Monthly Archives: January 2017

3 brilliant blood orange recipes you need to try

27 January, 2017

Baking with the seasons is a great way to ensure your bakes are bursting with flavour, not to mention keeping your recipes full of variety. For January, we’re taking a closer look at the vibrant blood orange. A fruit which adds a sharp, tangy contrast in any sweet recipe, this delicious orange is perfect for paring with sugary syrups and sticky caramel. And it’s not just the blood orange flavour that makes it so popular. Adding a vivid splash of colour to almost any bake, we’ve picked out three brilliant blood orange recipes we want to try this season.

1. Blood orange tart

 
Blood orange tart

Tangy, caramelised blood orange slices paired with a citrus filling, this zesty tart is sure to get your customers’ attention! Combine sugar, blood orange juice, zest and orange blossom water with eggs and egg yolks, then add in butter over a gentle heat. Once the mixture has thickened, pour the tart filling into a precooked sweetened shortcrust pastry case and leave to cool. Arrange blood orange slices over the top, sprinkle with demerara sugar, then use a blowtorch to create a caramelised effect. A dessert sure to brighten up any January day, serve this treat with rich vanilla custard or double cream.

2. Blood orange doughnuts

 
Blood orange doughnuts

Forget strawberry jam and custard, doughnuts at this time of year are all about getting your fix of citrus! The best thing about these doughnuts is that you don’t need any artificial colourings to get the vivid pink hue into your glaze – blood oranges provide that all on their own. Cover your doughnuts in the vibrant, fruity icing, before decorating them with candied blood orange slices. Although these sweet treats look more like they belong in a summer selection, these seasonal doughnuts are in fact a winter indulgence – adding a much needed splash of colour to your menu!

3. Blood orange loaf cake

 
Blood orange loaf cake

If doughnuts don’t take your fancy, why not indulge your customers with a delicious blood orange loaf cake instead? Swap your usual lemon drizzle recipe to include the zest and juice of blood oranges for a modern twist on one of our favourite citrus classics. Skewer your blood orange flavoured sponge then drizzle the blood orange syrup over the cake and leave it to cool. Finish your bake by coating the top with an orange glaze and decorate with candied blood orange slices to complete the effect.

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Introducing the latest wedding cake trend: a Persian Love Cake

23 January, 2017

For a special day, nothing says love and affection quite like a Persian Love Cake. Created from an assortment of romantic scents and flavours, including rose water, pistachios and aromatic spices, this delightful sweet is guaranteed to win hearts. In fact, it already has done. It’s all in its history.
The Persian Love Cake’s connection to amorousness and romance is reflected in the legend behind it. It is thought this beautifully intricate bake was originally created by a young woman, madly in love with a Persian prince. To win his affection, she baked a Persian Love Cake, filled with a concoction of ingredients believed to radiate magical love powers, hidden within its soft sponge. The so-called ‘love potion’ elements were rosewater, cardamom and saffron – that have since provided this bake with its unique taste.

Whether you believe in love potions or not, it’s no surprise that this pretty treat is becoming a popular choice of wedding cake. A baked symbol of love and romance, why not try whipping up one of these special cakes and see what your customers think? It might even become part of your wedding cake offering for 2017.

 

What are the characteristics of a Persian Love Cake?

 

Persian Love Cake charactertistics
The sponge of the Persian Love Cake is traditionally made from a fusion of tangy lemon juice, spicy cardamom pods, strands of saffron and rosewater, combined with crunchy almonds. This creates a soft, oily sponge that will stay fresh for several days. For the icing, the cake is simply drizzled in a light zesty frosting, made from caster sugar, lemon and rosewater – giving it a flavoursome kick amongst an abundance of tastes. Variations of the Persian Love Cake include a topping of rosewater cream, and a cake made from ground almonds solely, not flour. Whichever way you decide to bake yours, we’re sure it’ll still taste great.

One element that remains the same with all Persian Love Cakes is the sprinkling of green pistachio nuts and rose petals to finish, creating a beautiful bake with a striking pop of colour.

 

How to make a unique Persian Love Cake

 

With the traditional elements of a Persian Love Cake taken care of, it’s time to think about how to make your amorous bake a little different.

