5 of the best filo pastry recipes you need to try

26 August, 2016

One of the most delicate and versatile pastries to work with, filo pastry serves as a lighter alternative to the hearty shortcrust-based recipes we favour in winter months. Widely used in both sweet and savoury dishes, the paper-thin sheets of translucent dough derive from the Ottoman Empire and are still popular in Greek, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cuisines. With this delicious flaky pastry being perfect for a whole host of refreshing, Mediterranean dishes, we’ve picked out five of the best filo pastry recipes you need to try this summer!

1. Chicken, manchego and chorizo briouats

 

Chicken, manchego and chorizo briouats

If you’re looking to upgrade your bakery’s snack selection this August, these briouats are a fantastic choice. The flaky filo parcels are a Spanish twist on the traditional Moroccan briouat, incorporating all our favourite Mediterranean flavours for a super summery option. Stuff your parcels with juicy chorizo, succulent chicken and rich manchego cheese for a taste sensation that’s sure to keep your customers coming back for more.

2. Ham and leek filo quiche

 

Ham & leek quiche

For a healthier alternative to the classic quiche, swapping your shortcrust base for filo pastry is an easy way to cut the calories of your dish. After carefully draping the thin filo layers into a well-oiled pan, bake the case in the oven for 3-5 minutes before pouring in the rich filling of smoked ham, leek and broccoli for a mouth-watering quiche.

Don’t think serving a whole filo quiche will work for your customers? Try whipping up this treat in individual portions for a great grab-and-go lunch option.

3. Goat’s cheese filo pizza

 

Filo goats cheese pizza

Another way to quickly cut the calories of one of the nation’s most popular meals, filo pastry makes a great alternative to stodgy pizza dough. Best paired with Mediterranean flavours such as grilled vegetables, sundried tomatoes and olives, we love this sharp and tangy goat’s cheese version with onion and mozzarella. Serve your pizza by the slice for a healthy snack bursting with flavour.

4. Baklava cheesecake

 

Baklava Cheesecake

A brilliant mash-up of two of our favourite desserts, this cheesecake baklava hybrid is one sweet treat you have to try. This rich and creamy cheesecake has honey infused Greek yoghurt whipped into its cream cheese batter, as well as chopped walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Encase in a crisp filo pastry shell, bake, then serve with cinnamon-honey syrup and a sprinkling of walnuts.

5. Filo pastry apple pie

 

Filo Pastry Apple Pie

A healthier alternative to its puff pastry kin, filo pastry apple pie is a great way to enjoy a sugary treat with half the guilt. Boasting a golden, flaky exterior with a juicy centre bursting with apple and cinnamon flavours, this sweet snack is easily cut up into handy individual portions. Throw in a handful of walnuts for extra crunch or serve with cream or custard for a heartier dessert.

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Back to school: 6 handy packed lunch product ideas!

25 August, 2016

With the school season almost upon us, it’s time to think about your customers’ packed lunches. The truth is, there are convenient and easy-to-prepare foods that you can include, which are deliciously flavoursome, handy to transport and that offer a tasty alternative to sandwiches and wraps. In need of some inspiration? Don’t worry; we’ve found six handy packed-lunch foods that we think your customers will love, offering a fresh, appetising lunchtime treat?

1. Fresh pork pies

 

pork-pie

A popular snacking favourite, the pork pie is a handy, filling cold meat pie. This traditional food is a fantastic packed lunch option as it’s tasty, small and travels exceptionally well. The pie’s thick layer of delightful pastry, its soft but firm meat centre and layer of jelly make it a pleasant and enjoyable dinnertime treat. For something a little different, we also have other mouth-watering pie varieties.

2. Double chocolate muffins

 

muffins

Every packed lunch needs something sweet, which is why we’ve featured mouthwatering double chocolate muffins. A handy size, with each coming individually wrapped; these heavenly treats, bursting with chocolatey goodness, are a simple addition to any packed lunch and a great afternoon pick-me-up that we think your customers will love!

3. Crispy cheese twists

 

twists

Ever thought about introducing something a little more cosmopolitan? For a slightly more sophisticated alternative to sandwiches or wraps, why not offer your customers deliciously crispy cheese twists? Made with tangy cheese and buttered pastry, these provide a light, filling and flavoursome lunchtime option. Tasting just as great chilled as they do warm, this piece of pastry perfection is a must-include food.

