Magical hand-made Easter treats

Looking for a special Easter treat for the chocaholic in your life? We’ve taken delivery of some mouth-wateringly gorgeous bunnies and hens to make them smile.

Our exclusive supply of magical handmade chocolates from White Rabbit Chocolatiers in Beverley includes an Easter Hen decorated with orange polka dots on thick masterblend chocolate, containing two milk chocolate eggs. Or grab an Easter Bunny decorated with pink polka dots… it’s a thin layer of white chocolate over thick masterblend milk chocolate and contains two milk chocolate carrots.

White Rabbit Chocolatiers is an award-winning second generation family business whose talented Chocolatiers hand-craft chocolate in small batches using traditional techniques. Our Haxby Bakehouse deli range also includes cute little Easter hens and bunnies with a mini-egg, as well as a selection of chocolate bars which include the Easter special Cherry Bakewell flavour.

The Bakehouse is open as normal over Easter, serving up delicious artisan bread, pastries, cakes, cheeses, charcuterie and special ingredients. Our hours are:

Good Friday: 10-5

Saturday: 9-5

Easter Sunday and Monday: Closed

Tuesday 6th: 10-5

The deli charcuterie range gets even better!

We’re very excited about the latest additions to our deli charcuterie range: free range woodland pork reared by Grassfruits in nearby Riccall and prepared by charcuterie and salami legend Chris Wildman.

So far we’re selling Yorkshire Gin Coppa – the super-tasty shoulder cut which Chris cures using repurposed gin botanicals from the Yorkshire Dales gin company. It’s the cold meat equivalent of rib-eye of a cow and ready to eat straight from the pack. You’ll find it’s the perfect complement to Haxby bread, a cheese board and a bottle of red.

We’ve also got our hands on some Oak Smoked Dry Cured Wildman bacon, smoked at Chris’s Holy Smokery to produce bacon which makes a sublime sarnie when it’s paired with Haxby bread.

We love Grassfruits because it’s a small farm producing ecologically sustainable, healthy and nutritious produce. Its pork comes from pigs that run free through the forestry on the Escrick Park Estate, feeding mostly on Himalayan balsam and bracken.

Its back bacon has slightly more fat than you might find in the supermarket, and it’s cut nice and thick. Ideal for getting that perfect crispy bacon and leaves just enough fat in the pan for fried egg, bread or both.

We’ll soon be expanding our range to include Grassfruits British salami and more of Chris Wildman’s epic smoked and dry cured range. Pop in and give it a try!

 

WARMING HOT CHOCOLATE TO TAKE AWAY

Warm yourself up with a sumptuous hot chocolate made by York Cocoa Works and now available as part of our takeaway hot drinks selection.

Take your pick from Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate or Chocolate Orange – all made with creamy milk and gorgeous real chocolate flakes handmade at York Cocoa Works.

The independent company is based in Castlegate, York, where owner Sophie and her team are as fanatical about getting their recipes right as we are with our breads, pastries and cakes. We’ve stocked up on our favourite flavours to share them with you. Choose from:

  • Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate flakes handcrafted from 40% milk chocolate and whole cream milk powder combined with Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla to give a rich and velvety balance.
  • White Chocolate Hot Chocolate flakes are 36% white chocolate mixed with rich whole cream milk powder combined and Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla.
  • Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate uses 50% classic hot chocolate crafted from single origin cocoa flavoured with orange oil, to give a rich and balanced treat.

We also sell a range of hot teas and coffees to keep you warm as you continue your journey. They go perfectly with our mouth-wateringly good Haxby Baker pastries and cakes selection by Bakehouse in the Barn. And from Friday, we’ll be selling bags of York Cocoa Works’ Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate so you can make it at home. Drop in and treat yourself today.

Pick a pretty posy for mum

Show your mum (or grandma) you care by picking a pretty posy from Haxby Bakehouse today or tomorrow.

We’re supporting fellow local and independent business the Little Bear and Bird Flower Company by selling their tulip and daffodil posies in the run-up to Sunday.

A daffodil and fern posy costs just £2.50 and the pink tulips edged with yellow are £5. Both come with a cute bow and are beautifully presented to show you care.

Team them with chocolate from the White Rabbit Chocolatier and a Haxby Bakehouse loaf. What better way to make Mum’s day?!

Say it with Chocolate this Mother’s Day

Make Mother’s Day extra special this year by giving her a special chocolate gift supplied exclusively to the Haxby Bakehouse Deli by White Rabbit Chocolatiers in Beverley.

The small independent business hand-makes heavenly chocolate and chocolate gifts which are different enough to impress, the right size for an indulgent treat, and taste spectacular.

