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Apr 25

We are growing!

We are very excited to share the news with our loyal customers, that a new stage of the Bramhall Bakery story is underway.

We are expanding into a second bakery, just up the road in Poynton.  Our little home here in Bramhall just can’t keep up with the demand for great bread!

The building project will take several months, (we do like a challenge)! Once we are open, the increased capacity means that we will be able to better improve and develop the product range. We will also be creating a number of new jobs for the local economy  – we are recruiting for a number of roles (see the Careers page of our website for more information).

Follow our progress here and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions about our plans.

Scott, Jo and the Bramhall Bakery team

Mar 28

French toast Hot Cross Buns

 In the unlikely event that you have left over Hot Cross Buns, the team have been working on some ideas for how to make some delicious treats.

The favourite so far is French toast – it is so delicious & easy we thought we would share it with you.  We tried it with fruit, but I think it would be delicious and gooey with the chocolate ones too!

80ml single cream 2 eggs, lightly whisked 2 teaspoons caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 40g butter 4 x day old hot cross buns, cut in half Maple syrup & fresh fruit, to serve

Place the cream, egg, sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and whisk with a fork until combined.

Melt half the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat until foaming. Dip half the bun slices, 1 at a time, in the egg mixture and place in the hot pan. Cook for 1 minute each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining butter, bun slices and egg mixture.

Serve immediately topped with fresh fruits (such as figs or blueberries) and drizzle with maple syrup.

Mar 17

Hot Cross Buns

Our delicious hot cross buns are hand made fresh every morning for you. Scott is as obsessive about the perfection of these buns as he is about Aussie country music!

We mix them to a smooth silky dough, with just the right amount of spice and fruit or chocolate chips, before lovingly moulding each one by hand.  Once they have had time to rise a bit, we cross them, then pop them in the oven until you have the beautiful golden brown buns you see in the shop.

As soon as they are cool, we bag them up to keep them super soft for you. They are a labour of love and we really hope you enjoy eating them as much as we enjoy making them!  The chocolate ones are a particular hit among the team!

Feb 18

Introducing Healthier Wholemeal Cotswold Crunch

I’m sure you will have seen all the recent bad press that the food industry has been receiving for hiding all sorts of ingredients in foodstuffs.  We are, and have always been, 100% committed to making healthy wholesome bread with nothing hidden in it.  For instance even the fruit loaves get all of their sweetness from the fruit content rather than any added sugar.

So, we have been thinking about how to make a healthier loaf and we are delighted to introduce our new Wholemeal Crunch.  This loaf has all the taste of our classic Cotswold Crunch but 40% less salt.  It is also made with 100% wholemeal flour which means it is high in fibre too!  It is available in the shop now in a range of sizes.

Dec 16

Christmas at Bramhall Bakery

It’s that time of year again and Christmas preparations are in full swing at the Bakery.

As last year, we are taking orders for Christmas bread on 23 or 24 December – order forms are available in store or you can download here Christmas Order Sheet 2013v1 We also take orders every day and so if you want to ensure special breads any other day of the festive season then call or drop in and we will be happy to help.

We have a few Christmas specialities in store. Our Christmas Teatime Jubilee is deliciously moist, made with sweet spiced mincement to encapsulate the flavours of Christmas. Our Christmas mini scrolls are made with marzipan and spiced fruit to give a stollen type treat. Our original bakes have even featured in the Christmas issue of Cheshire Life!

Sep 05

What’s your favourite sandwich?

This week has been all about back to school or, in the Bramhall Bakery household, the very first day of school! All those schoolbags full of packed lunches got me thinking about sandwiches and sandwich fillings.

What is your favourite combination with Bramhall Bakery bread?

For me, when I’m in the mood for something special, Bramhall Bloomer with some trout (and dill) is an absolute favourite. On a normal day, tuna mayo with cucumber on the seeded multigrain or roast ham and cheese on Cotswold crunch fit the bill. And of course, Sunday isn’t complete without bacon on a white round roll.

Today it’s going to be Thai red chicken on a continental roll (I think…).

Tell us about your Bramhall Bakery sandwich favourites by commenting on this post or on twitter @bramhallbakery or facebook Bramhall Bakery.

Aug 15

Shortlisted for Stockport Business Awards

A few weeks ago we received the exciting news that we have been shortlisted for a Stockport Business Award, in the category of Independent Retailer of the year. After only being open for 12 months, it is great to be recognised for the hard work and high standards that we aspire too.

It is great to be part of the business awards which are organised by a local Accountancy firm Clarke Nicklin, to celebrate the high quality of businesses and business people in Stockport. There are so many exciting things happening in Stockport and it should be celebrated much more.

http://www.stockportbusinessawards.co.uk/2013-shortlist/

Wholesale Bread Supplies

Jun 27

Bramhall Festival 2013

Forget Glastonbury, the place to be this weekend is the Bramhall Festival!!! There are events taking place over Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June in the centre of the Village.

There will be offers and events in lots of the local shops.  The scouts are releasing hundreds of balloons for charity.  There will be a market, facepainting and lots of other activities for the kids.

See the Imagine FM Bramhall Festival facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/316240891836337/

We are hoping that the weather holds out for the parade on Saturday from 11am-12noon.  (The only bit we get to see from the shop as they go right past the front door!)

We will have lots of tastings and samples of our artisan breads for you to take away as well as all of our usual delicious goodies to keep you going! So do pop in and say hello.

Jun 17

‘Fresh baked’ Irish bread in Australia…

Being passionate about fresh baked, high quality bread, we were disappointed to see this story from Scott’s native Australia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/12/coles-bread-freshly-baked-court

One of the major supermarket chains is passing off products as freshly baked in-store when in fact they were manufactured in Ireland, frozen, shipped to Australia and then baked off! A sad state of affairs for both the environment and the consumer. It is also a crazy decision given the quality and volume of Australian wheat and the extensive baking skillbase available.

The supermarket chain’s claim is being challenged by authorities in Australia but it got us wondering what ‘freshly baked’ means here…

In other news from down under, queuing for quality artisan bread has been observed to be a new pastime in the smarter suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne – another little piece of Australia we’ve brought to Bramhall!!

May 30

Apprentice required

Do you want to join an award winning team? Our existing apprentice has just been crowned the UK’s best!

Bramhall bakery is looking for a dynamic and ambitious team member to work across the business. You will need a passion for the food industry and be willing to get involved in a wide range of aspects of the business.

In return you will be part of a growing team building an exciting new business. Key aspects of the role include: – Baking – Sales – Cleaning

Full training will be provided and there will also be the opportunity, following a trial period, to receive an apprenticeship through National Bakery Training.

For more information or to apply, send your CV to jo@bramhallbakery.co.uk