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A fresh treat from the Garden - by Laurent Trenga, Taste of Wisley

Posted by Sara Draycott on 22 Oct 2013 at 09:11 PM

Hello - it's Laurent here again.


Of course we all think RHS Garden Wisley is a very special place. However we also believe that it is unique in Britain for having its own onsite bakery, working 24 hours a day to produce the breads and cakes that visitors enjoy in the garden’s cafés and Restaurant.

Wisley rock cakes and scones might be thought of as our hardy perennials. We also have treats that have their season then disappear for another year, which our courgette cake has just done, but don’t be sad – that simply means we can look forward to winter’s mince pies!

 

Whenever we can, we make use of Wisley preserves in our baking. At the moment blackberry jam made here from the fruit fields’ own berries is being used to fill our Victoria sponge cake, as well as being served with scones for afternoon tea, dolloped onto rice pudding, and mixed into children’s pots of yoghurt.

 

Recent visitors to Wisley may have noticed that you can now buy the fresh bread that we bake onsite every day to take home – a delicious way to make your visit memorable, we hope you’ll agree. Our bakery produces all the loaves, bloomers and rolls that we use for sandwiches and to accompany soups and other dishes – we even make our own burger buns and hot dog rolls!

 

The flours we use are the best you can buy – among them are stoneground organic flour from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire, which holds a Royal Warrant from HRH the Prince of Wales, and authentic French bread flours such as Campagrain, a distinctive blend of five different flours and four seeds. As our head baker Richard Orosz says, when the flours are first-rate, there is simply no need to add dough improvers or other agents to the bread.

 

For take home purchase we are offering white and spelt tin loaves, four varieties of bloomer (brown, granary, caraway and mustard), and granary cobs. Prices start at £2.50 per loaf and you can pick them up in the Coffee Shop, Conservatory Café, Honest Sausage, or Kiosk.

 

My favourite is the granary cob, which has a lovely caramelised crust, robust flavour and chewy texture. It’s a warming soup’s best friend and, most importantly I think, goes beautifully with a chunk of our organic Sussex cheddar. Do try some next time you visit.

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