Have you mastered Britain’s best regional recipes?

9 September, 2016

Britain is famous for a whole host of local recipes, with many regions laying claim to many of our much-loved classics. Although it’s a well-known fact that nowhere produces Cornish pasties like Cornwall, or can whip up Bakewell tarts like those in Derbyshire, it’s safe to say many of us whole-heartedly enjoy regional recipes wherever we are in the country.

So, how about giving one a go yourself? With local bakeries setting the bar high when it comes to producing these treats, why not put your baking skills to the test this month and see if you can master a few of Britain’s best regional recipes.

Bakewell tart

 

English traditional Bakewell tart with raspberry jam

A recipe that has evolved over the years, the Bakewell tart is associated with the pretty town of Bakewell, Derbyshire. Traditionally consisting of a sweet shortcrust pastry shell encasing layers of jam, frangipane and flaked almonds, the delicious dessert also has a number of variants, such as the Cherry Bakewell. We love this quintessentially British Bakewell tart recipe by Mary Berry, but if you’d like to give yours a modern twist, try experimenting with unusual shapes or jam flavours for an original take on the classic recipe.

Cornish pasty

 

Cornish pasty

Always a firm favourite, the hearty Cornish pasty is made up of a juicy beef, onion and vegetable filling wrapped up in flaky and golden shortcrust pastry. However, this bake is not only famous for its indulgent filling, but also for its iconic crescent shape and crimped edge. A perfect bake to rustle up this autumn, this Cornish pasty recipe will definitely keep your customers coming back for more.

Eccles cakes

 

Eccles cake is a small round pastry filled with currants originating from the town of Eccles in Northern England

Named after Mancunian town, Eccles, the sticky, sweet Eccles cake is packed with spiced currants and boasts a sugar laden puff pastry shell. This moreish Eccles cake variant also adds the zest of an orange to give extra hints of fruitiness, marrying perfectly with the buttery flaky pastry. Serve fresh with a cup of tea and a slice of cheddar cheese.

Yorkshire parkin

 

Traditional Yorkshire Parkin for Bonfire Night pm wooden chopping board with red and white striped background signifying home baking and nutrition

Traditionally served over Bonfire Night, Yorkshire parkin is a sticky oatmeal based cake that boasts all our favourite autumnal flavours. Since the stickier the parkin is, the better, this cake is best made with a heavenly mix of black treacle, golden syrup and dark brown sugar, spiced with ground ginger. We’ve opted for a traditional oatmeal parkin recipe, however you could put your own spin on this northern delicacy by adding a fruity kick of apple or dates.

Welsh cakes

 

Welsh cakes a traditional griddle cake made with flour and dried fruit then baked on a griddle

Originating from Wales, these flat, disc shaped cakes usually have a crisp outside and a soft, crumbly centre. Baked on a griddle, these little cakes are flavoured with dried fruit, mixed spices and have a similar consistency to scones. Once baked, sprinkle your Welsh cakes with sugar and serve warm.

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5 of the best filo pastry recipes you need to try

26 August, 2016

One of the most delicate and versatile pastries to work with, filo pastry serves as a lighter alternative to the hearty shortcrust-based recipes we favour in winter months. Widely used in both sweet and savoury dishes, the paper-thin sheets of translucent dough derive from the Ottoman Empire and are still popular in Greek, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cuisines. With this delicious flaky pastry being perfect for a whole host of refreshing, Mediterranean dishes, we’ve picked out five of the best filo pastry recipes you need to try this summer!

1. Chicken, manchego and chorizo briouats

 

Chicken, manchego and chorizo briouats

If you’re looking to upgrade your bakery’s snack selection this August, these briouats are a fantastic choice. The flaky filo parcels are a Spanish twist on the traditional Moroccan briouat, incorporating all our favourite Mediterranean flavours for a super summery option. Stuff your parcels with juicy chorizo, succulent chicken and rich manchego cheese for a taste sensation that’s sure to keep your customers coming back for more.

2. Ham and leek filo quiche

 

Ham & leek quiche

For a healthier alternative to the classic quiche, swapping your shortcrust base for filo pastry is an easy way to cut the calories of your dish. After carefully draping the thin filo layers into a well-oiled pan, bake the case in the oven for 3-5 minutes before pouring in the rich filling of smoked ham, leek and broccoli for a mouth-watering quiche.

Don’t think serving a whole filo quiche will work for your customers? Try whipping up this treat in individual portions for a great grab-and-go lunch option.

3. Goat’s cheese filo pizza

 

Filo goats cheese pizza

Another way to quickly cut the calories of one of the nation’s most popular meals, filo pastry makes a great alternative to stodgy pizza dough. Best paired with Mediterranean flavours such as grilled vegetables, sundried tomatoes and olives, we love this sharp and tangy goat’s cheese version with onion and mozzarella. Serve your pizza by the slice for a healthy snack bursting with flavour.

4. Baklava cheesecake

 

Baklava Cheesecake

A brilliant mash-up of two of our favourite desserts, this cheesecake baklava hybrid is one sweet treat you have to try. This rich and creamy cheesecake has honey infused Greek yoghurt whipped into its cream cheese batter, as well as chopped walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Encase in a crisp filo pastry shell, bake, then serve with cinnamon-honey syrup and a sprinkling of walnuts.

5. Filo pastry apple pie

 

Filo Pastry Apple Pie

A healthier alternative to its puff pastry kin, filo pastry apple pie is a great way to enjoy a sugary treat with half the guilt. Boasting a golden, flaky exterior with a juicy centre bursting with apple and cinnamon flavours, this sweet snack is easily cut up into handy individual portions. Throw in a handful of walnuts for extra crunch or serve with cream or custard for a heartier dessert.

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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.

 

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