Boozy cakes bust

Welsh bakery Clam's Handmade Cakes is very proud of its award-winning whisky cake, but its plans for wide distribution have been stymied by clipboard-wielding officials, who have declared the confection so high in alcohol that it cannot be sold by shops unless they have a licence. But the story has made Clam's the talk of its home town, Crickhowell, and everyone is keen to try a slice. Rumours that local police are planning to make cake-driving a criminal offence are mere speculation.

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== Oct 7, 1955: Sainsbury's ends home deliveries ==

The Genius of Dr Allinson

The words right are not those of a religious zealot. Neither are they transcribed from a holy book. They are, in fact, the Dr's prescribed cure for zits.

Crumby letter

Whoever said that people who write in to newspapers have too much time on their hands? We found this letter sent in to the Jamaica Gleaner (never let it be said we're not thorough), and we don't know whether we should weep or be impressed. You decide...

Mouthing off

"At the time the police agreed to let it go ahead, there were fewer than 100 people signed up. Now there's more than 1,200 and, unsurprisingly, the police aren't too happy about it."

SAMB shake-up

The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) conference, from 24-27 May, saw George Stevenson, MD of of Mathiesons of Falkirk, with 32 shops and mall cafés, and a growing wholesale business, take over as new president.

The right combination

Combis, the multi-purpose workhorses of the oven world, can be used to roast, steam or bake food. When used in combination, the various heating methods within each oven speed up the cooking process, maximising efficiency and saving time.

Savoury favour

As summer is almost upon us - or at least as much of a summer as Britain normally gets - most of us like to have a barbecue in the garden when the opportunity strikes, and salad is nowhere to be seen in shops by Sunday afternoon. But does this hot weather affect the sales of hot savoury food? Do consumers, who are out shopping in a busy high street on a hot summer's day, choose to grab a pasty-on-the-go, or a sandwich?

Upmarket in Upminster

Where do you go for the taste of authentic Parisian artisanal bread? Middlesex would not be many people's number-two destination on this front. But in Upminster, you will find a self-proclaimed sourdough "mini revolution" under way. (Any sightings of Frenchmen roaming the countryside wielding their baguettes in an aggressive manner are purely coincidental.)

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