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Winter is back once again. And we all know what that means –shorter days and longer nights. As if it wasn’t hard enough waking up in the morning, it is even worse now as it is still dark outside! Starting your morning on a brighter note is always needed in the winter season, so what better way than to treat yourself with some scrumptious freshly baked goods from Dunn’s Bakery?

Dunn’s bakers know how important it is to energise yourself in the morning, by filling up with something tasty. Which is why we wake up bright and early to bake delicious morning treats such as doughnuts, croissants, pastries and muffins.

As a family owned business we understand the value of spending time eating breakfast with your loved ones in the morning, and that is something that so many of us unwillingly miss out on now days. Which is why we work hard to make all of our customers feel like part of our family. We welcome you with warm greetings and bake all our products with care and love that can be tasted in every single bite, not just in the morning but throughout the day.

Come into store and pick yourself up one of our freshly baked croissant and doughnut hybrid, the croughnut. All butter filled with a variety of different flavours. You can choose from Tiptree raspberry jam, chocolate fudge, apple cinnamon or lemon glaze. The choice is yours!

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If you’re not interest in a croughnut and would prefer something more traditional, why not try out our delicious freshly baked doughnuts. After tweaking our recipe, they now taste even better than they did before! Filled with Tiptree raspberry jam, you will be craving our jam packed doughnuts throughout the day.

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Dunn’s bakery is always here to brighten up your mornings. Stop by our store in the morning, whether on your way to work or coming back from your morning run, and pick up one of our delicious breakfast delights.

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Want to do something special during the remainder of the summer? Here’s some good news to share with all food and drink enthusiasts! From early August onwards, a few delectable food festivals are going to pop up in London every weekend! This is the golden chance to explore various food & drinks prepared by a unique line up of star chefs, to enjoy music played by live-band and to watch cooking and cake demonstrations. Let’s enjoy a delightful moment with your family and friends. Check out the events below:

Banbury Food Festival

Event Title: Banbury Food Fair

Date: 9th August (Sunday)

Venue: Banbury Market Place
Event detail:

  • Visitors can shop around a mixture of stalls selling and offering samples of various produce offered by small, independent producers who specialise in non-supermarket types of food, beer, wine and cider
  • Visitors will also be able to watch food preparation, cooking & cake demonstrations, wine tasting as well as to join ‘ready steady cook’ type competitions
  • Visitors are welcomed to join the Banbury Flower and Produce Show. You can browse the fruit, vegetables and flower, which are grown by local gardeners. Homemade jams, chutneys and cakes are also ready for purchase.

Nottingham Food & Drink Festival

Event Title: The Nottingham Food & Drink Festival

Date: 15-16th August (Saturday- Sunday)

Venue: Elizabethan Wollaton Mansion and Park

Event detail:

  • National and regional celebrity chefs include Stacie Stewart and Mark Lloyd will join together and introduce an intriguing selection of international food backgrounds and influences to us
  • Food Halls will feature a line-up of local and regional speciality food and drinks producers, particularly focused on British food provenance, locally reared meats and artisan baking…etc
  • Visitors can enjoy the local music and beautiful view of the Wollaton Park

Flyde Food Festival

 

Event Title: The Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival

Date: 16th August (Sunday)

Venue: Marine Hall, Fleetwood
Event detail:

  • The best food and drink suppliers in the region gather around to showcase their fabulous produce
  • Numerous street food cooking, including  cake, pies, cheese and wine are ready for you to try, buy and enjoy

Dunn's Bakery Crouch End

Don’t forget to visit Dunn’s Bakery

Dunn’s Bakery has been serving fresh baked goods in Crouch End since 1827. This north London bakery is famous within the local community for the array of delicious breads, delectable cakes and scrumpscious savouries, which are made on-site and displayed each day. Come and grab your sweet at Dunn’s Bakery. We can’t wait to seeing you.

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Would you like to try some deliciously amazing scones in London?

Then Dunn’s Bakery would be a great choice for you!

A scone, a single-serving cake which often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed, was an important part of cherished English tea tradition.  It differs from a teacake and other sweet buns, which are often made with yeast.  Traditionally, scones are the plain, modern version, which often includes dried fruits or nuts.  There are a few simple etiquettes to follow if you are planning a formal-style tea party. Firstly, slice your scone horizontally into half, after that, spoon a dollop of clotted cream and jam, each onto the edges of your plate, adding just enough for one half of your scone. And finally, take a sip of tea after each bite of the scone. Try different flavours of scones and have a wonderful afternoon tea party.

