The Baker’s Dozen

The Baker’s Dozen is a collection of things that make up our day. Life as bakers revolves around the wee hours. We rise long before the rest of our communities; our first loaves rise with the sun. The smell of fresh baking permeates the earliest morning, harbinger of good things to come. It’s a story as old as civilisation itself that begins with few ingredients and ends with a huge sense of satisfaction—every day, over and over.

RECIPE: HOT CROSS BUNS WITH A TWIST

RECIPE: HOT CROSS BUNS WITH A TWIST

GAIL's Bacon Hot Cross Bun

EASTER BAKING: HOT CROSS BUN RECIPE

EASTER BAKING: HOT CROSS BUN RECIPE

There’s nothing better than a warm, lightly spiced Hot Cross Bun with butter, of course. So, to celebrate Easter we’re sharing our iconic Hot Cross Bun recipe. The below recipe will make 20 buns, so there will be plenty to go around. Ingredients For the Buns: 20 g fresh yeast 1 ...

When Coffee Meets Ice Cream: An Affogato Recipe

When Coffee Meets Ice Cream: An Affogato Recipe

Our coffee guru Jessica has been busy crafting a recipe to make an Affogato at home. Using our new Peruvian decaf, the chocolatey bitterness of the coffee combines perfectly with the sweet, velvety ice cream. To make 4 affogati (unless you like a lot of coffee): 40g Peru Decaf (grind ...

Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe

Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe

Inspired by a recent trip to Sri Lanka, our coffee guru Jessica has created a coconut hot chocolate, infused with cinnamon. Perfect for chilly mornings at home.   To make two small mugs: 3 tbsp 100% cocoa powder (we used Zuma, a natural-process Peruvian cocoa) 1 tbsp organic coconut syrup, ...

The Ultimate Cheese Toastie Recipe

The Ultimate Cheese Toastie Recipe

There’s no better antidote to cold winter weather than a hot cheese toastie, so we asked our cheesemonger and friend Rhuaridh of Buchanan’s Cheese, to share his ultimate cheese toastie recipe.   Ingredients to make one toastie: 2 slices of sourdough – we used our Waste Bread 100g Caerphilly cheese, ...

How to Make the Perfect Seasonal Salad

How to Make the Perfect Seasonal Salad

We start by thinking about the time of year; which vegetables, legumes and leaves are in season? It’s autumn now, meaning pumpkin, squash and mushrooms are in season and as the weather gets colder, root vegetables and brassicas will be in their prime.

How to Make a Sourdough Starter

How to Make a Sourdough Starter

A sourdough starter is the living heart of traditional baking. Making your own is challenging to start with, but once you get the hang of it, your sourdough will become your faithful kitchen companion. If you look after your starter – feeding it, watering it – it will reward you ...

French Dark Sourdough Recipe

French Dark Sourdough Recipe

Watch our baker, Roz, show you how to bake our French Dark Sourdough in a step-by-step video here. INGREDIENTS (makes two 500g loaves) 440g strong wholemeal flour 50g strong white flour 21⁄2 tsp fine sea salt 350ml ice-cold water 150g sourdough starter – full recipe here Whole tray of ice ...

Cold Brew With Orange Recipe

Cold Brew With Orange Recipe

Thinking ahead towards warmer weather, we wanted to share a tasty cold brew recipe to make at home. Oranges brighten the rich chocolate notes of GAIL’s House Blend for a refreshing summer brew.

Buckwheat pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes

If you’ve never tried buckwheat pancakes, weekend brunch is the ideal time.

Spring Cooking with our Bakers

Spring Cooking with our Bakers

We think this breakfast makes the perfect start to a weekend. It’s simple to make and the shared nature of this dippy dish gets the whole household involved. Click the image for our recipe.

Roy’s spelt & seed loaf recipe

Roy’s spelt & seed loaf recipe

Try your hand at baking our head chef Roy’s Spelt & Seed loaf. This gorgeous South African recipe sits somewhere in between a bread and a savoury cake – which isn’t a bad place to be.

Chocolate and Marmalade Tart

Chocolate and Marmalade Tart

Use your favourite marmalade here – one with a decent, grown-up bitterness. If it’s very thick-cut, chop the pieces of peel roughly so that it spreads easily.

Our gingerbread recipe

Our gingerbread recipe

Make your own GAIL's gingerbread at home

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