Cotswold Flour News & Baking Tips


Meet our amazing Star Bakers of the Week, find useful baking tips and tricks and read the latest news from Bertie Matthews and the Cotswold Flour Mill

All-purpose flour vs self-raising flour
All-purpose flour vs self-raising flour: what are their purposes? There are different types of flour available today ranging from spelt flour to wholemeal...
The Reality Behind The Price of Bread
As consumers face a wave of inflation, massively exacerbated by the turmoil of rapidly increasing food prices, you might think...
A Day of Fabulous: Foodbod, Flour & Food!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our event on...
What is the Cotswold Grain Partnership?
The Cotswold Grain Partnership is a partnership of local farming families and businesses.
Our History - Eight Generations of Matthews Cotswold Flour
The Matthews family have farmed and milled in the heart of the Cotswolds across three centuries, from the banks of...
First British Regenerative Farming Documentary Feature Film Six Inches of Soil
A message from Bertie Matthews, Managing Director of Matthews Cotswold Flour: “Soil fertility is at the centre of everything we...
Bake for Ukraine - Use your skills and fundraise for the British Red Cross!
Use your skills to Bake for Ukraine! We have all be shocked by the disaster in Ukraine and refugee crisis...
International Women's Day - Celebrating some of our amazing female bakers!
Anna Hodgson – Anna’s at the Barn, Milton-under-Wychwood First, tell is a bit about yourself and how you got into...
The Cotswold Flour Soil, Stone and Sourdough event
Matthews presents Soil, Stone and Sourdough On Tuesday 27th July, we hosted an event at FarmED and the Cotswold Flour...
Elaine Fodbod's visit to the Matthews Soil, Stone and Sourdough event
Elaine Foodbod's visit to the Matthews Soil, Stone and Sourdough event      Written by Elaine Foodbod, superstar sourdough baker: At...
Introducing the new Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit by guest writer Elaine Foodbod
I am very excited to introduce to you the brand new, totally fabulous, Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit.   This...
The history of rye flour and rye bread
What is rye? Rye is a close relative of wheat and barley. It has a deep, rich taste and is...
What is Organic Flour?
The organic market has been growing steadily over the past decade. In recent years, organic flour options have become routinely available at...
What is strong bread flour and how to use it
Most people have heard of plain or self raising flour– but some bakers may have not heard of strong bread flour.  What is strong...
Matthews cotswold flour continues to grow rapidly with new listings in waitrose and tesco driven by strong consumer demand for speciality flours
As seen in the press! Matthews Cotswold Flour, one of the UK’s oldest yet most innovative family-run flour mills is...
Our new Stoneground Flours have won more Great Taste Awards!
We are so excited to announce we have won more Great Taste Awards this year for our new Stoneground flours!...
A great change for food and farming
MARTIN HESP witnesses what he believes could be the start of a great change for food and farming, with the...
What is all-purpose flour and what is it used for?
All-purpose flour is a versatile and general-use wheat flour. It is milled from hard red wheat or a blend of hard...
The Matthews Cotswold Flour guide to the Cotswolds!
Here you will find some of our favourite local Cotswold villages, details of the best pubs and bakeries within 5...
The new Stoneground Mixed Box is now here!
We’re incredibly delighted to announce that the new Stoneground Mixed Box is now here! By purchasing this mixed box, you can enjoy...
Top 6 questions about bread flour answered!
Bread flour is one of the most popular flour types in the household because of its texture and flexible usage. You...
6 Faqs about rye flour answered!
Rye flour is a commonly used household stable that’s brilliant for baking rye bread, oat bread, and other marvellous baked goods!...
Celebrating the amazing women of Matthews Cotswold Flour this IWD 2021
Celebrating the amazing women of the Matthews Cotswold Flour mill this IWD 2021 8th March 2021 Women have been Millers for...
New flour unveiled for 2021!
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones! With the departure of 2020 and the arrival of...
7 Plant-based protein sources best for your body!
1. Tofu, tempeh and edamame Tofu, tempeh, and edamame all originate from soybeans. Soybeans are considered a whole source of...
