Category Archives: bakers

Another fun course!

Varied course on Saturday covering basic bread, shaping, plaiting etc as well as Panettone, pesto swirls and our famous spiced apple swirl with marzipan.  Great bunch of ladies including an Aunt and her niece who was our Star baker and they turned out some excellent bread.

Impressive output

Impressive output

A great comment from one participant was thanks for taking the fear out of making bread and she is an excellent cook!


2017 courses until Easter

See Courses 2017 for new dates.  Email or call if you don’t see the topic you want covered.  If dates not convenient and you can pull together four friends, you can choose your own date.

Sourdough and mincemeat buns

Photo shows mincemeat buns, sourdough and granary loaves baked this weekend.  The buns made use of some homemade mincemeat which was a little past its best.  Added some mixed peel and they turned out as pretty good tea cakes/not cross buns.  Tried another approach to Sourdough, letting it rise overnight in the fridge which made a big difference to shape and flavour.

Weekend baking

Weekend baking

Gold standard bread!






Certificates arrived today!  Gold for both Aussie Fruit Loaf and Turkish Pide and Bronze for Pesto swirl.  Many of the professional winners are from small bakeries so check out whether any is near you:

Winner of the Amateur section was Andy Munarriz (@AndyMunarriz) who looks to be a great cook as well as a world class baker.

Gold  Gold  Bronze (1)

Well pleased; two Golds!

Just found out two of my breads won Gold at the World Bread Awards and my other entry a Bronze.  Turkish Pide and Aussie Fruit loaf were two of just 15 golds not counting the overall winner Andy Munarriz.  Certificates on the way so more to follow.

Outlets for Hitchin Bakehouse bread

As well as being available direct from Hitchin Bakehouse, Nick and Johannah have added two more outlets for their bread: Henlow Deli ( and Parkside Farm Shop (