BAKO North Western’s #RND2015 highlights

17 March, 2015

Once again, professional and non-professional bakers alike have taken on the task of whipping up some fun and delicious bakes to raise money for Comic Relief. The bakers of the North West certainly haven’t disappointed, creating an exciting range of tempting sweet treats, all for a good cause.

As always, the money donated to Comic Relief has made a huge impact and we’re already looking forward to the fun of next year. Until then, here are some of our highlights.

Did you get baking for Comic Relief? We’d love to see your creations, so why not get in touch on Twitter and share your pictures with us?

Family favourite recipes from the Mum’s at BAKO North Western

11 March, 2015

Mother’s Day is that one day a year when your customers will want to give something back to the most special lady in their lives. It’s the time for Mums, Aunties and Nannies to put their feet up and relax, and what better way than to treat them with cake? Even better, why not try recreating one of their famous recipes?

For many bakers, being in the kitchen brings fond memories of being a child learning to bake with their Mums. The famous cliché will ring true; you learnt to bake with your mother who was taught by her mother who was taught by her mother. From favourite flavours, to secret ingredients, the majority of bakers will have been following family favourite recipes for years that have been handed down through the generations.

Reflecting fondly on these memories, the team at BAKO NW have decided to share some of our family favourite recipes with the bakers of the North West this Mother’s Day.

You can have a go at creating our family favourites by downloading the recipes here !

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What family traditions will you be adding to your menu this Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear from you via our Twitter page with some of your Mum’s famous recipes?

Celebrating #BritishPieWeek with BAKO North Western

4 March, 2015

Pies are a staple dish for many bakers and we’re sure that many customers and bakers alike have fond memories of the smell of warm pies, fresh out the oven. British Pie Week is essentially a whole week of baking, eating and promoting British pies; who could argue with that? To make the most of this week celebrating this traditional British dish, the team at BAKO NW have put together some inspiration for you, so you can fill your pastry cases with the most tempting of fillings for your customers.

For those of you though with less time on your hands, we stock a delicious range of ready prepared pies, perfect to enjoy this British Pie Week.

Savoury Pies

Steak and ale pie, ticks all the boxes when it comes to a comfort food classic, with its buttery puff pastry encasing a gravy soaked tender meat filling. If the tempting smell alone isn’t enough to draw customers in, serving a generous slice of this pie alongside a portion of chunky chips or creamy mash is sure to prove a hit.

A top BAKO tip is to slow cook the meat on a low temperature in a traditional ale infused stock. This will create the tenderest of meats, and a rich flavoursome gravy to soak into the pastry.

Steak Pie Meal

Although typically a British treat, why not try adding Mediterranean flavours to your menu this week with a spinach, feta and pine nut pie? Layers of light crisp filo pastry contrast beautifully with the spinach and feta filling.

Simply layer sheets of filo pastry brushed with olive oil into a pie dish and spoon in a mixture of steamed spinach, eggs, sundried tomatoes and feta. Finally, top with more layers of filo and pine nuts and bake until golden and crisp. Not only is this pie a winner for its light and delicious flavours, it also makes a perfect option for your vegetarian customers.

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Often known as the most skilled pastry to create, why not try creating some hot water crust pastry this week for some delicious mini pork pies?

Gently melting lard into your flour and water mixture is the key to this moreish pastry. Just the right amount of lard and bringing to the boil is the technique to master, as your pastry can quickly overheat and become unworkable. Filled with a meaty mixture and sometimes with the addition of a miniature boiled egg, these are sure to be a hit on your lunch time menu. Why not try serving them alongside a cheeseboard and some chutneys this British Pie Week?

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Sweet Pies

What could be more delicious than a humble slice of apple pie? Proof that often simple flavours work best, a filling of apples stewed in butter, cinnamon and soft brown sugar create a satisfyingly, sticky sweet concoction. Plain short crust pastry often works best for apple pie to encase the moist filling but to also cut through the sweetness of its centre. Covered in lashings of pouring cream, smooth vanilla custard or even a scoop of ice cream, this pie is a dessert to die for that will satisfy your customers with the sweetest tooth.

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A retro classic, lemon meringue pie is an eye catching dessert, famed for its layers of vibrant yellow filling and snowy meringue topping. Blind baking pastry enriched with icing sugar and egg yolk will give you the base for your tangy lemon curd filling. Top with generous peaks of meringue and bake until crisp and slightly golden, this is sure to be a show stopper on your cake counter this British Pie Week.

Lemon Meringue Slice

For those of you who choose not to create your curds from scratch or if you have less time on your hands, BAKO stock a delicious range of ready-made lemon flavoured curds perfect for filling your pies.

How will you be celebrating #BritishPieWeek? Are you a connoisseur of the classics or do you prefer something more unusual under your pastry lids? We’d love to see some snaps of your pies on our Twitter.

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