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

How to Make Sourdough Bread | The Ultimate Guide to Sourdough Bread
How to make a simple sourdough bread loaf for beginners with step-by-step instructions including making a starter. You can also...
Bread Making – Ultimate Guide & Tips on How to Make Bread
How to make bread - white and brown loaves by hand using your oven and in bread maker Homemade bread...
Pastry Making – Ultimate Guide & Tips on How to Make Pastry
How to make pastry for pies Pies can be sweet or savoury, and can be made with shortcrust or puff...
Shortcrust vs puff pastry
  For me, a pie is all about the pastry! It has to be perfect and needs to hold up...
Six Inches of Soil Documentary Screening Now
For the past two years, Matthews Cotswold Flour has been a strong supporter of documentary film Six Inches of Soil, which had...
Cotswold Flour Backs Fibre February Again in 2024
Following the news that 90% of UK Adults aren’t getting enough fibre in their diet, Matthews Cotswold Flour is joining...
Friendly Loaf Wins Best Artisan Bakery at Food Awards
We are delighted to announce that our friends at The Friendly Loaf Bakery in Nowton, near Bury St Edmunds, have just...
Elaine's Starter Secrets Series
In this series Elaine Boddy walks us through her entire Starter Making Process. From getting the right equipment in place,...
A Tour Of Our Mill - Foodbod Pod Episode 9
Our new Brand Ambassador Elaine Boddy has just released a new Foodbod Pod episode with David Treadway, recorded at the...
Our New Foodbod Brand Ambassador For Sourdough September
We are very excited to announce the appointment of our very first Brand Ambassador – please join us as we...
Eddy "Ed Baker" Sleiman with Matthews Cotswold Flour and 3 Star White Sourdough Loaf
"I can honestly say that the quality of my loaves changed dramatically when I started working with Matthews Cotswold Flour...
Some of our favourite bakeries to visit in the Cotswolds
  One of the most beautiful places in England, the Cotswolds is home to lush green countryside and a rich...
The Foodbod Pod has landed!
The podcast all about food, by food lovers, for food lovers. The ‘Foodbod Pod’ podcast is all about food; a...
Introducing Sophie Carey, the new Bakery Development Manager at Matthews Cotswold Flour
  We are so excited to introduce Sophie, our new expert technical baker at the Cotswold Flour Mill on this...
Pizza week - Q&A with Cameron Kelly from Zonda
  My first memory of pizza is being on holiday in Portugal when I was about 7 or 8. The...
Q&A with Nicola Cooper from Blake’s Kitchen
  What is your earliest memory of pizza? Pizza has always been a huge part of my life. My grandparents...
Pizza Tasting at The Swan Inn at Ascott-under-Wychwood
    To celebrate National Pizza Day (Thursday 9th February 2023), some of the team at Matthews Cotswold Flour decided...
Pizza Week - Q&A with Mozzafella
  My earliest memories of pizza as a child in the late 80's are definitely the references in pop culture,...
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
By Bertie Matthews | Managing Director | Matthews Cotswold Flour Regenerative farming, regenerative agriculture or “Regen Ag” is a term that...
Congratulations to the amazing Bakeries at the Baking Industry Awards 2022
Congratulations to all of the amazing bakeries who won at the Baking Industry Awards last night! We are delighted to...
Our brand new Bread Mixes have arrived!
We are so excited to bring you 6 delicious flavours in a really easy to make bread mix including some...
Matthews Cotswold Flour presents: Soil, Stone and Sourdough 2!
On Wednesday 27th July we hosted some incredible home bakers and award winning artisan bakers, farmers, media, influencers and Great...
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!...
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...
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...
Self raising flour - Matthews Cotswold Flour
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...
Baker of the Week - Your Davey Bread
The UK's best bakers love Matthews Cotswold Flour, and we have another award winning baker to spotlight this month - Dave...
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...
Six Inches of Soil Documentary Screening Now
For the past two years, Matthews Cotswold Flour has been a strong supporter of documentary film Six Inches of Soil, which had...
Cotswold Flour Backs Fibre February Again in 2024
Following the news that 90% of UK Adults aren’t getting enough fibre in their diet, Matthews Cotswold Flour is joining...
Friendly Loaf Wins Best Artisan Bakery at Food Awards
We are delighted to announce that our friends at The Friendly Loaf Bakery in Nowton, near Bury St Edmunds, have just...
Elaine's Starter Secrets Series
In this series Elaine Boddy walks us through her entire Starter Making Process. From getting the right equipment in place,...
A Tour Of Our Mill - Foodbod Pod Episode 9
Our new Brand Ambassador Elaine Boddy has just released a new Foodbod Pod episode with David Treadway, recorded at the...
Our New Foodbod Brand Ambassador For Sourdough September
We are very excited to announce the appointment of our very first Brand Ambassador – please join us as we...
Eddy "Ed Baker" Sleiman with Matthews Cotswold Flour and 3 Star White Sourdough Loaf
"I can honestly say that the quality of my loaves changed dramatically when I started working with Matthews Cotswold Flour...
Some of our favourite bakeries to visit in the Cotswolds
  One of the most beautiful places in England, the Cotswolds is home to lush green countryside and a rich...
The Foodbod Pod has landed!
The podcast all about food, by food lovers, for food lovers. The ‘Foodbod Pod’ podcast is all about food; a...
Introducing Sophie Carey, the new Bakery Development Manager at Matthews Cotswold Flour
  We are so excited to introduce Sophie, our new expert technical baker at the Cotswold Flour Mill on this...
Pizza week - Q&A with Cameron Kelly from Zonda
  My first memory of pizza is being on holiday in Portugal when I was about 7 or 8. The...
Q&A with Nicola Cooper from Blake’s Kitchen
  What is your earliest memory of pizza? Pizza has always been a huge part of my life. My grandparents...
Pizza Tasting at The Swan Inn at Ascott-under-Wychwood
    To celebrate National Pizza Day (Thursday 9th February 2023), some of the team at Matthews Cotswold Flour decided...
Pizza Week - Q&A with Mozzafella
  My earliest memories of pizza as a child in the late 80's are definitely the references in pop culture,...
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
By Bertie Matthews | Managing Director | Matthews Cotswold Flour Regenerative farming, regenerative agriculture or “Regen Ag” is a term that...
Congratulations to the amazing Bakeries at the Baking Industry Awards 2022
Congratulations to all of the amazing bakeries who won at the Baking Industry Awards last night! We are delighted to...
Our brand new Bread Mixes have arrived!
We are so excited to bring you 6 delicious flavours in a really easy to make bread mix including some...
Matthews Cotswold Flour presents: Soil, Stone and Sourdough 2!
On Wednesday 27th July we hosted some incredible home bakers and award winning artisan bakers, farmers, media, influencers and Great...
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!...
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...
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...
Self raising flour - Matthews Cotswold Flour
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...
Baker of the Week - Your Davey Bread
The UK's best bakers love Matthews Cotswold Flour, and we have another award winning baker to spotlight this month - Dave...
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...