Battle for best hot cross buns ti­tle shap­ing up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.cham­pi­ or con­tact their Cham­pion ex­pert in their ter­ri­tory.

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