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

The Foodbod Pod Season 2 Has Landed!
Our very own Sourdough Ambassador, Elaine Boddy, and her producer (David Treadway) are back for a new season - with...
Matthew Cotswold Flour Celebrates Real Bread Week 17th - 25th February 2024
  Matthews Cotswold Flour, Britain’s leading speciality flour producer, is eagerly anticipating Real Bread Week (17th-25th February 2024) and hoping...
Efficiency Meets Deliciousness: Top Tips for Streamlining Batch Baking
  Whether you’re a busy parent or an avid baker, batch baking is a popular technique used to save time...
Cotswold Rye Flour - Flavourful and Nutrient Rich
Our rye flour is a premium product that comes from generations of experience and passion. We work with local and...
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...
An Ooni isn’t just for summer!
  If you’re a committed foodie or pizza pro, you might have an Ooni pizza oven at home. It’s such...
Yeast Conversion table: fresh yeast to dry yeast conversion
Yeast conversion table for fresh yeast, dry yeast and instant yeast is below.  What is yeast? Yeast is a tiny...
Grams to Teaspoons: Conversion Table for Sugar, Flour, Salt and More Ingredients
How many grams are in a teaspoon? There is no ‘one answer’ to how many grams are in a teaspoon...
Ounces to Grams in Baking: Imperial to Metric Conversion Table
We prepared an easy conversion table for translating US imperial weights (lbs and oz) into European metric kilograms and grams....
What is kneading and how to knead?
One of the most important steps of baking bread is kneading - but what is kneading and which method is...
Wholegrain Tips from Elaine Foodbod
If you would like to add flavour and texture to your bread making, plus getting the added benefits of increasing...
Bread Mix Recipe Guide
TRADITIONAL ARTISAN WHITE (HAND METHOD) INGREDIENTS:1 pack Artisan White bread mix 270ml water2tbsp olive oil YOU WILL ALSO NEED:A stand mixer...
Measuring cups with different types of grains and flour in them
What is a cup measurement in the UK? A cup measurement is a cooking measurement of volume in the US....
Oven Temperature Conversion Table
When cooking from a recipe you may need to convert your temperature from celcius to farenheit depending on if you...
What is the best flour for making pizza dough?
Every baker knows that bread flour can be used to make great pizza dough. When making pizza dough, you need...
Malted Flour - Matthews Cotswold brand Cotswold Crunch Flour
Do you love the taste of freshly baked bread but haven't had much success making it at home? Malt flour...
Sourdough Tips from our Expert Baker - Sophie B
Sourdough starter tips: Consistency is key! Keep notes on each feeding including the time and amounts so you don’t accidentally...
Ancient Grains from Matthews Cotswold Flour
“Ancient grains have fascinated bakers across the globe. These old varieties of grain with their unique unmodified genitive profile are...
Glossary
Cotswold Flour - Baking Resources styleBaking tips and questions for our professional bakers   Glossary All Purpose Flour All Purpose...
8 Steps for Baking Dark Rye Bread Using Dark Rye Flour - Matthews Cotswold Flour
Rye is one of the most traditional types of bread, but it is becoming increasingly popular. If you are looking...
Halloween baking recipes you should try to celebrate the spookiest month of the year
The spookiest month of the year is here and we want to share with you our favourite Halloween baking recipes....
Organic flour: 6 top questions about organic flour answered!
Organic flour is a commonly used flour for baking brilliant goods such as pastries, biscuits or scones, and it is even...
How to make sourdough starter at home
This starter is all-natural and, if properly tended, it will provide wonderful yeasty bread for years. If you enjoy the...
How to store bread at home
When it comes to storing bread, you have a whole lot of choices. Some are better than others, depending on...
What is granary flour?
Granary is a registered trade name of Rank Hovis Ltd. It is used to describe their malted wheat grain flour,...
Which flour should I use for Sourdough?
Starch and sugar is what microbes feed on. Glutinous flours, such as Churchill Flour or our Strong White Bread Flour combined with spelt flour, rye flour and wholemeal...
Top 6 rye flour recipes you should try this summer!
Summer is finally here and we’re seeing the end of the pandemic! It’s a terrific time and we want to...
6 Baking recipes using plain flour
Plain flour is one the most versatile flour types available in the market because you can use plain flour for a...
5 Brilliant baking recipes using strong white bread flour!
read flour is a type of wheat flour that’s rich in calcium carbonate, iron, niacin (B3), and thiamin (B1). Strong...
Buy plain flour online: 6 key benefits you should know
Online shopping isn’t applicable to only retail or professional services but also food. With the continued improvement of web technology...
World flour day celebration: 8 best flours for baking bread
Thank you for all of our brilliant flour heroes across the world for continuing producing beautiful “white gold” during the...
valentine's day recipes
This is the month of love and we’re ecstatic to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of our team members, customers,...
Delicious pizza recipes you can try this national pizza day!
February has three special baking dates. One pancake day on Shrove Tuesday, one is the lovely Valentine’s Day and the...
Three cheese and pepperoni calzone
The instructions in this recipe are for making pizza dough using a “Stand/Spiral Mixer”. If you haven’t got a mixer...
Pizza baker of the week: dough and behold
How did your love for making pizza begin? I’ve always loved pizza for as long as I can remember, but...
Veganuary baking recipes every vegan must try!
Happy January! We’re super excited to start the New Year as well as celebrate Veganuary! We’ve researched and come up...
Baking recipes to celebrate the new year 2021!
Happy 2021! We’re excited to enter the New Year and have a fresh new start! To kick off New Year,...
7 Must-try christmas baking recipes for this holiday season!
Our favourite season of the year is finally here! It’s the perfect time to eat all the treats you want...
7 Baked dog treat recipes for our fluffy friends!
With the festive and lovely holiday season coming up, it’s a brilliant time to spend time with our loved ones...
9 Best bread flours unveiled!
With a wide variety of exceptional baking flour available on the market, choosing the right flour for the type of bread you...
6 Baking recipes using rye flour!
Holiday season is just around the corner and there’s no better way to enjoy the company of your family and...
Brilliant baking recipes using strong white flour you should try this autumn!
Happy Autumn! We’re excited about entering this beautiful season and enjoying the lovely breeze, vibrant colours, and views it brings!...
5 Brilliant tips from Sourdough Sophia on making sourdough from scratch!
1. Get to know your sourdough starter well Over the course of 2 weeks feed your starter every day twice,...
11 Easy steps on how to make sourdough starter
A sourdough bread recipe consists of four main ingredients: Flour Water Salt Wild yeast Before digging into details on how...
Do you know these 4 health benefits of rye flour?
Rye contains a myriad of core vitamins and minerals such as potassium and manganese. Moreover, rye has a lower gluten...
6 Questions about cake flour answered
Cake flour is a flour that is incredibly finely milled from soft winter wheat. Cake flour has a lower protein content,...
What’s spelt flour and when should you use it?
What’s spelt? Spelt is a type of digestible ancient grain that’s a primitive relative to wheat. Spelt is often referred...
Elaine's Super Summer Sourdough Tips
"This time of year I would typically be sending out tips and advice on how to manage making sourdough in...
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...
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...
Elaine's Super Summer Sourdough Tips
"This time of year I would typically be sending out tips and advice on how to manage making sourdough in...
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...
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...