If you are looking for fresh and unforgettable scones in North London, visit us at Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End. Robert Freeman, the master baker at Dunn’s Bakery, has continued on his familial bakery, which was founded in 1827.

Scone Dunn's Bakery

 

We offer a wide range of attractive and freshly baked goods, such as scones, breads, cookies, tarts, brownies, buns and cakes to choose from. And if that isn’t enough, you could enjoy a delicious indulgent snack, such as a chocolate-smothered cookies or choose from a large range of homemade buns and cakes.

The array of tempting delicacies are made with only the finest and freshest ingredients, using Dunn’s unique traditional recipes.  Our wonderful homemade scones come in many varieties, with one of our most famous being the cranberry scone with crystallised sugar.

In February 2012, Dunn’s Bakery was awarded The Bakers Marque set up by Worshipful Company of Bakers, which displays to you, our beloved customers, that we continuously aim to create delicious baked goods from high-quality ingredients.

With our experience and expertise, we also provide premium quality and professional catering services for corporate events and parties. Feel free to contact us if you require a delicious food for your next function. Additionally, you can pre-purchase baked goods on our online bakery store.

And when you’re feeling peckish and in the mood for mouth-watering baked goods, visit us at Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End to enjoy a scone or cookie.

 

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History of the Cookie

We all have heard of Cookie Monster, as a Muppet on the children’s show Sesame Street, the character is known for his big appetite. He will eat anything, but his preferred food is cookies. You could say he is obsessed with them. Cookie Monster was not the first to become obsessed with this classic dessert… in fact the cookie has roots in Persia dating back to the 7th century. After spreading to Spain and throughout Europe, the cookie became an influential part of everyone’s daily lives by the 14th century. It was seen in all levels of society, ranging from royal cuisine to street vendors. Cookies then appeared in America through the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the late 1620’s. The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje”. How can you resist this historic, buttery delicacy? The answer: well, you can’t.

What is a Cookie?

Cookies can be made in a wide variety of styles using several different ingredients, for example, sugar, spices, peanut butter, nuts, and dried fruit. They are also classified depending on how they are prepared. They can be dropped, moulded, pressed, refrigerated and rolled. Cookies are usually baked until the desired texture is reached, and some cookies are not baked at all.

The Cookie Traveller

Cookies have been our loyal travel companion for centuries, keeping us company on our journeys and influencing our bakeries along the way. One of the earliest cookies known is the jumble, which is made from nuts, sweetener and water. Water has since been abandoned as a medium for cohesion and instead oil and eggs are now used. The cookie is able to stay fresh for periods of time, so long storage life made it perfect for travelling in the 14th century. The low maintenance treat grew in popularity exponentially, giving it the momentum needed to grow roots on every continent.

Dunn's Bakery Cookies

The Cookie of Today

Today, there is not just one cookie available,  there are a wide variety of cookies in the markets, and they can contain three ingredients like the jumble, or they can include several ingredients. The butter cookie is simple and is made with only butter , sugar and flour. This modern cookie style was not common until the 18th century. The chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie filled with chocolate chips. The biscotti is a finger shaped cookie that is crunchy and pairs well with a cup of coffee. Biscuit is the British word for cookie, meaning “twice baked” in Latin. Each cookie has a unique story and each country has its own word for the “cookie”, but each country certainly knows what it is.

Dunn’s Cookies

A cookie is defined as a thin, sweet, small cake, but Dunn’s Bakery prepares home-made cookies that are so much more than that, making them stand out from the rest… they are revolutionary, just like the jumble. The buttery treat is available in a mouth-watering four varieties, making it impossible to stop at just one.

The White Chocolate and Cherry cookie is made with red glacé cherries and real fair-trade white chocolate, lovely and soft with melt in the mouth white chocolate chunks. The chocolate chip cookie is sublime with its real chocolate drops and silky texture. The oat and raisin cookie is both crunchy and soft cookie at the same time, filled with Californian raisins and oats.

Come in store to Dunn’s Bakery and buy your cookies!

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Father’s Day 2015 at Dunn’s Bakery

It’s the time of year when we celebrate how great every Dad is and how much they mean to us. Father’s Day 2015 falls on 21st June and whilst we should never hold back when saying how much we care, it’s the perfect opportunity to really spoil him with a special gift of a delectable treat he won’t forget.

