April 21

Cut the fat, keep the taste

first_imgCereform (Northampton) has re-engineered its doughnut mixes so finished product contains 25% less fat.The company offers both cake and yeast-raised versions of the reduced-fat doughnut mixes, which it claims taste as good as traditional ‘full-fat’ products. Cereform says yeast-raised recipes are suitable for moulded, sheeted or extruded production processes and are simple to use requiring the addition of yeast and water. With their light, even texture, cake donuts are available in made-to-measure formulas, particularly suited to plant bakers or fast-turnover outlets. Cereform also offers a range of icings and fillings, including quick drying, smooth and shiny dipping icings in vanilla, strawberry, lemon and chocolate flavour. Cereform’s Shugarwite offers a white finish with a vanilla flavour for a traditional sugar-coated doughnut. Also on offer are caramel and toffee sauces.last_img read more

April 21

Your letters

first_imgI must admit to not understanding Andrew Whitley, author of Bread Matters. It would be different if he was pushing the virtues of wholegrain and bulk fermentation, but he seems to be on some crusade to denigrate the whole of the milling and baking industry. I don’t think he is in full possession of all the facts.He conjures up a view that everything in the past was good and everything today is bad, creating a moral high ground.Large bakeries and roller milling are not bad, just efficient. With efficiency comes consistency, good process controls, good standards of hygiene and care in production for a highly demanding industry to feed an equally demanding consumer.Things are changing because of market demands and a better understanding of what good health really is.There will be some ingredients that may be reduced, some have limits set and some even taken out, but that is evolution of a mature industry.The industry is moving towards clean-label and products with inclusions, such as calcium or Omega 3. This is not cynical marketing, it is an opportunity for families to add things back into their diet which they are missing from elsewhere.What planet is Whitley living on to suggest economics, market forces and competitive pricing are not arguments? I think we are all for Fairtrade, local sourcing and ethical trading. I do not believe we have lost the public’s trust in bread; scaremongering will do nobody any favours.Jonathan BraceOperations directorBrace’s Bakerylast_img read more

April 21

Asparagus

first_imgThe first of the English asparagus will be appearing at the end of April. The British asparagus season, which lasts just eight weeks, really gets going in May and is finished by the end of June, although fresh asparagus is available all year round from places as far away as Spain and Peru.The Vale of Evesham is the traditional home of asparagus and hosts a festival towards the end of May. Although it is often served with just melted butter or hollandaise sauce as an accompaniment, it can be used in baking. It is particularly good in flans or quiches and mixes well with goat’s cheese and salmon.Trim and cook the asparagus in boiling water for a few minutes until tender before using. It can be mixed with cooked leeks, bound with a mild cheese sauce and wrapped in either shortcrust or puff pastry to make a vegetarian pasty.Asparagus is also good roasted, so roll out puff pastry and prick the base with a fork leaving a border all the way around. Cover the pastry with cooked sliced onions and place the trimmed raw asparagus on top. Brush with olive oil, scatter over chunks of feta cheese and bake until cooked and golden brown.* Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leith’s Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

April 21

Surrey hotel to open in-house bakery

first_imgA Surrey hotel is to open an in-house bakery in October this year, which will also offer bakery masterclasses.The Bakery, which is to open at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, will produce bread made from its own filtered bore hole water, and organic buckwheat, chestnut and rye flours.It will provide the hotel guests with a wide range of bread and patisserie, including sourdough, ciabatta and focaccia.Baked goods will also be available for residents of the hotel to pre-order and pick up when checking out. Visitors to the hotel will be able to buy goods from The Bakery at the hotel reception.The facility will feature a large glass viewing panel, so that guests can watch head pastry chef Denis Drame, previously of Pierre Hermé and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, at work.Drame will be joined by new head baker Stephane Gliniewicz, who was mostly recently senior baker at The Connaught hotel, London.“The development of The Bakery here at Pennyhill shows our true dedication to home-cooked produce and to food miles,” commented Pennyhill Park Hotel general manager Julian Tomlin.“In my mind, there’s nothing worse than bread or pastries delivered by a supplier, which we cannot guarantee is baked literally just before the customer takes a bite.” The Bakery will be available to conference delegates and will also offer bakery masterclasses for up to eight people.last_img read more

