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New in – pretty useful

From the figures all over the BBC this morning, it is clear that I am not the only one to have watched Nadia win the Great British Bake Off this year. While we supplied some of the equipment used in the series Vanessa has pointed out that we need to keep more pretty things, not just the purely useful pieces of equipment that otherwise we at BakeryBits are prone to look for, much of which was on display during the programmes.

Vanessa is right of course and so we have started to keep more products that are not only highly functional but attractive too, starting with a multitude of colourful mixing bowls. I prefer the pale blue one and unsurprisingly, Vanessa loves the red one. The yellow one is cheery, the black one is smart and the grey is classic. The pink ones? Well, if like me you have young daughters, you will know.

While Radio 4 was immersing itself in GBBO analysis, suggesting yesterday morning that The Tent is a metaphor for Great Britain, I took a much less deep and meaningful approach and just enjoyed watching the progress of the contestants. The World Bread Awards is similar although both amateur and professionals get a chance to win a coveted prize. I couldn’t attend this year but Vanessa was there to award the prize for the Best Home Baker of Sourdough. You can see the list of winners here.

GBBO and WBA are over for another year but the weather is closing in marking the start of the baking season. Why not try to win one of our colourful bowls? Just send us a photo of your current bread bowl and tell us what colour you want – we’ll post our favourite photos on next week’s newsletter and the sender of our favourite picture (the one in most need of replacement!) will receive a beautiful new bowl and will be here next week.

New Measuring Spoons

We have some superb new measuring spoon sets. The ceramic spoons are a pretty and practical addition to any kitchen with their chip resistant finish and traditional cane colouring. They are connected together by a link chain so that you can find them easily but separate if needed. From ¼tsp up to 1tbsp, they are very handy around the kitchen for almost everything you make.

Many bakers will also want to add our range of malt flours to their dough and you really must use these precise measuring spoons for diax and the malted barley flours as well as salt – so all in all they are very useful and versatile tools for any baker!

We’re planning newsletters for next year at the moment. Is there a topic that you would like us to look at? Maybe you have a recipe we should ask Vanessa to develop, maybe a particular loaf you had on holiday? Let us know your ideas.

Do you have a sourdough question for Vanessa? Send it to us and the best ones will appear in our next postbag edition and receive a dough whisk.

Suggestion Box

Are we missing something? An usual flour, a particular tin, or a special piece of equipment you’d like to see on our shelves? Let us know and if we decide to stock it, you will receive the very first one of the item you suggest.


Ceramic Measuring Spoon Set

Chip-resistant cane-coloured set of four measuring spoons, attractive and functional. Useful in any kitchen, 1.25ml to 15ml (1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon) measures.

La Cloche Baking Dome

Make fantastic bread in your oven every time with a La Cloche. Ensure perfect golden, crackly crust and moist, evenly baked bread with this amazing product, based on 1000s of years of bread baking traditions.


Diax Malt Flour or Diastatic enzyme active malt flour, made from finely ground malted barley used to give improved rise, softer crumb and more crust colour development without the need for adding sugar.

Don’t forget to take a look at our clearance lines.



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