Millers are using their loaf to grind out a new flour

Heatherslaw Malt, a blend of wholewheat, flour and malted wheat flakes.
Heatherslaw Malt, a blend of wholewheat, flour and malted wheat flakes.

A Northumberland mill has launched a new flour to add to its baking range.

Heatherslaw Cornmill, on the Ford and Etal Estate, is now producing Heatherslaw Malt, a blend of wholewheat, flour and malted wheat flakes.

It follows the acquisition of a flour dressing machine, which works as a giant shaking sieve to remove the bran from the wholemeal flour, leaving a strong white flour which is great for baking.

Manager Dave Harris-Jones said: “The combination of our own finely-milled flours with malted wheat flakes gives this new flour a delicious malty crunch.

“Add some black treacle to your bread recipe and the result is a flavoursome, moist and malty loaf.”

The wholewheat and dressed flour are both traditionally milled at Heatherslaw, from wheat grown at Carham, just a few miles away. The malted wheat flakes come from Silvery Tweed in Berwick.

Heatherslaw Cornmill now produces five different flours for breadmaking – wholewheat, spelt, rye, white and the Heatherslaw Malt, as well as its self-raising flour launched last year.

The latter, Heatherslaw Light, is a traditionally-made stoneground flour, lightly sieved to reduce the bran content, then given added raising agents for perfect cakes.

Heatherslaw Cornmill supplies flour to a range of shops and bakeries, including the Great Northumberland Bread Company and Fords of Norham.

The flours are also available to buy from Heatherslaw gift shop and other local outlets, as well as online via a mail order service.

Earlier this year, Heatherslaw played host to the annual general meeting of The Traditional Cornmillers Guild.

To make the day a unique experience, the unusual pearl barley mill at the site was operated with a full load for the first time since the 1950s.

This is equipment that is not normally operated while the mill is open to the public because, as well as being incredibly noisy with a stone rotating at more than 150 turns per minute, it also creates a lot of dust.

There is a history of more than 700 years of milling on the site, which stands on the banks of the River Tweed.

Heatherslaw Cornmill is open daily until the end of October.