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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 […]

Malted multiseed sourdough

Malted multiseed sourdough

I’ve been trying out some different flours lately and produced a wonderful toothsome sourdough loaf and a batch of small rolls with The Prior’s malted multiseed mix. It’s made from organic white wheat flour with added malted wheat flakes, plus sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed […]

Malting Cottages Bakery open again

Hello again – I’m back from an exhausting but fun holiday and ready to fire up the oven and get baking again. Please place your orders as usual from today.  

Bakery holiday dates

School’s out and the holiday season has begun – and even part-time bakers need a holiday. Week commencing 31 July, due to other work commitments, bread will be available only on the morning of Saturday 5 August; please order by Thursday 3 August. Week commencing Monday 7 […]

New – baguettes now available

I’ve added white baguettes and spelt sourdough baguettes with honey and sunflower seeds to the regulars bread menu. These are individual-sized, perfect for summer picnics and al fresco dining. Best eaten straight away. http://maltingcottagesbakery.co.uk/bread-menu/

Ridiculously proud of these beauties

Ridiculously proud of these beauties

Just out of the oven, these white & rye sourdough are crackling away invitingly as they cool down on their racks. Just look at that oven burst; and what a crust. Some lucky customers are in for a treat!          

A great day at Anstey Fair

A great day at Anstey Fair

On Sunday, Malting Cottages Bakery had a stall at Anstey Fair. What a lovely setting and the perfect weather saw plenty of visitors flowing through the entrance gate. This was the first fair I’ve done, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of demand […]

Lovely bubbly

Lovely bubbly

Sourdough starter raring to go.   Sourdough isn’t so much a type of bread, but a method of getting the bread to rise – natural leavening, instead of using commercially produced bakers’ yeast. It’s the way bread was made for thousands of years before the […]

Roasted rhubarb brioche

Roasted rhubarb brioche

This rhubarb brioche recipe from Vanessa Kimbell on Bakery Bits used a quick brioche dough – no resting in the fridge overnight, like a traditional brioche – and is topped with strips of rhubarb and sugar. Served slightly warm with rhubarb compote and ice cream […]