Celebrate National Flour Month

4 March, 2016

As professional bakers, the team at BAKO NW know how important flour is to your everyday lives. As one of your basic but most vital ingredients, whether it’s wholemeal, self-raising or rice flour we know that this store cupboard staple needs to deliver every time.

From pizza, sandwiches and pies to cakes, cookies and muffins, flour is the fundamental element.

As the exciting relaunch of BAKO Select has previously been announced, we wanted to take the time to highlight some of the quality flours we have on offer. High quality, yet at a lower price than other well-known brands, means you can be rest assured that consistency, value and quality stand at the heart of what we do, as flour is at the heart of every recipe.

BAKO Select Bread Flour

A high quality bread making flour, for the professional baker who needs a flour that has an excellent protein content that enables good water absorption; resulting in an excellent yield that produces a strong well developed dough.

Not just for the obvious loaves and pizza bases, try using BAKO Select Bread Flour in your pretzel or English muffin recipes to ensure strong, stretchy gluten that will hold lots of air bubbles and retain water. Baking flour for the professional who won’t compromise.

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BAKO Select Wholemeal Flour

For those of you with customers still on a health kick this year, wholemeal flour is a healthy and delicious way to help keep those diet promises. This product is well known for its rich fibre content and is produced from only the best raw materials. If it’s sweetness you’re looking for in your bakes, don’t rule out wholemeal flour. Swap your normal flour for wholemeal for a healthier brioche or muffins that your customers won’t be able to resist.

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BAKO Select Self Raising Flour
No baker would be without a reliable self-raising flour; a blend of wheat flour, milled from soft low protein UK wheat, and baking powder sifted together for an even distribution, it will give a consistent lift to baked goods every time. Perfect for making scratch recipe cakes, sponges and scones or add to pastry where you need a little extra lift and texture.

Lemon drizzle cake

BAKO Select Rice Flour

As many of you know, flour is continually evolving. It is now not just made from wheat or cereal grains but can be made from seeds or nuts. For those of your customers with food allergies or sensitivities, rice flour is a more than worthy substitute.
Made from milled, broken white rice, surprisingly rice flour makes a great crumble topping and is fantastic for biscuit recipes, especially shortbread.

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BAKO Select Ground Hazelnut Flour

Another worthy alternative to wheat and grain based flours, BAKO Select Ground Hazelnut Flour adds a nutty aroma and taste to your bakes that customers will find hard to refuse. If you’re not using it as a replacement, try replacing 30% of the flour in your recipe meaning you’ll still get the wonderful added texture and nutty flavour you’re after. Paired beautifully with fruit and chocolate, why not whip up a chocolate hazelnut slice for your menu?

Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cake

For the full list of BAKO Select products visit bakoselect.co.uk

 

Cherry Recipes

25 February, 2016

With only a few more weeks until we begin to head into cherry season, we thought we’d offer up some charming cherry inspiration to help you to include this deliciously sweet fruit on your menu.

Cherry starter

Rewarmed vitrified cherry

Add a special starter to your menu by creating a cherry compote served with goat’s cheese. Simply cook your pitted cherries with light brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and some thyme to really accentuate their tart flavour before serving on a warm round of goat’s cheese.

Cherry dessert

Balck forest dessert

Trifle has always been a firm favourite on many a menu as has Black Forest Gateau, but why not bring these retro style desserts together by whipping up a Black Forest inspired trifle. With a kirsch soaked layer of cherries this is definitely one to be enjoyed by your grown up customers. There couldn’t be a better flavour pairing than sweet cherries and indulgent dark chocolate. Served in individual portions, these could be perfect added to a trio of desserts or included in an afternoon tea selection.

Cherry bakes

At BAKO_NW we think cherries and almonds are the perfect combo. What more could you ask for than a mouthful of sweetness with a little crunch.  Try adding cherries and almonds into your traditional chocolate chip cookie mix to really tempt your customers.

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Or why not try disguising some dried cherries into a super sweet chocolate bark or rocky road, for some extra chewy goodness that will keep them coming back for more.

Rocky road

A simple and traditional favourite the scone, in our opinion can only get better with the addition of cherries. If adding cherries to the mix, the addition of ground nutmeg and ginger will really bring the flavour to life. Don’t worry if your customers prefer sultanas and raisins, there’s no reason why you can’t tempt them with your own homemade cherry jam to slather in the centre on top of a dollop of clotted cream instead.

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A healthy alternative

As healthy eating is becoming ever more popular, why not add a healthier alternative to your menu by adding some crunchy-sweet nut snacks to your counter? Take dried cherries and a selection of mixed and chopped nuts, sprinkle with oats, honey and Chinese five spice and bake until deliciously sweet and crunchy. These could also prove popular as an addition to your breakfast menu spooned on top of hot porridge or pancakes.

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If you add cherries to your bakes in any interesting ways, we’d love to hear all about them on our Twitter!

Grab ‘n’ Go Snacks for #NationalSnackMonth

19 February, 2016

February is known as #NationalSnackMonth and as many of you will know, many of your customers don’t have the time to stop and sit down to refuel, so that’s why we think it’s important to offer a variety of grab ‘n’ go snack options on your menu. With this in mind the team at BAKO_NW wanted to share some menu suggestions that can be added to your snack menu!

Sweet snacks!

Muffins make for a great turn-to snack, whether they’re sweet or savoury, for breakfast or to accompany lunch. We stock a huge variety of mouth-watering flavoured ready-baked frozen muffins, from blueberry, lemon and triple chocolate to salted caramel and toffee & banana that your customers simply won’t be able to resist. We also have a selection of cake boxes, ideal for presenting a variety of flavours which could be perfect for your customers to grab and take back to the office.

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If your customers have a seriously sweet tooth then why not add egg custards and individual strawberry tarts to your take-out menu? Our custard foil containers will help you to keep your customers sweet by providing them with optimum filling!

egg custard baked english pudding

Lunchtime snacks

Take your sandwich specials and have them ready-made and packed ready for your customers to enjoy whilst on the go! Individual sandwich wedges are perfect for packing these up or why not put them in a fresh to go bag and keep them fresher for longer.

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Don’t forget your littler customers, putting together boxes with miniature treats is ideal way to please them. Try including a flavoured yoghurt, fruit juice and a biscuit, cookie or cupcake of their choice to keep their hunger pangs at bay!

Warming snacks

For those customers looking for a snack to warm them up, a cup of soup on the go is the perfect solution! Or if they’re feeling slightly more peckish, try serving takeaway pasties and pies or a filling jacket potato in individual serving boxes.

To make things even easier for your customers, don’t forget to stock up on all your disposable catering products from plastic cutlery and plates to soup cups and napkins, we’ve got it all.

If you’re planning on serving any delicious snacks to your customers this month, let us know on Twitter!


 

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