Monthly Archives: July 2014

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month

30 July, 2014

The International Ice Cream Association encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day was celebrated on July 20th, however here in the UK we don’t need any excuse, serving ice cream 12 months of the year. In celebration of the month BAKO NW wanted to share some inspiration and give bakers and chefs a helping hand with six innovative ideas for introducing ice cream to your menu.

Brownie ice cream sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiched between two thick slices of gooey brownie, the ultimate way to introduce ice cream to your menu. Why not let the customer choose their favourite flavour ice cream and offer the addition of sauces and sprinkles of nuts, dried fruit or sugar strands to add the finishing touch.

 

Ice cream cake

Seeing as the cheesecake has become a firm favourite, why not swap the rich cream cheese centre for ice cream? Simply choose your desired flavour combinations, set on a buttery biscuit base and freeze. Served whole or as a slice with a drizzle of fruit coulis, sauce or sprig of mint, this is a simple alternative to a cheesecake.

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Baked Alaska cupcakes

Moving away from the traditional baked Alaska, the cupcake is an easy yet impressive dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Prepare the cupcakes in advance and top with a scoop of ice cream and freeze. Pipe with meringue and serve customers their own individual baked Alaska straight from the oven. The combination of warm chewy meringue and creamy ice cream is sure to prove a hit.

 

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Cornish ice cream scones

Why not turn this quintessentially British tradition into a taste sensation, and replace the Cornish clotted cream filling with a scoop of Cornish ice cream instead? Served with jam, hot or cold this will bring a modern twist to a traditional bake.  

 

Inside-out strawberry ice cream cake

Turn the idea of cake on its head with this inside-out strawberry ice cream cake. Instead of covering and filling your sponge cake with velvety buttercream, why not coat it with a spreading of smooth ice cream? To give the ice cream the right consistency for spreading, soften it at room temperature; smooth the top, and freeze until firm before slicing generous portions for your customers.

 

Unusual flavours

For those who are really looking to whip up a storm with their ice cream, why not be inventive and experiment with some unusual flavours? American cook and baker David Lebovitz created candied bacon ice cream, using candied strips of bacon and brown sugar before blending with cinnamon, vanilla and a splash of dark rum. Another unusual creation came from Max & Mina’s Homemade Ice Cream in America, renowned for their unusual creations which include beer and smoked salmon and cream cheese ice cream; all enthused by a customer’s request.

Inspired to take the plunge? Our Commodities and Edible Decorations ranges include some fantastic ingredients to help you to create delicious ice cream. We’d love to see what ice cream treats you’re offering your customers. Share your ice cream creations with BAKO on Twitter.

Festivals and markets for the foodies of the North West

28 July, 2014

Food festivals and farmers markets have grown in popularity over the past few years, and are noted for the quality of their fine locally produced cheeses, confectionery and meat products. By shopping at farmers’ markets customers are guaranteed access to quality, fresh, homemade produce whilst supporting local farmers, bakers and chefs alike.

With good weather forecast for the summer, BAKO NW think that it is a prime opportunity to visit or even exhibit at some local food festivals or markets and maybe find some new inspiration whilst supporting your local producers. Food festivals can be the ideal time to receive feedback from your customers and BAKO believe there couldn’t be a better opportunity to showcase your products than letting your customers sense, taste, feel and interact with what you have on offer; a prime example that ‘try before you buy’ can really pay off. It can also be the perfect time to test out a new product or flavour and even reacquaint existing customers of the region with your signature cakes or bakes. Simply let your produce speak for itself.

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Bury Market
Held every Wednesday & Friday, 9am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm, the ‘World Famous’ Bury market has been voted a ‘top ten’ UK food market, with some of the freshest produce in the North West. Produce includes locally grown vegetables, award winning meats, handmade pies, and freshly made soups. One highlight which is famous to Bury market, is the Bury black pudding which is served hot or cold with lashing of local mustard or piccalilli.

Ashton Farmers’ and Producers’ Market
Held on the last Sunday of every month, the farmers’ and producers’ market in Lancashire is one of the largest in the North West, with around 70 stalls. The market is held monthly and is known for keeping alive the tradition of selling local food, with produce including everything from lamb and venison to cheeses, chutneys and fudge.

Urmston MarketEstablished nearly 80 years, the market consists of an indoor food hall and an outside open market with some regular traders having been with the market for over 30 years. Held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm, the stalls sell lots of local produce including fresh fish, meat, cheese, cakes and preserves.

The Market Company

The Market Company are famously known for being the original artisan market company, hosting markets throughout the year in Northwich, Wilmslow, Buxton and Trentham. They aim to keep things authentic, providing a rare opportunity to meet the many food and craft producers and suppliers of the North West.

Levenshulme Market
Levenshulme market is a community run social enterprise market that operates on Saturdays between March and December in South Manchester. Due its great success, the market has doubled in size since its launch in 2013. As well as selling fresh produce and street food, the market is also home to traders selling homeware, plants and vintage clothing. There really is something for everyone.

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There are so many fantastic food festivals and markets on offer in the North West, that here at BAKO NW we have only been able to look at a small handful of the markets on offer. If there are any markets that you would highly recommend, we would love to hear from you on Twitter.

Satisfying sandwich fillings

21 July, 2014

Sandwiches have become a real staple food for Brits, most famously enjoyed as a lunch time food, they also make an ideal addition to a picnic basket or even a buffet. Thanks to their almost universal appeal, versatility and simple preparation methods, sandwiches have become a firm favourite on many bakers’ and cafes’ menus.

Of course the best thing about sandwiches is the endless number of different filling combinations to experiment with, so here at BAKO NW we’ve taken a look at some of the North West bakers that have turned this simple snack into a delicious gourmet meal.

The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood, a New York inspired eatery and bar in the heart of Manchester, have honed their unique take on casual fine dining and luxury ingredients. These food masters have created their own twist on the NY club sandwich: chicken, bacon, fried egg and salad served on the customer’s choice of toast.

 

 

Sunshine bakery

The Sunshine Bakery in Harrogate have been enticing their customers with this hearty sandwich of pastrami and pickle with mustard mayonnaise.  

 

Gourmet Hot dogs

Britain’s specialist hot dog emporium located in Leeds, are renowned for their gourmet hot dogs but also offer much more, from deli bagels, to fresh salads and sandwiches. They have created a signature sandwich on their menu consisting of pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, their chef’s own smooth and spicy mustard and mojo sauce.

 

 

Bakehouse Kitchen

Bakehouse Kitchen, Liverpool, have been tempting their customers with this mouth-watering meatball sub, oozing with melting cheese and Italian pesto.

 

For those of you that haven’t got the time to prepare sandwich fillings from scratch, BAKO NW stock Big Sandwich sandwich fillers and sliced meats ranging from chicken tikka, to chilli beef and prawn mayonnaise: perfect to create a speedy sandwich.

Bakers and chefs of the North West, are there any unusual sandwich fillings that have proven a hit with your customers? We’d love to hear about your tasty menu options on Twitter.