I was asked to give Dempster’s reformulated bagels a try so of course I said yes! I love bagels and truly enjoyed the Thin Bagels they sent me to test. Getting a chance to try these new bagels formulated to be crispy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside? Absolutely!
The Foodie Challenge?
Getting the bagels! They had sent me coupons and it took me a very long time just to get to my Superstore to pick some up. I could not find them anywhere so I asked a staff member and they whispered that I should, “Go across the street…” AKA to Sobeys.
I could not do two shops in one day so then I had to wait until there was another day with good enough weather to walk all the way to Sobeys!
There were many bagels to choose from but the Everything bagels were the choice for me. They smelled so onion-y and divine. They would make the perfect sandwich.
On the way back home I stopped by the Superstore to pick up some turkey breast meat. I wanted to make Dempster’s bagel with turkey, pear and brie. How decadent!
I am wary of deli meat but I was not about to cook a turkey to make this sandwich so I found a kind that has no added nitrates. The best I could do!
I came home and made two different versions of the sandwich. Mine had Dijon mustard and Reg had regular. I put lettuce on the bottom half of the toasted bagel. Then I topped with turkey, brie and slightly cooked pear (Reg can’t eat raw pears) to help melt the brie.
I have to say, it was fascinating! And interesting pairing of flavours and the brie takes it over-the-top. As much as I liked it, the pear with the meat was too sweet for me and even Reg. I just do not like combining the two but I wanted to give it a shot. Also, the bagels smelled very onion-y but did not taste as savoury as I was hoping for.
Their re-formulation worked perfectly though, definitely a crispy interior with that fabulous fluffy bagel interior we all crave. I just wish their bagels were not so dark on their exterior, I prefer a much lighter bagel. I also made a couple of smoked meat sandwiches with these bagels as a treat. Yum! Love that improved texture.
I give this recipe three out of five wooden spoons but the product gets four. Thank you for your patience Dempster’s! So glad I finally got to try your new and improved bagels. They were worth the hard cold trek to Sobey’s.