' Savers Garlic Baguette and to 'Cook it from frozen', the weight is stated which is 150g, we are told that it is suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart listed. On the back of the pack other information listed includes ingredients and a full nutritonal chart, we're told how to cook and contact details for Morrisons are given. Better packaging now for this range of products and of course it is as informative as its needs to be.
The Baguette Itself:
To cook this its best to from frozen in which case it goes a lovely golden brown in about 18 minutes. So what you get is a white long loaf of bread, partially sliced and you get about 8 slices in total and between each partial slice you get a cream and green thin mix which is garlic and parsley mixed with margarine and of course a few other things.
The bread cuts or tears easily and is crunchy on the inside and soft on the inside with the filling melted if cooked properly. It smells of garlic and tastes of it however fo me there isnt enough of the mix to give the bread enough flavour. I can't taste the parsley though it does have a nice taste of garlic to it and does taste slight buttery/greasy in between the slices but again not enough for me.
This is simply ok but lacks kick and in future I won't be buying it again but paying a little more, hopefully for something a little more flavoursome!
At first I was a bit sceptical when I bought this as for 40p, I didn't really expect too much from this Garlic Baguette.
The baguette is found in the fresh section of Morrison's, usually by the fresh pasta and pizza and it comes in a bright yellow cellophane wrapper. The front has the name of the product boldly in green and the side/rear contains the usual information. Some of the wrapper is clear, which lets you see the part cooked baguette inside. The baguette is 30cm long and about 7cm in diameter and is made from a white bread and a garlic and parsley puree.
I counted 10 slices in total, each of which was quite thick and half cut to make cutting when cooked easier. Before cooking, it looked like there wasn't much garlic butter on each slice, but when it was cooked and cut up, each slice had a good amount of the garlic & parsley butter on it. I have found with some more expensive baguettes that the coverage can be a bit hit and miss, but with this it was definitely a hit. It took 15 minutes in my oven, which is a bit longer than recommended but this is probably due to my oven. Once cooked through, it had a nice golden brown colour on top and there was a nice aroma from it. I found that the bread did not taste cheap or stale at all and it had cooked very well all the way through. The crust was firm but not too hard and the bread was light and soft. This meant that the butter could melt into each slice easily, producing a garlic flavour through each slice of the baguette. This was also an advantage for the ends, as these are usually left over due to being dry and flavourless. With this baguette this was not the case as there was ample butter to keep them moist and flavoursome.
I would definitely buy this garlic baguette again as it is full of flavour at a fantastic price. It is a lot better than some more expensive ones I have tried and I shall buy fresh over frozen again. I have noticed that there is no nutritional information at all on the wrapper which to me seems a bit strange. From looking at the ingredients, there is a lot of vegetable oil (16%) and other bits that may or may not be necessary.
Overall I am going to give it 4/5 as the lack of nutritional information is a let down as it would be interesting to know how good or bad it is. I would recommend that you give it a try sometime though as it is very nice and well worth the price.
Thanks for reading!
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