Real Bread for Buntingford and surrounding villages

Handmade in Aspenden

Handmade in Aspenden

Long-fermented and sourdough loaves

Latest bakes

Market stall on hold – but I’ll be back

Market stall on hold – but I’ll be back

I was due to be back at Buntingford’s Monday market on September 3, but a change in other work means that this won’t be possible. But don’t despair; there will be real bread locally again. I hope to be back on the market in a […]

Summer break

Summer break

A big thank you to everyone who has come along to buy bread from my stall at Buntingford market. I’m now taking a break during August but will be back at the market on 3 September. You can also catch me at the Herts & […]

Upcoming markets

Upcoming markets

From 4 June, Malting Cottages Bakery will be popping up at the Monday market in Buntingford. You can also catch me at the Buntingford Carnival on 16 June, Anstey Fair on 8 July and the Herts & Essex Country Fair at Brent Pelham on 19 […]

Hot crossed buns

Hot crossed buns

One a penny, two a penny. Actually they’re £2.50 for four. Grab your balls of traditional spiced fruited breakfast joy while they’re, well, hot.    

Season’s greetings

A very merry Christmas to everyone who has bought bread from me over the past few months. I won’t be baking during Christmas week, so the next batch of loaves will be baked in the new year. Place your orders by Wednesday 3 January for […]

Stollen and biscotti

Stollen and biscotti

I now have mini stollen ready to buy. These festive German breads are packed with rum-soaked raisins and cherries, plus flaked almonds, and have a thick strip of marzipan running through the middle. The ones that I have already made with last for another 2 […]

Full speed ahead for Late Night Shopping

Full speed ahead for Late Night Shopping

The ovens have been going full blast here at Malting Cottages Bakery in preparation for Buntingford’s late night shopping Christmas market, which takes place this Friday 24 November, 4-9pm in the High Street. There are biscotti packaged and ready to go, mini stollen dusted with icing sugar, baguettes […]

No more Wednesday baking for a while

No more Wednesday baking for a while

From next week, Wednesday 29 November, I’m starting a voluntary position working with a charity-run bakery that takes on trainees and teaches them bread making skills. So for the next few months at least I won’t be baking on Wednesdays any longer. You can still […]

Festive bakes on the way

Festive bakes on the way

With Christmas fast approaching – so it’s just the beginning of November, but it will be here before you know it – I’ve been planning some festive breads to add to the menu. I’m practicing a selection of bakes over the next couple of weeks […]

Spooky sourdough

Spooky sourdough

I’ve been working on some Hallowe’en-themed breads using some lovely little squash from my allotment. Roasted with thyme and seasalt, the squash flesh is going in to a pumpkin sourdough with added toasted pumpkin seeds, and a brioche-style enriched dough that I’m planning to enhance […]