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North Yorkshire businesses rise to the occasion with new baking collaboration

Local businesses work together to bake exclusive products, made with Yorkshire ingredients

Helmsley and Bakehouse in the Barn have announced a new partnership which will see them creating seasonal products using local ingredients, to be sold exclusively at the Hunters’ deli.

Bakehouse in the Barn, which is based in Hovingham, launched earlier this year to great acclaim, with award-winning baker Sophie Smith at the helm.

The first item created specially by Sophie for Hunters is Pecan, Date and Banana Muffins, made with Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil from Thixendale. The bright yellow flowered rapeseed, highly visible across the region, is usually harvested around August and September in the Wolds. Available at Hunters throughout September and October, the muffins are dairy-free, making them suitable for those with a dairy allergy or vegans, and they are also free from refined sugar.


Christine Garnett, who owns Hunters with husband Chris, said: “These lovely autumnal muffins are absolutely delicious – anyone who knows Bakehouse in the Barn and Sophie will know what a talented baker she is. We love to work with local businesses where possible, so when we approached Sophie to work with us to come up with new ideas, using seasonal Yorkshire produce, we were delighted that she jumped at the idea. We’ll be introducing a new product every couple of months, so there will be lots of lovely new things to try over the coming year.”

Sophie Smith from Bakehouse in the Barn added: “It’s always a pleasure to work with Christine at Hunters, and I know they feel as passionately as I do about using wholesome and local ingredients where possible. These muffins are incredibly moist and moreish, with the lovely autumn flavours of dates and spices, but without being tooth-achingly sweet. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a cake without feeling like you’re being really naughty! The Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil is an excellent alternative to butter to make the muffins dairy-free, making them suitable for even more people to enjoy. I’m already thinking about the next idea – perhaps something a touch festive for the run up to the Christmas season. Watch this space!”

Jennie Palmer, Marketing Manager at Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil said: “It’s always great to see our product being used in a wide variety of ways. People aren’t always aware of the multitude of delicious uses rapeseed oil has – and these muffins are some of the best we’ve tried! We were delighted when Hunters of Helmsley and Bakehouse in the Barn got in touch, as it’s always great to work with other local businesses to support each other. There’s so much great food in Yorkshire, and we’re always happy to be championing it!”

Hunters has been based on Helmsley’s picturesque Market Place for 28 years. For more information about Hunters of Helmsley, or to find the recipe for the muffins, visit www.huntersofhelmsley.com