Just sharing some of our excitement at Croakham Farm with our first honey of the year - 76lb - the first for 3 years as we've had no summer for ages so we're happy with that. The farm next door has been good enough to plant lots of Oil Seed Rape - great for bees and bad for hay-fever... Read More
Aidan Chapman of the Phoenix Bakery in Weymouth likes to do things properly and his annual two-week stint making 1000s of hot-cross buns is no exception. We chatted about them recently and he mentioned his frustration at not being able to get a really good non-chemical clove oil, the flavour that turns a fruit bun into a hot-cross bun (that, and the cross!). So, we decided to have some specially made containing nothing but clove essence suspended in sunflower oil. It is good stuff - and you don't need to use a lot. In return, Aidan generously parted with his special hot-cross bun recipe.