Christmas left over creations
For many, Christmas is largely associated with the extensive amounts of food on offer. Often this leads to preparing far too much food and so bakeries and kitchens are left with a variety of Christmas treats that could last well into the month of January.
As Christmas approaches, BAKO are sure there will be many bakers out there already planning some innovative creations to create with their Christmas leftovers and with this in mind, we thought we would share some inspirational recipe ideas for those who want to use up all their odds and ends from the festivities.
There’s always scraps of Christmas turkey left over, so try creating some bite size shortcrust pastry pies filled with turkey and cranberry sauce, making a great addition to your bakery shelf or Boxing Day buffet.
Turkey curry always proves a hit at Christmas parties, easy to make and offering lots of portions served with fluffy rice or crispy potatoes. This won’t be around for long!
Don’t waste any of the delicious vegetables or stock that you have left over, create a warming vegetable soup with some crusty croutons or how about a roasted chestnut soup with some crispy bacon on top? This is sure to go down a treat with your customers, or even families.
For those who are lucky enough to have some Christmas pudding left over, why not create a Christmas pudding trifle for your New Year’s Eve party? Simply replace the traditional sponge fingers with a layer of Christmas pudding and top with all your usual trifle toppings.
Or how about creating a Christmas pudding strudel? Simply spread your pudding leftovers across a sheet of sweet filo pastry and roll tightly. Once baked serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar and a side of brandy butter cream. The buttery layers of pastry mixed with the rich pudding flavours are sure to impress.
If you’ve had enough of rich desserts, why not create something lighter by adding small chunks of your leftover pudding to a creamy vanilla ice cream?
If, like we know many of you do, you always stock up on lot of nuts and nibbles at Christmas how about incorporating them into a brownie mix? The addition of sweet leftover cranberries or raisins with chopped nuts will add a delicious texture to your gooey brownies. Or if you’re struggling to eat all the chocolate treats in the house, why not add some chocolate chunks to the mix too or melt them down and drizzle over the top for a mouth-watering decoration?
Bread and butter pudding
Use up the last of your pannetone or stollen by creating a twist on the traditional bread and butter pudding. Soaked in a warm vanilla custard and then baked, these breads make the perfect base for this buttery pudding. Add some chunks of your left over chocolate or spoon some marmalade or jam in places across the pudding; when baked they will ooze out into the sweet custard dessert.
If you’re planning on using your left overs in some delicious recipes we’d love to hear about them on Twitter.