The end of February saw beautiful flavours with another of the Gelato Bites series at the superb Gelato Village in Leicester. The Great Flavour Off was the pitting of authentic, high quality Italian gelato against Planet Leicester Bakers real slow bread. The guests got thoroughly involved and enjoyed the wonderful flavours on offer.
Honey and rosemary was the flavour PLB was challenged to produce in bread form. The audience voted in favour of the gelato, feeling the bread needed a touch more rosemary in the crumb. The crust though won brownie points with the honey glaze and sprinkles of fresh rosemary and toasted pollen. The Bee Farmer in Ashby will hopefully be delighted with how his gorgeous nectar is being used.
The bread fared better with PLB’s chosen flavour, walnut and star anise. This had been developed originally as part of the process to create the much loved Pinot Noir leavened pecan, anise and raisin bread that customers enjoyed at Christmas.
Gelato Village had given Planet Leicester Bakers the opportunity to chose a wild card as a third bread. As we were in a leading light of Leicester’s Italian business community it seemed only fitting to offer ciabatta! After a bit of nervous procrastination a couple were cut and enjoyed by all, including Antonio, Daniele and Laura (phew!).
The flavours will soon be offered to micro-bakery customers, with a few tweaks following the feedback. But it was more than just about the flavours, it was also a great opportunity to discuss slow food, the challenges of shifting our food culture away from fast, ultra-processed food and the joys of exploring new flavours and products.
Many thanks indeed to Gelato Village for the invite and the superb organisation by Thirst Media, who are doing great things to promote the growing craft food scene in Leicester!
Photo credit: All photos courtesy of Thirst Media.