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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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Competition: Another Chance To Win!

We chose the lucky winner to our competition over the weekend, so congratulations! But don’t worry if you weren’t lucky enough last time, because you’ve still got 5 more chances to win that box of 6 Artisan Bread Loaves, including 2 San Francisco Sour Doughs, 2 Brown Seeded Loaves and 2 Pain de Campagnes. Unfortunately last time there were some entries we had to disqualify for not playing by the rules: in order to enter, you must be subscribed to the blog via email (it’s easy to sign up by typing your email address into the box in the sidebar), otherwise none of your entries will count. So simply follow the instructions below, and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Competition: 6 of the Best

We’re back again featuring our Artisan bread range, and this time it’s with something more exciting than just a description of it – this time, you can get the opportunity to win a box of 6 loaves all for yourself, all at the click of a button! We wanted to be pretty generous and make sure that as many people as possible get a taste of our breads and spread the word about them, so we are offering 6 lucky winners the chance to win a box of 6 loaves each week for 6 weeks! That means that there are 36 loaves up for grabs to 6 people. As a reminder, the Artisan Bread Box that you’ll be up with a chance of winning is available to buy on our website here and includes 6 spectacular loaves: 2 San Francisco Sour Doughs, 2 Pain de Campagnes, and 2 Brown Seeded Loaves. For the next 6 weeks, we’ll be posting one competition each week here on…

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New Products Online: Artisan Bread Box

The other day I went through the new Artisan Bread range that we’d been hard at work developing recently. This range includes a chewy crusted San Francisco sour dough, a rustic French Pain de Campagne, and a yummy Brown Seeded Loaf. Each has its own unique charms and fantastic taste. And now you can try them no matter where you’re based in the UK, thanks to them being available in our Bake At Home range in our online store. In your Artisan Bread Box you’ll receive six loaves: two San Francisco sour doughs, two Pain de Campagnes and two Brown Seeded Loaves, all ready to be popped into your oven to be finished off freshly at home for an amazing price of £8.50. The breads can be frozen upon receipt to save for later or baked immediately. They are delivered with express next day delivery so that they are as fresh as can be. If you want to buy some…

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Soup Pots: Tomato Soup

I hinted to you about the possibility of Thomas the Baker starting to offer Soup Pots in the near future in my post to do with Porridge Pots, and fortunately they’ve passed the all important taste test, so starting tomorrow, there will be freshly made tomato soup available in these handy little pots in our shops. The soup is homemade (check with my mum to find out the mess my dad has been making in her kitchen while coming up with the recipe!) with fresh garden vegetables including onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes and zingy basil. The soup can be bought in these pots chilled in the shop  for £1.25 to eat at home or heat up in your office for your lunch later, or you can ask for it to be heated up in most of our shops with a white or brown softy roll to be eaten on the go for £1.65. I know sometimes on my lunch break…

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Artisan Bread Range

One of the things we’ve always been very proud of at Thomas the Baker is our bread, and recently we’ve been delving into artisan breads. They say man cannot live on bread alone, but with our new range, you’re going to want to give it a good try. We’ve been selling all sorts of loaves for many years and perfected the recipe on some old favourites and classic breads such as our Country Crunch, Fireside Toastie, and Ciabatta, using only the finest ingredients that have been tried and tested many times to bring you only the best. But we’re now making it easier for you to have freshly baked artisan breads at home with our range of par-baked loaves. Our artisan loaves combine ancient and established techniques of breadmaking to produce the best texture, taste and freshness. They are made freshly by hand every single day, in the (very!) early hours of the morning at the bakery and sealed up…

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All Butter Soft Fudge

I hope you all enjoyed your taster of fudge from our last post, and now we’ve got a bit more to say about it today! The last time we mentioned our fudge, it had only just been released into the shops and came in a cellophane wrapping tied with a ribbon. Though we’d already perfected our recipe at this point for chunky pieces of fudge which had that rich butteryness of Scottish tablet and a smoothly soft centre reminiscent of American style fudge, we hadn’t yet perfected the packaging, so we’re now releasing the fudge in a slightly different package as above. The tray of fudge, as well as being an indulgent treat for yourself, is the perfect gift for friends and family with its luxury “chocolate box” appeal – I’ve already bought it as a housewarming present for a friend! Handmade at our own bakery, it’s delightfully different to other fudges out there but still has that comforting creamy…

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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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Christmas Cupcakes

Here’s a quick sneak peek at some of our new Christmas cupcakes featuring Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Snowmen! Hand decorated in our craft bakery, these will be available in our shops as of tomorrow, just in time for Christmas. What do you think of them? Cute, aren’t they?! As a reminder, we still have a lovely range of Christmas products and hampers, perfect for last minute Christmas presents, available in our online shop. The last date to get orders in guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas is next Wednesday, the 18th December. Unfortunately we can’t get these super cute cupcakes to you via the website at the moment, but pop into one of our shops to get one for yourself!

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Raising money for Martin House Hospice

Every year, staff, friends and family at Thomas the Baker make a big effort to put something back into the community that supports us by raising money for charity. In the past, I’ve taken part in sponsored walks (one of which we got very lost on and managed to walk an extra 2 or 3 miles!). But this year there has been a massive push and we’ve managed to raise a total of £9500 for the Martin House Hospice charity which provides care for terminally ill children. This has come from various places as well as the usual annual sponsored walk: every shop has a collection box, and this year even saw the Manager of our Malton shop, Emma Divine-Hard, and Claire Pickering, from the bakery head office, take on the challenge of a tandem parachute jump and raise more than £1300 between them alone all in the name of charity. The money raised has already gone towards a circus…

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