Review: Lékué Silicone Bagel Moulds from Lakeland.
I love bread! I mean, I really, really love bread. So much so, I’ve resisted buying an electronic breadmaker for years because I’m worried I’d overdose on the stuff. Naan bread, pitta bread, garlic bread (why do I always say it in my head in a ‘Peter Kay’s dad’ kind of way?), eggy bread (northern delicacy!)…I’m a bit of a bread addict. No wonder I was excited when the folks at Lakeland sent me a set of 6 Lékué Silicone Bagel Moulds to review.
Lékué is a Barcelona-based company, whose innovative products are designed to simplify the cooking and baking process by embracing new materials and technology so people can get the most out of their ovens and microwaves. Lékué silicone bagel moulds are just one of their creative solutions. They’re designed to give you optimum results every time, without a soggy bottom in sight, thanks to the tiny perforations in the mould base to let excess moisture drain away.
I put the Lékué silicone bagel moulds to the test, with Youngest’s help, to see if I really can make bagels effortlessly in my own kitchen.
Lékué silicone bagel moulds: bagel making made simple.
Lékué Silicone bagel moulds come in a set of 6 and currently cost £17.99 from Lakeland (HERE). The moulds are made from non-stick, oven-safe silicone, and have a central spike to make it easy to create a uniform hole in each ball of dough. The spike also acts as a convenient handle for safely dipping the dough in and out of boiling water (essential for that authentic texture), whilst the tiny perforations in the base let the excess moisture drain away to help ensure a crispy finish to your bagel.
The bagel mould set comes with an instruction manual, basic bagel recipe and ideas for alternative toppings (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, crushed oats, cinnamon, sugar) and additional ingredients such as (spinach, dried tomatoes, raisins).
To be honest, when the blurb on the Lakeland website claimed Lékué Silicone Bagel Moulds would give me optimal results every time, I expected the box to contain something more substantial than six little perforated witches hats! Could something that looks so simple really turn me into a ‘Star Baker’?
Let’s find out!
Using Lékué silicone bagel moulds.
We followed the basic bagel dough recipe detailed in the instruction book and left the dough to ‘proof’ for 40 minutes. Rather than describing how we made the dough, I’m going to jump straight in with details of how to use the Lékué Bagel Moulds. I will say, however, that I wish recipes wouldn’t give quantities in ‘cups’! I much prefer to measure in millilitres and grams…Mainly because I’ve not got a ‘cup’ measure – told you I’m not a baker!
1. Forming the bagels. After the dough has proofed, divide it into 6 balls of approximately 70g, shape them into balls and ‘skewer’ them onto the bagel moulds (see below).
Leave to stand for 20 minutes (we completely forgot to do this! They’d probably been left for half that time whilst we cleared away the dirty pots and pans and brought a pan of water to the boil. It didn’t spoil our finished bagels, though).
2. Boiling the bagels. Set up a baking sheet with a cooling rack and boil water in a large pan containing 1 teaspoon of baking soda. When the water is boiling, holding the bagel moulds by their spike, submerge the bagels in the water for 8-10 seconds. Place the boiled bagels on the cooling rack. When all of the bagels are boiled and the excess moisture has drained away, place the bagels directly onto a baking tray/sheet.
3. Personalise your bagels. Add your favourite bagel toppings. We used sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
4. Baking. Bake the bagels in their moulds for 15 minutes at 395℃ until they’re golden brown. We placed our bagels back on the cooling rack and when they’d cooled, we removed the moulds.
Look at the results! Don’t they look delicious? Believe me, they taste delicious too.
5. Fill ’em up! Split your bagels, (toast them if you like), then fill them with your favourite fillings and enjoy!
Lékué silicone bagel moulds: The verdict.
Lékué silicone bagel moulds may look simple, but they really do work! Unlike my eldest, I’m not very good at baking, but Youngest and I managed to make perfectly golden, crispy bagels on our first attempt and had great fun in the process! Youngest loved dipping the bagels in and out of the boiling water and she enjoyed sprinkling them with poppy seeds and sesame seeds prior to baking.
If you’re a bread lover like me but thought bagel making was strictly for the professionals, you need to get your hands on these ingenious little bagel moulds. They really do enable you to make delicious bagels in your kitchen. Plus, at only £17.99 from Lakeland for a set of six, they’re good value too.
Win a Lékué Silicone Bread Maker worth £19.99.
There is a range of Lékué products on the Lakeland website, including the Lékué Silicone Bread Maker, worth £19.99. For your chance to win one of these fabulous bread makers, simply enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below:
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Competition terms and conditions:
1. There is one Lékué Silicone Bread Maker available for one winner.
2. This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over residing in the UK.
3. Up to 6 entries per person. All are compulsory methods of entry.
4. Maflingo.com retains the right to change the competition if necessary.
5. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
6. If the winners do not contact me within one week, I will redraw another winner at random.
7. Entries must be received by 11.59pm on 19th November 2017.
8. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 20th November 2017.
To find out more about the Lékué range, Visit Lakeland : HERE.
Lakeland provided me with the Lékué products for the purposes of this review. As always, the views and opinions expressed here are my own honest assessment.
This competition is listed on the loquax.com website.
Favourite bread is garlic bread – it’s delicious as an Italian side
I love focaccia because I like to make it and add herbs from the garden which taste great.
I love granary bread topped with sunflower/pumpkin seeds!
Focaccia. It’s bread that’s been cooked in oil, making it amazingly crunchy on the outside and soft and bubbly on the inside. Great for sandwiches, great for dipping in oil and balsamic, great for eating plain.
Bara Brith (Welsh speckled bread) because I’ve been brought up on it. My gran used to always have one made.
