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Stir it up magazine October 2017

The word bagel comes from the German word ‘bougel’, meaning bracelet. • They were gifted to expectant mothers in Kracow, Poland, in the 1600s • Brits munch their way through 320million bagels per year • The recipe used to be a closely guarded secret: An International Beigel Bakers’ Union was formed in the early 1900s to protect immigrant workers attempting to meet New York’s growing demand for bagels. The union’s monopoly on bagel baking ended only in the 1960s, with the invention of the automated bagel machine  • In 2008 astronaut Gregory Chamitoff brought the first bagels to space after taking 18 sesame bagels with him to the International Space Station • The current holder of the Guinness Book of World Records is Bruegger’s Bagels, who baked an 868lb bagel measuring six feet across To ensure they pass the taste test, we’ve been strenuously trialling them in secret curry house tests >> Bagels originated in the Jewish communities in Poland in the 17th century and were traditionally shaped by hand from a yeasted wheat dough into a ring. They were sold in London’s Brick Lane, as “beigels”, from the middle of the 19th century, and were introduced to the United States by Polish immigrants, who set up thriving bagel bakeries in New York City. The bagel’s quick baking time made it a favourite in Jewish households on Saturday night after the Sabbath and its ban on cooking ended. Today different versions of bagels are enjoyed around the world, carrying an imaginative array of fillings. This month Country Range is launching two styles of bagel to tap into this growing market and add to our already successful range of frozen breads. Our 85g Sliced Bagel and 115g Unsliced Bagel allow for a variety of uses from schools through to high-end coffee houses and everything in between. They can be used as a carrier for both sweet or savoury options, from breakfast bagels to gastronomic sandwiches – and they make ingenious mini kids pizzas too! Here are some filling ideas: >> With the nation’s love of curry showing no sign of waning, NEW Country Range Ready to Cook Poppadoms are a menu must-have. These crispy accompaniments to Indian cuisine are made in India and shipped to the UK – so authenticity is guaranteed! To ensure they pass the taste test, we’ve been strenuously trialing them in secret curry house tests over the past few months and the feedback was absolutely amazing. Poppadoms are typically served as an accompaniment to a meal or as an appetiser or snack with toppings such as chopped onions, chopped carrots, chutneys and other dips. They’re easy to cook - simply fry in oil - not only are they great for curry houses, but they also make a brilliant platter to serve in pubs and restaurants too. • Country Range Ready to Cook Poppadoms Pack size: 12 x 1kg Bagel fun facts: • Scrambled egg & crispy bacon • Smoked salmon & cream cheese • Marmite & mashed avocado • Goat’s cheese & pear • Feta & beetroot • Greek yoghurt & blueberries • Peanut butter & banana • Bacon, brie & cranberry sauce OCTOBER 2017 7 NEW FROM COUNTRY RANGE Ba g a b a g e l! • Country Range 85g Sliced Bagels Pack size: 50 x 85g • Country Range 115g Unsliced Bagels Pack size: 48 x 115g Pe rfe ct Po pp a d om s  


Stir it up magazine October 2017
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