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The last few weeks have been very busy at the bakery with lots of events on top of the day to day running of operations.
A few weeks ago we were delighted to judge and sponsor the Poynton Bake Off at the Poynton Methodist church. Scott worked his way through a wide range of delicious cakes, canapés and other goodies along with one of Poynton’s Great British Bake Off stars, Ruth Clemens. The fantastic winning team, the Victory Girls, who had created a wonderful spread in celebration of the WWII victory anniversary, will be treated to a baking masterclass from Scott later in the year.
The same week, we got the chance to visit the beautiful Gorton Monastery as part of a local community organisation’s annual conference. We were taking part in their promotion of local food producers and as a potential supplier of their cafe development in Cheadle Hulme. We met loads of lovely people and the bread samples went down a treat!
More recently, we had the pleasure of being part of the fabulous Bramhall Duck Race as sponsors of the Great Bramhall Bake Off. Yet again, as chief judge, Scott got to spend a hard afternoon eating cake!
The quality of the cakes entered into the Bake Off by the Bramhall public were amazing and it was great to be part of such a well organised and well supported community event, even in the cold and damp! The winners also received the chance to spend a day in the bakery with Scott.
We have also squeezed in a couple of talks to community groups and have loads more coming up later in the year.
We are now looking forward to the Bramhall festival coming up on 13 June. We will be out and about with a market stall (as well as in the bakery as normal) with some vintage inspired treats, vouchers and other goodies. Come and see us and join in the fun of the festival.
Want to win a bread making masterclass with Scott?
We are very excited to be supporting the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary in raising money for the Valley School for Children with Special Needs. We are sponsoring the 2nd Great Bramhall Bake Off at the Duck Race on Sunday 17th May.
To Enter Simply bake a cake, perhaps using an old family recipe, decorate with your creative flair, and pop it along to the Duck Race on Sunday 17th May. The event starts at 11am, but we advise you to bring the cake in early from 10.30am, for safe arrival, avoiding the crowds. Judging takes place from 2.30pm.
There are 2 Categories
1) 11-18 years (High School) – all entries are awarded a certificate (sent to their schools)
2) 18+ years – non-professional
Win! Winner: Bread making Masterclass Class with Award Winning Scott of Bramhall Bakery (one for each category)
Professional cake makers are also invited to make and display a cake at the event, promoting their business whilst making a small donation to charity.
Have a look at the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Facebook page or pop into our shop in Bramhall or Poynton to pick up an entry form.
As seen in the latest issue of Inside Bramhall http://issuu.com/insidemagazines/docs/inside_bramhall_issue_50 we have done a bit of research into the benefits of bread.
Bread seems to get a continuous bashing in the media at the moment. Whether it’s the latest diet or a celebrity backed craze, bread is often portrayed as a villain. Is this fair?
We are understandably, passionate about a good loaf of bread. We even started a business which strives to turn out the perfect loaf day after day. In defence of our beloved product, we thought we would do a bit of research about the benefits of bread. As a food type, it has survived millennia – this longevity must have some basis.
So why should this staple food continue to be on the menu as part of a healthy, balanced diet?
Fibre – bread can provide up to 20% of your daily recommended fibre intake, supporting a healthy digestive system. Breads packed with grains and seeds are even better and are great for providing a slow energy release.
Sugar – most bread is low in sugar, we only add sugar to a couple of speciality loaves.
Fat – bread is low in fat.
Essential minerals – bread can provide 20% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 10% of iron and folate.
Cost – even a good quality loaf of bread is a relatively low cost, nutritious food source.
Love – finally, what article about bread can exclude its emotional value. What is more comforting than a delicious slice of toast and butter or a tasty sandwich on soft fresh bread.
Our hours will change slightly over Easter.
Maundy Thursday As normal Good Friday 8am – 1.30pm Easter Saturday As normal (8am – 3.30pm) Easter Sunday Closed Easter Monday Closed Tuesday 7 April As normal
We have been perfecting our hot cross buns. Don’t forget to get some as they won’t be around for long!
We will be taking orders for the Easter period – pop in or call the shops and we will arrange for your bread to be put aside.