Father's Day 2015 at Dunn's Bakery

History of Father’s Day

Some historian believe American Sonora Dodd began Father’s Day. As the story goes, Sonora heard a Mother’s Day sermon at church and wondered why there wasn’t a similar occasion for her father. She was raised along with her siblings by her father and so, with the help of the YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane, she started a campaign. The first event was held in 1910 and grew over the following years.

Other historian give credit for the start of this special day to Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia. Following a mine explosion in her local town in 1908 and the death of over 360 men, she felt that there should be a day each year to remember all those who lost their parent.

The day is now truly international and is dedicated to having fun and generally showing your Dad what a great person he is.

Gift for a Great Dad this Father’s Day 2015

There are a number of traditional and typical gifts that a majority of Dads will receive throughout the years; socks, a tie with a quirky cartoon design, a CD or perhaps a garden tool. Whilst these are very much appreciated (as it is the thought that counts), it’s time to do something a bit different this year. Treat your Dad to a luxurious sugary treat.

There’s nothing so decadent as a box of baked goods that smell divine as the lid is lifted or the bag is opened, so if you’re looking for a gift for Father’s Day in London, head to our north London bakery where they have everything you need to really make his day.

Father's Day 2015 at Dunn's Bakery

Treat your Dad to a trip to Dunn’s Bakery

Dunn’s Bakery is planning to celebrate Father’s Day in style with some mouth-watering items to please the taste buds of every Dad.

Along with their usual range of moist cakes, sweet-smelling biscuits and pastries, the Crouch End bakery experts will have a range of Father’s Day cupcakes for sale, as well as some really fund medal to present – made from gingerbread.

The choice of flavours for the special cupcakes will be carrot and red velvet, a swirling mix of vanilla and chocolate or one of the classic range, which includes lemon, coffee or chocolate fudge. All will be topped with a creamy frosting for a lip-smacking experience.

A Tasty Way to Show Your Dad You Care

Whether you see your Dad every day or perhaps only at special occasional, take the opportunity his year on Father’s Day to whisk him away to Dunn’s for a fantastic (and tasty) experience. He’ll have great memories of the time spent with you as well as enjoying some of the best cakes in London. Even though Father’s Day may be only once a year, he’ll want to recreate the experience time and again with regular visits to buy more baked goods.

Every time he sits down with his inviting treats, he’ll remember Father’s Day 2015 at Dunn’s Bakery.

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Dunn's Bakery Taste of London 2015

London has always been a city of delectable food choices with tastes and smells around every corner and gourmet food, which has its roots in all four corners of the world.

The cosmopolitan melting pot of different ingredients available, which are brought into the shops and restaurants each day from distant shores, combine with the locally sourced and seasonal meats, fruits and vegetables to create dishes to tantalise the Londoner’s taste buds. This all makes the capital an incredible place to visit for those who truly love to explore and try food.

To celebrate the wealth of dishes available and the wondrous restaurants that make London a unique place to eat, an incredible festival takes place each year where up to 55,000 food loving visitors gather. The festival is called The Taste of London and takes place in Regent’s Park from 17-21 June.

Dunn's Bakery Taste of London

What is The Taste of London food festival?

Taste of London is the bringing together of the best chefs, restaurants and ingredients in an exciting cacophony of 5 days of cookery and eating.

Book tickets to any or all of the days and you can wander through the streets of stalls and marquees erected. Taste of London is a city within a city wholly dedicated to great tasting food. The festival will include:

  • Live cookery demonstrations with household named chefs
  • Restaurants to eat a huge variety of styles of food
  • Bars to relax and sample a rich selection of drinks
  • Stands selling cookery appliances and the latest must-have gadgets
  • Exhibitors with a huge range of ingredients you can buy to take home to create great meals of your own

The restaurants attending Taste of London will be serving menus from across the globe; there will be cuisine Spain, Japan, Italy, Peru and, of course, the best food from across the UK.

It’s a fantastic place to visit for anyone who loves to eat and even more for those who enjoy filling their social calendars with different restaurants to try with families and friends.

Dunn's Bakery Taste of London 2015

The Best Way to Immerse your Senses in Taste of London

As well as visiting the food festival, the only way to really become part of the ethos of Taste of London is to try food in different parts of the capital. However, if you miss the festival and really want to savour the day to day taste of London, stop off as you tour the city and take lunch in the hundreds of cafes that line the streets. And to top off your London foodie experience, head to our award-winning north London bakery, Dunn’s Bakery.

