Eat-in or take-away? Catering for the picnic season

22 April, 2013

With the first hints of warm weather headed our way, now seems like the perfect time for BAKO North Western to share a simple way for local café and bakery owners to attract extra trade this summer.

We Brits are notorious for putting aside our woollies and heading outside as soon as the sun starts showing its face, even if the temperatures aren’t quite tropical. For foodies, this love of the great outdoors can mean only one thing; picnic time.

As consumers across the North West head for nearby parks and beaches, bakers have a key opportunity to tap into this seasonal trend by putting together meal deals or take-away sets as a ready-to-go option for hungry picnickers.

Taking this as our inspiration, we’ve put together suggestions for the perfect picnic, from BAKO North Western’s extensive array of fresh food and baking supplies.

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Sandwich Staples

No picnic is complete without sandwiches, and they provide a chance for bakers to really shine since pre-packaged sandwiches can never compare to freshly baked bread. A wide array of sandwich fillers from Big Sandwich and specially formulated bread mixes from Bakels and Ireks, make preparing the ultimate picnic staple that little bit easier.

Tasty Pastries

Crisp, flaky pastries make another delectable picnic option. From meaty BAKO sausage rolls to Vegetarian-friendly choices like Lantmannen tomato swirls or BAKO cheese and onion pasties, there’s something to suit all tastes.

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet treats can be as simple or as complicated to prepare as a baker wishes, and are always a popular choice with customers. Core baking ingredients, BAKO frostings and fudgeices can be whipped up into unique and enticing cupcake designs, while ready-prepared BAKO brownie or Dawn cookie mixes represent a no-fuss addition to a lunchtime feast.

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Thirst Quenchers

As a one-stop shop for food and catering supplies, BAKO also stocks a range of bottled drink options to wash down a delicious al-fresco meal, including major brands like Coca Cola, Fruit Shoot and Ribena.

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Have we left anything out? We’d love to hear from local café owners, bakers and chefs on which snacks you feel a picnic really can’t do without.

BAKO prepares for the spring wedding season

19 March, 2013

It’s not just major events like Mother’s Day and Easter that bakers have to prepare for during the spring, it’s also a particularly popular season for weddings.

This makes for a busy time of year for BAKO North Western, as a key supplier of an extensive range of Renshaw ready to roll icing varieties in addition to our BAKO own label sugar paste products.

So as the sugar paste starts flying off our shelves, we’re celebrating by taking a look at some of the most innovative and spectacular wedding cake ideas we’ve seen so far this year.

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Fresh fruit showstopper from Marie Antoinette Cakes

For newlyweds that really want to make an impression, it would be difficult to think of anything with a greater impact than this fresh fruit laden cake from Marie Antoinette Cakes. Three layers of artfully arranged white chocolate cigar-shaped spirals, ribbon detail and generously stacked summer fruits make this one of the most decadent cakes we’ve ever seen.

French sophistication from Miss Macaroon

For a lighter touch, macaroons like those from Miss Macaroon make a perfect alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Macaroons are also incredibly versatile, as they can either be displayed in a tower or wrapped individually and served as wedding favours and come in a huge variety of colours and flavours.

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Vintage chic cupcake tower from Cup Cake Café

Cupcakes are growing to become a much more common sight at weddings, as served on a multi-layer cake stand, they act as a simple alternative to a complicated tiered wedding cake and don’t need to be sliced. We especially love the intricate paper cases and buttery yellow hues of these wedding cupcakes from Cup Cake Café.

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Elegant lace from Kiss Me Cupcakes

Kiss Me Cupcakes have created a beautiful version of the traditional three tier cake with this baby blue, ice white and pale cream cake adorned with lace bordering and simple rose details for a lovely yet unfussy finish.

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Sadly, there are many more incredible designs we’ve had to leave off our list, but we would love to hear what wedding wonders you’d create with BAKO’s extensive range of baking ingredients. Get in touch with us on Twitter at @BAKO_NW if you fancy sharing.

Britain’s perfect pizza

22 February, 2013

Pizza has become a real staple for Britain’s chefs and bakers, thanks to its almost universal appeal, versatility and simple preparation methods.

While the number of different topping combinations to experiment with is practically unlimited, bakers will undoubtedly be keen to know which flavours are going to appeal most to their consumers. To help you out, we’ve therefore dedicated this blog to revealing Britain’s most ordered pizza choices.

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Margherita

It may not be the most inventive choice, but a Margherita is a fail-safe option for any menu, and is actually the preferred order choice for around a third of all hungry customers. To create this winning combination of gooey mozzarella cheese and rich tomato sauce, BAKO Own Label have just launched a delicious new pizza sauce, flavoured with garlic and herbs for a convenient yet delicious addition to pizzas, pasta and relishes.

For those that fancy offering their customers something beyond the basic Margherita, BAKO also stocks a wide array of other fresh and frozen pizza ingredients for chefs to craft Britain’s other popular pizza options.

Meat Feast

Britain is clearly a fairly carnivorous nation, as almost one in every four consumers prefers to load their doughy pizza base with an array of meats; typically pepperoni, ham and ground beef.

Pepperoni

The simple addition of sizzling slices of spicy Italian sausage is enough to perfect the pizza recipe for around a sixth of individuals, putting the pepperoni pizza in third place.

Veggie

An eighth of consumers, on the other hand, opt for a healthier finishing touch on their crisped pizza base, choosing the vegetarian option on the menu. Common ingredients include mushrooms, peppers, onions and olives.

Hawaiian

Italians may scoff at this non-traditional mix of juicy pineapple chunks and salty ham, but the UK seems to love it, with one in eight people listing it as their top order.

Bakers and chefs of the North West, are there any unusual topping combinations that have also proven successful with your customers? We’d love to hear about your tasty menu options.

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