I love soda bread as it reminds me of my mum
Seeded bread is my favourite
Wholemeal. It is good for me and I like the taste
I love sourdough bread it has a delicious taste and distinctive texture!
I love soda bread as his goes really well with home-made soup.
i like crusty white bread, its great for dipping in soup
I adore Tiger Bread, lovely with butter on
love tiger bread
I love Hard Dough bread. It’s really naughty but tastes lovely with a warm cup of hot chocolate.
I like the taste and texture of a seeded bread.
tiger bread because it is so moreish
I love tiger bread – crusty on the outside and soft on in the inside, I love it simply with butter and jam 😀
I love ciabatta bread
I love Tiger bread. It is so tasty
i love a salt and pepper bread mmm
I like onion baguettes, I have had to start making my own as none of the supermarkets now bake them and its brilliant with cheese and tomato soup
I love my husband’s homemade walnut bread made with wholemeal flour. It tastes totally different to shop bought bread and just melts in the mouth.
having a sweeter tooth, my favourite is banana bread, nice as a desert or a snack and so easy to make
I love naan bread and crusty bread
tiger bread its soft but the outside has a crunch
I love tiger bread – lovely and crusty!
My favourite type of bread is granary, especially spread with best butter, chunk of cheese and picked onions!
Sourdough, it makes such good toast.
cinnamon bagels are the best ever. The whole family love them
A baguette as it is so versatile
I love baguettes, make great sandwiches
Sun dried tomato and herb ciabatta. I like to use them as a mini pizza base, makes a great lunch.
Boil!? – Who knew!? Can I put in my order for lunch next time then, I want to try them! 😉
I love tiger bread as it tastes so good
I love crusty French baguettes as they taste great dipped in soup!
I love the beautiful aroma that Tiger Bread has!
I love making bread with seeds – would love to have a go making sesame bagels
I always used to love my grandma’s home made granary bread- I used to call it granny bread because my grandma had made it 🙂
I love trying ‘speciality’ breads – one of my favourites has Jalapeno chilli and cheese in.
Soda bread is my favourite…I blame my Dad – he’s Irish. x
I really like tiger bread. It’s so yummy when freshly made.
Homemade raisin and cinnamon
Any seeded batch for me!
my favourite bread has to be wholegrain with nuts and seeds
I love Sourdough bread, it’s just a little different!
Currently I love making olive bread with rosemary, so fragrant and tasty!
My favourite type of bread is seeded because I love the texture and flavour of the seeds in bread 🙂 Those bagels look amazing!
Tiger bread. I love the taste of the crust! It makes a gorgeous sandwich
I love tiger bread it tastes amazing
love Tiger bread its amazing to dip into our pototoa ash with loads off butter on it, its very crispy and fills us all up x
Love a naan bread! so soft and i can rip bits off to wrap meat in 🙂
Naan bread, soft and garlicy, perfect for curries
Tiger bread, its yummy
i love tiger bread x
Proper jewish bagels, sweet and delicious
I love Ciabatta, they’re so delicious and I love dipping it in oil and balsamic vinegar, such a treat!
Cheese bloomer all day!
I love rye bread because I like the flavour which is especially good with cheese and pickle
I recently bought a loaf that was seasoned with salt and pepper on the crust and it was absolutely delicious
I like tiger bread as it tastes delicious
Do crumpets count? they are definitely my favourite at the moment.
I love sourdough because it’s lovely and chewy!!
Pitta bread – I love dipping it in houmous!
I really like Danish bread it’s so light and fluffy 🍞
My favourite bread is any that is still warm and fresh! My husband has just started baking bread again, so these would be ideal!
I love traditional white bread and also multi grain bread because this is supposed to be better for you!
I love pulling bits out of a freshly made white loaf but mostly love the flavour, texture and nutrition of tomato bread and olive bread.
I adore tiger bread it’s delicious
I love sourdough bread for its texture and flavour
I love seeded bread or as a special treat milk loaf – but that is so much better from up north than down here in the south 🙂
l love seeded wholemeal, lovely taste and texture and its quite healthy for you so its all good for me.
Seeded bread, as tasty.
I love crusty french sticks as they are the perfect size for many a filling combo.
a fresh baked baguette
Tiger Bread is my fave, the crust tastes amazing!!
i love multi-grain bread the taste is my favorite and goes with any fillings
I love spelt bread
Pitta bread as I like the taste and the different fillings I can have with it.
Tiger bread is my favourite, I love the taste.
i love pumpkin seed bread its so tasty plain white is just so boring compared to a nice seeded batch
I love ciabatta as it’s really tasty!
I love all freshly baked bread, especially crusty white bread with lashes of butter
I love the taste of sourdough bread but I have a hard time finding it in shops.
Tiger bread is amazing mmmm
Tiger bread is the best definitely
Milk roll is a fave in this house but I just love the smell of fresh bread and would eat any freshly baked with lashings of lur pak ….mmm…
I love a malted bread with seeds on just because it tastes good x
I like what the children have always called ‘bitty’ bread, in other words seeded loaves
I love seeded wholemesl bread as it has a lovely nutty flavour
I love a cheese topped crusty roll!
Seeded. I love wheat germ, linseed, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
I love Seeded
I love Wholemeal bread, also Banana Bread. I love both their flavours & texture
I love soda bread as it reminds me of my nana. She used to make it with soup
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Thanks so much for your informative comment, Jodie! I’ve never tried polar bread. Sounds a very practical and yummy bread, though!
I love white home made bread, always tastes great 🙂
I love seeded bread the more seeds the better – esp hot from the oven with butter nom
I like wholemeal bread. It tastes much better than the white bread I used to eat.
I love sourdough xxx
Tiger bread it’s delicious xx
I like French bread
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