Matthews cotswold flour partnership with the consumer brand
We are excited to announce our latest partnership with The Consumer Brand, to help ensure Matthews Cotswold Flour is a brand...
7 Benefits of buying strong white flour online!
Buying strong white flour online has never been easier thanks to Matthews Cotswold Flour’s online flour shop. With just a few clicks...
10 Myths about spelt flour debunked!
Spelt flour is one of the most commonly used flour types in households. While spelt flour is widely used, many home...
What is self raising flour and when should you use it?
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t add baking powder to self-raising flour since self-raising flour already contains baking powder....
Great Taste Awards 2020!
We’re incredibly grateful and excited to win all eight entries in the Great Taste Awards 2020! We’d like to thank...
8 Health benefits of baking with whole grain flour you should know
Fibre is the main reason to consume whole grains. Adults need around 25 to 35 grams of fibre every day,...
Wholemeal, whole grain, whole wheat, whole what?
The terms wholemeal, whole grain, and whole wheat are used interchangeably in different countries. In the UK, people refer to...
Whole wheat flour vs plain flour: 5 differences every baker must know
Our plain white flour with a multi-purpose use is milled from a blend of the highest quality soft wheats to a fine...
5 Reasons why baking is good for our mental health
Baking is marvelous for our stomachs and more importantly, our souls and minds. Here are five reasons why we believe...
5 Reasons why you should buy directly from Matthews Cotswold Flour
  1. Avoid fake Amazon accounts Amazon has a major issue regarding the immense number of fake accounts on its...
6 Reasons why everyone you know is baking during self-isolation
Many people have taken this time to hone their cooking and baking skills and explore new recipes that they didn’t...
Spelt flour: Important nutrition facts you should know
Spelt has a tougher husk, which helps protect the nutrients inside the grain. Flour made from spelt has a nutty...
Tribute to local milling legend Gordon Matthews
Matthews Cotswold Flour gathers three family generations, staff, local farmers and sportsmen for a memorial service to Gordon Matthews 29...
Matthews Cotswold Flour are proud to announce our partnership with OF&G!
Statement from Bertie Matthews: Since the 1990s Matthews Flour has been at the forefront of Organic milling. It is essential...
A lovely Cotswold set – celebrating provenance and partnerships.
This month sees us celebrating a Cotswold partnership in the most civilised way possible, with a nice cup of tea...
Rising to the occasion at the World Bread Awards
Bertie Matthews and Mark Woodgate at Matthews Cotswold Flour mill Mark joined us at the mill early in 2018 as...
French bread, a history.
Me (Bertie) with some of our premium Matthews Cotswold flours, left – right, Italian, spelt, dark rye, Cotswold Crunch, Eight...
Bringing in the Cotswold harvest!
I wanted to be there as the first wheat harvest came in this year. It was a month ago, standing...
Matthews Cotswold Flour gives away 100 bags of flour to get Chippy baking
In support of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which is taking place on September 28, Matthews Cotswold Flour will be...
Bertie Matthews preparing for the wheat harvest
Sitting in my office at the mill, I look out over the river Evenload, and beyond the Shipton Church tower, towards...
From Chipping norton to Banbury
On the 3rd October 2016, we began warehouse operations from Beaumont Road, Banbury. Our last delivery from our Chipping Norton warehouse...
New flour sifters
  New sifters We have recently completed an installation of three new sifters on site which took ten days to...
The Big Feastival 2015
The Big Feastival 2015 The annual three day festival, hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, was an eventful weekend....
Baker of the week - Nourishing Amy
Congratulations Amy – @nourishing.amy, you are our Star Baker of the Week! Here are some questions below for our...
Baker of the week - Mike Rosehill Sourdough
Baker of the week – Mike Rosehill Sourdough Congratulations Mike – Rosehill sourdough, you’re our Star Baker of the week!...
Baker of the week - Sam @south_african_baker
Congratulations Sam, @south_african_baker,  you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our Cotswold Flour...
Baker of the week - Charlotte Pike
Congratulations Charlotte, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our Cotswold Flour Baking...
Baker of the week - @Beabopbakes
Congratulations @beobopbakes – you are our baker of the week!Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions...
