Celebrating National Biscuit Month

4 September, 2014

Throughout September, bakers and cafés throughout the country will be celebrating National Biscuit month by baking and selling delicious biscuits.

With this in mind, many of you will be putting your hand towards creating biscuits with a difference. The challenge is on to go the extra mile and create biscuits that really stand out from the crowd. To give bakers a helping hand, this week’s BAKO blog offers seven different ideas for breaking the biscuit boundaries, to impress your customers.

Savoury biscuits

For those who are really looking to cause a stir with their biscuits, why not try daring flavour combinations that go beyond the usual sweet flavours. Although traditionally known for being a sweet treat, bakers have been making savoury biscuits for many years.  The addition of herbs and cheese like thyme and parmesan, creates a delicious savoury twist on a biscuit, which is a perfect accompaniment to a cheese board or a unique afternoon tea.

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Ginger biscuits and gingerbread men

Traditionally a British biscuit the ginger nut is famous for its spicy flavour, from its powdered ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg combination. The famous Gingerbread Man is a definite crowd pleaser, decorated with icing and adorned with sweets, it’s sure to please customers of all ages. If you haven’t got the time to create these edible characters from scratch, BAKO stock a ready prepared gingerbread mix from Macphie that makes traditional biscuits which hold their shape well, and have an excellent baked, undecorated shelf life.

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Italian Biscotti

Think biscotti is only at home in a chic Italian coffee shop? Think again. Bakers and cafes of the North West could lend their biscuit week a touch of Italian flair by serving up some crunchy biscotti alongside their hot drinks. In Italy, the term biscotti refers to a hard, twice-baked almond biscuit that has become a culinary favourite, dipped in chocolate and dunked in hot, creamy cappuccinos.

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Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread, originally named because of its crumbly texture, is most famously enjoyed at Christmas, but we don’t think there need be any excuse for you to treat your customers to this mouth-wateringly buttery biscuit – especially seeing as it’s biscuit month! Served in many different shapes and coated in sugar, it’s sure to leave your customers licking their lips. If you’re looking for a quick alternative to creating shortbread from scratch, BAKO stock Macphie Shortbread Mix which only needs the addition of softened butter for melt-in-the-mouth shortbread.

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American Cookies

Cookies are a worldwide favourite, but America is renowned for its indulgent flavours, with everything from chocolate chips and dried fruits to peanut butter and jelly.  Enjoyed soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy, your customers are bound to enjoy them dunked into a glass of ice cold milk. Why not tempt your customers by using your cookies in some of your desserts? Cookie dough flavoured ice-cream and warm cookie dough have become firm favourites on many menus.

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Brandy Snaps

Brandy snaps are commonly made from a mixture of golden syrup, flour, ginger, cream, sugar and butter which is then shaped into flat discs and baked briefly before being rolled whilst still hot and soft. Served as a tubular shaped biscuit they are often filled with indulgent fillings such as cream or custard. Served alongside desserts or even with a cup of tea, they’re sure to be a sweet hit with your customers.

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Viennese Whirls

Made up of a soft butter paste and piped into their trademark shape, Viennese Whirls are served with a generous helping of strawberry jam and buttercream sandwiched between them. Delicious and visually appealing, these would make a great addition to any English Afternoon tea. Jam isn’t for everyone so they can also be enjoyed as a singular biscuit dipped in dark chocolate.  BAKO offer Macphie Viennese Mix, a convenient mix which is quick and easy to use; simply add softened butter or margarine to make a pipeable paste, which produces melt-in-the-mouth Viennese whirls.

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We’d love to see what you’re offering your customers for National Biscuit Month; share your tempting treat photos with BAKO on Twitter.

Inspiration for National Cupcake week

28 August, 2014

National Cupcake week kicks off again in less than two weeks, taking place between 15th -21st  September and will be another huge celebration of the tasty treats that bakers have on offer.

