Friday, 24 May 2013 - , , , , , , , , 5 comments

SMASH & GRAB : Bagel Melba Toast

This delightful little snack is something I used to make all the time when I first started WeightWatchers. It's a great way to extend an ordinary bagel into a long-lasting, filling and delicious bite.
I was reminded of this yummy idea recently as my daughter has been really poorly with a nasty virus. She has only felt like nibbling on dry, plain foods, so I made some for her.
When I researched the history of Melba Toast, I learned that it was invented in 1897 by chef Auguste Escoffier for Dame Nellie Melba when she was feeling under the weather too!
(I wonder if that's where the word 'scoffing' comes from?)


I use WeightWatchers bagels as they are only 4pp/154kcal each.
You can use whichever brand you prefer.


Start by taking a whole bagel. I keep mine in the freezer and I find if just defrosted, it's much easier to cut them into very thin slices.

Cut it in half to create 2 crescent moon shapes.

Using a bread knife or sharp serrated knife, cut each half into thin slices. 

Cut as fine as you can (2-3mm wide).
With practice, I can now get 6 slices out of each half!

Arrange on baking parchment on a baking tray. Spray with Frylight oil or use 1pp/40kcal of olive oil from a spray container. This will produce a beautiful golden finish.
Don't worry if you have any little odd or broken shapes-they're just as delicious!

Bake for around 10-12 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade until a pale gold colour.
Enjoy like this as a snack or with your favourite soup, dip or spread. I like them with extra light Philadelphia or reduced fat houmous.





You could make a batch of these.
Cool and wrap them in greaseproof paper in portions. Store in an airtight container where they will remain fresh for a few days.
Pop a sugar lump in the corner of the container to absorb any moisture and keep them dry.
Great for a Smash & Grab moment!


Make croutons for soup or dipping in the same way, but by cutting small circular slices around the circumference of the bagel. Sprinkle with a little garlic salt or dried herbs. You'll make enough for 3-4 portions.
(I made 30 croutons out of one bagel!)


Saucy Girl 24 May 2013 at 16:16

Thanks for sharing this! What a great alternative to the costly chips. These will go perfectly with hummus, my favorite!

Janey 24 May 2013 at 16:24

Glad you like the idea Saucy Girl! x

Toni 24 May 2013 at 22:00

Great tip, thank you!

Anonymous 26 May 2013 at 20:06

This is my favourite smash & grab, so simple but it tastes amazing, especially when you want something crunchy to nibble :)


Janey 20 November 2013 at 20:17

Thanks Toni and Zoe! Enjoy xxxx

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