Wednesday, 4 December 2013
I should mention - Christmas Is always such a busy part of a pastry chefs year, so please forgive me if I run over a weekly update. I'd love to have more spare time, however the festivities and the goings on are always busy for everyone.
I thought that this week I'd share the pictures and show a few things I'm thinking of getting for the TPK Development Kitchen.
So as you can see from the internal photographs, I'm very lucky for the kitchen being in such good shape.
Structurally, it needs a deep clean, a new safely floor and paneling there in the back room. The actual snag list is minor in comparison to a proper business type kitchen.
The insulated area at the back of the kitchen, will become a simple walk in fridge. Over these next few months I'll get the walls in the small room cladded over with some proper hygiene kitchen wall panels.
Only then can I possibly consider a refrigeration unit. The one below would be perfect for the job, and a simple fridge freezer is only a fraction of the price for the short term future.
To the left is the unit I'd love for the future. and to
the right is an insulated door
I should achieve a constant 2 or 5 deg C. *depending on setting
For a hot water supply I'd love the combi boiler below. I'm looking at the bigger model, so already much of my budget needs to be saved up until the purchase.
A hot water supply is essential, so much so, any local health authority would expect this as the most basic of standards in a professional kitchen.
I do hope that this will be with us and installed by the end of January 2014.
This is where I'm up to this week, and I should have more by next.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
The First Post 21st November 2013
The story begins with an idea, a Development Kitchen to help update and even better skills, a place where a small personal budget will also benefit good people and great causes.
I'm a pastry chef who loves developing himself; I do make lovely recipes that I'd love you to have! - but only if you make it.
See, Cooking is incredibly interesting to me. I believe that having a recipe in your recipe book or file, should be one that you, yourself, have made when you got it.
Only you will then have had the experience for the future to hand on. No one likes a false start in baking do they?
There is a 2 month project beginning today where our space will be refurbished.
The Lovely people of GB Liners have agreed to help move my old kitchen equipment from storage at their facility in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. My new kitchen, also based in Altrincham...
Below is the schematic image of what sort of space I hold.
I look forward to sharing
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
It's that time of year again where Brett Pistorius attempts to raise some more much needed funds for a worthy and incredibly essential charity.
Hospitality Action is the hospitality industry benevolent organisation, helping past & present workers of all ages who are in crisis, such as the bereaved, the ill & the disabled.
Hospitality Action offers financial aid & information, and also supports a youth guidance scheme educating on alcohol and drugs misuse.
This time last year Brett was spotted delivering and transporting goods across Cheshire and Greater Manchester in a big pink baby outfit, completed with a bib and frilly hat and even a pink frilly skirt. This year however Brett's decided to go a more modest route...
Surprising as it was to us, The Bupa Great Manchester Run caught Brett's attention this year-no one knows why, or how?!?...but he's doing it this coming Sunday!! He's not got that much training in, so it's going to be a hard slog :)
The Bupa Great Manchester Run is staged over a course of 10km, which has been officially measured and certified. The 2012 start line is on Portland Street near the junction with Oxford Street while the finish line is on Deansgate.
There is an Aqua-Pura water station on the course just before the 5km marker, just past Old Trafford. Other facilities for runners in 2012 include the “run-through" shower just before the end of Trafford Wharf Road at around the 6.5km point.
In addition, there will be several Bands on the Run positions throughout the course to ensure runners received that all-important musical boost at regular intervals.
As a keen supporter of Hospitality Action, Brett would like you to know ''I would like to highlight how important the work of the charity is in offering vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK''and find themselves in crisis.
Please help Brett hit his target to raise £250.00 for the charity, help him finish the run by digging deep and visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Brett-Pistorius to donate
or you can also donate by phone by texting BRET82 £10 to 70070 to sponsor him today. Thank-you :o)
Friday, 2 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Just in case you need a recipe to make marshmallow to glue your Dutch Butter biscuits together, here is a simple recipe to make it at home :) Enjoy!!
• 8 sheets sheets leaf gelatine
• 500 g castor sugar
• 100 ml water
• 3 large egg whites
• icing sugar
- First you need to mix the sugar with the water and ensure it’s all moistened to the same level, and we need to bring it to a boil over a medium high heat.
*Warning: Hot sugar causes serious harm, so please be careful so not to hurt yourself or others when cooking it*
- In a jug of cold water, soften your gelatin. This recipe uses Bronze leaf gelatin.
