Not only is Halloween in our midst but Bonfire night is drawing closer. The BAKO team can’t think of a better time to add some spark to your menu and add some real winter warmers to fire up your customers during Guy Fawkes night.
Forget the tradition of toasting marshmallows by the bonfire, why not add them to the top of an indulgent chocolate cupcake? Replace the buttercream on top of your cupcakes with some marshmallows and return to the oven for a further few minutes until the marshamallow has started to toast and the centre is gooey. Also why not try sprinkling some popping candy onto the gooey marshmallow so that your customers really experience the exploding effect in their mouths, in keeping with the fireworks.
Toffee apple treats
It wouldn’t be Bonfire night without sticky toffee apples, but how about letting your customers create their own unique twist on the tradition? After coating the toffee apples in the rich toffee sauce, provide your customers with a variety of different toppings to coat their apples in so they can choose their own flavour, from chopped nuts to popping candy and chocolate chips.
Another innovative idea would be to create a deconstruction of this traditional treat. Serve a variety of dipping sauces from butterscotch, to toffee, to chocolate and honey, alongside sliced apples so your customers can dunk into these indulgent sauces.
Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork
Add the smokey bonfire flavours to your menu with some smoked BBQ pulled pork. Coat your pork shoulder with your BBQ glaze then slow-roast for soft, tender meat that just falls apart. Served on a crusty roll with homemade slaw, this will definitely warm your customers up around the bonfire.
Bonfire Baked Potatoes
There’s nothing like the art of roasted, fluffy spuds with a crisp skin to please a crowd. Cheap and cheerful they are great served with beans or sausages on a cold night or add more indulgent fillings such as chilli with sour cream and melted cheese and crispy bacon. Or add a comforting BBQ bean casserole to the menu; a real crowd pleaser that is also a great accompaniment to jacket potatoes.
There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of soup on a cold night. Treat your chilly customers to a warming bowl of soup, served with a crusty bread roll, or how about try serving your soup in a crusty cob as the bowl? Create real Autumnal flavours by adding spices such as cinnamon and ginger to your soups.
Pies and Pasties
Pies, pasties and sausage rolls are definitely a more convenient option to add to the menu for those busy customers who are in a hurry to get to a firework display but they still provide that warming Northern treat that we so famously love.
Warming indulgent drinks will definitely be enjoyed around the bonfire so why not create deluxe hot chocolates made from warm milk with a solid chocolate stick to stir in and melt. Top with marshmallows or with the addition of a cinnamon stick to provide a subtle spicy flavour that will definitely keep your customers warm.
If you think there are any Bonfire Night treats that we’ve missed or you’ll be whipping up something different, do let us know on Twitter.