As the launch date of my biscuits looms ever closer, I was very kindly invited by Border to visit to bakery to watch the first production run of my biscuits. As I’m sure you can imagine I jumped at the change to see my very own biscuits being produced and packaged by a professional bakery team!
Early on Wednesday morning I headed back to the factory in Lanark, a much easier task the second time around, and was greeted by Nicola Hainie, the technical director, when I arrived. Nicola kitted my out with my protective gear for the day – a very attractive hair net, white coat, safety shoes and gloves – and introduced to the bakery manager, John, who was going to be showing me around.
Throughout the tour everything was explained, all of the procedures and changes to my recipe, which was really interesting. From the mixing, to the shaping then baking, to the packaging. The first twelve boxes were mine to take home so I was able to package these up myself. I can tell you that it is not an easy job, I am nowhere near quick enough to cope with the pace!
I had a brilliant time watching, and kinda helping, with the first run of my biscuits so thank you so much to Border for inviting me. The bakery manager John was a brilliant tour guide, as were all of his colleagues who helped show me around, so thanks to everyone!
So hopefully by the end of the month they will be available to buy, so get yourself down to a Tesco and pick up a pack or two.
To check out some more of my snaps from the day, taken by an obliging baker,
The first stage is the mixing, at a slightly larger scale than my usual recipe, and I was able to add in the eggs and vanilla myself, the flour at 35kg was a little too heavy for me to manage.
Pretending I know what I’m doing!
This is how it’s actually done.
It’s amazing how they have the spacing down to an art, when I’m baking they are all sorts of sizes and never spread quite they way I hope they will!
Just lending a hand.
SO. MANY. BISCUITS.
The boxes are all lined up ready to be filled. I had a go at packing the twelve boxes I took home and I can tell you it is very tricky and I am far too slow to get hired!