Real bread traditional skills, small scale
The Handmade Bakery is a not for profit community supported artisan bakery in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire UK). They are a workers co-operative, owned and run by their members. It consists of a flourishing bakery producing 1500 loaves of real bread and patisserie each week, and a vibrant contemporary café space. Established in 2009, they are proud to be at the heart of our local community. The Handmade Bakery pioneered the idea of the Community Supported Bakery. The support of local people committing to a regular loaf on subscription was integral to the establishment of our business. More recently the generous support of local people enabled the bakery to move to its present much larger base. As part of this innovative business model they pay back our lenders their interest in bread. These Bread Bond holders were the first of their kind in the UK.
At the Handmade Bakery they make real bread using traditional artisan processes. Using just four simple ingredients flour, water, yeast and salt to bake over 20 nutritious and complex flavoured yeasted and sourdough breads. Their slow fermented, hand crafted, additive free artisan breads are made with the best quality ingredients which are organic and locally sourced where possible. Using the same traditional methods as with our breads, they make a delicious range of French patisserie, sweet Scandinavian buns and Savoury Danish rolls all handmade on the premises.