Battle for best hot cross buns title shaping up
The annual battle of the buns is on again with the country’s only Easter bun competition – the Champion Easter Bun Bake Off – open for entries for the 2011 event.
Goodman Fielder national field sales manager, Paul Howley, said the company was now taking entries for the competition which identified New Zealand’s top Easter bun stores in the North Island and South Island over two weeks before Easter weekend.
‘‘As with last year’s competition, we will announce both North Island and South Island winners. However, bakers around the country will need to be in top form, as a master judge will now assess all entries to ensure consistency of standards across New Zealand.’’ As a result, judging will now take place over two days dur- ing which master judge Mike Turlej will attend judging sessions in both regions.
He will be assisted by a panel of baking and food experts including Annabelle White.
Judges will assess buns for straight and over crosses; application of the bun glaze; crust colour; symmetry and batching of product; crumb softness; even dispersal of fruit and; a good aro- matic flavour. ‘‘As with previous years, in order to be eligible for judging each bakery must use three Champion products, one of which must be either Champion Breadmix Hot Cross Bun mix or Champion Flour,’’ Mr Howley said.
The bake off runs from late January to March with the winners announced at the end of March/early April. The winning bakeries will receive $1500 each plus a customised promotion package for the store.
Bakeries have until March 9 to enter the bake off.
To enter the Easter Bun Bake Off 2011, bakeries should indicate they wish to enter if phoned, they can telephone 0800 11 0800, register online at www.championflour.co.nz or contact their Champion expert in their territory.