- You need a sugar thermometer to do this properly, and the sugar needs to boil to a soft ball stage which is 235 deg F, or 112deg C
- As your sugar starts to get close to the soft ball stage, in a mixer start whisking the egg whites on a medium slow speed, this will allow for more uniform smaller bubbles to go into the egg whites :)
- Add the softened gelatin to the hot sugar when ready, and remove from the heat, and add into the whisking egg white.
- Whisk until cool, so this can be around 5-10 minutes in the miser, and add colouring if required. Some chefs add beetroot juice and even purees of fruit-the trick is to not add too much, dashes yes! As too much liquid going in may require a higher level of gelatin in the recipe
- I normally spread the mix over a tray and chill before slicing it, and then adding the cubes to a cornflour icing sugar mixture. However you can also pipe the mixture onto your biscuits and make your own biccie sandwich :)
100g Icing sugar
200g Unsalted butter/salted butter if you like it like that
300g Plain flour
Just mix it to a dough, roll into a sausage and slice into 1cm thick coins :)
I bake them myself at 160 deg C till gently browned (normally 20 minutes), but 180 deg C for about 10 minutes is also fine (That way you get to dunk it into the tea faster ;0)
Oh, and if you prefer shapes, the dough can be rolled out and cut, filled or garnished like in the picture!
I hope you enjoy making this very simple delightful recipe, any questions, just ask it here or put it to us on twitter :)
Friday, 22 July 2011
My experience of newly trained Chefs and pastry chefs straight out of college is that they really haven’t been shown the basics of cooking; just the other week I had an apprentice say that he’d never cut a cabbage and didn’t know how. 5 Minutes later I had shown him and he was on his way-surely the college should have taught him this? Industry leaders and organisations do try their best in getting new talent to flourish, through awards like the Annual Awards of Excellence, The chocolate dessert of the year, and the Pastry Chef dessert of the year.
My opinion is that we need more from the industry to bring talent out in young pastry chefs, where this can be best accomplished would have more skills shown and taught to them at college.
I have also had commi pastry chefs with their new NVQ’s joining my brigade in the past, also with no clue as to the different mixing methods, or even the basic knowledge of reading a recipe.
It is sad that individuals are let loose in our industry not knowing the basics. For example, I regard food science in pastry to be incredibly important, with regards to cooking temperatures (coagulation, over-coagulation, syneresis) and when a sol becomes a gel, cereals also need great attention, and so on.
I love teaching people what i have learnt, and continue to learn myself. My dreams for a Britain with fabulous new pastry sections need enthusiastic Pastry talent. Let?s not spoil it and let?s train them well.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
THE PASTRY KING SCOOPS WIN AT FINE FOOD AWARDS
The Pastry King has scooped a top award at the Fine Food Awards 2011, which celebrate the best fine foods in the Northwest.
The company won a FOOD NW HEART AWARD for its Chocolate Box Selection.
Organised by Food NW* the awards recognise the best fine foods produced across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
Celebrity chef, Nigel Haworth, chef patron of Northcote in Lancashire and chair of the awards’ judges, announced the winners at his ‘Fantastic Food Show’ at Ewood Park in Blackburn on June 12, 2011.
The Chocolate Truffle selection consists of truffles made from quality Valrhona chocolate, which is hand blended and emulsified by the Head Pastry Chef, Chocolatier Brett Pistorius. The assortment is an arrangement of classic flavour combinations developed and refined over his extensive career in many high class eateries and establishments, both here in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Six lovely and bespoke chocolate truffles, with flavored ganache ranging from sea salt and bitter dark chocolate through to a white chocolate, almond, vanilla and Amaretto are brilliantly enrobed in hand tempered chocolate and garnished with love. So much love and attention to detail is put into The Pastry King Chocolate Truffle selection that even a touch of 23 carat gold leaf makes an appearance on the Baileys Milk chocolate truffle.
The Food NW Gold Heart Awards, which recognise ‘exceptional’ products, were awarded to 12 fine foods. Over 100 products, which were deemed as ‘excellent’ by the judges, secured a Food NW Heart Award.
Brett Pistorius has said ‘’I am extremely proud that one of my products have won an award, they really are a labour of love with exceptional ingredients being used to make them. I am thrilled!’’
An independent benchmark for the region’s best foods, in 2011 the awards were judged by a select panel of food experts including top chefs, food buyers and food writers, through a series of heats held across the region.
Pat Foreman, chief executive of Food NW, said: “The Fine Food Awards honour the very best of the fine foods to be found in our region. Brett Pistorius should be proud of their achievement, which is testament to the hard work, creativity and innovation that has gone into making their award-winning product. We are delighted to be able to help promote and support the finest foods our region to offer.”
