Category Archives: markets

Hitchin Bakehouse grows from strength to strength

Their bread now available at more outlets and they will be at Hitchin Farmers Market, 25 October.  Check them out




No more markets!

With apologies to all our loyal customers, we have decided to stop selling bread at markets. After a disappointing day at the Barkway Village market we have called time on the 3.30am starts and not being sure how the weather would turn out and what to do with any bread we might have left over.  We loved meeting customers and hearing what they liked about our bread but it was too much time for too little reward.

We are still continuing with our classes, the next one on Saturday, 14 June with our oldest student yet.  A lady over 80 who has always wanted to learn to bake bread is coming with her daughter!  We have one place left if anyone would like to learn to make focaccia, our famous swirls and a basic loaf with lots of ideas on shaping and plaiting.

Aussie spiced fruit loaf

Perfected!  Upped the quantity of fruit and added dried figs plus two tablespoons of cinnamon.  Absolutely delicious toasted this morning.  On sale this Saturday, 10 May at Barkway market:



Bread down under

Just back from a month in Australia and found the bread scene there similar in some ways to the UK.  The bakers and supermarkets generally don’t have the range of breads we do here and there are a lot of bread mixes on the shelf but a very poor selection of bread flours.  I made some sourdough while I was there and had to buy wholemeal and rye flour from a health food shop.

Sourdough is widely available in craft bakers but is expensive though, frankly, most of the food and drink over there seems expensive to us.  Another loaf which is rather different and delicious toasted is fruit loaf.  Breakfast is big in Australia and this crops up on most breakfast menus.  I have tried this recipe but it is one of those which can be tailored to the fruit available.  In one cafe the loaf had paw paw in it!  The cinnamon adds a lot to the flavour so you might want to be more generous than the recipe suggests and, personally, I would leave out the sugar.

I will list a couple of good Australian bread recipe books later in the week.  Don’t forget Barkway market is coming up 10 May, 10am-4pm; lots of bread and chocolate treats plus a wide range of cheeses from the award winning Cheeseplate.

Checking out Aussie bread

Off to Oz for a while so may not respond to emails etc as quickly as usual but if you are interested in a class please email me anyway and I will answer as soon as I can.  Availability of places updated on Course page.

Dates for your diary:

10 May, Barkway market, all day.  Full range of breads, chocolate treats and Tobys’ award winning cheeses plus really fun day in the grounds of the manor house.

14 June, Bassingbourn market, 10-12, hopefully on the green.

Hope it stays sunny for you

Classes in 2014

Happy New Year!  A lot has happened since my last post not least making around 80 panettone and stollen for Christmas!  Also, I now have a full time job so baking is going to take a bit of a back seat.  We shall still sell bread and cheese at Bassingbourn market every second Saturday in March, June, September and December and hold classes but slightly fewer than last year.  Dates are:

Feb 15 (full)

June 21

July 19

We will also be at Barkway market 10 May provided it dries up soon.  More details can be found under courses but please email or call if there is anything special you would like to learn.

Now we don’t attend Shepreth market on the last Saturday we have room for another course and already have one place booked on a Sourdough course 30 November.  We shall also be tackling other hydrated or wet doughs such as focaccia and ciabatta and may include Panettone too since it is close to Christmas and this is another wet dough.  Contact us soon to check availability/book.