Baker of the week – Egle loit
Congratulations Egle Loit – @darlingitspasta, you are our Star Baker of the Week!  Here are some questions below for our...
Baker of the week – Iona Baking
Congratulations Iona on becoming our baker of the week. Here are some questions for our baking club: 1. How and...
Baker of the week – Goodmoodfood.Uk
Congratulations Emily, you are our star Baker of the Week! Please see some questions below for our baking club: We...
Baker of the week - Baked by Alice
Congratulations @Baked.by.Alice you are our star baker of the week!    Here are some questions for our Matthews Cotswold Flour Baking Club:...
Baker of the week – Clara the Biscuite Queen
Congratulations Clara the Biscuite Queen, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering our questions for the...
Baker of the week – Susie from the Cotswolds Baking Workshop
Congratulations Susie from The Cotswolds Baking Workshop, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering our questions for...
Baker of the week - Marc Elliott from the Great British Bake Off
Congratulations on being our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our baking club: 1. You...
Baker of the week – Amanda - Panda Sourdough
Congratulations Amanda – you are our star baker of the week! We have really enjoyed your sourdough journey so far & your wonderful cake baking! How did you...
Baker of the week – Kat The Baking Explorer
Congratulations Kat you are our star baker of the week! Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions. How did you first get into baking?...
Baker of the week – Elaine Foodbod
Baker of the week – Elaine Foodbod Congratulations to elaine foodbod, our amazing sourdough baker of the week! Where did...
Baker of the week – Scott’s Pizza Project
Baker of the week – Scott’s Pizza Project Congratulations Scott, you are our Matthews Cotswold Flour Baker of the week!...
Baker of the week - Bonnie Arpino
Baker of the week – Bonnie Arpino 1. What is your signature bake? Bagels. My cheesy Red Leicester topped bagels...
Baker of the week - Andrew Weston
Baker of the week – Andrew Weston 1. What is your signature bake? WWW by Banjo’s Bread – A triple blend of...
Meet the miller – Michelle from Matthews Cotswold Flour
1. Did you always want to be a miller? How did you get into the role? To be honest, it...
Baker of the week – Robert Allen
Baker of the week – Robert Allen We love to see your bakes and now we’re launching our Baker of...
The Reality Behind The Price of Bread
As consumers face a wave of inflation, massively exacerbated by the turmoil of rapidly increasing food prices, you might think...
A Day of Fabulous: Foodbod, Flour & Food!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our event on...
What is the Cotswold Grain Partnership?
The Cotswold Grain Partnership is a partnership of local farming families and businesses.
Our History - Eight Generations of Matthews Cotswold Flour
The Matthews family have farmed and milled in the heart of the Cotswolds across three centuries, from the banks of...
First British Regenerative Farming Documentary Feature Film Six Inches of Soil
A message from Bertie Matthews, Managing Director of Matthews Cotswold Flour: “Soil fertility is at the centre of everything we...
Bake for Ukraine - Use your skills and fundraise for the British Red Cross!
Use your skills to Bake for Ukraine! We have all be shocked by the disaster in Ukraine and refugee crisis...
International Women's Day - Celebrating some of our amazing female bakers!
Anna Hodgson – Anna’s at the Barn, Milton-under-Wychwood First, tell is a bit about yourself and how you got into...
The Cotswold Flour Soil, Stone and Sourdough event
Matthews presents Soil, Stone and Sourdough On Tuesday 27th July, we hosted an event at FarmED and the Cotswold Flour...
Elaine Fodbod's visit to the Matthews Soil, Stone and Sourdough event
Elaine Foodbod's visit to the Matthews Soil, Stone and Sourdough event      Written by Elaine Foodbod, superstar sourdough baker: At...
Introducing the new Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit by guest writer Elaine Foodbod
I am very excited to introduce to you the brand new, totally fabulous, Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit.   This...
The history of rye flour and rye bread
What is rye? Rye is a close relative of wheat and barley. It has a deep, rich taste and is...
What is Organic Flour?
The organic market has been growing steadily over the past decade. In recent years, organic flour options have become routinely available at...
