February

Perfecting the pasty

Time saver

Crazy for cupcakes

Next issue 13 March

Caught in the web

Mouthing off

In the BB Archives

Cowca-Cola

Viennese toilet humour

Going Dutch

Landlord selling up?

Bad news for employers

Subway steps up

A very English affair

Our deli bread

Window shopping

Seasonal seller

Book review: Chocolate: a Healthy Passion

In my world - the café owner

IFE09 Preview

Bars take on muesli base

CMC shows 'modest' model

McCoy's adds a fresh twist

Délifrance looks towards France for Heritage

Café connection

Reporting in

Contactless payment sees growing popularity

Directors consider future of Patisserie UK

In Short

Service may boost spend

Student conference details revealed

Baker & Spice finds buyer

Naked Baker moves into second outlet

Pret A Manger targets recession-hit consumers

In Short

Special week to celebrate 'Shop that Never Sleeps'

Kerrs to open new £1m bakery

FSA Wales investigates fat reduction

Top Greggs man to take part in Café+ debate

BSB golf day returns to Belfry course

SAMB moves bakery training south of border

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Get saucy

Sauces and dressings are not something that come instantly to mind when thinking about bakery, but they are an integral part of adding flavour - not to mention a point of difference - to a sandwich, wrap or a panini.

Sweet news for sweets?

Patisserie, Danish, Viennoiserie... they're all interchangeable titles for the same thing, aren't they? Well, sometimes, but you'd be best advised not to mix them up if you're doing a category analysis. According to one market analyst's definition, sales of one of those categories soared nearly 17% last year, while another dropped nearly a third and the remaining one fared pretty solidly.

Buttery bread with attitude

For various reasons, the idea of onion bread sometimes frightens consumers. But with Onion & Butter Bread, the butter reduces the impact of the onion.

Get your just desserts

This truly great-tasting dessert can be made so simply. Crème brûlée (burnt cream) is a smooth custard dessert with a caramelised sugar topping, often overlooked by bakers to sell, leaving it to the restaurateurs. If you have retail plus a coffee shop, you have two opportunities for a sale.

Create a stir with swirls

With Christmas out of the way let's roll out Easter! These innovative Easter Bun Swirls are ideal as ready-to-eat snacks, a major advantage over the ever-popular Hot Cross Bun.

Recipes & Ingredients

Welcome to this Special Feature on Recipes and Ingredients. Last week, some friends who live near Bromley in Kent, phoned me to say that the Saturday lunchtime queue stretched right outside their local baker's. That was music to my ears. I rather wished a TV crew had rushed round there and said something like: "It might be a recession, but look at how popular the local craft baker is!"

Franchise success

Jumping up six places in British Baker's Top 50 bakery retailers table this January, was UK coffee chain Coffee Republic. Currently at ninth place, up from 15 last year, the firm has seen massive expansion in the last year and shows no signs of slowing down.

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