We love the Edible Mother’s Day cards – a 13cm square of milk chocolate (105g) with a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ message and beautiful decorative chocolate flowers. Then there’s salted caramel bites… nine bite-sized pieces of creamy milk chocolate with perfectly-balanced salted caramel inside. We also can’t resist the ray of sunshine which is the pretty little yellow chocolate flower on a disc.

Or bring a smile to mum’s face with a Clever Cat… 135g of extra fine milk chocolate with a whole chocolate mouse inside. If dogs are more her thing, give a 130g milk chocolate Good Dog with two chocolate bones inside.

We also have a selection of chocolate bars in mouth-watering flavours, including a Mother’s Day limited edition Almond and Raspberry bar…. crunchy almond and sharp freeze-dried raspberries in rich 70% masterblended dark chocolate. Other bars include Rose & Geranium, Passion Fruit with Rose, Nuts and Raisin and ‘Aphrodisiac’ Fig & Cherry.

Come and take your pick from the irresistible range while it lasts: prices start at £3. And while we’re on the chocolate theme, don’t forget to treat yourself to a takeaway hot chocolate made with York Cocoa House hot chocolate. Choose from Classic Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Orange and White Chocolate flavours.

Bakehouse best Hot Cross Buns now in

Spring has arrived at Haxby Bakehouse in the form of our special Hot Cross Buns, baked daily with the our own recipe, using the best ingredients to make a classic Easter treat.

We make them in small batches with Yorkshire Organic flour, dried fruit and mixed peel. They’re subtly spiced, free of artificial preservatives and just sticky and sweet enough.

Some people can’t wait to get out of the shop before tucking in, others toast them and slather them with butter, jam or honey. Whatever your favourite, tag #haxbybakehouse on Instagram and share the joy!

It’s a pity we’re not travelling yet, cos legend has it that if you take a hot cross bun on a sea voyage, it will protect against shipwreck. Hang one in the kitchen, though, and it will protect against fires. And if you bake them on Good Friday, apparently hot cross buns won’t go mouldy for the following year. We haven’t kept ours long enough to test this though.

Whether you indulge as me-time treat or buy for your nearest and dearest, grab a Haxby Bakehouse Hot Cross Bun or four while you can and enjoy them with our best Easter wishes.

Happy #RealBreadWeek!

Every week is Real Bread Week at Haxby Bakehouse but this week is we’re proud to support the official annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

That’s you too: we applaud anyone who makes their own bread and keeps the process as natural as possible. We sell our ingredients at the Bakehouse – so why not seize the dough and start baking your own today?

Making real bread is fun and satisfying. Making it with the kids is a great way to steer them towards healthier food: you’d be amazed at the number of children who ‘don’t like wholemeal’ but love it when it’s lovingly made by their own mitts. Real Bread is:

  • Better for you Most mass-produced loaves have artificial additives, high levels of yeast to force the dough to rise quickly, and perhaps a dollop of fat. Some are sprayed with chemicals to slow the growth of mould. The whole bread-making process can take as little as 45 minutes from start to finish. Our sourdough bread takes three days to make and uses no flour improvers, no hydrogenised fat and no preservatives. Not only does that result in a tastier loaf but by the time you eat it, the naturally-occurring enzymes have started to break down the gluten, so it’s easier to digest.
  • Better for our community Money spent with local businesses is worth far more to a local economy than money spent at, say, a supermarket. We employ local people and buy from local suppliers where possible. One study found that, of every £1 spent with local businesses, an average of 76% was re-invested locally. By contrast, for every £1 spent with suppliers based outside the area, only 36p was returned*.
  • Better for our planet The big bakers producing the majority of our loaves transport more than twelve million of them around the country each day**. Diesel-guzzling lorry loads travel up and down motorways from large plant bakeries to central distribution depots, then local distribution hubs and on to retailers. The majority of our flour comes from Yorkshire and we make a point of using local suppliers.

Our owner-baker Phil Clayton is proud to be a Real Bread ambassador and is serious about his responsibility to choose his ingredients wisely and carefully. Help us support the environment and our wonderful local farmers by making or buying real bread. Share photos of your bread this week with the hashtag #WeAreRealBread.

Find tips and recipes for making Real Bread here.

* Sacks, J. Public spending for public benefit, New Economics Foundation, London, July 2005
** Calculated by Sustain from figures published by the Flour Advisory Bureau and Federation of Bakers.

Oat and honey loaf – it’s Yorkshire’s finest!

Oat and honey loaf from Haxby Bakehouse

Have you tried our oat and honey loaves yet? They’re specially made with Lovely Strensall Honey, Yorkshire Organic flour and oats from Stringers of Driffield, making them a real local treat.

