Back to school: 6 handy packed lunch product ideas!

25 August, 2016

With the school season almost upon us, it’s time to think about your customers’ packed lunches. The truth is, there are convenient and easy-to-prepare foods that you can include, which are deliciously flavoursome, handy to transport and that offer a tasty alternative to sandwiches and wraps. In need of some inspiration? Don’t worry; we’ve found six handy packed-lunch foods that we think your customers will love, offering a fresh, appetising lunchtime treat?

1. Fresh pork pies

 

pork-pie

A popular snacking favourite, the pork pie is a handy, filling cold meat pie. This traditional food is a fantastic packed lunch option as it’s tasty, small and travels exceptionally well. The pie’s thick layer of delightful pastry, its soft but firm meat centre and layer of jelly make it a pleasant and enjoyable dinnertime treat. For something a little different, we also have other mouth-watering pie varieties.

2. Double chocolate muffins

 

muffins

Every packed lunch needs something sweet, which is why we’ve featured mouthwatering double chocolate muffins. A handy size, with each coming individually wrapped; these heavenly treats, bursting with chocolatey goodness, are a simple addition to any packed lunch and a great afternoon pick-me-up that we think your customers will love!

3. Crispy cheese twists

 

twists

Ever thought about introducing something a little more cosmopolitan? For a slightly more sophisticated alternative to sandwiches or wraps, why not offer your customers deliciously crispy cheese twists? Made with tangy cheese and buttered pastry, these provide a light, filling and flavoursome lunchtime option. Tasting just as great chilled as they do warm, this piece of pastry perfection is a must-include food.

4. Aromatic vegetable samosas

 

samosas

A popular Indian-inspired lunchtime treat, the vegetable samosa is a fantastic addition to any packed lunch, offering spice-infused flavours, a crispy exterior and an ingredient-filled centre of finely chopped vegetables. With the ability to be served cold without losing much of their flavours, samosas are a handy, delicious snack to pack in your customers’ lunch. After Asian-inspired packed lunch selections? Why not try spring rolls?

5. Deliciously soft flapjacks

 

flapjack

A healthy sweet treat, these tasty flapjacks, made from oats and filled with cranberries, sultanas and crunchy sunflower seeds, are a nutritious substitute for a chocolate bar. Their size, shape and consistency makes flapjacks a convenient packed lunch alternative. Why not offer chocolate flapjacks that are baked with delicious Belgian chocolate for a more indulgent option?

6. Bacon and cheese turnovers

 

turnovers

The ultimate naughty but nice lunch option, you could add these deliciously appetising BAKO bacon and cheese turnovers into your customers’ packed lunch. A butter-enriched pastry, filled with smoked bacon and topped with delightful cheese, these are a hearty, indulgent packed lunch option. Simply defrost for a satisfying dinnertime delight that your customers are bound to enjoy.

Have you swapped sandwiches for something a little smarter? We want to know! Share your dinnertime delights and handy packed lunch treats with us via Twitter.

 

Put your baking skills to the test with these unusual bread recipes!

12 August, 2016

As bakers, we have already mastered the art of bread making, but that doesn’t stop us from searching for more inspiration. There are hundreds of types of bread with differing variations, from sweet, soft French loaves to challenging Italian side breads, providing us with even more ways to perfect our skills.

To help you on your way to more bread baking bliss, we’ve found a number of incredible bread recipes we think you should try!

 

Salted caramel monkey bread

 

monkey-bread-cake

An irresistible, unique bread to bake is monkey bread, which is hugely popular in the USA and we know why! Made up of individual pieces of delicious dough, then coated in butter and laden with cinnamon, monkey bread looks and tastes amazing. Bake the dough pieces in the oven, overload with homemade caramel (or whatever you fancy) and bake some more! This recipe from deliciouslyyummy.com shows the steps to warm caramelised heaven. Serve to your customers as a tasty dessert with cool vanilla ice cream.

 

Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread

 

Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread

Popular in Britain in the 19th century, tasty soda bread is a traditional, delicious treat to whip up. A staple addition to any meal and prevalent across Ireland, soda bread was so frequently baked because of its simple recipe and easy technique. With no kneading and little preparation, you can have an affordable, appetising loaf in as little as an hour! The versatility of its taste has seen plenty of variations, offering both sweet and savoury recipes. For a filling, different snack, we’re loving this Irish cheddar and bacon soda bread.

