With the Bake Off heading into its sixth series and Craft Bakers’ Week celebrating its seventh year, the team at BAKO NW wanted to celebrate the skill that goes into every humble loaf.
Bread is one of the most traditional bakes, but over the years craft bakers have reinvented the tradition to bake more modern and elaborate flavour combinations. From a technical ciabatta to a show stopping centrepiece, next week bakers will try and prove their worth to Mary and Paul once again as they go head to head for the star baker title.
While bread in its simplest form is not too tricky to make, baking the perfect loaf can be a real labour of love, so for those who don’t have the time to prepare everything from scratch, BAKO stock a huge range of bread and bun mixes to make things simple. Why not add some interesting flavours to these mixes and see what your customers think?
Originating from Italy, ciabatta has many variations from a crisp crust with a soft porous texture, to a firmer crust and dense crumb. Puratos Easy Ciabatta powder concentrate containing dried sours helps to create an authentic ciabatta and other Italian speciality breads. Try serving stuffed with delicious cured meats to give your customers a real taste of Italy on the move or slice up and use an alternative to bruschetta for a tasty starter.
Renowned for their sumptuous flavours, from sundried tomato and mixed herbs, to olive and cheese infused bakes, Mediterranean breads are hard to resist. Bakels Mediterranean Bread Mix is ideal for creating a range of bread, rolls and pizza bases, all from one mix. Why not try impressing your customers with a molten cheese filled calzone or try your hand at recreating last year’s GBBO contestant @RichardPBurr‘s pesto pinwheel?
Multiseed bread is a delicious yet healthier darker style bread with extra bite and a coarse, open texture. The combination of seeds creates an extra tasty loaf that is sure to keep your customers fuller for longer. Ireks Multiseed Bread Mix is ideal for the production of multiseed bread and rolls, giving you time to focus on the delicious fillings that your customers will want sandwiching in between them. How about serving them as burger buns at your next BBQ event?
A true artisan creation, spelt bread is known for its distinctive nutty flavour. Combined with sweet honey, Ireks Spelt and Honey Bread Mix really couldn’t make things any easier when it comes to impressing your customers. You can experiment with all sorts of additions from nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios, or compliment the subtle sweet honey with dried fruits like apricots, dates and raisins. Although simply served toasted with lashings of butter would be enough.