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Bakery probed after Buckfast-laced ‘cronuts’ sold

A bakery in Ayrshire is now at the centre of a licensing probe after selling cronuts laced with Buckfast. Picture: Rachel Lovinger/Flickr

A bakery in Ayrshire is now at the centre of a licensing probe after selling cronuts laced with Buckfast. Picture: Rachel Lovinger/Flickr

A bakery that sold cakes with a Buckfast-laced ingredient is at the centre of a licensing investigation after the Ayrshire firm was criticised by alcohol awareness groups.

Patthead Bakery in New Cumnock sold a limited number of ‘cronuts’, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut invented in New York, with traces of Buckfast added to the filling.

George McLatchie, director of Patthead Bakery, said the probe by licensing authorities has been “blown out of proportion” and is “catastrophic” to the business.

He said: “In total, we sold 30 cronuts after sending 10 to each of our three shops. This has absolutely been blown out of proportion and now we have the licensing committee coming to question us about it. There was a small drizzle of Buckfast added to two litres of whipped cream.”

The cakes were criticised by Dr Evelyn Gillan, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, as a “cheap gimmick.”

A spokesman for East Ayrshire Council said the matter was under investigation.

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