Ever wondered what to add to your bagel to make a tasty snack? Here are three delicious ways to top a bagel.
Did you know the 9th February is National Bagel Day? Neither did I until the New York Bakery Co. got in touch to tell me. In Britain we munch our way though over 80 million packs of bagels a year. These fun alternatives to traditional bread allow you to get as creative as you chose. Top them, layer them, toast them, they make a great snack for any time of day. Everyone has a favourite bagel topping. I am still trying to find mine so took the chance to experiment and try out three delicious ways to top a bagel.
A bagel is a round roll with a hole in the middle. It is a chewy roll with a hard crust that is made by boiling in water for a few minutes to lock in the flavour before baking. The use of different flours like rye or wheat gives the bagel different tastes. Addition of fruits can create a dessert type bagel or for a more savoury roll you can use onions or other vegetables. The resulting bagels are ideal for a snack. Toast them and add butter or top them with cream cheese and other toppings. They are easy to carry around in a lunch box and make a delicious change.
To celebrate National Bagel Day the New York Bakery Co. sent me a selection of their bagels and some of their ideas for inspired bagel toppings. The New York Bakery Co. offer a wide selection of bagels so you will find something to suit your needs. Choose from plain, cinnamon & raisin, sesame, red onion & chive, wholemeal, blueberry, cheese and many more. The company was founded by a baker from North America who started the New York Bakery Co. in the 1990’s in Rotherham with the aim of sharing the taste of a true New York bagel with the UK. Two of these bagel toppings are from the New York Bakery Co. and the Bacon, Egg, Lettuce and tomato is my own inspired topping.
Who doesn’t love a classic BLT? Crispy bacon, crunchy lettuce and sweet tomatoes in a sandwich with mayonnaise adding extra depth makes an amazing lunch. I took the classic and topped the bacon with a fried egg cooked so the yolk was still runny and would leak out when you take a bite. With extra black pepper whisked into the mayonnaise the result was a bagel fit for a king.
Who doesn’t love smoked chicken? The addition of sundried tomato and smashed avocado add a new dimension making a tasty and healthy lunch.
Looking for a perfect breakfast or brunch idea? This parma ham, egg and Sriracha cheese bagel is perfect. It takes a little while to make but the effort is worth it. One of these bagels will keep you going all day.
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I was sent some bagels to try out the recipes, the opinions are my own.