4 mouth-watering ways to include Crème Eggs in your baking this Easter

13 April, 2017

As Easter creeps up, there’s one sweet treat on the minds of professional bakers everywhere. We are, of course, talking about Crème Eggs. With their thick chocolate outer-layer and gooey fondant centre, it’s no wonder these tasty sweet eggs have got chocolate fans pining for them all year round. For professional bakers, Crème Eggs bring with them the opportunity to create desserts that are even more indulgent, mouth-watering and tempting to customers.

As many bakers turn to the staple Crème Egg brownies to bake this Easter, it got us thinking about alternative ways to include this rich chocolatey egg in our baking. There’s a variety of Crème Egg desserts to experiment with that not only taste delicious, but look amazing!

In this blog, we’re showcasing four delectable Crème Egg creations.

1. Scotch Crème Eggs

 

Crème Egg Ice Cream

Traditional Scotch eggs have received an indulgent and oh-so-naughty makeover in this recipe by Amuse your Bouche! Soft, sphere-shaped and exceptionally filling, Scotch Crème Eggs will give your customers their much-needed chocolate fix this Easter. The secret to creating these delicious treats is combining the lusciousness of brownies with Crème Eggs, to form the traditional layers of a Scotch egg. A Crème Egg centre is surrounded by cooked brownie, and finished off with a layer of chocolate sprinkles.

2. Crème Egg ice cream

 

Crème Egg Ice Cream

Simple yet extremely satisfying, why not make this deliciously velvety ice cream that is, of course, speckled with our favourite gooey chocolate egg? All you need is condensed milk, Crème Eggs and double cream to create them, and voila, you’ve got your own creamy Crème Egg dessert! You don’t even need an ice cream maker for this recipe, by Fuss Free Flavours!

Why not serve your Crème Egg ice cream alongside a simple dessert, such as cheesecake or brownies?

3. Crème Egg no bake cheesecake

 

Crème Egg Cheesecake

With oven-use not necessary, you can whip up this appetising Crème Egg cheesecake in no time, while preparing your other menu choices for a busy Easter weekend. Simple yet scrumptious, this recipe creates a plain vanilla cheesecake with its trademark crunchy biscuit base, topped off with baked, halved Crème Eggs. Slice through the indulgent layers of fondant, chocolate, cheesecake and biscuit for a sweet yet modest taste.

For a bigger Easter chocolate fix, experiment with a variety of favourable Easter confectionary, including Maltesers MaltEaster bunnies and Mini Eggs!

4. Crème Egg Millionaire’s Shortbread

 

Creme Egg Millionaire’s Shortbread

Imagine carving through a chunk of biscuit to see distinctive (and striking!) Crème Egg layers. Swapping the caramel centre of a classic Millionaire’s Shortbread with homemade white and yellow fondant creates your very own exceptionally sweet biscuit delight! They’re very rich and satisfying, offering your customers the sugar fix they desire! Here’s the full recipe. Serve as a delightful takeaway snack or part of a hot drink and cake deal.

Want to make your Crème Egg Millionaire’s Shortbread stand out? Add different food colourings to your fondant to create a brighter layered bake!

Do you have any alternative desserts that feature Crème Eggs? Tweet us with your suggestions!

3 modern twists on the classic carrot cake

13 April, 2017

The carrot cake, with its moist sponge and flavoursome spices, has taken over the cake world. Okay, so a cake baked with carrots and covered in soft cheese may not sound particularly appealing, but the smooth, sweet taste of cream cheese is ideal when combined with the piquant, carrot-littered sponge. In fact, it tastes amazing.

Often presumed to be a modern concoction of ingredients, thrown together to push the cake boundaries, baking with carrots is not a new phenomenon, but was a popular practice during the rationing of World War II.

Armed with a classic recipe for your favourite carrot-speckled bake, also featuring cinnamon, walnuts and more, we thought it would be interesting to see how far the carrot cake has come since World War II, offering modern ways to re-invent the much-loved bake.

