So what could be better than 30 odd chocolates laid out for tasting? How about 55 cakes, cookies and biscuits? And here are our judges looking suitably serious and intent on the business in hand…
Surprisingly, although there were 55 entries, they only included a small handful of what I would call ‘proper cakes’ – the sort that you put on a big plate and cut into large tea-time slices. Instead we had every variety of muffin and crumpet and tea cake and biscuit and cookie and brownie. Many of them, as you can see, very colourful and most of them extremely tasty.
And while some of our judges were starting to look a little worried by entry number 40, others were still going very strong right up to entry number 55!! Fortunately we had a lot of keen bakers amongst them who were interested in the different textures and baking methods that had been used – and in how many allergens had been successfully excluded from the mix.
Next up sessions to be reported on will be somewhat more puritanical but possibly more useful!! Breads, vegetarian ready meals and Foods to go – a massively growing market not only in freefrom but across the food sector.
* TeaTime was sponsored by Mrs Crimbles.