Although Liz, a third generation baker, she’s the only one in my family that has decided to try and marry my work and love of baking.
Liz’s grandad used to make all his own bread, and some of my earliest memories are sitting on the side in his kitchen, watching him knead his precious wholemeal loaf laced with molasses. Liz’s mum too brought the family up on ‘Real Bread’ using organic flour, no chemicals ensuring she gave her three children the best start to the day she could. Regularly she would be weighing out rolls and shaping them for packed lunches whilst listening to the Archers.
Liz learnt the art of making real bread; first, by taking classes from the School of Artisan Food and reading lots of great books most of her favourite ones are by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, who delivered the training to Liz. It was tricky at first, and the learning curve was steep, but practise makes perfect (well most days!)
In 2016 Liz opened her first pop-up bakery in Harrogate. Working from home she crafted a small range of high-quality artisan breads (without commercial additives or flour improvers). This soon became more popular than she could possibly have ever anticipated, and the Secret Bakery was born. To begin with Liz made all her bread by hand, but once it got to about 80 loaves a day, she decided to invest in a commercial planetary mixer, reducing the working time significantly! Although we do still make some loaves totally by hand!
Liz is not a natural morning person, so there has been some family fun getting used to her new working hours!! In September 2016 we started to supply some of the local delis, cafes and restaurants and also selling our bread at markets, and then in January 2018 we opened the Secret Bakery Harrogate shop at 19 Knaresborough Road.
We love what we do and creating real bread, using flour without commercial additives and improvers is great fun and we believe that flows through into the flavour, structure and amazing quality of our bread!
“We stopped by the Secret Bakery today for the first time, and will certainly be making further visits! The goats cheese and caramelised onion bread was gorgeous, and the warm sausage rolls and rockie road didn’t even make it until lunchtime – they were crying out to be eaten, so we obliged!” Jill Bryant