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You can keep up with the latest news at the loaf by following our blog. Here there are news entries and from time to time I put up recipe entries so you can try some recipes from the loaf out at home as well as sharing recipes of your own.

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Hello all,

bread shelves laiden with #realbreadIt has been a long time since I wrote a newsletter so it may turn out to be a long one...perhaps a good idea to put on the kettle, toast a Crich Fruit Square and settle down to read what's happening at the loaf!

New menus in Crich and Matlock

our salami mezze with fresh salads, hummus, olives and bread of the dayToday we have launched new menus in both the Crich and Matlock Green cafés. Though retaining all the favourites, we have added some delicious new choices and, in particular, built on our range of freshly prepared salads.

In Crich, we are delighted to make the vegetarian haggis a permenant fixture as a breakfast option. We have also introduced two ciabatta bruschetta dishes - one with warm mushrooms, walnuts and goats cheese and the other with sautéed cherry tomatoes, red onion, buffallo mozzarella and basil leaves.

In both cafés there is a flan of the day served with a selection of freshly prepared salads. There is also our range of gourmet sandwiches including the ever-popular 'Crich Deli Club'.

For more information about both menus, check out the web page about Crich, or the one about the Matlock Green café. Better in and take a look for yourself!

Pizza night gets rave review...

Pizzas about to be enjoyed courtesy of AmberValleyInfoWe were delighted to welcome bread regulars from Amber Valley Info to our pizza night recently and were really pleased when we learned that they had written up their visit in this lovely blog entry. It is so great to know that what we produce here at the loaf is being enjoyed.

As they mention in the review, we are regularly fully booked in both the six o'clock and eight o'clock sittings so do call on 01773 857074 to reserve your table.

Pizzas to take away

Why not consider having a takeaway pizza and save the bother of mid-week catering! Just call on 01773 857074 to order and you will get a 10% discount for ordering two or more pizzas.

All details of the menu and weekly specials are on the website.

Bread baking demonstration at the Great British Food Festival

Hardwick Hall courtesy of National Trust. Click to visit Great British Food Festival websiteThis Sunday, as part of the weekend-long Great British Food Festival at the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, I will be giving a bread-baking demonstration at 11.30am. I am among several other local chefs and bakers giving demonstrations and the whole weekend is one for you foodies out there. And all at the beautiful Hardwick Hall.

Bread-making courses...more in development

The courses in the Bakehouse in Crich continue to be very popular. The yeasted doughs course 'All about the dough' is a hit with beginners and seasoned bakers alike. '100% Sour' is definitely one if you are up for the challenge of kneading wet doughs and the French course is one for the butter lovers among you with both the croissants and the brioche absolutely dripping in the stuff!

There are now quite a number of people who have been on all three courses and are keen that I develop some more. To that end, I will be visiting a bakery in Germany where I used to live - in fact I taught Howe Carstens some English - in August. Following this, I would like to launch a German breads course and thereafter will be developing a course in Scandinavian breads and Italian breads. Watch this space and if you have any further suggestions, please let me know. All details of current courses and dates are on the website.

Summer markets to look out for

The loaf stall laden with bread at the Buxton Fine Food FairAs well as our monthly regular markets and farmer's markets, which now include the increasingly popular monthly Fine Food Fair in Buxton (pictured), do look out for us at the following one-off markets that we will be attending over the summer:

The Carsington Water Food Fair on Sunday 29th June.

The Fabulous Places Summer Market on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July.

The Bakewell Green Festival on Saturday 12 July.

The Belper Summer Food Festival on Sunday 13 July.

The Bolsover Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July.

The Ashover Show Food Marquee on Wednesday 13 August.

Do try to join us at some of these events where we will have a full range of our Sourdoughs, ryes, continental breads, croissants and scones as well as the ever popular Portuguese Custard Tarts.

Products to try this spring

The deli counter at the loafStuck for something to give the family to eat? Burnt sausages from the barbecue losing their appeal already? Why not put together a delicious mezze of deli items from the counters at the loaf. Local and continental cheeses, olives, sun-blushed tomatoes, salamis and potted beef, all tied together with a crusty loaf of sourdough.

Sconetastic Sundays

Sunday regulars will have noticed that I use the opportunity of a quieter bake to develop new scone recipes and so there is often something new to try on a Sunday in the scone line. Whether you pronounce them 'scone' as in 'gone' or 'scone' as in 'bone', your taste buds are sure to be teased by flavours such as:

Poached pear and chocolate

Coconut and lime

Lemon and poppyseed

Spiced apricot and orange

Cherry and almond

Apple and ginger

Black forest

Scottish treacle

Poached pear and dark chocolate scones just bakedSo look out on twitter for tweets and pictures about #sconetasticsunday and get up to Crich quickly before they sell out!

Icecream for when it gets hot!

We are delighted to be a stockist of icecream from Bluebell's Dairy, Spondon near Derby. We always have their Devilishly Chocolate, Double Cream Vanilla and Strawberries and Cream in stock but also have other flavours to choose from subject to availability.

The Bakehouse is available for you

Picture of the bakehouse training room. Click for more informationIf you are looking for a bright and well-appointed space to hold a meeting or run a training course and want your delegates to enjoy catering that you know and trust, then look no further than The Bakehouse in Crich.

With packages available from basic room hire to a full day's catering and equipment like flipboards available too, your event is sure to go smoothly. Contact Rog for more information and to make a booking.

New faces at the loaf

Charlie Broomhead, with teacakes, in Matlock GreenWe have had a few changes in the team over recent weeks. Regulars in Matlock Green will already have met Charlie Broomhead who is running our Matlock branch and always has a cheery smile and a warm welcome.

Andrew Binder at the recent Ridgeway Sports and Social Club food festivalIf you attend our markets, you may have been served by Andrew Binder who has joined us to drive the van and man the market stalls wherever we find ourselves.

And then behind the scenes in the bakery we have just welcomed Pawel Chrzanowski and Craig Williamson to the team who work hard through the nights to bring you the freshest and biggest range of breads in the area.

All best wishes for a warm Spring and a warmer Summer!

Andrew and Rog

Facebook pages 

If you are every wondering what is on the menu at the loaf, or what the latest news is, then you might be interested in our facebook pages. There is one for the loaf, Crich and one for the loaf, Matlock. Just make sure you are logged in to facebook, go to the relevant page and click on 'like'. You will then see regular updates from the blog and also fed through from Twitter.

While you are at it, you might be interested in 'liking' the new facebook page for Crich Area Community News. This will keep you up to date with all things Crich, Whatstandwell, Fritchley and Crich Carr.