Baker Andrew hopes there’s dough to be made in bread

Powburn baker Andrew Smith.
Powburn baker Andrew Smith.

A BAKER who has worked in the food industry for almost 25 years is hoping to make a name for himself in bread-making.

Andrew Smith, 46, has worked with food since 1987, but after working in commercial bakeries and taking his qualifications, he has decided to go it alone.

Working from his Powburn cottage kitchen Andrew will be showing his wares at the Alnwick Farmers’ Market for the first time tomorrow.

And he is hoping that his business, Bread and Roses, can make a name for itself supplying bakery products to the local communities.

Andrew, who uses flour from Gilchester’s in Stamfordham, will also be demonstrating his talents – which have stemmed from years or training as well as teaching baking – at the Alnwick Food Festival this year.

Working alongside another baker, he will be showing how to make the perfect loaf.

Andrew has also built his own wood-fired oven in his patio garden, in which he can bake up to six loaves at a time.

“My aim is to get noticed,” he said.

“I have already got 10 people that are interested in taking bread on a regular basis.

“What I really want to do is work in training and consultancy but to do that I need a bakery, so I’m putting all three together.

“I built the wood-fired oven in the summer of 2010 but I couldn’t get it working properly.

“Whenever I tried to use it I wasn’t getting anywhere with it.

“It’s quite tricky to get it working properly.

“But then my brother came round and helped me with modifications and now, subject to having the right wood, it works quite well.”

The whole bread-making process takes between 16 to 72 hours.

And he doesn’t use yeast. He mixes water with flour and leaves it in the fridge, which means its own yeast comes out. That is then used to make his bread.

Andrew also wants to get his bread into local stores to help widen publicity for this business and he is in talks with local traders.

Alnwick Farmers’ Market takes place tomorrow in the Market Place from 9am to 2pm.