Monthly Archives: May 2014

Perfect puff pastry recipe ideas

8 May, 2014

Creating a rich, tender and buttery puff pastry can be a laborious and quite time-intensive task, due to the pastry’s many layers.

If, like many, you don’t have hours to spend folding, rolling and turning, there are lots of ready- to- roll options available. BAKO NW stock a delicious range from Pukka Pies, prepared using a French method to give you at least 144 delicate layers of light pastry which can only be described as puff pastry perfection.

This week BAKO North Western brings you some puff pastry recipe ideas, sweet and savoury, which can easily be created with ready-to-roll pastry shortcut sheets, or pre-sheeted rolls from Pukka Pie pastry.

Savoury Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws are always a firm favourite at parties, making a great addition to any buffet table or picnic basket, and are easily constructed with minimum fuss and few ingredients.



Sausage Rolls

It’s no surprise that the sausage roll is a popular British pastry: these little treats are simple yet moreish, and are equally enjoyable hot or cold. Sausage rolls are quick and easy to make, so they are ideal to make in a large batch and have on hand for those sunny days when your customers might be venturing outside for a picnic.



A Summery sweet fruit tart

This sweet little pastry idea is the perfect way to impress without spending hours in the kitchen. Filled with copious amount of fresh cream and your favourite summer fruit berries, these light delicacies are ideal served with a scoop of ice cream on a Summer’s day.


Danish Pastries

Whether they are fruit filled, chocolate drizzled or cinnamon swirled, Danish pastries are one of the best known and loved pastry treats around the world.  Easily constructed, the hard part is resisting the urge to sample these creations yourself, before your customers have the chance!

Fancy taking on the challenge of making your own pastry from scratch instead? BAKO North Western stock all the basic ingredients you’ll need to give it a go using this handy tutorial.

BAKO would love to hear some of your puff pastry recipe ideas, whether they be sweet or savoury. What will you be whipping up for your customers this Spring?


The Artisan Cheese Fair returns for its fourth year

1 May, 2014

The British love cheese!  From colourful Cheddars to smelly Stiltons and crumbly blocks of Caerphilly, Britain is home to a large range of artisan cheeses, with each region producing its own distinctive flavour. For the fourth year running, this weekend Melton Mowbray’s heritage Cattle Market is set to play host to the Artisan Cheese Fair, with around 50 different cheese makers set to showcase their produce.

Known for being the largest dedicated festival of cheese in the UK, there will be a series of talks, demonstrations and tasting sessions, with visitors able to try around 200 different cheeses. There will also be the opportunity to sample local produce including pies, wines, ales, cakes, chutneys, bread, and other tasty accompaniments to cheese.

As BAKO North Western now stock a range of fresh cheeses, we decided to celebrate the occasion by looking at the different ways bakers of the North West are using cheese in their recipes.

A cheese wedding cake from Cheese Hamlet

The cheese wedding cake has become a popular alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It can be served with different varieties of jams, chutneys and crackers and is a great way to get everyone involved, making an eye-catching centrepiece to any buffet table.

Robinsons Bakery’s cheese and broccoli quiche

Robinsons Bakery have cooked up a traditional cheese and broccoli quiche, with its crisp pastry case and savoury cheese custard filling. Quiche is a great solution to any meal dilemma: hot or cold, it can be served anywhere from dinner parties to picnics and even afternoon tea. If you don’t have the time to create your quiche from scratch, BAKO provide a time-saving option with ready-prepared pastry mixes.

Baltic Bakehouse creates a classic ham and cheese sandwich

Artisan bakers Baltic Bakehouse in Liverpool are famously known for their love of bread, and BAKO can’t think of a better accompaniment to a good cheese than a thick slice of homebaked bread. Here, they have created a tempting cured ham and cheddar cheese sandwich on sourdough bread. These sandwich masters are also known for their special the ‘UGC’ – the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich – which consists of cheddar, gruyere, onion and leek toasted to perfection; now that’s what we call a sandwich!

Lewington Fine Foods’ cheese and onion pie

A wholesome cheese pie is a real Northern favourite, known for being spectacularly tasty using only two key ingredients: cheese and onions. This stunning vegetarian pie from Lewington Fine Foods is perfect for a picnic, lunchbox or dinner table and tastes just as good served piping hot or chilled, with its buttery crisp pastry and gooey cheese centre.

Bakers, we’d love to see pictures of your own cheesy recipes via Twitter, and don’t forget to let us know if you need to stock up on any baking essentials.