Tommy Banks, chef-owner of The Black Swan, Oldstead and Roots in York – both of which now have Michelin Stars – likes the loaves so much he included them in his sell-out Made in Oldstead Valentine’s boxes.

You can still get oat and honey loaves every day at Haxby Bakehouse, though. What makes them extra special (apart from our baking skills, obvs!) is the amazing honey supplied to us by Rich, a beekeeper extraordinaire from Strensall.

We’ve been selling his honey in jars for some time and one day he came into the shop apologising because some of the honey had started to ferment. Phil, our head baker, was delighted as he’d just seen a renowned chef waxing lyrical about fermented honey on a documentary series. A few trial runs later and the Oat and Honey Loaf was born.

A real Yorkshire treat

Phil says: “The Lovely Strensall honey we use is slightly fermented, which means the water content is higher and the honey’s started to ferment. That makes the flavour get really strong which is perfect for us because you get a lovely honey flavour without the sweetness.

“We also use 100% Yorkshire Organic flour, supplied to us by Yorkshire Organic Millers, based on the North York Moors National Park, and the oats are from Stringer’s, who farm organically on the Yorkshire Wolds.

“We think the resulting loaf is great. And far nicer for being 100% Yorkshire.”

CHOCOLATE VALENTINE’S GIFTS NOW IN!

If chocolate melts your loved one’s heart, look no further than our selection of luxurious artisan chocolate gifts supplied for Valentine’s Day by White Rabbit Chocolatiers.

All their chocolate’s hand-made in small batches and the amazing taste-bud-tangling results are a feast for the eyes as well as the senses.

The Passion Fruit With Rose bar is White Rabbit’s signature white chocolate made with Dominican Republic beans, flavoured with passion fruit and decorated with crystalised real rose petals.

The 70% dark chocolate ‘Aphrodisiac’ Fig & Cherry bar is its classic masterblend of dark chocolate made with Ecuadorian beans, with sumptuous figs and cherries added in.

Or give nine bite-sized pieces of heaven: mouth-watering salted caramel in creamy masterblend 38% milk chocolate, finished with a cute heart pattern

We’re also selling irresistible favourites from Beverley-based White Rabbit’s range: Two Chilli; Rose & Geranium; Nuts & Raisin, and Yorkshire Honeycomb.

If you really want to make an impact, the Boom! Novelty hot chocolate maker will go down a bomb. You add it to a cup or mug via its strawberry lace fuse, pour on hot milk and watch the magical ‘explosion’ to reveal mini marshmallows! This Valentine’s delight has been tickling us pink. Watch the video here: https://twitter.com/WhiteRabbitChoc/status/1227940874056802304

Heart-shaped artisan cheese – perfect for Valentine’s Day

Selection of Valentine’s cheeses at Habxy Bakehouse deli.

Staying in on Valentine’s night? How did we guess?! You can still feel the love by serving up special Bakehouse-inspired meals to make it a day and night to remember.

Baron Bigod Valentine’s cheese.

Make an impact by presenting Valentine’s cheeses, many of which are our best-selling favourites shaped into hearts to help you show you care. Pair them with Haxby Bread, crackers, Yorkshire Crisps, olives and our other accompaniments to wow at the table or make a showstopping hamper.

Baron Bigod’s Bigod I Love You cheese is an award-winning creamy Brie-style cheese hand ladled at Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk, using the raw milk of its happy Montbéliarde cows. Serve it sliced over warm, roasted vegetables or with figs, red onion marmalade and thick oatcakes.

The eye-catching red casing of Kick-Ass Cheese (pictured above) makes this creamy, strong, extra mature cheddar a perfect Valentine’s gift. It’s produced by Procter’s Cheeses, a family business in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, and is great served with chilli jam and chilli crackers to really warm things up!

Selection of cheese crackers at the Bakehouse deli.

We love White Lake Heart of Gold cheese, a mild and distinctly creamy brie made from Guernsey cow’s milk in Somerset and crafted with care into a heart shape. Serve in a bacon sandwich or alongside our fantastic range of charcuterie from multi award-winning Lishman’s of Ilkley.

The Valentines Day special Burt’s Blue cheese is a semi-soft blue veined cheese hand-made in Cheshire using pasteurised milk. Its ‘mouldy coat,’ which can vary between greys and blues, is quite edible and makes a really striking cheeseboard centrepiece. Bake it in ham-wrapped figs – or it’s a perfect match with Haxby Bakehouse crusty bread for posh cheese on toast.

What ever your plans this Valentine’s Day, our top tip for success is to make it as cheesy as possible!

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