What is strong bread flour and how to use it
Most people have heard of plain or self raising flour– but some bakers may have not heard of strong bread flour.  What is strong...
Matthews cotswold flour continues to grow rapidly with new listings in waitrose and tesco driven by strong consumer demand for speciality flours
As seen in the press! Matthews Cotswold Flour, one of the UK’s oldest yet most innovative family-run flour mills is...
Our new Stoneground Flours have won more Great Taste Awards!
We are so excited to announce we have won more Great Taste Awards this year for our new Stoneground flours!...
A great change for food and farming
MARTIN HESP witnesses what he believes could be the start of a great change for food and farming, with the...
What is all-purpose flour and what is it used for?
All-purpose flour is a versatile and general-use wheat flour. It is milled from hard red wheat or a blend of hard...
The Matthews Cotswold Flour guide to the Cotswolds!
Here you will find some of our favourite local Cotswold villages, details of the best pubs and bakeries within 5...
The new Stoneground Mixed Box is now here!
We’re incredibly delighted to announce that the new Stoneground Mixed Box is now here! By purchasing this mixed box, you can enjoy...
Top 6 questions about bread flour answered!
Bread flour is one of the most popular flour types in the household because of its texture and flexible usage. You...
6 Faqs about rye flour answered!
Rye flour is a commonly used household stable that’s brilliant for baking rye bread, oat bread, and other marvellous baked goods!...
Celebrating the amazing women of Matthews Cotswold Flour this IWD 2021
Celebrating the amazing women of the Matthews Cotswold Flour mill this IWD 2021 8th March 2021 Women have been Millers for...
New flour unveiled for 2021!
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones! With the departure of 2020 and the arrival of...
7 Plant-based protein sources best for your body!
1. Tofu, tempeh and edamame Tofu, tempeh, and edamame all originate from soybeans. Soybeans are considered a whole source of...
Matthews cotswold flour partnership with the consumer brand
We are excited to announce our latest partnership with The Consumer Brand, to help ensure Matthews Cotswold Flour is a brand...
7 Benefits of buying strong white flour online!
Buying strong white flour online has never been easier thanks to Matthews Cotswold Flour’s online flour shop. With just a few clicks...
10 Myths about spelt flour debunked!
Spelt flour is one of the most commonly used flour types in households. While spelt flour is widely used, many home...
What is self raising flour and when should you use it?
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t add baking powder to self-raising flour since self-raising flour already contains baking powder....
Great Taste Awards 2020!
We’re incredibly grateful and excited to win all eight entries in the Great Taste Awards 2020! We’d like to thank...
8 Health benefits of baking with whole grain flour you should know
Fibre is the main reason to consume whole grains. Adults need around 25 to 35 grams of fibre every day,...
Wholemeal, whole grain, whole wheat, whole what?
The terms wholemeal, whole grain, and whole wheat are used interchangeably in different countries. In the UK, people refer to...
Whole wheat flour vs plain flour: 5 differences every baker must know
Our plain white flour with a multi-purpose use is milled from a blend of the highest quality soft wheats to a fine...
5 Reasons why baking is good for our mental health
Baking is marvelous for our stomachs and more importantly, our souls and minds. Here are five reasons why we believe...
5 Reasons why you should buy directly from Matthews Cotswold Flour
  1. Avoid fake Amazon accounts Amazon has a major issue regarding the immense number of fake accounts on its...
6 Reasons why everyone you know is baking during self-isolation
Many people have taken this time to hone their cooking and baking skills and explore new recipes that they didn’t...
Spelt flour: Important nutrition facts you should know
Spelt has a tougher husk, which helps protect the nutrients inside the grain. Flour made from spelt has a nutty...
Tribute to local milling legend Gordon Matthews
Matthews Cotswold Flour gathers three family generations, staff, local farmers and sportsmen for a memorial service to Gordon Matthews 29...
Matthews Cotswold Flour are proud to announce our partnership with OF&G!
Statement from Bertie Matthews: Since the 1990s Matthews Flour has been at the forefront of Organic milling. It is essential...
A lovely Cotswold set – celebrating provenance and partnerships.
This month sees us celebrating a Cotswold partnership in the most civilised way possible, with a nice cup of tea...