Cupcake week calls on all cake connoisseurs to make the week as big as possible, asking everyone involved to bake cupcakes and lots of them. They want to see bakers showing their cupcakes both in-store and online and are inviting you to share your cupcakes on their Facebook page or via Twitter @cupcake week. You could even hold a charity bake sale. Remembering their charity partner Wellbeing of Women and not forgetting to support other local businesses by buying lots of cupcakes!

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We at BAKO love a great cupcake, so we thought we would share our infographic of some unique ideas that you could whip up for your customers during cupcake week. If you’re pushed for time, we also stock all the baking essentials and ready prepared cakes mixes, frostings and decorations that can be used to make a variety of interesting cupcakes.

It always time for cake with our range of cake mixes

20 August, 2014

It’s National Sponge Cake Day this weekend, and we can only imagine the delicious array of sponge cakes you will be baking in celebration, but when it comes to the day we think that almost any cake will do. If you’re looking to make a variety of fantastic cakes but don’t have the time to prepare everything from scratch, BAKO stock a huge range of cake mixes from household brand names to professional quality BAKO Own label products.

If you’re looking for an alternative bake this weekend, here are just a few of the fantastic cake mixes that BAKO have to offer.

1. BAKO Own Label Sponge Cake Mix
A light, fatless sponge mix, which can be used to make high quality sponges including swiss rolls. BAKO sponge mix is ideal to use if you’re thinking of whipping up a fatless Victoria sponge, without the fuss. Topped with a dusting of icing sugar and a generous layer of jam in the centre, this is the ultimate cake to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day.

2. Dawn Super Sponge Mix
Used in high volume bakes, and known for its reliable quality, Dawn Super Sponge Mix has self levelling qualities to give an even bake, adapting to flavours and colourings very easily. Ideal to create those larger bakes when you want to invite your customers in for a generous slice of cake.

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3. Macphie Mississippi Muffin Mix
Entice your customers with delicious, moist and dense cakes; Mississippi is perfect for producing the most indulgent of cakes or muffins in a variety of flavours including chocolate, toffee and coconut.

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4. Bakels Sponge & Pudding Mix
Bakels has created a premium sponge mix which is quick and easy to prepare, only needing to add water for tasty hot sponge puddings or conventional layered sponge cakes filled with jam and cream. Ideal when used as a base for individual cupcakes or whoopie pies.

5. Puratos Lemon Satin Crème Cake Mix
An easy to handle cake mix using natural flavours, which creates light zesty lemon flavoured cakes or cupcakes. Why not top with a lemon flavoured sugar drizzle and candied lemon rind for a simple yet effective finish. Puratos also stock a variety of flavours ranging from coconut to coffee and banana crème mixes.

6. BAKO Carrot Cake Mix
Carrot cake can sometimes be a laborious task, but to make it simple BAKO have a moist full flavoured and light carrot cake mix with excellent slicing qualities, ideal for tray bakes, loaf cakes or cupcakes. All it needs is the addition of oil and water plus freshly grated carrot and to finish a velvety cream cheese frosting to finish it off.

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7. Macphie Chocolate Orange Sensation Mix
A unique cake mix with brilliant flavour combinations, packed with real orange pieces that form pockets of fruity juiciness when baked. Incredibly moist and indulgent, this mix is suitable for muffins, loaf cakes and tray bakes. Topped with a chocolate orange flavoured ganache, this is the ultimate indulgence.

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8. BAKO Brownie Mix
A rich chocolate brownie mix, requiring the addition of water to create a dense fudge brownie, BAKO Brownie Mix is excellent with the inclusion of nuts or chocolate chips, making an irresistible treat for your customers.

9. BAKO Farmhouse Mix
If you are looking for a more traditional bake, Farmhouse Mix is a lightly spiced mix especially developed to be used with fruit, to produce a moist fruit filled loaf or fruit cake.

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These are just a handful of the many cake mixes which BAKO NW stock. If you’re planning on whipping up a cake to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day, then we’d love to hear from you on Twitter.

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