‘Cathy’s Spelt for Health’ Flapjack Mix Wins Two Gold Stars at the 2011 Great Taste Awards!
Cathy Whitty, founder of ‘Cathy’s Spelt for Health’ from Tinahely, Co Wicklow is celebrating after winning a prestigious 2011 Great Taste Award. Cathy’s Spelt Flapjack Mix has been presented with a coveted two-star Gold Great Taste Award.
The Great Taste Awards, held in London and organised by the Guild of Fine Food, are now in their 18th year and going from strength to strength. 7481 products were entered from 1600 companies for the 2011Great Taste Awards. It took 350 experts 34 days to blind taste all the entries and decide which entries would achieve the coveted one, two and three star gold awards.
Cathy Whitty, the founder of ‘Cathy’s Spelt for Health’ started her business after discovering
she had a wheat intolerance eliminating wheaten bread from her diet. Cathy set about creating
an easily digestible bread mix for others suffering from the common wheat sensitivity using
spelt flour instead of wheat. She was soon distributing her range of spelt products to over 100
health food outlets nationwide and travelling all over the country to meet the growing demand.
“We have seen a lot of interest in our wheat-free products since we launched our business
a couple of years ago. The biggest problem is that wheat is so prevalent in Western foods and
there are few alternatives available on the market. Spelt has long been recognized as providing
an excellent alternative to those wishing to avoid wheat. Many of its benefits come from the
fact that it offers a broader spectrum of nutrients and it’s also been found to be much easier to
digest than traditional wheat” says Cathy.
Winning an award at The Great Taste Award this month is a “tremendous achievement.” says Cathy. “We are delighted at winning this prestigious award and we are very proud of the two-star product ranking it received. It is an honour to be recognized for the quality of our spelt product range.” Cathy has recently added a scone and a tomato and herb mix as well as number of recipes to her growing spelt baking mix range.
“Winning Gold in this country’s largest and most respected independent food accreditation scheme is a massive pat on the back for any producer – it is independent proof that their products are of the highest quality” said Bob Farrand, Chairman for The Great Taste Awards. “We provide constructive feedback from our expert judging teams and for many, winning 1, 2 or 3-star Gold is exactly what’s needed to help grow their businesses, even during a recession. Every winner should feel very proud that their hard work has been rewarded.”
Award Winning Flapjack recipe from Cathy’s Spelt:
What you need:
• A bag of Cathys Spelt for Health Flapjack Mix
• 140g of butter
• 140g of Golden Syrup
• Flat baking tray
• Dried Apricots
• Preheat the oven to 160 degrees/Gas Mark 3.
• Place the contents of the bag in a bowl
• Melt the butter, golden syrup/honey and apricots in a saucepan
• Pour melted ingredients into bowl with flapjack mix and mix together
• Grease flat baking tray and flatten out mixture onto tray
• Place in the oven for 15 mins or so until its golden and slightly soft
• Allow to cool and cut into desired sized squares
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