Two Rutland producers have teamed up to create some beer-tiful bakes using seasonal and local ingredients.
The Grainstore Brewery and The Rutland Cake Company, which are both based in the smallest county in the country are determined to prove the county’s motto ‘Multum in Parvo’ is true - Much in Little.
The businesses have teamed up to develop a number of cakes and bakes which will launch at the the county’s Food and Drink Festival on Sunday, October 29th, with one ingredient in common – beer.
Using bottles of The Grainstore’s real ales and ciders brewed in Oakham, Naomi Morgan, who opened The Rutland Cake Company Café earlier this year has written recipes that will not only be baked and sold at both locations but can be recreated at home.
Among them is a beer meringue with rich chocolate sauce made using Rutland Panther, a three-ingredient fruit cake – one of them is Osprey, beer blondies incorporating TenFifty and soda bread infused with Rutland Cider.
Naomi said: “We’re trying to encourage bakers to use British produce as much as they can, so I have developed each recipe using a bottle of beer or a bottle of cider and making them as accessible for all as possible. We’ve also used local eggs and flour and they taste amazing.
“A real slice of Rutland.”
Grainstore director Peter Atkinson added: “Naomi made some amazing cupcakes using our Rutland Panther ale for the 20h anniversary of Rutland’s independence in April and they were the best cakes I’ve ever eaten.
“Real ale is such a versatile product and we use many of the same ingredients as the baking industry in our product, so we thought, why stop there?”
The team behind the “Great Beerish Bake Off” as they have jokingly dubbed it will be at Oakham Castle all day on the 29th, distributing recipes and you’ll also be able to pick up bottles of the associated beers and ciders so that you can have a go at baking the recipes yourself. Naomi will also be doing family-friendly (and alcohol-free) demonstrations throughout the day while The Grainstore will be serving their award-winning beers for the adults to enjoy.
Naomi said: “Using seasonal food is something both businesses are really passionate about, so we’re going to continue to develop more recipes which will be sold at The Rutland Cake Company and The Grainstore Brewery as the seasons (and the beers) change.”
Peter added: “We’ve already taste tested the bakes on some of our regulars in the brewery tap and they went down a storm.
“We’ll be adding the recipes to our website so that people can print them off and get busy baking, so keep an eye on www.grainstorebrewery.com.”
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Photo: Grainstore Brewery director Peter Atkinson and Naomi Morgan, owner of The Rutland Cake Company, get stuck into some great bakes.
Photo: Rutland Creative
About The Grainstore Brewery:
The Grainstore Brewery Tap opened its doors in September 1995 and today is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in Britain.
The combination of superb beers, brewed on the premises, and a traditional pub setting has proven to be a winner, earning the accolade of The Good Pub Guide ‘Own Brew Pub of the Year’ on no less than four occasions in 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
It was named best pub in Rutland for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, by The Pub and Bar Awards.
About The Rutland Cake Company:
The Rutland Cake Company was founded 10 years ago by Naomi Morgan, who started making cakes for fun on behalf of friends and relatives. It soon became a thriving business and in February 2017, Naomi opened a bakery and café built with her own fair hands on the Oakham Enterprise Park.
In 2017 she was awarded runner-up in the Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards.