Veganuary is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and bakers are happy to cater for the occasion with a host of sweet and savoury vegan-friendly baked goods.
Here are 10 bakery launches for Veganuary 2023:
Lotus Biscoff Cake, Patisserie Valerie
Patisserie Valerie has embraced the trend for Lotus Biscoff flavoured delights with its latest plant-based cake. The cake, which is available in 12 and 14 portion sizes (from £34.95), consists of three layers of Patisserie Valerie’s plant-based vanilla sponge filled with layers of Lotus Biscoff crunch and ‘crunchy cream’. It’s finished with cream flavoured with the spiced biscuit and topped with a drip design and buttercream swirls.
The business has also introduced a vegan chocolate cake which has three layers of chocolate sponge with hand-piped chocolate plant-based cream.
Rhubarb & Jasmine Doughnut, Crosstown
This Veganuary is set to be Crosstown’s biggest yet as the doughnut specialist unveils three limited-edition doughnuts and a new dough bite to celebrate. The new flavours are:
- Rhubarb & Jasmine doughnut – crafted on Crosstown’s vegan sourdough, the doughnut is filled with a rhubarb and jasmine compote, dipped in a floral jasmine glaze and topped with a strawberry buckwheat crumble
- Strawberry Cheesecake doughnut – a sourdough base has been piped with creamy plant-based cheesecake filling, dipped in a sweet strawberry glaze, filled with a handmade strawberry jam centre and finished with a sprinkling of vanilla crumble
- Blood Orange doughnut – generously coated in a sweet and tart blood orange glaze, hand-finished with dark chocolate curls and a segment of candied blood orange
- Pistachio & Raspberry dough bite – a rich pistachio crème-filled vegan dough bite, dipped in a raspberry glaze, finished with pistachio nibs and freeze-dried raspberries
The doughnuts are £4.75 each but are also sold in six and 12-packs, while the bites are £2.75 each.
The Veganuary flavours will be joining Crosstown’s core range of vegan doughnuts which includes Dark Chocolate Truffle and Peanut Butter & Blackcurrant. Crosstown is also operating a dedicated vegan store in London Marylebone.
Vegan Ham & Cheeze Crown, Dèlifrance
Quorn has joined forces with Dèlifrance to create a new Vegan Ham & Cheeze Crown to satisfy the growing plant-based snacking trend.
The crown, which is available via Dèlifrance in wholesalers from this month, comprises flaky pastry topped with Quorn Ham pieces in a dairy-free bechamel sauce. The ready-to-bake snacks are sold frozen in boxes of 40 with an easy-to-use carton holder which Dèlifrance said makes its ideal for food-to-go operators.
“Veganuary isn’t just about January anymore. Veganuary’s research highlighted that 80% of participants this year were still eating 50% less meat, dairy and eggs six months after taking part,” said Cheryl Graham, licensing manager at Quorn Foods UK. “This, alongside a growing understanding of the impact that our diet can have on our health, and the health of our planet, shows that operators need to be taking meat-free on menus seriously.”
Vegan Toad in the Hole, The Real Yorkshire Pudding Company
The Real Yorkshire Pudding Company has launched what it claims is the first vegan toad in the hole in the UK retail market.
The new product, which can be found in over 300 Asda stores and via the retailer’s website, features two Lincolnshire-style meat-free sausages, baked in a light, crisp batter and takes 12 minutes to cook. The batter is made from wheat flour, soya protein, tapioca starch, rapeseed oil, yeast and raising agents. It took several months to get the right combination of ingredients to replace the egg and milk in a traditional Yorkshire pudding batter, the company said.
Bill Howson, MD of The Real Yorkshire Pudding Company, said the innovation formed part of the company’s “ambitious plans” to ramp up the accessibility of its premium products.
“With flexitarianism on the rise, we want to keep making products relevant to today’s people. Being first to market with a vegan toad in the hole allows us to put our modern twist on what’s already a traditional British classic,” he added.
Chocolate & Hazelnut Bun, Gail’s Bakery
Gail’s Bakery has launched a selection of plant-based dishes including a Chocolate & Hazelnut Bun as well as a Roasted Spiced Cauliflower Sandwich.
Described as a plant-based take on the perfect doughnut, the bun is made with olive oil which Gail’s said provides a light, fluffy alternative to dairy-based buns. It’s filled with Island Chocolate’s Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread and topped with caramelised hazelnuts and a crispy cocoa glaze.
The bakery has also brought back its Roasted Spiced Cauliflower Sandwich for Veganuary 2023. It sees a sesame flatbread filled with roasted, spiced cauliflower, matbucha, lentil hummus, and jalapeño and preserved-lemon pickled aubergine.
Rounding off Gail’s plant-based offering is a Sweet Potato & Lentil Burger and Freekah, Mushroom & Roasted Sweet Potation.
Salted Caramel Oat Cookie, Fuel10K
B Corp breakfast brand Fuel10K has expanded its line-up with a new Salted Caramel Oat Cookie.
Described as high in protein and low in sugar, the cookie features rolled oats and dark chocolate chips. Each cookie has 10g of protein.
The cookie is available in 426 Co-op stores nationwide and online at Amazon with a rsp of £1.49 per cookie. It joins the Fuel10K Double Chocolate Oat Cookie, which is also certified vegan.
Savoury Croissants, Charles Artisan Bread
Independent London bakery Charles Artisan Bread, which has sites in Clapton and Chobham, has launched a trio of vegan-friendly savoury croissants.
Visitors can choose from three filled and toasted vegan croissants: cheese & tomato; salmon alternative ‘zalmon’ & cream cheese; and vegan n’duja and brie. All three are priced at £4.25 and available for the whole of January.
They join the bakery’s existing range of vegan pastries including cinnamon buns, pain au chocolat, apple crumble Danish and peach Danish.
Vegan puddings, Bells of Lazonby
Bells of Lazonby’s free-from arm We Love Cake is taking its range of vegan-friendly puddings and desserts into retail for Veganuary 2023.
The Cumbrian bakery has unveiled a Choc-a-lot Pudding (rsp £3.00) while taking its Caramelicious Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart (rsp £2.50) and When Life Gives You Lemons Lemon Tart (rsp £2.50), currently available to foodservice, into Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. The latter was named New Bakery Product of the Year at the 2022 Baking Industry Awards.
All three are vegan-friendly, as well as milk, wheat and gluten-free. They’re made in small batches by skilled bakers and finished by hand, according to Bells of Lazonby.
Creamy Garlic Mushroom Slice, Ginsters
Ginsters has brought back its limited-edition Creamy Garlic Mushroom Slice for Veganuary 2023.
The slice, priced at £1.65, features golden puff pastry and a filling of roasted garlic, potato, onion, herbs, and a hint of lemon zest. The brand describes the vegan-friendly slice as a ‘satisfying and convenient meat-free lunch’ which is best enjoyed hot.
Mint Chocolate Chip Dough-Chi, Doughlicious
Doughlicious has expanded its Dough-Chi range of cookie dough stuffed with ice cream.
The new flavour, Mint Chocolate Chip, sees vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream wrapped in vegan chocolate cookie dough and rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs. The frozen treats are gluten and dairy-free as well as being vegan-friendly. They’re priced at £5.49 for a pack of six.
They join Doughlicious’ range of other vegan products including Chocolate Chip Dough-Chi, Coconut Dream Dough-Chi, Jalapeno and Chilli & Cumin Savoury Biscuit Dough and Double Chocolate Cookie Dough.