Bakes with a bang: 6 must-try treats to make this Bonfire Night!

31 October, 2016

Bonfire Night is the perfect excuse to add a bit of a bang to your baking, and a great opportunity to really embrace autumnal flavours. The truth is that the 5th November is already strongly associated with a number of tastes, and each year is just another excuse to whip up traditional Bonfire Night goodies that your customers will enjoy, time and time again. From classic Bonfire Night recipes that bring home the smells and tastes of this special day, to traditional bakes with an added twist, we’ve found several fantastic treats that will get you thinking all about roaring bonfires, dazzling firework displays and of course, that great-tasting, Bonfire Night food.
 

1. Sticky Yorkshire Parkin

 

Sticky Yorkshire Parkin

Probably the bake most affiliated with Bonfire Night, Yorkshire Parkin is a delicious sponge cake with a gentle kick of spice and ginger. This subtle, tangy cake has been given its unique stickiness from treacle and golden syrup, making it an indulgent bake with a bang! This recipe creates a delightful pomegranate compote to serve alongside your Yorkshire Parkin. How lovely!
 

2. Treacle pecan tarts

 

Treacle pecan tarts

Treacle is big during this time of year. This dark, sweet and sticky treat isn’t just found in the bags of trick or treaters or dished out as broken pieces of heaven. Adding this sticky treat into your baking can turn a classic cake into a Bonfire Night delight, like it has with this tempting treacle pecan tart. Serve to your customers by the slice with a side of vanilla ice cream or clotted cream.
 

3. Roasted treacle toffee bananas

 

Toffee bananas

We all know apples are the staple Bonfire Night fruit to coat in sugar and indulge in, but who says we can’t opt for bananas as an unusual alternative? These are the sophisticated toffee-coated treat that will amaze your customers. Roasting them on a BBQ gives a distinct treacle taste with the banana’s familiar soft texture; sell as a takeaway snack wrapped in foil to lock in the oozing brown-sugary centre. Yum!
 

4. Bourbon butterscotch toffee apples

 

Bourbon butterscotch toffee apples

If you want a treat that’s truly indulgent, then look no further than these rich bourbon butterscotch toffee apples, and, the best thing is that they’re really easy to make! Mix whisky or bourbon, golden syrup, butter, sugar and double cream for your apple’s divine, flavoursome and scrumptious coating. A crunchy yet exquisite treat for adults, what’s not to like?
 

5. Banoffee s’mores

 

Banoffee s’mores

To diversify your offering, why not incorporate one of Bonfire Night’s most favoured traditions into a bake? Alongside roasted marshmallows, a treat traditionally enjoyed around a fire are s’mores. Usually, these sweet snacks consist of soft marshmallow sandwiched between two pieces of cracker and chocolate. Taking inspiration from this American-style treat, why not make these mouth-watering banoffee s’mores? Swap the crackers for soft oat biscuits, place marshmallows on top, drizzle toffee sauce over and top with banana. Serve warm for added deliciousness.
 

6. Catherine wheel cookies

 

Catherine wheel cookies

For bakes that will catch your customers’ attention, these Catherine wheel-inspired biscuits will do exactly that. Using classic biscuit dough cut into circles, the hardest part is decorating these sweet snacks with colourful icing spirals. Why not experiment with a variety of icing colours on each biscuit or add food colouring to the mixture for added brightness?

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7 wicked baking ideas you need to try this Halloween

25 October, 2016

With Halloween creeping up on us once again, we’ve been on the lookout for some seriously spooky recipes to whip up this October. Whether you’re looking to have a little fun with bewitching designs or want to go all out with rich, delicious flavours, this Halloween, your customers are certainly going to be in for a treat! (Or should that be trick?) To spark your imagination, here are seven wicked baking ideas to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.

1. Wicked witch cupcakes

 
Witches feet cupcakes

Combining vibrant green frosting with fun, ready-to-roll icing, these fantastic cupcakes are perfect for younger customers! Wonderfully simple, yet terribly effective, why not enhance the effect by flavouring your icing with lime or apple? After you’ve moulded your witch’s legs, finish off your cupcake with black, purple or orange sprinkles.

2. Spider’s web layer cake

 
Spider web cake

Looking to wow your customers this Halloween? This spider web layer cake may require a lot of patience, but we think the result is definitely worth it! Cover your layer cake in black and orange frosting to create a striped effect, blending the two colours together where they meet. Chill the cake, then use white royal icing to create the spider web pattern. And voilà! One spooktacular Halloween layer cake that’s sure to impress.

3. Perfect pumpkin pie

 
Pumpkin pie

Let’s face it, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a slice of delicious pumpkin pie. Spice your mixture with cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and cloves for a wonderful concoction of autumnal flavours, and serve with lashings of whipped cream for the perfect Halloween treat.

