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      24.08.2012 15:58

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      A great inexpensive product

      Sainsbury's part bake baguettes are excellent value for money. I was put off by the basic packaging and wouldn't normally buy this product but did when the more expensive range was out of stock. Since then i have continued to save money by purchasing this item and it has become my preferred choice. They are well over half the price of the next cheapest alternative and offer a great taste, I couldn't tell the difference. The baguettes come packaged in a basic clear tough plastic wrapper, with a simple orange basic label. Not the most eye catching design, but this is probably where money is saved, and what makes the product such a good buy. The baguettes cook in less than ten minutes and provide lovely fresh bread great for a quick lunch. With part baked bread there is the opportunity to cook the bread how you like it. Therefore if you want it more well done just leave in the oven for longer. I like that the outside of the bread is crunchy and crusty but the inside remains fluffy. The baguettes are also great to serve up with bacon at breakfast and can be used as a bread roll alternative with soup. There is no need to eat both baguettes at the same time, because they can be frozen easily and simply cooked for a longer period to defrost. The baguettes also are good enough to eat on their own, warm out of the oven with butter. Another thing I like to cook with these baguettes is a simple and quick pizza. There is no need to pre cook the baguettes, simply cut them in half lengthways. Then add tomato puree and herbs, your choice of topping (i like mushrooms) and a sprinkling of cheese. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes and hey presto a quick and easy evening meal if served with salad. It is also very easy to use this product along with garlic and butter to create garlic bread. Overall in the tough economic climate I think this product is an inexpensive luxury. With a starter at a dinner party no one will know these are basic! The only basic thing about them is the packaging, a good way to save the pennies.

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      20.07.2012 21:12
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      Yummy yummy in my tummy

      I am sure I am not the only one here noticing forever increasing prices in the shops which then results for my weekly shopping being more expensive. Trying to reduce amount of money I spend each week on food, I decided to try out some of the Sainsbury's basics products, one of them being the partbake baguettes I am about to review. I purchased those baguettes the other day whilst browsing in the bakery aisle during my weekly food shopping. The baguettes caught my eyes as they were laid out on the trolley separately from rest of the bakery products which made it stand out. I do love smell of freshly baked bread reminds me of home and my mum used to always make bread/bread rolls at home. As well as smell, I of course love the taste of fresh warm baguettes. These baguettes appealed to me straight away and especially when I saw a price I thought I have to try them. Baguettes are packed in very simple packaging however I would not expect anything fancy in terms of packaging for the price I paid for the product. Baguettes come in a see-through quite strong plastic bag with just a label on it stating the name of the product, nutrition information and instructions for baking. Each baguette is about 10 inch long weighing around 150g. The size of the baguette is good in my opinion I had no problem in eating whole baguette however I felt full when I finished. It does say on the packaging that they are made from French flour, I would not really mind if it was British flour, to be honest I would not know the difference anyway. It took 10-12 minutes to bake them in the oven on 180 degrees as we used fan assisted; if you do not have fun assisted oven, recommended temperature of the oven is 200 degrees for the same amount of time. We have baked the baguettes from frozen, however if you wish to have them from fresh, it is recommended you reduce the time of baking to 8-10 minutes at 200 degrees or 180 degrees fan assisted. Now what about the taste? I really couldn't wait to have to try those baguettes. I had cheese, egg, ham and salad filing with in it which is my favourite. Lovely smell of freshly baked bread filled my kitchen during the baking process which was just lovely. Again it reminded me of my childhood, my home and my lovely mum. Baguettes baked lovely into the golden colour and when I sliced it in half; I could see it was fully baked and ready to eat. I have eaten mine whilst still warm and I must say for 22.5p I paid for 1 baguette it tasted scrumptious. It didn't taste cheap or too floury at all. It did go little hard when cooled down, however my intention always was to eat it warm. The pack of two baguettes cost just 45 pence which to my opinion is excellent value for money. I would definitely recommend this product and would recommend eating whilst still warm. Delicious!!!!! For the purpose of this survey, each baguette contains: 368 calories, 2g fat, 5.8g total sugar, 0.4g saturated fat. It contains gluten so not suitable for gluten allergy suffers.

