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Great news, Christmas is around the corner, and approaching us faster day by day! The holiday season is filled with joy, from spending time with family and friends, to receiving and opening gifts placed underneath our beautifully decorated tree, but how could we forget our most enjoyed part of the Christmas season – THE FOOD! The mince pies, puddings, cakes and even the turkey, Dunn’s loves every part of Christmas dining.

With the festive season coming into full effect, yearly traditions have also begun. Whether it is your family’s tradition to go carol singing on Christmas Eve, or to celebrate the worldwide tradition of roasting a turkey for Christmas day dinner, we all follow some kind of tradition this time of the year. Here at Dunn’s Bakery, we have our very own tradition which we like to follow. Every year the Dunn’s Bakery family gathers together to dress up our shop window. Keeping with the festive theme, we place our Christmas tree decorated with our hand baked gingerbread ornaments and ribbons, Christmas cakes and pies, wreaths, and lights in our window, bringing the Christmas spirit into our bakery.

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You know Christmas is around the corner once our festive blackboard comes out to make its appearance. The countdown till Christmas couldn’t be any more exciting.

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Keeping with traditions in Dunn’s Bakery, we have launched our Christmas range for 2015, and we are just as excited about this as you, possibly even more. Everything in Dunn’s is coming together for the holiday season, and we want to do everything in our power to make your Christmas tastier this year with our freshly baked desserts.

We have a wide selection to choose from in our Christmas range. From our velvet iced Christmas sponge or fruit cake, to our traditional round luxury Dundee cake made with currants, raisins, fresh orange and tangy lemon, decorated with split almonds. Or maybe you’re interested in our freshly baked mince pies packed full of our delicious homemade mincemeat in a variation of pastries. Could we tempt you with our Gingerbread delights? A gingerbread house could be the centrepiece of your desserts table, with hand decorated gingerbread snowmen and angels. Or perhaps you would prefer one of our freshly baked luxury Christmas puddings.

Our traditional Christmas pudding recipe has been handed down through the family for years! They are made with the freshest currants, raisins, sultanas and mixed peel, with lemons and spices to enhance the flavour and redemption ale and brandy to make our Christmas puddings the very best. Take a look at the video below, we give you a sneak peek into how we create our Christmas puddings.

Christmas Puddings from Dunn’s Bakery on Vimeo.

For the Christmas season we also have our mince pie selection box for £6.99, which contain:
2x Shortcrust Mince Pies
2x Deep Fill Shortcrust Mince Pies
2x Wholemeal Mince Pies
2x Puff Pastry Mince Pies
So make sure you don’t forget to pick up a box or two for Christmas.

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Next time you’re in the area during this festive season, pop into our North London Bakery and pick yourself up a Christmas delight. Don’t forget, our online Christmas shop has now opened, and we’re taking all of our last orders on Monday 22nd December by 12 noon. Make sure you order all of your Christmas desserts before it is too late!

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As we all know, the holiday season is about giving not receiving, so why not throw the best holiday party this season for your friends, family, or coworkers. Whether you are planning a small get-together with friends and family or organising the event for your office at work, Dunn’s Bakery is here to help lessen your stress. With top-quality goods ranging from sweet to savoury, Dunn’s North London bakery provides excellent service and premium food, no matter what your catering needs are. After all, there’s nothing better to put you in the holiday spirit than one of our decadent mincemeat pies.

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If you are looking to host a group of your closest friends and family for an intimate gathering, Dunn’s party catering would be the perfect option. However if your party planning skills are being put towards planning your office’s holiday party, Dunn’s corporate catering is just what you are looking for! We aim to satisfy all our customers needs therefore we offer a range of food platters to please even the pickiest of eaters: traditional, gourmet, vegetarian, savoury, and cake platters all contain the well-known deliciousness of Dunn’s.

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Breakfast, lunch or dinner, our family bakery is here to make your party the tastiest of the season. Our breakfast assortments include several decadent offerings including assorted croissants, filled bagels, freshly made breads, pastries, and danishes, fruit salad, all accompanied with juice, tea and coffee. For lunch or dinner Dunn’s offers a variety of items ranging from hearty sandwiches filled with fresh local ingredients and made on fluffy homemade bread to beautifully filled vol au vents and everything in between. Some of our favorites are our classic sausage rolls, quiches, tricolore salad, and mince pies- all great to celebrate the holidays with! Don’t forget to top off the night with one of our festive cake platters or a customized cake for a special celebration.

