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Baking treacle wheaten bread with Andrew Smyth in the new M&S, Craigavon

Sunday, October 7, 2018

To celebrate the opening of the new Marks & Spencer in Craigavon, Eating Ideas was invited to join the celebrations. As part of the event, Great British Bake Off star, Andrew Smyth demonstrated how to make his delicious treacle wheaten bread.

Great British Bake Off 2016 finalist Andrew Smyth was a special guest at the opening where he hosted a series of baking demonstrations giving customers a taste of what M&S Craigavon has to offer.  He made his treacle wheaten bread which is delicious and easy to make too!  I was invited to join the fun and made myself useful as his general assistant, measuring out the ingredients and running the loaves to the ovens in the store’s bakery.

I have met Andrew before and as always he was funny and charming.  Safe to say that the crowds loved him!  

His recipe, instructions and a video of him making the bread, can be found below.

Andrew's recipe for treacle wheaten bread

  • 325g strong wholemeal bread flour
  • 125g plain white flour
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsps caster sugar
  • 450 mls buttermilk
  • 2 tbsps black treacle
  • 1 tbsp melted butter to finish
  • preheat the oven to 200 C & line a baking tray with grease proof paper
  • add the dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk with a sieve to distribute the bicarbonate of soda
  • mix the treacle and buttermilk together
  • make a well in the dry mixture and stir in the buttermilk and treacle mix
  • Working quickly, stir to mix together and use your hands to form into a ball
  • place the dough on the baking sheet and make 4 deep cuts in a cross shape
  • bake for 45-50 minutes until the crust is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when knocked underneath
  • brush with a little melted butter whilst still warm before serving

About the new M&S in Craigavon

Marks & Spencer unveiled its brand new 7,000 square foot store at  Marlborough Retail Park in the heart of Craigavon, creating 56 job opportunities.

 M&S Craigavon stocks over 5,000 innovative food and drink products, as well as a selection of flowers, cards and gift wrap.  Whether customers are looking for an on-the-go snack, everyday meal or a special treat, the store offers an exciting range of products to create show-stopping dishes and desserts.

The store also offers the full range of M&S Clothing & Home products via its Click & Collect in Store service. Customers can opt for next day pick up if they order by 10pm the night before on M& With 350 free car parking spaces, the store is ideal for convenient Clothing & Home collection.

Located at Marlborough Retail Park, Highfield Road, Craigavon, BT64 3AG, the store will be open:

  • Sunday: 1-6pm
  • Monday-Wednesday: 8am-8pm
  • Thursday & Friday: 8am-10pm
  • Saturday: 8am-8pm 

WIn a £50 Voucher for M&S in Craigavon

Eating Ideas has a £50 voucher for M&S in Craigavon for one lucky reader to win- just click here to enter!

This post is sponsored by Marks & Spencer

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