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        24.04.2012 15:35
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        Quick, easy and tasty!

        I love making bread but one type I haven't yet mastered is French style bread. I love the taste, especially when the bread is warm and fresh from the oven. Sometimes I have time to go to the supermarket or bakers and buy a fresh baguette, but more often than not I decide at the last minute that one would have been a nice part of the lunch I have just made. So I was interested to see that of the supermarkets sell partially baked bread such as baguettes which you can finish cooking at home when you want them. I have now tried several brands, but the one I am reviewing today is the one that I think gives the best value for money - Sainsbury's Basic twin pack of white baguettes. The loaves are the same size as the ready cooked ones you can buy from the Sainsbury's fresh bakery section - they are 150g in weight each. They come in a simple plastic pouch with the usual Basics orange and white label. One disadvantage of this packaging compared to other brands, is that the loaves are sitting in the same packet. In others, each one is sealed in it's own pouch which makes it easier to keep one fresh if you chose to bake only one at a time. Once opened, the bread needs to be cooked within 48 hours. One way round this is to freeze any unwanted pieces, which allows you to store them for a month. The label gives cooking instructions from frozen as well as from ambient temperature, and baking this way just takes a few minutes more. I have not tried this myself, but if I do, I will update this review. When they come out of the packet, the loaves look very pale, but as they are only partially cooked, this doesn't put me off. They obviously also feel soft to touch, but it isn't like handling dough. It isn't sticky or messy in your hands and you don't need to shape it in any way. The instructions are very simple, and just require you to put the baguettes on a baking tray in the middle of the oven for the required time. The cooking time is very fast - 8-10 minutes is suggested, but I find that 8 is ample. This means they are easy to get ready while I am re-heating soup or making some sandwich fillings. I usually turn them over when there is just a couple of minutes of cooking time remaining in order to help get an even golden colour, but you don't have to. If I forget, the top just looks a bit darker than the base. I would keep an eye on them the first time you bake them as they do colour up quite quickly towards the end of cooking and you could over cook them easily by leaving them a few minutes too long. I did this the first time I baked them, which is why I now cook them for 8 minutes only. They smell lovely when cooking, and more so when you take them out of the oven. They have a good colour and a crispy crunchy crust that isn't too hard or chewy. The bread below the crust is fluffy and tastes absoloutely fresh. I didn't expect a long life product to taste so good. My sister thinks these taste a little salty but I can't taste the difference between these and the ones bought ready made from the bakery counter. [The salt content is 0.75g per half baguette.] They are also cheaper - 49p for the twin pack, whereas one baked baguette can cost that just for one. I like this bread best as a filling sandwich, but it is also easy to turn into garlic bread by adding a garlic and butter paste in to slits you make in the side near the end of the cooking time. Like most fresh bread, I think these baguettes taste best of all warm, and are definitely nicest on the day of baking. If there is any left over, I find it goes soft by the next day but it is easy to re-crisp it by heating it in an oven for a few minutes. I would recommend these because they are cheaper, even if you always remember to buy fresh bread when you want it! I like the flexibility of being able to decide I want nice warm bread and having it on my plate 8 minutes later. The packet can be stored in the cupboard, and has a shelf life of about a month if unopened, so it is convenient too. Most importantly, they taste great! You will find the twin pack with the packaged loaves of bread in my experience. Contains no artificial preservatives, and is made with" french flour." Labelled as suitable for vegans. Contains yeast, wheat gluten. May also contain traces of rye/barley/oat and spelt gluten. [This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]

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          22.04.2012 23:58
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          good