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Whether you have a specific requirement, a customization need or a health constraint, Dunn’s Bakery accepts individual requests because we bake our goods on site, and always try our best to meet customer needs. We care about our community and want to take away the stress that can come along with the holidays, therefore we always have reasonable prices to make our customers and their wallets happy. We want to help you save money, especially around the holidays, so this year you can have some extra cash for that Secret Santa exchange you’ve been looking forward to.
Give us a call or come visit in the Crouch End to inquire about our catering for your upcoming holiday party for the 2015 season. Finish out this year on a high note with Dunn’s Bakery!

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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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Dunn’s Bakery offer a catering service to take away the hassle of having to prepare food for an event or function. We are more than just 5th generation bakers, we are caterers.

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There is no need to bombard yourself with the stress of having to prepare dishes to provide for guests at an event of function. Here, at our north London bakery, we are here to help with our catering service. Just like all our baked goods, everything we provide with our catering service is made in our kitchen, daily. All of the ingredients used are the finest and freshest, all from our local suppliers. We provide all of our goods to meet individual requirements, and cater for both corporate events and private parties.

When it comes to party planning, don’t worry about checking off “food” on your to do check list. Our Crouch End bakery produces delicious cakes and savouries, just as tasty as those made at home. Each and every day, we bake a number of fresh goods, such as sausage rolls, quiches, cakes, and, of course, a wide range of freshly made bread.

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Not only that, but we also offer sandwich platters in four different choices. These choices include our traditional platters, with egg mayo, ham, cheese, and tuna sandwiches. Our vegetarian platter, with brie, humus, Mediterranean vegetables, egg mayo, dolce latte and mushroom sandwiches. The gourmet plater, with prawns, smoked salmon, chicken, turkey, beef and stilton sandwiches. Along with these sandwich platters, we also have a savoury platter, which includes sausages rolls, cheese straws, filled vol au vents. Finally, if that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, we also offer a cake platter, with a variety of cakes such as chocolate fudge, fruit, banana and ginger.

All of these goods are also available with our corporate catering package.

Along with these platters and many others, we also provide filled ciabatta rolls, filled bagels, breakfast platters, drinks and kettle chips.

To find out more about sizing and price listing visit our website.

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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.

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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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Wimbledon has begun once more. It is a time we associate with sunshine, sweat, and strawberries and cream. As the weather and competition heat up, so does the excitement and anticipation surrounding who will come out on top as champion.

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The Tournament

The oldest tennis tournament in the world is taking place from 29 June to 12 July 2015 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club located in Wimbledon, London.

The 2015 Wimbledon Championships is the 129th edition, making it a tournament full of tradition and prestige. The tournament is being played on grass courts and takes place over a series of 19 courts, including the main show courts known as the Centre Court, No. 1 Court, No. 2 Court and No. 3 Court.

There are singles and doubles events for men and women, which is why it takes place over two weeks. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova are the defending champions in men’s and women’s singles, but who will win this year is up in the air.

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The Competitors

Playing on the Centre Court at Wimbledon is a dream of every professional tennis player. This year the players include well-known returning names such as Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova. Rafael Nadal was astonishingly knocked out by unknown 100+ ranked player Dustin Brown.

Of course, the competition is intense every year but this year seems especially fierce, making each match a must-see, as you never know what can happen.

The Money

As playing in the tournament is a great honour, so is attending it. If you were thinking of attending this year, you can expect to pay at least £3000 for a seat on the Centre Court at the men’s singles final matches.

The prize money for the players is even more shocking!

The Wimbledon total prize money for 2015 has increased to a whopping £26.75 million and the winner of the singles event alone will walk away with £1,880,000. That should make all of the training worth it.

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The Tradition

Some of the well-known Wimbledon traditions include a strictly white dress code for competitors, Royal patronage (this tournament is in fact the only Grand Slam which is patronised), and the standard affair of strawberries and cream. However, there is more than that to know about Wimbledon.

Being the oldest tennis tournament, played since 1877, it is considered the most prestigious of the four Grand Slams. This is the only tournament that is still played on the original surface-grass that it started with, and unusually there are no sponsored advertisements around its courts.

The Dessert

Tennis does signal summertime, but so do strawberries. In honour of this, we have created something truly delicious.

Dunn's Strawberries and Cream Cupcake

To celebrate the championships and stick with the Wimbledon tradition, bite into a fresh, home-made cream cupcake with Tiptree Strawberry Jam and a juicy strawberry balanced on top. This is not your average strawberries and cream you see around in the summer, it’s so much more.

Light, fluffy, yet full of flavour, this cupcake will have you jumping out of your seats. Come to Dunn’s Bakery based in Crouch End, North London. We have been craft bakers since 1820, so like Wimbledon, tradition is what we’re all about.

 

 

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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.

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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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