This year’s awards saw nearly 400 products entered by 132 companies from across the Northwest.
For further information contact:
Brett Pistorius can be contacted direct on 07894519462
The Pastry King is a bakery that produces fantastic quality desserts, chocolates and cakes as they are ordered. From dinner parties to wedding cakes, we can help you.
We believe that fresh is best, local is better and that premix is bad. This is why we make to order, use local when we have it and make everything from scratch using nothing but the best we can buy and our favourite recipe's. At the end of the day, our produce is our passion and we love what we do!
The best way to discover what makes us so special and truly unique is to try it yourself .
About the Fine Food Awards 2011
The Fine Food Awards 2011 are organised by Food NW, which aims to help businesses in the food & drink industry maximise their economic potential and increase productivity and output.
Food NW is managing the Food & Drink Growth Programme with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which aims to stimulate and develop the higher value sub-sectors of the region’s food and drink economy, whilst ensuring a safe and sustainable environment in which to grow. For further information please visit www.foodnw.co.uk
About The Fantastic Food Show
In 2010 Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show was launched with relatively little publicity and a simple belief that a premiership stadium, such as Ewood Park was as good a place as any to stage a show, due to the main fact that there are indoor and outdoor areas. This year, it was held over two days to give everyone a chance to enjoy the very best of food the region has to offer.
Monday, 16 May 2011
It's Hospitality Action Week
16th-22nd May 2011
The Pastry King is a small company with very big dreams, and one of those dreams are to also help others that need it most. Last year just as we set up our first kitchen in Chelford we also became a corporate member of Hospitality Action.
Hospitality Action is a charity which provides financial help to people in the industry who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand. There are grants available for Essential Needs, Crisis Situations, and Top-Up grants for those who have worked for many years in hospitality and find themselves on a very limited income. They can also provide information about other organisations, which may be able to help in ways they themselves cannot.
All this week we will be giving Hospitality Action the money we charge for deliveries. On our local deliveries, our Pastry chef, Brett, will also be delivering the orders in a fetching, pink set of baby pajamas. Completing the look will be a pink frilly hat and baby bib- all for charity! He will also be popping into a few shops and restaurants wearing the outfit, to help with extra fundraising.
For pictures, and information on our progress throughout this important week you can get this either from our Facebook page or on Twitter.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
We had a great morning yesterday sorting out a few things that needed to get done, we recently moved from our lovely little kitchen in Chelford to Altrincham and we have noticed a great improvement in our available cash flow.
Costs are getting higher, and we haven't noticed much change in the food prices going down-but then again we use premium ingredients to make our bespoke products.
So in our effort to still trade efficiently in the market place, and continue making you our customers fantastic produce we made the decision to move.
Our move to our Altincham kitchen has shown that already 12 days into this month we have made savings. Savings that would benefit you.
It would not be fair of us not to pass these saving onto you our customer, and yesterday many of our products were lowered in price. Some prices in fact lowered by £7 or others by a few pence. We increased packet sizes and weight's also in our bagged truffles, and still getting the best that your money can get.
We continue to build new product lines, and continue to make a premium product for you.
We love what we do, and hope that you will continue to use us for future events, parties and even household treats.
Thank-you for your custom.
The Pastry King Team
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
I absolutely love cheese muffins. This recipe includes a little biltong powder to emphasise the South African in me, but you don’t have to put it in if you are having a vegetarian moment.
1 muffin trays
1 cupcake cases, large
400g self-raising flour
1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs
20g biltong powder/or tiny diced cubes (Biltong is a traditional dry meat)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
125g grated cheddar
60g grated gruyere
100g butter, cubed
2 spring onions, finely sliced
½ cup milk
Preheat the oven to 180̊C.
- The Pastry King
- The Pastry king was started in July 2009 when professional Pastry chef Brett Pistorius noticed a need for bespoke cakes, chocolates and desserts in the North West of England. What started out as cakes made at home for friends and family, grew steadily, as word of his creations spread to retailers and food businesses alike and business grew fast. The business quickly outgrew the home kitchen and in September 2010 it moved into premises based in Chelford, Cheshire. This move helped drive forward a still growing business that supplies products to an impressive portfolio of clients, both private and commercial, in Cheshire and Manchester. The Online service The Pastry King offers is becoming increasingly popular for many of our national clients; we put the same care and attention to detail in getting our creations to you as we do making the actually products. At The Pastry king we produce such a variety of patisserie related products, the best way to discover what makes us so special is to order from us online, by phone or e-mail and try it for yourself. So why not get in touch and see how we can help you.