4. Ghastly ghost chocolate bark

 
Ghost chocolate bark

One for all chocolate lovers, this ghostly chocolate bark comprises of three layers of dark and white chocolate topped with a haunting design. Set your first two chocolate layers, then while the top dark chocolate layer is still warm, pipe blobs of white chocolate onto the dark chocolate and use a toothpick to drag the chocolate to form this ghostly effect. Think chocolate bark is a bit too simple? Why not apply the same design to millionaires’ shortbread for a more luxurious Halloween treat?

5. Spooky spiced pumpkin cupcakes

 
Witch’s hat cupcakes

Want to take your spiced pumpkin cupcakes to the next level? This brilliant Halloween-inspired design uses an aromatic pumpkin cupcake base, which is then topped with orange frosting and a carefully crafted ready-to-roll icing witch’s hat. Sure to turn a few heads, these cupcakes certainly won’t be around for long!

6. Chilling meringue bone tiered cake

 
Meringue bones layer cake

Looking for a more elegant Halloween design? This clever skeletal tiered cake uses meringue piped into bone shapes to create a grisly effect. If you think three tiers screams more wedding than Halloween, why not use your meringue bones to decorate a white chocolate layer cake? For added gruesomeness, whip up a red berry coulis to drizzle down your bones.

7. Eerie salted caramel apple snickers cake

 
Salted caramel snickers cake

If, for you, Halloween is all about toffee apples and an abundance of delicious, oozing caramel, this cake is one you need to try this October. Because, sometimes, more really is more, this cake is flavoured with spiced apple and chocolate, smothered in a peanut butter and salted caramel snickers frosting, covered in a chocolate coating, and then finally doused in a rich salted caramel sauce. Tempted? Finish this showstopper off with three salted caramel coated apples and a few sinister branches for an epic Halloween extravaganza.

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5 must try delicious salted caramel recipes

19 October, 2016

Gooey, indulgent and oh-so sweet, salted caramel is a syrupy sauce that can turn the most simplistic of desserts into a rich, heavenly treat. Often drizzled over cake, salted caramel is really simple to make and offers a great alternative to frosting. Surprisingly, all you need to create this gooey toffee delight is granulated sugar, salted butter, heavy cream and salt; simple ingredients that produce an immense treat!

Alongside generously pouring this sauce over a rich dessert, you can create a delightful caramel paradise by using it as an ingredient and a flavour. Initially created as confectionery in France, salted caramel has since found itself in all types of desserts, from hearty brownies to light cheesecake. Its unique taste and heavenly thick texture has made it a firm favourite around the world, featuring in a selection of recipes. To show you the true breadth of salted caramel, we’ve found five different recipes that offer you something that little bit different from the sticky treat.
 

1. No bake salted caramel popcorn

 
Salted caramel popcorn

Salted caramel popcorn is as delicious as it sounds! Complementing both sweet and salted popcorn, adding caramel offers a fierce kick of toffee in a crunchy topping, combined with the exquisite, soft popcorn centre. To make no bake salted caramel popcorn, simply cover your popcorn with hot, homemade toffee sauce, place in clusters and allow to dry. It’s so simple and doesn’t make use of the oven! Why not serve to your customers as a light, takeaway snack?
 

2. Salted caramel doughnut holes

 
Doughnut holes

Little bites of indulgence, doughnut holes are miniature pieces of dough-heaven bursting with a soft, flavoursome centre. We’re loving these delightful doughnut balls glazed with yes, you’ve guessed it – salted caramel! Don’t they look amazing? Try serving with a side of ice cream as a must-try dessert. Why not experiment with a toffee apple centre as a great Bonfire Night themed offering?
 

3. Chocolate buttermilk pancakes with salted caramel

 
Salted caramel pancakes

Sometimes, your customers crave a decadent, oh-so naughty breakfast, no? These pancakes, made with scrumptious chocolate buttercream are exactly that. Although, we admit, they would taste great on their own, they’ll be even more scrumptious laden with sticky salted caramel sauce! Why not mix and match with plain pancakes and other flavours, so your customers can choose how light or rich they want it?
 

4. Salted caramel and praline macarons

 
Salted caramel macarons

Ethereal, tasty and attractively bite-size, macarons have secured their reputation as one of the tastiest treats to come out of France, alongside the world-famous éclair. Made from meringue, with a hard exterior and soft centre filled with flavour, these French fancies are a sophisticated sweet, and classed as the next ‘big’ food craze. Salted caramel and praline macarons contrastingly combine the sticky, messy sauce with chic meringue and subtle home-made praline, creating a delightfully tasty, unique macaron. Why not give this recipe a whirl?
 

5. Salted caramel pretzel snaps

 
Salted caramel pretzel snaps

A popular snack in Germany, pretzels’ flavouring makes them extremely versatile and a great food to experiment with. Made simply from dough and twisted into their legendary shape, mini pretzels create little bites of crunchy, tasty food. Instead of opting for the simple salty mini pretzels, why not create these chocolate and salted caramel pretzel snaps? With a soft base of chocolate and a kick of salted caramel candy, these little bites make a great, mouth-watering takeaway treat.

Perhaps you’re inspired to try one of the recipes above or tackle your own salted caramel creation? If so, don’t forget to share your images with us via Twitter!

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