Product Type: Sainsbury's Snacks
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Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Baguettes
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Baguettes
Advantages: Easy to prepare - Pleasant taste - Good value -
Disadvantages: Not as nice as other breads..
It's not very often that I shop for groceries in Sainsbury's, but I took the opportunity to stock up on some supplies when I visited a local branch of the Supermarket with my sister recently. I made a number of purchases at that time, with this review outlining my experiences of trying the "Sainsbury's Garlic Baguette."
The bread that I purchased was presented in a twin-pack, containing two individual garlic baguettes, as shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The item is a Sainsbury's branded product, so is only available in branches of Sainsbury's, of course. I paid in the region of 80 pence for the package of baguettes, which I thought reflected good value for money. I believe the Basics Garlic Baguettes are also available to purchase individually, should you prefer.
As with all products from the Sainsbury's 'Basics' range, the item is presented in rather plain-looking and somewhat uninspiring packaging, due to the 'budget' nature of the Basics range. Such matters don't particularly bother me, but it's fair to say that the white package and rather cheap-looking orange print used didn't offer much in the way of attractive detail.
Opening the pack is very easy, and I didn't need to use scissors, finding the white pack opened with minimal effort. The two baguettes contained within are not individually wrapped, but were nestled quite neatly and securely within the outer packaging. It's worth noting that the bread can be cooked from either frozen or fresh, and although I purchased the bread fresh, I was able to use the first baguette on the day of purchase and then freeze the second baguette quite easily, by popping the package in a large 'zip lock' bag and placing in the top drawer of the freezer until required at a later date.
The packaging describes the product "2 White baguettes filled with garlic and parsley spread" and I find this description to be exactly spot-on. I was pleasantly surprised to note that the baguettes are rather generously-sized, given the budget price of the product. Little 'score' marks appear on the length of each baguette to allow for ease of slicing.
To cook, all I had to do was place the baguette on a baking tray and place the tray on the middle shelf of a hot oven. This method applies regardless of whether the baguette is frozen or not, with the cooking time being the only adjustment required.
After the cooking time had lapsed, I removed the bread from the oven and was pleased at the appearance of the bread, which had turned an attractive golden colour on the top. Flipping the baguette over, I could see that the bottom had not burned or become too dark for my liking. This is something that I have noticed can happen on occasion, and particularly with cheaply-branded loaves such as the Sainsbury's Basics one. There was a pleasant aroma present, being predominately that of garlic, but with the aroma of the warm bread being noticeable too.
Cutting into the bread was quite easy to do, thanks to the little score marks that were present on the loaf; these allowed my bread knife to slip quite easily along the score marks and cut down to remove the little slices from the baguette. Slicing the baguette wasn't difficult to do, but I did notice that an escape of hot steam was present when the bread was being sliced, so care should be taken of course. I served the bread with salad and pasta, and both my husband and myself were able to obtain four or so slices from the baguette, which I felt was quite generous, especially considering the low price paid.
The bread tasted rather pleasant, I must admit. I found the balance of the garlic and herb flavours to be just right, without one overpowering the other. I found too that the bread's filling wasn't overly salty, which is something I have found with similar products before. I liked that the bread's buttery filling hadn't gone soggy, or made the bread lose any of it's 'bite'. The bread's crust was wonderfully crisp and added a delicious crunchy texture to the baguette that was quite enjoyable.
The only real downside that I noticed was that I felt the bread's filling was rather scarce, and certainly it didn't seem to 'fill' the slices of garlic bread as such, instead clinging to the centre of the bread in a small patch. This meant that the remainder of each slice was rather more dry than I would have liked, as a result of the slice being larger than its allocated share of garlic butter.
This was a bit disappointing, particularly as I frequently purchase budget-branded garlic baguettes from rival supermarkets that contain a more generous portion of garlicky butter within their slices. I can't say that this would annoyance would prevent me from repurchasing the Sainsbury's Basics Garlic Baguettes again in the future, but neither would I go out of my way to purchase them, preferring similar items from other supermarkets.
The nutritional information on the packaging informs me that 100g of the bread will provide 347 kcal and 14.9g fat. The bread is suitable for vegetarians, and allergy advice is listed on the pack so that consumers can make an informed choice.
In summary, I'd buy the bread again, but probably only if there was nothing else on offer. I prefer other supermarkets' versions of the budget-branded garlic baguettes, but don't have any major complaints about the Sainsbury's version, especially when the low cost of the item is considered. Taking everything into account, I feel a four star rating in the product rating score is appropriate.
Summary: I'd probably buy it again.... maybe..