I was amazed to read the start of the piece by David Powell on fruit bagel bars in the British Baker Recipes Supplement of February 24. He asks: “Who says bagels have to be round?” The answer is anyone who eats bagels. You may choose to call something a “fruit bagel bar”, but if it’s not round, if it doesn’t have a hole, if it’s not dense and chewy it certainly isn’t anything I, and millions of others, would recognise as a bagel.

I know that strip-products are available in the US and are called “bagels” but they are not bagels and it would be most unfortunate if such products were to be introduced into the UK as “bagels”.

Peter Backman, MD,

Horizons For Success, London