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Updates at Thomas the Baker: Halloween, Fundraising & Facebook

  Phew, we just keep getting busier and busier over here at Thomas the Baker! Well, it’s to be expected in the run up to Halloween and Christmas – did you know that by the time you’re just starting to think about Christmas around now, we’ve already got your Christmas puddings and cakes in production? Anyway, spot that lovely lady in above? That’s my sister Beth, according to the press release that’s gone out to the news this week, the “smart cookie” who is the brains behind the business (no one told me!). She’s been hard at work in the Confectionary department of the bakery recently helping to develop a few new products especially for her favourite time of year, Halloween, including these four handcrafted designs on shortbread biscuits that we’re calling “Spcookies”! The four ghoulish designs are a mummified monster, spooky skull, petrifying pumpkin and a Munster. But they’re not all we’re throwing into the ring for Halloween…after we…

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Christmas Jumper Day with Team Bronco

As you might know, the voice behind this blog is Simon Thomas’ daughter, Sian – while I don’t currently work in the family business (I spent my school holidays doing that and wanting to eat everything!), I do help out with the blog and social media. But my day to day job is at a Digital Marketing Agency in Ripon, Bronco. Today is Christmas Jumper Day with Save the Children UK (#ChristmasJumperDay) so we decided that we would team up to our bit to support the charity. Everyone at Bronco turned up to work today in various styles of Christmas jumpers (take a look here for some close ups and to read more about it!) and Thomas the Baker donated a few of our favourite Christmas treats in order to help raise some money for the charity – Mince Pies, Tipsy Imps and Christmas Truffles. Many people in the office donated a few pounds to get some tasty treats, and Hannah…

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Recent updates: Triple Chocolate Cake & Sticky Toffee Pudding

We’ve recently been working on a couple of new recipes at Thomas the Baker that I’m especially excited about and have just released into the shops: a Triple Chocolate Cake and a Sticky Toffee Pudding. The Triple Chocolate Cake, as seen in the above picture, is a rich chocolate sponge cake containing dark Belgian chocolate chunks and topped with Belgian milk chocolate chips (these are my personal favourite ingredient in the bakery!); a generous slice of this is perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon. It is available for only £2 in our shops. The Sticky Toffee Pudding is a super indulgent dessert; a luscious toffee pudding made with butter, dates and golden syrup, topped with lashings of our homemade sticky toffee sauce. This can be heated up in the microwave or in the oven following the instructions on the label for a taste of luxury in the evenings with a scoop of proper vanilla ice cream or…

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Thomas the Baker, Market Street , York: Open Day

We’ve been away for a little while on holiday, but we’re back and raring to go with an exciting event at our main York branch of Thomas the Baker, our Market Street store: a fantastic Open Day with the opportunity to get involved in various activities and try out a few samples of our favourite foods. As you can see above, we’ve recently installed a couple of new “Bakers” in our window which have been drawing plenty of attention. A competition to name the new Bakers and their mouse in the window which will be 50p per entry with all proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity. The prizes for the chosen names at the end of the day will be a £50 Thomas the Baker hamper for each baker, and a £25 hamper for naming the mouse. Free samples will be available throughout the day. There will be free balloons and biscuits for children. “Gingy”, our lifesize Gingerbread…

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Porridge Pots & Fudge

After a long break over the busy Christmas period, the Thomas the Baker blog is back! As I’m sure you know, the run up to Christmas and the festive period itself is very busy for us and January gives us a chance to get caught up, but we’re back up and running with plenty of new things to get you going this year. I’ve got a couple of new things to introduce for you today, so read on to find out what yummy goodies we currently have on offer and how you can get a free sample! Today we’re introducing something new: Porridge Pots! As of today. these are available in any of our shops (find your closest one here) for £1.00. I tried my first one today and I’ve got to tell you how quick and easy it was to make, not to mention yummy. If you fancy something warm and filling to start your day rather than just…

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In The Press

We’ve recently had a lot of press coverage, particularly of for our favourite Christmas products: mince pies and our new Triple Chocolate Stout Christmas Pudding! The top image here features my sister (on the left) and my grandad in the middle along with another lady, Claire, from the bakery showing off the recipe for the Christmas pudding. Then we have our feature from Living North and the Scarborough Voice. We’ve also been mentioned in the following places too for our mince pie success in Good Housekeeping: Daily Mail York Press British Baker The Helmsley Town Blog Gazette & Herald Do let us know if you mention us on your site – we’d be happy to add you to our list of press features. It’s always very exciting to us to find out that people like our products enough to talk about them in the press or on the internet!

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Thomas the Baker Mince Pies

  You might only just be starting to think about Christmas, but at Thomas the Baker we’ve been thinking about it for months! In fact, when I worked in the bakery a couple of years ago, I was surprised to see that they were starting to prepare for the Christmas rush at the end of summer! Now I always knew our mince pies were good, but it seems like lots of other people agree too – we’ve recently been named among the best mince pies in the country by Good Housekeeping, only just missing out on first place to Heston Blumenthal. Ours were awarded 73/100 and complimented on the delicious fruity filling, thin pastry and homemade appearance. We’re so pleased about this, particularly because ours came out above big names such as Bettys, Harrods, and Marks & Spencer. Not only do ours taste better, but they also come at a fraction of the price of other runner ups too –…

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New Shop Refit: Easingwold

  A major thing that’s going on over at Thomas the Baker at the moment is a huge overhaul on the shops, and the latest to receive the full makeover treatment is Easingwold. You might remember that the old colour scheme was mainly blue and white, but we decided it was time to change things around, and this sleeker, more stylish looking black shop front won out. We’ve had some great feedback from customers already about the new shops, which we always love to hear! But it’s not just the outside of the shops that is being made over: As well as refitting the interior of Easingwold shop to create a more spacious shop floor and working environment for the staff with an extension out the back, we’ve also added a new feature: a freezer for the Bake At Home range. You can now simply walk into the shop, select anything out of the freezer that you’d like to have…

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Cheese straws available to bake at home

We’ve been very lucky recently to get some great press coverage for an up and coming release on our online store, including The York Press, HU17.net, and even Hebrides News Today. If you took a look at those links, you might have guessed what that new release is: yes, one of our most popular and long-lived products, the cheese straw will be available for purchase from our Thomas the Baker online store! From tomorrow evening (Friday 13th – hope that’s not auspicious!), the cheese straws will be available to buy frozen from the website to bake at home. They will come with instructions on how to bake them to perfection yourself, and we’re treating our lovely blog readers to 10% off purchases of cheese straws! All you need to do is register at the website, add the cheese straws to your basket, and enter Straws10 at the checkout.   The cheese straws have taken a somewhat unusual route to reach…

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Welcome to the Thomas the Baker blog

Welcome to the Thomas the Baker blog! My name is Sian Thomas, daughter of Simon, granddaughter of John and Valerie, who along with my uncle, Gareth, started up Thomas the Baker more than 30 years ago. They’ve decided to get a bit closer to their customers via the internet and asked me to get involved, so I’m going to be bringing you a bit of news, some updates from the craft bakery including new products and shops news. But we’re also going to get a bit more interesting than that and include other exciting things such as interviews with staff members and local chefs, some tutorials on how to create or use some of our products, and answering any questions you’ve got about Thomas’ or baking in general. So a little about the bakery to get you started. As I mentioned, it was more than 30 years ago that the bakery started up at my grandparents’ house with my dad…

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