Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Posted on 04. Aug, 2017 by in Bread and conversation

The Great Taste Awards 2017 results are out and our very own Bread Angel, Liz Wilson aka Ma Baker has scooped up a two-star award and a three-star award for her bread.

What a fantastic achievement!

Organised by the Guild of Fine Foods, and judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging.

There were 12,366 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, only 165 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,011 received a 2-star and 3,171 were awarded a 1-star accolade.

Our very own Ma Baker - Liz Wison

Our very own Ma Baker - Liz Wison

Ma Baker was awarded 3 Stars for her Porridge Bread and 2 Stars for her Sourdough Rye with Fennel and Sultana. Not bad for this one girl band who has only been baking professionally since she did the Bread Angel course three years ago.  Working from her micro bakery in Fulham, Liz has bakes roughly 100 loaves a week on her bake day.  She also teaches wonderful bread classes that consistently receive excellent reviews.  Having won multiple awards, Liz proves what talent, hard work, and determination can do.  Click here to take a bread class with Liz.

 Comments from the judges included:

 Porridge:

A very attractive loaf, with chewy, almost crumpet-like crumb and a slight, natural sweetness. It does indeed make great toast.

Porridge loaf - 3 stars!

Porridge loaf - 3 stars!

We really like the wonderful oat flavour and amazing crisp surface, whilst it still manages to remain moist and flavourful in the centre. Very clever baking and a most enjoyable loaf.

Gorgeous oaty appearance and very appealing golden colour.  Perfectly baked with a lovely density. A little butter brought out the flavours of this fantastic bread.  Toasted, it was even better!

Eats well untoasted but comes into its own when toasted, which raises it to an outstanding level.

 Rye with Fennel and Sultana:

A handsome loaf, gorgeous pattern on the crust. It has an even rise and relatively light crumb, contrasting very well with the chewy, caramel, full-flavoured crust. The flavours are well balanced, the sultanas being lovely pops of sweetness. The fennel is well judged and blends in well with the rye.

100% rye with sultana and fennel - 2 stars!

100% rye with sultana and fennel - 2 stars!

 Would you like to open up your own micro bakery?  Click here.

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