 

Katherine Sabbath’s naked Persian Love Cake

 

Katherine Sabbath Persian Love Cake

 

Katherine Sabbath, renowned cake creator, baked a stunning naked Persian Love Cake, featuring rosewater cream cheese, pink meringue to assemble each layer and fresh figs to finish – for an even sweeter taste. With an array of pink frosting, edible sparkle and green pistachios, this delightful cake really is striking – and offers great inspiration for creating your own.

 

Persian Love Doughnuts

 

Persian Love Doughnuts

 

The romance behind the Persian Love Cake is in its ingredients, such as the rosewater and Persian spices, so what’s stopping you from creating, not a cake, but doughnuts instead? Simply make your doughnuts using cardamom, almond milk, baking powder and all-purpose flour (and a few extras), bake, then cover with a rosewater glaze topped with pistachios. For added colour, don’t forget the rose petals! Here’s a recipe for delightful cardamom and rosewater doughnuts.

 

Persian Love Cookies

 

Persian Love Cookies

 

These brightly-decorated cookies have a chewy almond base, all the while emanating distinct nutmeg, cardamom and rosewater aromas. Topped with pomegranate juice for even more colour, and sprinkled with pistachios and fresh edible flowers, these delightful biscuits are simple to bake yet look fantastic. Persian Love Cookies would make the perfect treat for a rustic country wedding. Why not choose edible flowers that match your customers’ wedding theme?

 

Persian Love Bundt

 

Persian Love Bundt

 

For an eye-catching cake shape, why not use a Bundt cake tin when baking your Persian Love Cake? For weddings, offering a selection of different Bundt shapes beautifully presented in a multi-tier stand creates a showstopping display. This Persian Love Bundt is drizzled in a mixture of honey, orange juice and rosewater – another unique variation of this classic cake.

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5 healthy bakes to serve this January

16 January, 2017

Let’s face it, cutting back in January after a month of overindulgence is easier said than done – especially when it comes to giving up our favourite baked treats! So, to make it easier for your customers to continue with their healthy eating habits this month, we’ve found five healthy, yet utterly delicious bakes for you to serve this January. From savvy substitutions to low calorie snacks, you might find that these tasty alternatives make a permanent home on your menu.

Kale and feta bread

 
Kale and fetta bread

A low-calorie alternative to cheese on toast, this kale and feta bread is both delicious and nutritious. With kale rich in vitamins, magnesium and fibre, this tasty bake is a great way for your customers to fill their stomachs, and provides them with a healthy snack option. Add salty feta and fresh kale to your dough and flavour with mint, dill and parsley for a loaf your customers will love.

Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

 
Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

For those with a sweet tooth, these skinny blueberry and banana pancakes are a must try. A great low calorie breakfast option, blend oats, egg whites, Greek yoghurt, chia seeds and baking powder, then top the batter with blueberries before frying. Serve with a good helping of blueberries and sliced banana to offer your customers a guilt-free start to the day!

High protein banana bread

 
Protein banana bread

An easy replacement for your usual slice of cake, this moist and protein-rich banana bread is likely to not only satisfy your customers’ sugar cravings but also keep them fuller for longer. Spiced with cinnamon and flavoured with peanut butter, this banana bread is made with low-fat yoghurt for a slightly less calorific treat than your normal banana bake! How could you resist?

Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

 
Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

A firm favourite in many of our bakeries, blueberry muffins are certainly a popular choice here in Britain. No matter if you’re serving them as a sweet breakfast option or a fruity snack, offering a healthier alternative this January is sure to go down well. This skinny muffin recipe contains no butter and includes both honey and cinnamon as natural sweeteners, as well as whole wheat flour, making it a great substitute for your usual afternoon treat.

No-bake superfood granola bars

 
No-bake superfood granola bars

A great bake for on-the-go customers, these no-bake superfood granola bars are a handy snack option. Bursting with porridge oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried cranberries, the tasty bars are held together with a combination of runny honey, coconut oil and brown sugar – not to mention featuring a hint of dark chocolate! Why not swap your mid-morning pastry for one of these superfood granola bars and save yourself a few calories?

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