BANTING ‘DOUGHNUTS’ ARE A HIT
Whether doughnuts are made with cake batter or yeast dough, iced or plain, they’re seriously unhealthy. Howard Shenker, a committed banter, chose to reject the ‘dough’ part and devised a notdoughnut that’s become a hit at markets in Gauteng.
Butter Me Up’s Bacon Doughnuts are drawing fans all over Gauteng
‘ Ihave loved cooking and entertaining since I worked in restaurants in London in the Nineties,’ says Howard Shenker of Butter Me Up. Howard is an avid traveller and, instead of showing photos to his friends when he gets home, he shares his adventures by designing feasts inspired by his travels and inviting his friends to dinner.
In time he started flirting with the idea of cooking professionally. Howard’s initial idea was to provide food-and-wine pairing dinners while selling food at a few markets on the side. As a banter – he lost an impressive 25kg over two years – he wanted his food to reflect his passion and belief in the low-carb lifestyle.
While scrolling through an American BBQ forum Howard was inspired by a recipe for an onion ring wrapped in bacon. Through trial and error he concocted what he believes is the perfect snack: an onion ring and red pepper ring, with savoury pork mince and mozzarella cheese, all wrapped in the finest quality streaky bacon, caressed with a tangy BBQ sauce and lightly smoked on the grill. The ‘Bacon Doughnut’ was born, along with Butter Me Up.
Howard took his ‘doughnut’ to a market for the first time in April 2016 and quickly realised he had a winner on his hands. He soon took over the market scene in Johannesburg, selling out of all his products and receiving comments such as ‘That’s the best thing I have eaten in… forever…’.
Alongside the Bacon Doughnut at Butter Me Up stalls you’ll find Banting Egg Muffins; Smoked Scotch Eggs (a boiled egg wrapped in minced pork and bacon); Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and pulled pork and wrapped in bacon; pulled pork smoked for seven hours and served on banting rolls; and other classic BBQ items with a banting twist.
Howard is committed to food items on the Green List in The Real Meal Revolution. His homemade BBQ sauce and banting mayonnaise are strictly low-carb and so delicious he has been asked to make them available to customers. His Facebook followers dub his products ‘magnificent, mouthwatering’ and claim that ‘This is banting heaven!’
Butter Me Up also provides a gourmet banting catering service sophisticated enough to hold its own against conventional catering services but Howard is not a total purist: if specific nonbanting items are requested, such as his award-winning brownies, he’ll relent and add them to the menu.
Howard’s dream is to provide all health-conscious individuals with more access to honest, healthy (and delicious!) food. He aims to expand his market presence to more than one market a day, grow the banting catering service and ultimately get his products into specialist delis.
HOWARD SHENKER OF BUTTER ME UP.
BUTTER ME UP’S BACON DOUGHNUTS.