April 21

Dickens’ Delight

first_imgI created this recipe based on traditional French brioches, to make a UK product that can be served all year long and especially for seasonal occasions. It is a sweet Viennese pastry using leavened dough a sweet and soft delicacy filled with a traditional British Christmas mixture of fruits, alcohol, sugar and spices. It is best served at tea-time with a dollop of custard or thick cream. It is very good for breakfast as well and can be reheated for one to two minutes at 180C.Why the name? In one particular passage of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, he memorably describes the richness of the typical foods that are eaten at Christmas time; and the richness of this pastry creation pays homage to his descriptive powers.IngredientsMakes 40Dough recipeStrong white flour 1,000gCaster sugar 190gFresh egg 350gFresh yeast 50gWater 80gFresh milk 180gSalt 20gButter (at room temperature) 400gFillingMincemeat 1,000gDecorationCaramelised apple slicesMethod1. Mix all the dough ingredients (except butter) on first speed until combined, then on high speed until the dough forms and the side of the bowl is completely clear. Then add the butter in small pieces on slow speed for two minutes, then on high speed until completely absorbed.2. After mixing, place dough into a container, cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes.3. Knock the dough back then cover and store in the fridge overnight.4. Scale at 55g and gently mould into balls. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes5. Roll out each ball into a small rectangle (A) (7cm W x 12cm L) and spread with 25g of mincemeat (B). Then roll up like a Swiss roll. (C + D)6. Cut each roll into six slices (E) and place into rectangular moulds (F) so that you can see the inside of the slice. Then prove for up to 2 hours at 24-26C, 65% relative humidity. (G)7. Egg-wash gently and bake at 180C (deck oven) or 170C (fan oven) until golden brown.8. De-pan and place on wires to cool down. (H)Apple preparation1. Slice apple to 1mm and place onto baking tray using baking paper. Brush gently with butter (I) and sprinkle with caster sugar.2. Bake for 60-70 minutes at 120C. Half-way through baking, remove the apple slices and place them into baking pans to give the final shape, then place back in the oven.3. Allow to cool.Final decoration1. When cold, dust half of the brioche with icing sugar at an angle (J), then stick a caramelised apple slice on top with a dab of caramel.last_img read more

April 21

Aryzta announces sales boost

first_imgSpeciality bakery company Aryzta has announced a 54% increase in revenues to €2.85bn for the year ended 31 July.The company said that an increase in sales to non-European and North American markets was the main driver of growth. Underlying growth in its food group was 2.7% – though the company said that it remains “a tough economic environment” for consumers.Aryzta spent more than €1bn acquiring two North American companies last year.The Swiss-based company, which was formed following the merger of IAWS and Swiss company Hiestand, saw ebita increase by 55% to €322.3m. The company has also acquired rival Honeytop Speciality Foods for an undisclosed sum.>>Honeytop places faith in tortilla productionlast_img read more

April 20

Protests in Elkhart, South Bend stay peaceful, tear gas used during Fort Wayne, Indy…

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter By Jon Zimney – May 30, 2020 0 1386 Previous articleSuspect arrested, victim recovering after shooting in Benton TownshipNext articleDNR: Clean up after yourself while camping and on the beach Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Hundreds of people protested peacefully in Elkhart and South Bend in regard to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Floyd died after a police officer in Minneapolis put his knee to Floyd’s neck during his arrest in a video that went viral.The protest in Elkhart, on Friday, May 29, was peacefully, unlike other protests took place across the nation. Both Elkhart’s mayor, Rod Roberson, and police chief, Chris Snyder, spoke to and with the crowd, promising that their city would promote change and accountability for police officers, and that looting and rioting would not happen there.About 400 people attended a protest on Saturday afternoon in downtown South Bend, which was also peaceful. Another protest in downtown South Bend was set to take place on Saturday night.A demonstration that took place in downtown Fort Wayne, Friday night, got out of hand.Fort Wayne Police released a chemical agent, identified by some there as tear gas, to control the crowd.The demonstration in downtown Fort Wayne started at the Allen County Courthouse, but eventually led to demonstrators sitting, marching, and standing in the middle of the road nearby.Police were called to the scene, with more tear gas and rubber bullets deployed, as some demonstrators began to damage downtown buildings.Journalists from several Fort Wayne media agencies, including the Journal Gazette and our Partners in News at ABC 21, also reported being hit with tear gas as they attempted to cover the story.Mayor Tom Henry released a statement asking for peace and urging all citizens to come together, rather than driving everyone further apart:“The City of Fort Wayne respects the rights of individuals to participate in peaceful demonstrations. Tonight’s demonstration in downtown Fort Wayne began peacefully. As the demonstration moved along, it began to get more aggressive and the safety of the public was being put at risk. The Fort Wayne Police Department ultimately had to respond in a manner to protect the public’s safety.”Police and protesters met in a confrontation in downtown Indianapolis.The crowd of about 100 people stopped taking direction from police, claiming they had unfairly cuffed a woman and put her in a police car.When the protest moved close to the Indiana state house, police used pepper balls and tear gas to try and break the crowd up.They continued their activities for several hours, damaging businesses and firing gunshots. Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement.“Hoosiers have long been people who find solutions to the challenges we face, whether it be in response to a pandemic or to an injustice like the world witnessed so tragically inflicted upon Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota.“As I stated yesterday, injuring the innocent in response to an injustice is counterproductive. I’ve asked the Indiana State Police to fully support and make resources available to local communities across our state to ensure our citizens and their property remain safe.“In the days ahead, peaceful assembly and clear voices will be important if we are to make progress.  Violence and vandalism will set us back in our shared desire to resolve differences.  Let us again, each of us, be part of the solution.” WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Protests in Elkhart, South Bend stay peaceful, tear gas used during Fort Wayne, Indy demonstrations Facebook Google+ Network Indiana and Darrin Wright/WOWO contributed to this story. Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

