5 healthy bakes to serve this January

16 January, 2017

Let’s face it, cutting back in January after a month of overindulgence is easier said than done – especially when it comes to giving up our favourite baked treats! So, to make it easier for your customers to continue with their healthy eating habits this month, we’ve found five healthy, yet utterly delicious bakes for you to serve this January. From savvy substitutions to low calorie snacks, you might find that these tasty alternatives make a permanent home on your menu.

Kale and feta bread

Kale and fetta bread

A low-calorie alternative to cheese on toast, this kale and feta bread is both delicious and nutritious. With kale rich in vitamins, magnesium and fibre, this tasty bake is a great way for your customers to fill their stomachs, and provides them with a healthy snack option. Add salty feta and fresh kale to your dough and flavour with mint, dill and parsley for a loaf your customers will love.

Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

For those with a sweet tooth, these skinny blueberry and banana pancakes are a must try. A great low calorie breakfast option, blend oats, egg whites, Greek yoghurt, chia seeds and baking powder, then top the batter with blueberries before frying. Serve with a good helping of blueberries and sliced banana to offer your customers a guilt-free start to the day!

High protein banana bread

Protein banana bread

An easy replacement for your usual slice of cake, this moist and protein-rich banana bread is likely to not only satisfy your customers’ sugar cravings but also keep them fuller for longer. Spiced with cinnamon and flavoured with peanut butter, this banana bread is made with low-fat yoghurt for a slightly less calorific treat than your normal banana bake! How could you resist?

Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

A firm favourite in many of our bakeries, blueberry muffins are certainly a popular choice here in Britain. No matter if you’re serving them as a sweet breakfast option or a fruity snack, offering a healthier alternative this January is sure to go down well. This skinny muffin recipe contains no butter and includes both honey and cinnamon as natural sweeteners, as well as whole wheat flour, making it a great substitute for your usual afternoon treat.

No-bake superfood granola bars

No-bake superfood granola bars

A great bake for on-the-go customers, these no-bake superfood granola bars are a handy snack option. Bursting with porridge oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried cranberries, the tasty bars are held together with a combination of runny honey, coconut oil and brown sugar – not to mention featuring a hint of dark chocolate! Why not swap your mid-morning pastry for one of these superfood granola bars and save yourself a few calories?

Are you trying to serve up a few more healthier options this January? Tell us about your savvy substitutions via Twitter!

5 of the best baking events in 2017 from around the world

11 January, 2017

With a new year upon us, it brings with it even more opportunities to improve your baking skills and diversify your offering. The beauty of the food industry is the wealth of inspiration available from all corners of the world; each destination has its own tastes, scents and ingredients that create delicious, mouth-watering cuisine – and maybe 2017 is the year to discover them.

If you’re looking for ways to expand your knowledge and baking skills in the new year, you could explore one of the many food events taking place across the world, providing ample opportunity to learn new techniques from multi-award winning chefs, explore innovative recipes to deliver to your customers, and take an abundance of inspiration from world cuisine.

At BAKO North Western, we’ve found five of the most exciting food events taking place this year.

1. London’s Baking! London

Running until 1st February 2017


A must-see, truly unique exhibition, London’s Baking! focuses on the history of the city’s iconic desserts – dating back to 1666. The baking timeline starts at Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane – the source of the Great Fire, and continues through centuries where it highlights the baking trends of certain decades and the traditional desserts of days gone by.

From 1700s almond cake and 1850s suet pudding to 20th century cake classics, professional bakers can learn about the history of this popular pastime and recreate traditional English dishes full of nostalgia that customers are sure to love. The exhibition also includes fascinating photographs and baking paraphernalia from over four centuries, further highlighting how far baking has evolved.

2. Gulfood, Dubai

26th February – 2nd March 2017


Documented as the world’s largest annual food and beverage exhibition, Gulfood, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, boasts an incredible 5,000 exhibitors from more than 120 countries.

With the opportunity to sample an unprecedented quantity of world flavours, mix with the world’s leading chefs, and explore raw ingredients from global food producers, Gulfood is a first-class festival of culinary diversity. Together with its taste testing and introductions, this exhibition offers insightful research and projections into 2017 food trends, from the next healthy eating movement to the flourishing visual food trend. Offering a superior understanding of the industry from leading experts and a unique ability to sample world cuisine, Gulfood is a great way to kick-start 2017 and celebrate global food enterprise from eight different sectors.

