We've been looking for new bakers this month, and we're please to announce Heidi and Sue have joined our team. Welcome to 280 Bakes, ladies!
Heidi is a mum-of-one from Patchway in Bristol. She's originally from Hungary and learned her initial baking skills from her mum. Then, baking birthday cakes for friends and family, devouring blogs and recipe books (especially those from pastry chefs), she honed her skills and has become an accomplished cake baker.
Heidi joined 280 Bakes to allow her to bake more, as it's something she really enjoys. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is her favourite cake.
Sue is the second baker to join us this month. She's our most eastern Bristol baker, from the area of
Hanham. She's a keen golfer, and Sue's favourite cake is Lemon Sponge.
Sue says James Martin is one of her favourite chefs, but she inspiration from all over.
We're looking forward to seeing your cakes, guys, welcome to the team!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
So, you're throwing a party for New Year? Awesome! Here are our top tips on how to have THE BEST New Year party your friends have ever been to!
1. Avoid the anti-climatic moment at 12.01 am with a banging playlist - make sure the first few tunes of 2018 are party starters, even if you've been going for several hours already! We suggest...
- Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
- Calvin Harris - Feels
- Pharrell Williams - Happy
2. Make sure there's a cake - everyone loves cake! Our boozy New Year cakes are perfect for the occasion. Gluten free, standard or vegan... and we deliver! Orders close on 29th December.
Our Destiny and Louise went to the Bristol Viva Vegan Christmas Market this weekend, and did they nail it? Yes they did!
Take a look at the amazing cakes the ladies took with them... and consequently sold to many, many hungry vegans! Everything from stewed plum cupcakes to gluten free gin and lemon cake, mince pie shortbread to a boozy Christmas cake - we had it all.
If you see anything you like here, we'd be happy to bake anything for you again if you couldn't make the event - just contact us!
That was our final event for 2018, but we are starting to book on events for next year, so stay tuned for more information!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We're the gluten free cake myth busters! Here are six myths about gluten free cakes... totally busted!
Umm... These cakes from our bakers rose beautifully! This is a carrot cake (left) and gingerbread (right), both 100% gluten free. It does help if you have a good recipe - just replacing the 'normal' flour with gluten free versions doesn't always cut it.
Why not learn more about our gluten free cakes and test the myth yourself!
Myth #2: Gluten Free Cakes Are 'Gritty'
Again, it's all about what you put in the mixture. A pure gluten free flour may be a bit gritty, but mixed with other types of flour can really balance it out. Try coconut flour, ground rice, chickpea flour... There's lots to choose from.
Myth #3: Gluten Free Means A Grain-Free Diet
A common mis-conception of having a gluten free diet is it needs to be 100% grain free. This isn't the case, as rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, quinoa are all gluten free grains.
Oats often falls into the no-go category for gluten free diets, but actually, this is also incorrect. The reason oats get a bad name is they're easily contaminated with wheat in production and processing, so you're best off avoiding our banana oat cakes and flapjacks if you're having issues with gluten, though through no fault of their own!
Myth #4: Gluten Free Products Are 100% Free Of Gluten
No need to panic - you can still trust our 'gluten free' cake labelling, but gluten free is a legal definition, not a scientific one. It means food contains less than a certain legal amount of gluten. In the UK, for example, this is less than 20 parts per million. More info on this can be found on this website for Coeliac sufferers.
Myth #5: 'Glutinous' Products Contain Gluten
Wrong! 'Glutinous' actually means 'sticky'. Gluten is in wheat, barley and rye (see oats above), so, for example, 'glutinous rice' is just sticky rice - you're safe there! Why not try this fab recipe for this gluten free Sticky Date Cake from Food52, now you know you can?
Myth #6: Going Gluten Free Is A Fad
This is the worst myth of all. Going gluten free, for the majority of cases, is a decision a person takes to improve life changing, often painful and complicated symptoms. If you're medically diagnosed - and please don't self-diagnose - as a coeliac, you may have a combination of a number of symptoms (these are just a few):
- weigh loss - liver complications - repeated miscarriages
- alopecia - mouth ulcers - ataxia (loss of coordination)
Changing to a gluten free diet can alleviate some of these problems, and lead to a healthier lifestyle - for those who need to make the change.
If you're concerned you may be coeliac and could therefore benefit from a gluten free diet, make an appointment with your GP. More information is on the Coeliac UK website, but nothing beats face to face, personal medical advice.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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