4. Aromatic vegetable samosas

 

samosas

A popular Indian-inspired lunchtime treat, the vegetable samosa is a fantastic addition to any packed lunch, offering spice-infused flavours, a crispy exterior and an ingredient-filled centre of finely chopped vegetables. With the ability to be served cold without losing much of their flavours, samosas are a handy, delicious snack to pack in your customers’ lunch. After Asian-inspired packed lunch selections? Why not try spring rolls?

5. Deliciously soft flapjacks

 

flapjack

A healthy sweet treat, these tasty flapjacks, made from oats and filled with cranberries, sultanas and crunchy sunflower seeds, are a nutritious substitute for a chocolate bar. Their size, shape and consistency makes flapjacks a convenient packed lunch alternative. Why not offer chocolate flapjacks that are baked with delicious Belgian chocolate for a more indulgent option?

6. Bacon and cheese turnovers

 

turnovers

The ultimate naughty but nice lunch option, you could add these deliciously appetising BAKO bacon and cheese turnovers into your customers’ packed lunch. A butter-enriched pastry, filled with smoked bacon and topped with delightful cheese, these are a hearty, indulgent packed lunch option. Simply defrost for a satisfying dinnertime delight that your customers are bound to enjoy.

Have you swapped sandwiches for something a little smarter? We want to know! Share your dinnertime delights and handy packed lunch treats with us via Twitter.

 

Put your baking skills to the test with these unusual bread recipes!

12 August, 2016

As bakers, we have already mastered the art of bread making, but that doesn’t stop us from searching for more inspiration. There are hundreds of types of bread with differing variations, from sweet, soft French loaves to challenging Italian side breads, providing us with even more ways to perfect our skills.

To help you on your way to more bread baking bliss, we’ve found a number of incredible bread recipes we think you should try!

 

Salted caramel monkey bread

 

monkey-bread-cake

An irresistible, unique bread to bake is monkey bread, which is hugely popular in the USA and we know why! Made up of individual pieces of delicious dough, then coated in butter and laden with cinnamon, monkey bread looks and tastes amazing. Bake the dough pieces in the oven, overload with homemade caramel (or whatever you fancy) and bake some more! This recipe from deliciouslyyummy.com shows the steps to warm caramelised heaven. Serve to your customers as a tasty dessert with cool vanilla ice cream.

 

Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread

 

Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread

Popular in Britain in the 19th century, tasty soda bread is a traditional, delicious treat to whip up. A staple addition to any meal and prevalent across Ireland, soda bread was so frequently baked because of its simple recipe and easy technique. With no kneading and little preparation, you can have an affordable, appetising loaf in as little as an hour! The versatility of its taste has seen plenty of variations, offering both sweet and savoury recipes. For a filling, different snack, we’re loving this Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread.

 

Silky red velvet quick bread

 

Red velvet loaf

A sensational mash-up, red velvet quick bread gives you a gorgeously light red velvet bake that isn’t as indulgent as its popular cake counterpart. A moist sponge lined with the bake’s classic cream cheese frosting creates a scrumptiously soft, bright red marbled bread that your customers are guaranteed to love. Cut into slices and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

 

Cool cinnamon twist bread

 

Cinnamon twist loaf

For a sophisticated and wonderfully sweet bread, why not bake this attractive twist bread made from cinnamon soy nog? Offering rich flavours of spiced cinnamon and baked with strips of cinnamon sugar for added sweetness, this astounding bread is rich, fragrant and makes a great breakfast alternative. For a quick takeaway snack, try baking satisfying mini twist breads! We love this recipe by Taste Love and Nourish.

 

Crispy lavender focaccia

 

Lavender focaccia

This Italian-styled bread is nothing new, but why not try experimenting with herbs, oil and chilli? Crispy, thin and tasty, focaccia makes a great side or sophisticated garlic bread substitute. To make lavender focaccia, mix chopped lavender with garlic and olive oil, brush over the top of the bread and bake in the oven. Lavender imparts an aromatic, subtle flavour to this crispy bake, which tastes great accompanying a classic Italian dish.

 

Soft avocado and banana bread

 

banana-bread

Banana bread tastes amazing, we know, but what about adding to this traditional bread recipe? Avocados make the deliciously sweet banana bread even softer and, with no cholesterol, avocado banana bread is healthier than the original. By substituting butter in the recipe for puréed avocado, you have a nourishing, mouthwatering, moist bake! Bananas and avocado go so well together, so why not whip up this combination for yourself?

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