          When I first started buying these they were about 33p for a pack of 2, then they were 39p for quite some time but have recently increased to 49p. I like baguettes but I don't always feel like one the same day I have done a shop, I find the baked in the shop ones are never as crusty the next day. So these part baked ones are ideal for me and my family. They come in a sealed 'basic' plastic package and do have quite a long shelf life if the pack is not opened. If you open the pack and only cook one baguette the other will not last long so you are best cooking them together or no more than about 2 days apart. These take about 10 minutes to cook and give off that fresh bread aroma whilst cooking. They are placed directly on to the shelf to cook. Once cooked I leave them to cool down on a wire rack and if fully cooled they are nice and crispy and good for a salad baguette. We also use them as crusty bread and chop the baguette into rings so we can have with stew or soup. If left until the next day they are still nice but the crispiness goes and they can be a liittle tough. They are also nice to eat warm with just a spread on or my eldest likes to make pizza baguette.

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            21.02.2011 20:28
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            nice and cheap and simply delicious

            I recently tried this baguettes as I am trying out many basics products right now, and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. They are very cheap and a lot cheaper than paying for Sainsburys normal range, and to be honest, after trying out both, there is hardly any difference so it is better to just go with the basics. These are part baked so you simply put them in the oven and wait for them to be ready - easy! Once they start baking the smell is quite strong and simply delicious. I tend to be very eager to try out the bread once its been baked. The crust is nice and crunchy yet the actual bread is quite soft and fluffy which is great. I have noticed that sometimes the crust can be quite hard which is annoying to chew at times but I guess this can be the same with any bread. Any filling goes with this bread and I think its a nice (perhaps more fancy) alternative to simply two slices of bread for a sandwich. I like to have a chunk of these baguettes with soup or to compliment a salad. I cannot really fault these baguettes because they are cheap, and in my opinion just as good as a normal baguette, so forget about it being 'basic'! sometimes simplicity is better. They taste good, bake well, and compliment any sandwich filling or meal rather nicely, so I would definitely recommend you try them out.

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            25.04.2010 16:16
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            Wicked Part Baked Baguettes That Are Mega Cheap

            I've gone a bit mad on sandwiches and rolls at the minute and one thing I've been buying quite a lot is these Part Baked Baguettes from Sainsburys Basics. You get 2 long baguettes for about 40p and that's a bargain because next cheapest is over 80p and that's still Sainsbury own brand. You have to sprinkle water over them and cook the baguettes in the oven for about 10 mins. After a few minutes they start smelling like fresh bread baking and the smell of them makes my mouth water big time! I like having these plain with a bit of butter spread on them while they're still warm, this dead basic way of eating them is delish because the butter melts into the hot bread and this makes them just yummy! The crust of these baguettes goes lovely and crunchy, a bit too much sometimes if you leave them in the oven for too long but even when the crust is a bit too hard it's still yummy and just means you get shedloads of crumbs and flakes of crust all over you! lol The bread inside is lovely and soft though, it's got quite a doughy flavour but the texture of the bread is quite light. The other day I had grated cheese and salad on one of these baguettes and it was gorgeous because the bread is sooooooo nice that it went perfect with the cheese and the salad didn't make the bread go slimey or anything like that which sometimes happens with this sort of part baked baguette. You're better off to eat these baguettes while they're still warm because the texture of them is like fresh bread, the longer you leave them after cooking the tougher the bread gets and even though it's not exactly HARD it just doesn't taste as fresh and yummy if you leave the baguettes to go cold. Another wicked filling for these baguettes is bacon and tomato, 4 rashers of good quality bacon and a couple of big spoonfulls of hot chopped tomatoes gives you a delish butty that tastes loads more special than just having bacon and tomato on bread. Recommended...... delish part baked baguettes that make butties mega cheap!!!