 

Silky red velvet quick bread

 

Red velvet loaf

A sensational mash-up, red velvet quick bread gives you a gorgeously light red velvet bake that isn’t as indulgent as its popular cake counterpart. A moist sponge lined with the bake’s classic cream cheese frosting creates a scrumptiously soft, bright red marbled bread that your customers are guaranteed to love. Cut into slices and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

 

Cool cinnamon twist bread

 

Cinnamon twist loaf

For a sophisticated and wonderfully sweet bread, why not bake this attractive twist bread made from cinnamon soy nog? Offering rich flavours of spiced cinnamon and baked with strips of cinnamon sugar for added sweetness, this astounding bread is rich, fragrant and makes a great breakfast alternative. For a quick takeaway snack, try baking satisfying mini twist breads! We love this recipe by Taste Love and Nourish.

 

Crispy lavender focaccia

 

Lavender focaccia

This Italian-styled bread is nothing new, but why not try experimenting with herbs, oil and chilli? Crispy, thin and tasty, focaccia makes a great side or sophisticated garlic bread substitute. To make lavender focaccia, mix chopped lavender with garlic and olive oil, brush over the top of the bread and bake in the oven. Lavender imparts an aromatic, subtle flavour to this crispy bake, which tastes great accompanying a classic Italian dish.

 

Soft avocado and banana bread

 

banana-bread

Banana bread tastes amazing, we know, but what about adding to this traditional bread recipe? Avocados make the deliciously sweet banana bread even softer and, with no cholesterol, avocado banana bread is healthier than the original. By substituting butter in the recipe for puréed avocado, you have a nourishing, mouthwatering, moist bake! Bananas and avocado go so well together, so why not whip up this combination for yourself?

Have you tried a new bread baking challenge? Send us your images via Twitter!

5 brilliant Olympics-inspired bakes to serve this August

5 August, 2016

With the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games nearly upon us, many of us will be looking to get into the spirit of the occasion and inject a little fun into our baking. This year, the Games are being held in the thriving metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, promising spectacular carnival celebrations, scorching sunshine and a whole host of nail-biting sporting action.

To spark a few ideas as to how you can get involved with your baking, we’ve found 5 brilliant Olympics-inspired bakes to serve this August.

1. Medal biscuits

 

Medal biscuits

A simple yet effective way of getting into the spirit of the occasion, medal biscuits are great for both adults and children alike. Using a vanilla biscuit base, cover circular biscuits in fondant icing decorated in your chosen style. Opt for simple shapes such as stars or numbers, or go all out with realistic gold, silver and bronze colour schemes. Finish with ribbons knotted through the top for the complete effect.

2. Olympic torch cones

 

Olympic torch cones

A great way to add a little Olympic flare to your confectionary selection, bake vanilla, chocolate or coffee cake mix inside miniature cones, then decorate with vibrant flame frosting. Why not pair chocolate cake with orange buttercream for a classic flavour combination, or use the Olympic torch cones to decorate an epic Olympic-inspired layer cake.

3. Patriotic vanilla fudge

 

Patriotic Fudge

This sweet treat is a subtler homage to the Olympics, combining our national colours of red, white and blue in support of Team GB. Marble the red and blue fudge on top of the white fudge base to create fantastic swirling patterns, then refrigerate for at least four hours to set.

Not supporting Team GB? Use the colours of your own nation to get behind your Olympians!

4. Brazilian cheese bread

 

Brazilian Cheese Bread

With the Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, we couldn’t not feature this delicious Brazilian cheese bread, otherwise known as pão de queijo. These soft, fluffy cheese puffs are made from combining tapioca flour with cheese, egg, oil, milk and salt, then baking in mini muffin tins. This cheese bread is also gluten free, making it a great snack for customers with allergies and sensitivities.

5. Olympic swimming pool cake

 

Swimming Pool Cake

Finally, if you’re looking for a showstopping cake to impress your customers, this Olympic swimming pool cake is sure to do the trick. Complete with fondant chequered pool tiles, bunting and a realistic, shimmering pool, this cake would make a brilliant birthday cake this month.

Want to take it one step further? Why not go for gold and recreate the Olympic stadium’s athletics track for a medal-worthy cake?

What Olympics-inspired bakes will you be whipping up this August? Show us your creations via Twitter

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