February

Coming clean

The UK baking industry has come to rely on a whole host of additives to make a classic range of products, from crumpets to loaves. Over the past few years, the tide has been turning towards additive-free. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what function ingredients such as bread improvers perform and how to replace them.

Onward journey

Ask people what SSP is and they may hazard a guess at Statutory Sick Pay or maybe the Scottish Socialist Party. Those are two of search engine Google's top answers anyway.

hot cross Panettone By John Haynes

Here's a great hot cross bun recipe, with a twist! As hot cross buns are already on sale in the supermarkets, and Easter is late this year, avoid consumer fatigue by baking them like a mini panettone. These are great for cafés, served in panettone cases.

A modern take on chocolate cupcakes... Dark Chocolate and Avocado Cupcake by Lily Vanilli

Avocado meat replaces butter as the fat in this frosting. The cake is rich and moist with a hint of espresso.

In my world

In my journey through life, many of my seemingly mundane experiences have been reduced to metaphors, revealing life-changing philosophies.

Temperature control

The new ThermaLite 2 thermometer, designed for routine day-to-day food and catering applications, indicates temperature over the range of -39.9C to 149.9°C with a ±0.5°C accuracy guaranteed for the life of the instrument, said the firm.

Burger buns go upmarket

Lantmännen Unibake UK has added a Gourmet Burger Bun to its Americana range of fast food breads. The Kaiser Bun features a subtle sour flavour and a slightly firmer texture, finished with a maize dressing, according to the firm. It has been designed to cater for operators of any kind looking to develop a more premium hamburger offering. The buns are pre-sliced for convenience and are available in packs of 6x8.

Prima goes for local approval

Scorrier-based bakery Prima Bakeries has launched a range of Cornish sliced bread lines in a bid to take on "the big boys". The six lines feature a brand new Cornish heart logo, and can be distributed across Cornwall.

LCI innovates

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has launched a new clean-label preservative for bakery products called Bakesafe.

Tortillas with a difference

Discovery Foods claims to have launched the first preservative-free tortillas, in a bid to drive further growth within the Mexican eating category.

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