1. Carrot cake pops

 

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So, imagine having the deliciousness of a carrot cake, but in small, delightful truffles. That’s exactly what carrot cake pops are. The popularity of cake pops has sky-rocketed over the past two years, and they’ve since become a well-recognised cake trend. Like with all cake pop creations, simply bake your cake, and once cooled, crumble into small, spherical pieces. Then, cover your rounded mini cakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with pecans! This recipe by Deliciously Yum includes white chocolate – amazing!

Why not experiment with different frosting flavours to cover your cake pops, including chocolate orange or even pineapple frosting, and finish with a topping of sprinkles?

2. Carrot cake loaf

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After you’ve established that carrots taste delicious in a cake, it’s time to explore other variations, including creating this mouth-watering carrot loaf. This recipe by Juniper Cakery offers a healthier dessert option to your customers, combining pomegranate’s antioxidants with the health benefits of pistachios and carrots. Their mouth-watering glaze creates a striking and sweet addition to your carrot loaf, while sprinklings of pecans and pomegranates add bursts of flavour. Drizzle your glaze along the sides of your cake for added decoration, and serve with a side of vanilla ice cream.

3. Carrot cake doughnuts

 

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Doughnuts. They’re currently in the middle of a popularity surge. Bakers around the world have been boldly experimenting with these fried delights, combining the deliciousness of another classic sweet treat and creating eye-popping flavours. We’ve seen cronuts, doughnut wedding cakes, and even doughnut French toast, so it’s no surprise that carrot cake doughnuts are now a thing. Combining a traditional cake with a fried dessert could go so wrong, but these taste delicious.

Although they sound indulgent, carrot cake doughnuts are actually healthier than the average doughnut. This recipe by Nourish Your Glow is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and suitable for vegans, offering a sweet alternative that fulfils your customers’ needs.

As bakers around the world re-invent traditional cakes, there’s plenty of inspiration to be had. So, why don’t you experiment with your best-selling bake?

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3 delicious hot cross bun variations to try this Easter!

27 March, 2017

A tradition traced back to the 12th century, hot cross buns have become a mouth-watering Easter staple, usually eaten on Good Friday in all parts of the world. A spiced bun, speckled with currants and raisins, and decorated with its trademark cross on top, this delicious and filling treat is popular as a mid-morning snack, and best served oozing with butter. Over the years, however, this Easter tradition has been made-over, and teamed with some of your favourite preserves, spreads and fruits. In this blog, we’re showcasing three unusual yet scrumptious hot cross bun variations you should serve to your customers.

Chocolate, ginger and cranberry hot cross buns

 

Chocolate hot cross buns

The deliciousness of hot cross buns lies in the complementing fruit and flavours, which is why these – made by Sarah from Sugar Hit, are so delightful. The cocoa addition to your bun’s flavour adds a little indulgence, while the crystallised ginger and chopped hazelnut provide contrasting tastes. Each bun has a delectable chewy texture, thanks to added dried cranberries. Sarah uses Tangzhong as a unique way of baking her hot cross buns, all the while adding plenty of flavour. Why not experiment with this technique to serve striking chocolate hot cross buns with an unusual flavour?

Earl Grey hot cross buns

 

Earl Grey hot cross buns

A simple way to experiment with the taste of your hot cross buns is to replace water in the classic recipe with a flavoursome alternative. In this case, Earl Grey has been tried and tested by Izy from The Kitchn, and gives your hot cross buns that recognisable Earl Grey taste and aroma. Steep Earl Grey teabags in boiling water for several minutes, discard and leave the tea to cool. Then, add this to the rest of the mixture to bake. Interestingly, Izy recommends glazing her hot cross buns with apricot jam or golden syrup, adding a kick of flavour.

Follow the full recipe from The Kitchn.

Cheesy hot cross buns

 

Cheesy hot cross buns

If you want to totally transform your hot cross buns, why not make them savoury? We love these filling cheesy hot cross buns by Simone’s Bakery – great served with a mug of homemade soup! To create these delicious mini breads, cheddar cheese is kneaded into the dough and baked. Then, the crosses are created using parmesan cheese and water!

Hot cross buns are a much-loved Easter tradition, and could be served to your customers as a quick takeaway snack or part of a delicious breakfast deal. If you want to showcase how diverse your talents are, why not whip up one of these recipe variations, offering a different take on an old favourite?

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