Level 2 Food Safety in Manufacturing

Apr 12 2011


As part of our ongoing training commitment Ragus are running a Level 2 Food Safety in Manufacturing course for all production staff. This certification is a nationally recognised qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Supervisors will attend a level 3 Food Safety course and HACCP course over the next month.

The Course was run for us by our new Food Hygiene training suppliers “Safety Made Simple” www.safety-ms.co.uk . The instructor was Helen Esom Bsc Hons. MCIEH, MIOSH (pictured on the left). You can find Details of other courses provided are on their web site

Richard Livermore oversees food hygiene training.

Richard Livermore oversees food hygiene training.

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Royal cake takes the (Mcvities) biscuit.

Apr 06 2011

One of our oldest customers, McVitie’s has been commissioned to make a chocolate fridge cake for Prince William.


Paul Courtney (pictured) is the chief of cake design and also the development head chef at Mcvities, United Biscuits. Paul is a former pastry chef, who trained at the Savoy and worked in a number of restaurants. Paul is continuing a proud tradition in McVities. In 2007 he’d helped with the baking of the official cake (fruitcake and marzipan) for the diamond wedding anniversary of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. McVitie’s also baked the cake for the marriage of George V to Queen Mary back in 1893, and for the Queen’s wedding in 1947 (it was 9ft tall and 4ft in diameter).

 Eastick’s Golden Syrup vital ingredient for Royal cake.

Eastick’s Golden Syrup vital ingredient for Royal cake.

See the Ragus recipe here

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Royal Wedding Golden Syrup and Chocolate Biscuit Cake Recipe

Apr 04 2011

Iconic Eastick’s Golden Syrup tin.

                                                                              Iconic Eastick’s Golden Syrup tins.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have revived a Victorian tradition by deciding to feature two cakes at their wedding, a traditional bride’s cake and another less formal cake for the groom.

Prince William has made an unconventional choice for his groom’s cake by requesting a Biscuit Cake made with Chocolate and Golden Syrup.

For all you bakers out there why not share the occasion with your customers. Here is an old recipe we came across in the archives.

1 packet of of Rich Tea Biscuits
170g of Eastick’s Golden Syrup
400g of plain Chocolate
85g of Butter
150g of rum soaked raisins

Put the biscuits into a plastic bag and crush them into irregular pieces, the biggest piece should be no bigger than a 10p coin
Put the Golden Syrup, chocolate and butter in a pan and heated slowly until melted. Stir in the broken biscuits and raisins,
Scrape the mixture into a 12×8 tin lined with plastic and press down well.
Refrigerate until set and cut into squares
Use your imagination to decorate if required


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