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&S.com. 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
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