Monthly Archives: May 2014

An afternoon treat from the North West’s expert bakers

30 May, 2014

With Spring in full flow and the Summer fast approaching, the BAKO North Western team couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than sampling a classic afternoon tea, enjoying a very British slice of luxury.

Of course we’re not alone, and tucking into delicate and delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and quintessentially British cakes is understandably one of the UK’s favourite pastimes.

As this is the ideal time to tap into the cream tea market, to provide inspiration we’ve collected together some of the most tempting cream tea ideas we’ve seen on Twitter from the North West’s bakers.

 

Annies

Annies in Manchester are known for their comfy armchairs and home-from-home feel, serving up a variety of afternoon teas from a champagne tea to the traditional cream tea. Annies’ cake stands are jewelled with delicate crust-less finger sandwiches, traditional jam tarts, flaky pastries piped with lashings of cream and the lightest of sponges, which are all served with a selection of English teas, or, for those who are celebrating, a glass of fizz.

 

Teacup Kitchen

 

Excelling in traditional British delights, Teacup’s afternoon tea comprises of three tiers of homemade finger sandwiches, savouries, miniature cakes, scones and fruit tarts served with a pot of loose leaf tea or a glass of bubbly. The Afternoon Tea menu changes seasonally with the current favourites including a crisp cheddar and smoked pepper quiche and a zingy passion fruit tart finished off with perfectly piped meringue peaks.

 

Cuthbert’s Bake house

Liverpool’s utopia for the sweet toothed, Cuthbert’s serve a fusion of traditional and more unusual menu options, all baked in house. Customers can opt for the traditional high tea of smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, French macaroons and seasonal scones filled with clotted cream and jam and chocolate dipped strawberries. Alternatively, Cuthbert’s have invented the New Yorker menu, serving bagels, cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes and homemade peanut blondies.

 

The Cake’ole

 

The Cake’ole in Skipton are renowned for delivering an explosion of sights and flavours to entice even the most discerning of palates. Their traditional afternoon teas of finger sandwiches and sweet treats, from scrummy scones to bite-sized Victoria sponges, are paired with the taste sensations of Battenberg and Bakewell tart flavoured milkshakes.

 

What cream tea selection will you be whipping up this Spring? We’d love to hear yourideas on Twitter, and don’t hesitate to contact BAKO for a comprehensive range of professional-quality ingredients, from easy scone mixes and sandwich fillers to specialist baking supplies.

 

 

BAKO’s highlights from World Baking Day.

21 May, 2014

One of the most enjoyable parts of our job here at BAKO North Western is seeing the incredible creations local chefs and bakers whip up and post on Twitter.

This week was no exception, as Sunday the 18th May marked World Baking Day, a global event inviting bakers to show off their talents. The professional bakers of the North West certainly didn’t disappoint, creating all manner of enticing sweet treats and savoury snacks.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s event, but until then, here are some of the highlights from this weekend for inspiration.

Were you in the kitchen on Sunday? BAKO would love to see your creations, so why not get in touch on Twitter and share your pictures with us.

Doughnuts with a difference for National Doughnut Week 2014

13 May, 2014

For seven days, from 10th – 17th May, bakers and cafés up and down the country will be celebrating National Doughnut Week, selling delicious doughnuts to raise money for The Children’s Trust.

With this, many talented chefs and caterers are putting their hand towards creating these decadent snacks. The challenge is on to go the extra mile to create doughnuts that really stand out from the crowd. To give bakers a helping hand, this week’s BAKO blog offers seven innovative ideas for boundary-breaking doughnuts.

Crunchy churros

Moving away from the classic ring shaped doughnuts is a clever way to get involved with National Doughnut Week without blending into the background. Restaurants and cafes could lend their doughnut week offering a touch of Latin flair by serving up cinnamon-sprinkled crunchy Mexican ‘churros’ with a pot of molten chocolate dipping sauce.

churros

 

Hole-in-one

Turn the doughnut theme on its head by serving up the hole in the middle of the doughnut as a delicacy of its own. Try taking inspiration from the cake pop craze to create intricately-decorated doughnut hole lollies, dipped in a variety of different silky smooth icings and crunchy toppings or served alongside an indulgent chocolate fountain.

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Cronut craze

Hybrid snacks are one of the biggest food trends of the last few years, and the cronut is perhaps the most popular example of them all, combining the light, airy layers of a croissant with the crisp shell and ring shape of a doughnut. 185911940

Cheesecake creations

Another clever way to combine your customers’ favourite desserts, cheesecake doughnuts replace the classic jam centre with a rich cream cheese icing filling. For the full cheesecake effect, top with a fruity glaze and sprinkle liberally with biscuit crumb.

Café culture

Think doughnuts would be out of place in the refined environment of a chic coffee shop? Think again. Replace the traditional biscotti at the side of each customer’s coffee cup with a few miniature doughnuts for a unique treat that’s perfect for dipping.

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Canada calling

For those who are really looking to cause a stir with their doughnuts, why not try daring flavour combinations that go beyond the usual sweet fillings. Take a leaf out of Canada’s book by drizzling your doughnuts in maple syrup and covering in salty candied bacon bits

Savoury style

Going a step further still, you could even try your hand at crafting savoury doughnuts, stuffing your doughnuts with oozing melted cheese, adding fresh herbs to your dough or mixing in chopped onions for an entirely new taste sensation.

Inspired to take the plunge? We’d love to see what you’re offering your customers for National Doughnut week; share your tempting treat photos with BAKO on Twitter.