Great Taste, the coveted blind-tasted food awards set up in 1994 by the Guild of Fine Foods to celebrate the very best in food and drink, has just announced the Great Taste stars of 2021.
Out of over 14,000 products entered this year, 5,383 products were tested, with Marriage’s Organic Light Brown Plain Flour being one of only 218 to achieve a 3-star award, the highest accolade possible. This nutritious flour has a wonderful nutty flavour and handles with the ease of white flour.
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Description automatically generatedJudges’ comments included “This brown flour has a clean wheaten aroma and is soft and whilst not wholewheat, has ample colouring. With excellent mixing characteristics and being very water absorbent, the dough rolled out well for a thin flan base and blind baked excellently to take the filling. This baked well and the base proved a perfect foil for the flan, having a gentle crispness and very pleasant mouth-feel. The flour was used to make a sweet biscuit, a Tantallon Cake, flavoured with lemon peel: the texture was superb, with shortbread-like snap – the flour texture came into its own, a pure delight. This flour fully deserves a three star rating.”
“This made the most sensational loaf of soda bread (among other things). It behaved like a white flour and the resulting texture had the lightness and rise of a white flour while also delivering the wonderful and pronounced nutty flavour of the brown. Good texture, the requisite amount of wheat fibre and a very enjoyable flavour – a really clever combination. Extremely moreish, this is a very useful flour.”
With almost 200 years of flour miling experience, W & H Marriage is today managed by the 5th and 6th generations of the Marriage family. It’s not surprising, therefore, that in addition to the three-star award, three other flour entries also won this year. Marriage’s Organic Light Brown Self Raising, Organic Strong Stoneground Wholemeal and Light Spelt flours have each been awarded an impressive two stars.
Director, Hannah Marriage, says; ‘We are delighted to win four Great Taste Awards this year and are very proud of the team that produces our flours. To achieve a three-star award for our Organic Light Brown Plain Flour is wonderful and demonstrates the excellent flavour this adds to a variety of home bakes. Our range of 18 home baking flours has now won 67 Great Taste Awards between them – testament to our dedication to producing superior quality flours.’
Kati Vardon, Marketing Manager at Marriage’s said ‘In the past few years, we have seen a shift towards healthy eating and ingredients with a higher fibre profile. It’s lovely to see a three-star award going to this versatile organic flour. It joins our Moulsham Strong Malted Seeded Bread Flour that also won a three star award in 2019.
During the pandemic, sales of home baking flours increased dramatically as more home cooks turned to baking. Marriage’s Organic Light Brown Plain Flour is perfect in an array of recipes including pastry. Try this wholesome all-purpose flour in wholesome biscuits, cookies, muffins, crumbles and soda Bread, along with pancakes, crepes and blinis. Just add a raising agent and it can be used in number of cake recipes too!
All of Marriage’s award-winning flours may be purchased direct from their website: www.flour.co.uk. In addition, they are available from numerous stockists across the country, including Ocado, East of England Co-Op, along with delis, bakeries and farm shops. 1kg Organic Light Brown Plain Flour has an RRP of £1.49, a six bag case is £7.94.