Monthly Archives: February 2013

Britain’s perfect pizza

22 February, 2013

Pizza has become a real staple for Britain’s chefs and bakers, thanks to its almost universal appeal, versatility and simple preparation methods.

While the number of different topping combinations to experiment with is practically unlimited, bakers will undoubtedly be keen to know which flavours are going to appeal most to their consumers. To help you out, we’ve therefore dedicated this blog to revealing Britain’s most ordered pizza choices.

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Margherita

It may not be the most inventive choice, but a Margherita is a fail-safe option for any menu, and is actually the preferred order choice for around a third of all hungry customers. To create this winning combination of gooey mozzarella cheese and rich tomato sauce, BAKO Own Label have just launched a delicious new pizza sauce, flavoured with garlic and herbs for a convenient yet delicious addition to pizzas, pasta and relishes.

For those that fancy offering their customers something beyond the basic Margherita, BAKO also stocks a wide array of other fresh and frozen pizza ingredients for chefs to craft Britain’s other popular pizza options.

Meat Feast

Britain is clearly a fairly carnivorous nation, as almost one in every four consumers prefers to load their doughy pizza base with an array of meats; typically pepperoni, ham and ground beef.

Pepperoni

The simple addition of sizzling slices of spicy Italian sausage is enough to perfect the pizza recipe for around a sixth of individuals, putting the pepperoni pizza in third place.

Veggie

An eighth of consumers, on the other hand, opt for a healthier finishing touch on their crisped pizza base, choosing the vegetarian option on the menu. Common ingredients include mushrooms, peppers, onions and olives.

Hawaiian

Italians may scoff at this non-traditional mix of juicy pineapple chunks and salty ham, but the UK seems to love it, with one in eight people listing it as their top order.

Bakers and chefs of the North West, are there any unusual topping combinations that have also proven successful with your customers? We’d love to hear about your tasty menu options.

Sweet bites for sweethearts this Valentine’s Day

12 February, 2013

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s looking to be a particularly busy time for Britain’s bakers, with romantic consumers expected to spend over £800 million on the occasion.

heart cake pops

As one of the most indulgent ingredients in the baker’s pantry, chocolate has long been a popular choice for happy couples and hopeful singles when choosing Valentines gifts. That’s why, to show our baking customers just how much they mean to us this Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to give away a free apron with every order of our new bake-stable milk chocolate chunks.

Of course, with so many businesses vying to cash in on the Valentine’s Day trade, bakers are having to come up with more innovative treat ideas than ever. To help you out, we’ve put together a few simple last-minute Valentine’s ideas of dishes to make with our quality chocolate ingredients.

Chocolate chunk brownie cake pops

Quickly transform the classic brownie recipe into a fun, on-trend Valentine’s treat by mounting heart shaped brownie bites onto lollipop sticks. Place a few together in a decorative container and these even serve as a great counter-top display piece.

Chocolate chunk cheesecake

Restaurants can add a touch of decadence by sprinkling a few chocolate chips into the tangy filling of a smooth cheesecake, creating a truly sumptuous Valentine’s Day dessert.

heart shortbreads

Dark chocolate shortbread hearts

Balance the intense flavour of dark chocolate with a light, buttery shortbread. Cut into a distinctive heart shape and boxed in elegant packaging, these make a generous, yet cost-effective take-away Valentines gift.

Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles

Hand-made chocolates are a great way for bakers to branch out and meet the Valentine’s day demand. Miniature chocolate chip cookie dough balls coated alternately in white and dark chocolate make beautifully luxurious presents, and require little expertise to perfect.

What tantalising treats will you be serving up for love-struck customers this Valentine’s day?  Feel free to share your ideas with us on Twitter: @Bako_NW

 

Five tasty treats to make with caramel

4 February, 2013

There’s something about the glossy golden hue of caramel that seems to add a touch of luxury to all types of baked treats, making them even more tantalising for the tempted consumer.

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Despite this, caramel can be a fairly under-used ingredient, with many bakers and chefs sticking to the same tried and tested recipes, like millionaire’s shortbread and caramel sponge pudding. To celebrate the launch of Renshaw’s new professional quality caramel icing, made using their own real caramel, this week we’re inspiring the nation’s bakers to uncover the true versatility of caramel.

Caramel walnut bundt cake

Combining fondant icing with gooey caramel for a smooth, fudgy texture, Renshaw’s new icing topped with a few decorative walnuts is a simple yet effective way to give a professional finish to a traditional bundt cake. What’s more, as a special introductory offer, you’ll also save £5 on every 12.5kg order of the indulgent icing this month from BAKO.

Chocolate and caramel Opera patisserie

Caramel is a key ingredient in many upmarket patisserie recipes, adding an attractive shine to fine pastry work, including the multi-layered French ‘Opera’ cake, and complementing intense dark chocolate flavours particularly well.

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Caramel glazed doughnuts

Thanks to the clean cut of Renshaw’s new caramel icing from BAKO, it is the perfect product for enrobing baked treats, easily creating an even, silky coating on tasty snacks such as Doughnuts.

Pecan pie

Pecan pie is an absolute classic, marrying the sweetness of caramel with the deep nutty flavour of pecan, for a dish that’s equally at home as a sit down dessert or takeaway treat.

Profiteroles in caramel sauce

Caramel is a great way of putting a different spin on a profiterole dish to keep the menu interesting. Try experimenting with different cream filling flavours, from banana to coffee, to create a unique dessert to draw in customers.

Bakers, chefs and caterers, we’d love to hear from you; what other fantastic creations do you love cooking up using caramel?