Have a Taste of London at Dunn’s Bakery

Dunn’s Bakery has been serving fresh baked goods in Crouch End since 1827. This north London bakery is famous within the local community for the array of delicious breads, delectable cakes and scrumpscious savouries, which are made on-site and displayed each day.

Take a trip to see the team, led by husband and wife duo Christoper and Christina and their son Lewis. You’ll be spoilt for choice as to what to try first.

Dunn's Bakery Black Forest Cream Slice

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, on of our immediate recommendations would be the Black Forest Cream Slice. Full of fresh cream, black cherries and a dash of rum seeped into the rich chocolate cake, it’s a sweet treat you’ll definitely not want to share.

Dunn's Bakery Taste of London 2015 Pecan Pie

The inspiration for many of our pastries and tarts stretch past the shores of the UK and with a nod to our neighbours across the Atlantic, the individual Pecan Pies are just the right amount of sticky goodness with the flavoursome pecans mixing with the shimmering caramel.

Dunn's Bakery Rum Truffle

For those who believe ‘sharing is caring’, a luxurious bag of Rum Truffles should be just the ticket. Balls of cake crumb melted together with apricot jam and Jamaican rum, with the coating of this sphere covered in chocolate vermicelli, sounds delicious, right?

If you have the chance to visit the festival, don’t miss the opportunity to really try flavours that are both local and international. However, if you really want a taste of London, come to Dunn’s Bakery, whether it’s festival time or not.

 

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Britain has a wealth of superb food ingredients which are skillfully blended together into dishes known the world over. The seasonal and locally sourced industry now means that those wanting fantastic tasting food can savour the flavour of meals that are synonymous with a trip to the nation, which arguably boasts some of the best food in the world.

Meals on the Tourist Trail

It’s tourist season and as those taking holidays around the UK plan their trips to historical attractions and more, they will want to try British food as much as seeing famous landmarks.

English Scone

For those who are visiting England for the first time, they may wonder what will be the best on British menus. Dishes with great ingredients that have put this country on the map include:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
  • Steak and Kidney Pudding
  • Toad in the Hole
  • And baked goods; Chelsea Buns, Eccles Cakes, Bakewell Tarts and Scones

The History of British Heritage Food

Great Britain offers a wealth of variety in the national and regional dishes. Invasions stretching back to Roman, Viking and Norman times brought food traditions, which over time were developed into uniquely British dishes. A great trading nation for many centuries, exotic sounding ingredients such as saffron were once exported from parts of Cornwall, although now it is usually an imported delicacy.

Tudor times saw an influx of new fruit and vegetables as explorers found new parts of the world and staples such as potatoes were brought to Great Britain. During the era of Puritan England, the delicious Eccles Cake was introduced as an alternative to the rich biscuits and treats that were banned as they were deemed too extravagant.

Sausage Rolls

When Dunn’s Bakery first opened its doors in 1827, pie shops were extremely popular. The quintessentially English pork pie was famous as pub grub, as were sausage rolls and pasties. Pasties were particularly enjoyed by miners in Cornwall, where one half had a savoury filling and the other half had a sweet filling. Also, at this time, the now famous full English breakfast became fashionable. The gentry used the breakfast hours as an opportunity to display their status and wealth by eating meats, vegetables and other ingredients that were grown on their land. Eating sausage, bacon, black pudding and eggs was viewed as a marker of social status, monetary wealth and standing.

Baked Goods: A Cornerstone of Heritage Food in England

If you’re thinking “things to do in London” then take a trip to Dunn’s Bakery. This north London bakery in Crouch End offers the finest heritage English baked goods that can be enjoyed whilst touring around the capital.

Eccles Cake

Heritage is very much a part of the ethos of this family run bakery. It doesn’t matter which day of the week you visit, you can enjoy freshly baked scones, (that have a history dating back 600 years), succulent Chelsea Buns (which have been eaten as a treat with tea since the 1700s when it was invented at the Bun House in Chelsea) or perhaps a Cherry Bakewell Tart.

Cherry Bakewell Tart

These cakes and tarts were invented and then became popular over the centuries as noblemen and women requested rich and sweet foods. The decadence of these pastries were a sign of wealth as they used ingredients, which were out of the reach of the working classes. Now they are seen as a popular treat either as a luxury addition to a quick break from work or as a part of a relaxing lunch. Fresh and luscious, they have a place in the hearts of food lovers across Britain and will always be a part of the food heritage of the nation.

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