Fresh From The Oven: Local Flour Challenge

This month’s Fresh From The Oven challenge was hosted by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours. She challenged us to bake something yeasted, using flour where you know either where it was grown or where it was milled. This was quite hard for me as a Google search for ‘flour mills West Midlands’ and ‘flour mills Worcestershire’ brought up an amazing selection of houses that I could buy that had been converted from flour mills. This was not very useful. Then I asked Tom of Loaf where he got his flour from which was Shipton Mill. I nearly brought some flour from there but it cost £5 to post 1 bag of flour. I was on the verge of giving up hope, when I remembered that a farm shop I pass on the way to and from work sold a selection of flours.Would any of it be local?

Unfortunately, Broomfield’s Farm Shop in  Holt Health, Worcestershire did not have any local flour. The most local I could find was from The Five Sailed Windmill in Alford, Lincolnshire. I ended up buying a bag of their white flour, hoping that Helen will forgive me as Alford is 140 miles from my house, knowing that I did support a local business by buying it from a local farm shop.

Stuart and I are both currently obsessed with The Great British Food Revival, a show shown on the BBC 2 on  Wednesday evenings. We loved the first episode with Michel Roux Jr making a sandwich bread loaf. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to make it so I made it using the local (ish) flour and we had it for dinner with beef stew (recipe to follow soon in another post). This is the best and most easiest bread recipe ever. It was so quick to make. It was delicious warm and it tasted great the next day cold too. I will make this recipe again and again. I urge you all to try it.

Does anyone know of any working flour mills in the Midlands region?

Many thanks to Helen for hosting this month’s challenge.

Happy Cooking! :-)

Update: Since writing this post, I have discovered that there is a flour mill in Shropshire called Pimhill Farm that make wholemeal flour. I intend to try their products soon :-)

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12 Responses to Fresh From The Oven: Local Flour Challenge

  1. Well done. I think you did very well.
    And I love The Great British Food Revival too. For some reason, though, we are a week behind here in Scotland – so frustrating but I can get it on iPlayer.
    In fact, we are having cauliflower cheese for tea tomorrow after being inspired by The Hairy Bikers.

  2. It looks as if a lot of the mills in the midlands have been shut down/converted into properties.

  3. I’m going to search for that programme on iplayer – big fan of MR Jnr! I’d heard of Shipton Mill flour but didn’t realise it was in Gloucestershire (my home town was Cheltenham). How sad that the mills are all residences now. Great loaf – will try this recipe.

  4. Great stuff! Local-ish is a step in the right direction, eh? The crumb on your bread looks perfect.

  5. Thanks for taking part, I’ll forgive anything! Especially as the challenge was not local, but traceable! I used Shipton Mill flour for my loaf.

    I must catch up with the Great British Food Revivial, never seem to have time to watch telly.

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  7. I’ve just read with interest, the post
    Fresh From The Oven: Local Flour Challenge

    I’m a recent convert to making our own bread so I thought I’d share with you my “local” miller’s details. Daniels Mill is in Bridgnorth and you can check out their website via http://www.danielsmill.co.uk/index.html.

    You might also be interested in Charlecote Mill, Warwick. See http://www.charlecotemill.co.uk/

    They are options and frankly way better than buying the supermarket stuff that I have been mucking about with for the last 6 months or so. Still … live and learn!

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  10. There is a farm shop just outside Evesham that has Shiptons flour, called Chadbury Farm shop, just off the A46. they have plenty of good local produce.

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