It’s that time of year again! Our delicious hot cross buns are back. Our buns are freshly baked each morning from our own special recipe, created from scratch in our bakery. The chocolate ones are filled with chocolate chips – there is no fruit, just chocolate and lots of it (very decadent indeed!) The fruit bun is lightly spiced to perfection and bursting with moist, juicy fruit. Don’t miss out, they will be gone after Easter!
Great quality – Great value! Want to feed your family with great quality, properly made bread? Or want to fill your freezer so you always have great bread on hand?
We are passionate about getting great bread onto everyone’s plates, lunch boxes, toasters, tables and so we are excited to launch the Bramhall Bakery mix and match ‘combo’ deal. For £10 you can get:A dozen mixed rolls 3 traditional loaves (White, Wholemeal, Cotswold Crunch or Wholemeal Crunch) A Savoury twist or Artisan loaf or 4 pack mini scrolls
Our bread is made using great ingredients and traditional techniques. It is crafted everyday from scratch in our bakery. There is no added sugar, no preservatives or artificial colours or flavours.
Try some of our bread today.
We feel a bit lonely in January here in the bakery, as everyone goes on their New Year health kicks! We’re with you and we very much believe in healthy eating and getting a good balance of food types made from quality, identifiable ingredients. It’s pretty much what we are all about.
So, for January we thought we would tell you all about our range of fruit loaves. After all everyone needs a treat and we think these are a pretty good option.
We make a range of five loaves – one for each day we are open. (In fact the Muesli Loaf is so popular we make it twice a week!) Each one is bursting with generous helpings of fruit and made to our own unique recipe.
In general we constantly strive to make a healthier loaf. We have significantly reduced the salt content in all of our loaves over the last 12 months. There is also no added sugar in any of the loaves (with the exception of the Dutch Fruit Loaf).
So, why not pop in and try one of our fruit loaves – we will be sampling the loaf of the day (if they’ve not all been snapped up!) If you eat enough it might even count as one of your 5-a-day (or perhaps that’s pushing it….)
Happy New Year to all of our customers! Thank you for your support during 2014, we have loved being part of the community in Bramhall and now Poynton. We are very much looking forward to 2015 – baking more delicious bread and creating new, tasty products. After opening the new bakery in September, we are planning a quieter year… (so far!)
However, to keep us busy we do have a few new product developments and modifications in the pipeline already. For example, we have been trialing a gourmet sausage roll, with a black pudding centre, in our Poynton shop and it has been very successful – it will definitely be making an appearance in Bramhall very soon!
For those of you on a new year health kick, our breads are lower salt than most and we have a number of healthier breads (the Seeded Multigrain, Wholemeal Crunch and Bramhall Bloomer are a few examples) and all of our fruit loaves except the Dutch Fruit Loaf have no added sugar, making them a good option for a sweet treat!
Finally, from 2 January, we are going to be changing our opening hours in Poynton, closing at 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday – we feel that this will better reflect the trading and baking hours in Queensway. Opening hours will be as normal in Bramhall.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at Bramhall Bakery. The shops are decorated and more importantly we have started baking our Christmas products. We have Christmas scrolls – a delicious spiced fruit dough filled with marzipan, the sweet mincemeat Christmas Jubilee and new for 2014 Christmas Mince Stars – a scrumptious pastry with mincemeat and custard.
We have Christmas sandwiches too – Turkey and Stuffing and Brie and Cranberry.
We are taking orders for 23 / 24 December – our Christmas order sheet is attached here for you to download Christmas Order Sheet 2014
We are delighted to announce that Bramhall Bakery- Poynton is now open for business. After a complete refit, all the building, testing, training and other preparations are complete. We are loving working in the new larger bakery and our new team are settling in well.
Like our award-winning Bramhall shop, the stylish and modern bakery, will specialise in baking great quality bread, from scratch. The bakery will make and sell the same popular range as Bramhall.
We will bake from the early hours of Tuesday to Saturday every week – so if you are going past on your way home from a night out, we haven’t left the lights on, the team is already busy ,making tomorrow’s bread!
We opened on Wednesday 17th September and have had great support so far from the local community.