3. Cake World Germany, Hamburg

3th March – 5th March 2017


Talented master bakers will be coming together to revel in an array of beautiful cake creations and classes at Cake World, focusing on the art of baking and decorating. Workshops offer inspiring techniques from renowned industry specialists, including a highly-anticipated session hosted by Lucia Simeone, a celebrated cake artist, and a fascinating workshop by Margherita Ferrara, creator of Fashflower’s Cake. Visitors will also have the opportunity to showcase their own baking masterpieces by entering Cake World competitions, all the while networking with suppliers from the thriving baking and decorating world.

4. Great American Foodie Fest, Las Vegas

April 2017


In the heart of lively Las Vegas, hundreds of the nation’s finest food vendors will be celebrating all things food – offering a mouth-watering selection of true American gastronomical pleasures. With highly anticipated dishes, as seen on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, this festival of salacious fast food offers first-hand experience of American-style cooking – with big portions and plenty of stacked meats and cheeses. For inspiration on pushing the boundaries, and ways to embrace the foodie culture of this unrestricted country, the Great American Foodie Fest is a must-visit event this year for aspiring chefs and bakers.

5. Taste of Paris, Paris

18th May – 21st May 2017


In the awe-inspiring setting of Paris’ Grand Palais, some of France’s renowned gastronomes and talented artisans will be showcasing a truly high specification of food that the country has to offer, from intricate local delicacies to fresh French ingredients. Taste of Paris offers four dynamic days of delightful food sampling, allowing visitors to delve into French cuisine and global favourites, prepared by award-winning chefs. 45-minute cookery classes let you learn from the best of the best, uncover tips and tricks from France’s leading cooks and explore a unique fine dining experience – one bite at a time.

With 2017 upon us, it’s time to embrace the opportunities available and build on your baking knowledge.

How are you extending your learning in the new year? We want to know! Share your ideas with us via Twitter.

5 magical Christmas biscuit designs to wow your customers

22 December, 2016

Christmas may be just around the corner but there’s still time to whip up a few festive treats for your customers! If you’re struggling for inspiration this season, we’ve picked out our favourite Christmas biscuit designs that are sure to impress. From impeccable icing to ingenious stacking, here are five festive designs to try out this season.

1. Stacked Christmas trees biscuits

Stacked Christmas trees

A clever way to present your biscuits over the festive period, these vanilla and almond flavoured biscuits have been brilliantly stacked into fun Christmas trees. Simply cut your biscuits into three different sizes and stack using a vibrant green frosting. Finish with silver balls and gold star cake decorations to complete the festive effect!

2. Snowmen cookies


A design which will require a little more patience, these wonderful snowman cookies are sure to be a popular choice this Christmas! Roll out white sugar paste and cut out circles the same size as your cookies. Next, roll out blue sugar paste and cut out circles using the same cutter, then cut them in half using a sharp knife. Assemble your cookies by layering the icing on top of the biscuits, then add the finishing touches using black royal icing for the eyes and mouth!

3. Christmas jumper biscuits

Christmas jumpers

Since Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a few weird and wonderful Christmas jumpers, why not whip up an edible range for your customers? After cutting out your biscuits using a jumper-shaped cookie cutter, use a flood and fill technique to ice your biscuits. Once you’ve got your colourful base layer of icing, you can then create your own Christmas jumper designs! Whether you want to keep it simple or show off your piping skills, you can’t help but love these quirky cookies.

4. Iced snowflake biscuits


Fancy putting your piping skills to the test? If you really want to impress this Christmas, these stunning snowflakes certainly require a steady hand. This classic biscuit design is best achieved using white royal icing of a mix of consistencies, and you’ll probably want a few trial runs before you get going! Opt for designs which can be achieved using a continuous hand motion, allowing you to apply a constant pressure to the piping bag. Once you’re happy with the design, add edible silver balls to complete the effect!

5. Assorted edible decorations

Edible decorations

Who doesn’t like to add a few edible decorations to their Christmas tree? This fantastic assortment of iced gingerbread biscuits may take a while to produce by hand, but the final result will definitely be worth the wait! From pretty snowflakes and cute baubles to fun stockings and festive snowmen, the options of what you can create are endless! Why not decorate each batch in similar colours so your customers can choose ones that match their tree?

Have you baked any brilliant festive biscuits this season? Show us your Christmas designs via Twitter!

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