Rising to the occasion at the World Bread Awards
Bertie Matthews and Mark Woodgate at Matthews Cotswold Flour mill Mark joined us at the mill early in 2018 as...
French bread, a history.
Me (Bertie) with some of our premium Matthews Cotswold flours, left – right, Italian, spelt, dark rye, Cotswold Crunch, Eight...
Bringing in the Cotswold harvest!
I wanted to be there as the first wheat harvest came in this year. It was a month ago, standing...
Matthews Cotswold Flour gives away 100 bags of flour to get Chippy baking
In support of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which is taking place on September 28, Matthews Cotswold Flour will be...
Bertie Matthews preparing for the wheat harvest
Sitting in my office at the mill, I look out over the river Evenload, and beyond the Shipton Church tower, towards...
From Chipping norton to Banbury
On the 3rd October 2016, we began warehouse operations from Beaumont Road, Banbury. Our last delivery from our Chipping Norton warehouse...
New flour sifters
  New sifters We have recently completed an installation of three new sifters on site which took ten days to...
The Big Feastival 2015
The Big Feastival 2015 The annual three day festival, hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, was an eventful weekend....
Baker of the week - Nourishing Amy
Congratulations Amy – @nourishing.amy, you are our Star Baker of the Week! Here are some questions below for our...
Baker of the week - Mike Rosehill Sourdough
Baker of the week – Mike Rosehill Sourdough Congratulations Mike – Rosehill sourdough, you’re our Star Baker of the week!...
Baker of the week - Sam @south_african_baker
Congratulations Sam, @south_african_baker,  you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our Cotswold Flour...
Baker of the week - Charlotte Pike
Congratulations Charlotte, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our Cotswold Flour Baking...
Baker of the week - @Beabopbakes
Congratulations @beobopbakes – you are our baker of the week!Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions...
Baker of the week – Egle loit
Congratulations Egle Loit – @darlingitspasta, you are our Star Baker of the Week!  Here are some questions below for our...
Baker of the week – Iona Baking
Congratulations Iona on becoming our baker of the week. Here are some questions for our baking club: 1. How and...
Baker of the week – Goodmoodfood.Uk
Congratulations Emily, you are our star Baker of the Week! Please see some questions below for our baking club: We...
Baker of the week - Baked by Alice
Congratulations @Baked.by.Alice you are our star baker of the week!    Here are some questions for our Matthews Cotswold Flour Baking Club:...
Baker of the week – Clara the Biscuite Queen
Congratulations Clara the Biscuite Queen, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering our questions for the...
Baker of the week – Susie from the Cotswolds Baking Workshop
Congratulations Susie from The Cotswolds Baking Workshop, you are our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering our questions for...
Baker of the week - Marc Elliott from the Great British Bake Off
Congratulations on being our Baker of the Week! Thank you for answering some questions for our baking club: 1. You...
Baker of the week – Amanda - Panda Sourdough
Congratulations Amanda – you are our star baker of the week! We have really enjoyed your sourdough journey so far & your wonderful cake baking! How did you...
Baker of the week – Kat The Baking Explorer
Congratulations Kat you are our star baker of the week! Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions. How did you first get into baking?...
Baker of the week – Elaine Foodbod
Baker of the week – Elaine Foodbod Congratulations to elaine foodbod, our amazing sourdough baker of the week! Where did...
Baker of the week – Scott’s Pizza Project
Baker of the week – Scott’s Pizza Project Congratulations Scott, you are our Matthews Cotswold Flour Baker of the week!...
Baker of the week - Bonnie Arpino
Baker of the week – Bonnie Arpino 1. What is your signature bake? Bagels. My cheesy Red Leicester topped bagels...
Baker of the week - Andrew Weston
Baker of the week – Andrew Weston 1. What is your signature bake? WWW by Banjo’s Bread – A triple blend of...
Meet the miller – Michelle from Matthews Cotswold Flour
1. Did you always want to be a miller? How did you get into the role? To be honest, it...
Baker of the week – Robert Allen
Baker of the week – Robert Allen We love to see your bakes and now we’re launching our Baker of...