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              09.01.2010 13:55
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              Well worth buying

              Sainsbury's Basics Partbake Baguettes Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Bread. Anyone who regularly reads my reviews (many thanks!) will know that I review a lot of products from the supermarkets own ranges which offer savings to customers by spending less on fancy packaging. As we all know, the packaging just gets thrown away anyway so why spend extra on it just to chuck it into the bin! I have recently become a convert to the Sainsbury's Basics range, whereas before, I confess that I passed it by, assuming that the cheap and nasty packaging meant that the product would also be cheap and nasty. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that on many occasions, this isn't the case and the products have actually been great. I have been buying partbaked baguettes for some time, I love that freshly baked taste that you only get with bread which has just come out of the oven. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to make it from scratch so these are an excellent cheat. They usually have a use by date of at least a few weeks away and can be frozen too so really are very convenient. I paid just £0.44 for a pack of two of these baguettes. All you need to do to prepare is to preheat your oven and then pop the baguettes in. Times vary according to the type of oven but mine were ready in around 10 minutes. These baguettes are delicious, crunchy on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. They taste really fresh and make a great accompaniment to meals, or cheese. If you are a fan of part baked baguettes then you should definitely pick some of these up to try instead of your usual brand, they are quick, convenient, delicious and cheap - what more could you want!

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                16.04.2009 13:11
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                Well worth it for the price

                On my usual quest to reduce my evergrowing food bill, I came across Sainsbury's Basics Partbake Baguettes. I usually buy their own brand anyway as I find these type of things useful to store in the cupboard. I love warm bread rolls and as I can't be bothered to bake them myself from scratch, these are the next best thing. I must admit on visual inspection, you can tell that you are buying a basic brand as the bagettes themselves are thinner than the standard brand and slightly flatter, but as there was a 40p difference in price, the difference in size was not considerable. After preheating the over place the bread directly on the oven shelf and cook for about 10 minutes (I say about, mainly due to the fact that my oven is lethal and takes slightly less time than this.) They brown relatively quickly and once you have left them to cool slightly they are ready to cut and eat. The product tastes (to me) no different to the standard brand. You probably get slightly less but there again there is quite a price difference. All in all these are worth are trying. I haven't changed back to the standard brand since trying these.

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                  07.04.2009 18:07
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                  The most delicious baguette for the price.

                  Sainsburys basics 2 Part Baked Baguettes. I have never, even before these credit crunch times been afraid to try anything from any of the supermarket's basic or value ranges. Some you win and some you lose, but with these baguettes you definatly win. You get a pack of 2 almost the size of a small French baton loaf but not quite. They can be stored in the cupboard or frozen and all they need is 10 minutes in a hot oven. The taste and smell of fresh warm baguette is in my mind irrisistable. Don't think oh basics - no thank you, these have, if you read the small print on the packet a huge advantage over many baguettes you buy in the supermarket. What is that advantage? 'Produced in France for Sainsbury's Supermarkets' Where else can you get 2 genuine French baguettes for 39p with just a little bit of effort involved? I don't know. If there are any awards out there for the best basic product these would get my vote every time

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                    17.02.2009 22:19
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                    A great store cupboard or freezer standby

                    I can thoroughly recommend these incredibly cheap part-baked baguettes. Although I can't pretend to be a great connoisseur of bread, I have been unable to detect any difference in taste or quality between the Sainsbury's Basics part-baked baguettes and the Sainsbury's standard range of part-baked products. I suspect the flour used in the Basics range may be of a lower grade but it would take a very refined palate to detect the difference. The packaging is simple with the distinctive orange and white Basics label, the price is very low at just a shade under 40p, which is roughly half the price of the standard part-baked range, and the shelf life is approximately 6-8 weeks but the product life can be extended well beyond this because the baguettes are freezable. Once the oven is heated, the cooking time is between 8 to 10 minutes which makes them a great store cupboard or freezer standby. If cooking from frozen, the cooking time will be slightly longer, of course. If, like me, you enjoy a big chunk of fresh, warm French bread with your bowl of soup or your ploughman's lunch, you may as well go for this cheap but great value product which tastes every bit as good as its more expensive rivals.

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