April 20

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana cancels fall flights

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Photo Supplied/Honor Flight) Honor Flight Northeast Indiana has cancelled two flights scheduled for September and October.Those flights were originally set for spring of this year until they were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.This comes after the board for the Honor Flight Network ordered all Honor Flights scheduled for the rest of 2020 to be postponed until 2021.“The safety of our veterans has always been and will continue to be the number one priority for Honor Flight,” said HFNEI President Dennis Covert. “Our veterans are among the most vulnerable of the population as it relates to serious complications and death from COVID-19 and, as a result of this, it is just not prudent for Honor Flight to risk the health and safety of those we seek to honor at this juncture.”Veterans and guardians who were set to go on the April 29, 2020 Honor Flight will be automatically re-scheduled for the next year on April 28. Those scheduled for the flight on May 20 of this year will be automatically moved to next year’s flight on May 26.More changes are possible. For more information, go to their website. Pinterest By Caleb Hatch – June 14, 2020 0 275 Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Honor Flight Northeast Indiana cancels fall flights Twitter Previous articleRep. Banks pushing bill to get schools open by SeptemberNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana Mobile food distributions for the week ahead Caleb Hatchlast_img read more

April 20

Hacienda Mexican temporarily closes Miami Street restaurant for COVID-19 testing

first_img Previous articleOne shot, another arrested following Cass County domestic disputeNext articleWeekend shooting investigations underway in South Bend Brooklyne Beatty Hacienda Mexican temporarily closes Miami Street restaurant for COVID-19 testing IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Photo supplied/Hacienda Mexican Restaurants) Hacienda Mexican is temporarily closing one of its St. Joseph County restaurants for COVID-19 testing.The Miami Street location is now closed. So far, there’s no word on when it will reopen.In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant chain said they’ve “been working with the St. Joseph County Health Department and following their guidance.”All other Hacienda Mexican Restaurant locations are still open. Twitter Twitter Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – October 19, 2020 0 746 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest TAGSclosedcoronavirusCOVID-19haciendaIndianaMexicanmiami streetrestaurantSouth BendSt. Joseph Countytesting Google+last_img read more

April 20

BBB: Hoosiers among thousands with complaints against Texas gift card reseller

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) Reselling gift cards and buying pre-owned gift cards is now common practice, especially during gift-giving holidays. If you want to sell your unused gift cards, trade or buy pre-owned gift cards, several companies will facilitate this process for you.One Texas-based gift card marketplace, Cardpool, LLC, currently has an “F” rating due to 2,187 complaints filed against the company in the last three years and failure to eliminate the pattern of complaints and unresolved complaints. Although Cardpool, LLC, has been responsive to concerns, complaints originate from all 50 states, including at least 12 in Indiana.Complaints against Cardpool, LLC, allege failure to issue payment in a timely manner after gift card was submitted and confirmed received by business, or non-payment for cards sold. Additional complaints allege gift cards purchased from the website had a zero balance or the gift cards rejected from being purchased were returned with a zero balance.One Hammond man sold a $400 Ticketmaster gift card to Cardpool, LLC. He told the BBB that he received a confirmation email informing him that he’d be receiving a payment within three days, but he never received the money.“I was to receive an Amazon gift card with a $313 balance,” he reported. “I have sent two emails and received two generic email responses.”If you choose to patronize a company that provides this service, Better Business Bureau warns customers to be cautious.“There are so many potential pitfalls if customers are not careful what company they choose,” said Marjorie Stephens, President and CEO of BBB Serving Northern Indiana. “When a gift card is not new and not purchased directly from the retailer itself, you also run the risk of not receiving what you bargained for.”Use BBB’s tips to reduce your chance for risk when purchasing from a gift card reseller:Make sure to research the business before you buy, sell or trade. Visit BBB.org and find out the company’s rating. Read the complaints of any online gift card reseller that you may be considering.Make sure that the company is responsive if things go wrong and has easy-to-find contact information.Make sure that you understand what the business’ policy is regarding refunds.Use a payment method that will allow you to dispute the charges, if you believe you have become the victim of fraud.Immediately check the balance and any passwords or PINs of any cards that you purchase.Once verified, use the gift cards quickly to make certain that they continue to function properly.If problems arise, contact BBB at bbb.org/northernindiana to file a complaint.Consumers are encouraged to report scams to BBB’s ScamTracker at BBB.org.ScamTracker. Their story could help others avoid being a victim of a scam. WhatsApp WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – December 24, 2020 0 408 Twitter Google+ Previous articleIndianapolis apparent frontrunner to host NCAA March MadnessNext articleGov. Holcomb signs new executive order extending temporary licensing of healthcare workers 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook BBB: Hoosiers among thousands with complaints against Texas gift card resellerlast_img read more