The NFBSS/IBB Alliance is organising a series of training workshops which are open to any one following a recognised course in bakery, either college or work-place based.


Although my grandfather ran a bakery, the industry didn't appeal to me at first, and I joined the RAF when I left school before taking a job as a security guard at Asda in Dudley. A vacancy came up in the bakery department as a trainee baker and I originally took it because it meant working longer hours.


(Bromley, Kent), a Lakeland Dairies company, makes cream which can be used on Christmas desserts.


Sil-Pin by Culinare (Farnborough, Hants) has launched a colourful collection of silicone rolling pins and pastry rollers with zinc alloy-coated handles for the traditional baker; a "Soft Grip" design for the baker-in-training; and, for the professional baker, the Baker's design, which has no handles.


For the growing number of people whose bloating and lethargy is affecting their quality of life, Livwell's Christmas offering includes wheat-, gluten- and milk-free Christmas cake with icing and marzipan, a two-pack of Christmas puddings and four mince pies that are also egg-free.

Crantock Bakery

(near Newquay, Cornwall) has rolled out seasonal items, including: a turkey and cranberry pasty, complete with sage and onion stuffing; a hand-raised pork and cranberry pie, made with hot water pastry; and an apple and mincemeat pasty. All three joined Crantock's existing range of 26 pasties, from traditional Cornish to beef madras.

Dawn Foods

(Evesham, Worcestershire) has developed a seasonal Christmas recipe card, using standard Dawn Foods mixes.

Délice de France

(Southall, Middlesex) has introduced several varieties of filled pastries and pies.

Cuisine de France

(Stone, Staffordshire) is offering several festive treats. The Shortcrust Pastry Mince Pie is a fully-baked, thaw-and-serve pastry case, filled with mincemeat.

News review of 2006


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