Producer: Krazi Baker, Belfast
Product: Cinnamon Soda Farl with Whiskey Soaked Sultanas and Guanciale Potato Bread
Region: Northern Ireland
Category: From the earth, artisan
What they do:
After visiting scores of marketplaces across Europe, Mark Douglas came to the realisation that no one was selling bread baked on-site. In 2013 he set-up Krazi Baker, selling griddled bakes at Northern Ireland’s artisan food markets.
Come rain or shine, you’ll find Mark baking at markets across Northern Ireland, turning out everything from soda farls to potato and apple cakes to pancakes. All his bakes are made using traditional Irish recipes and make the most of local produce. His flour comes from Andrew’s Mills in Belfast, his bramley apples are from Armagh and the butter comes from Abernethy Butter in County Down.
Mark believes that griddled bakes are becoming “a lost skill”. Keen to revive the art, he runs bakery classes out of his kitchen and the St Mary’s Convent at Mayobridge. Working with the Ulster Farmer’s Union, in conjunction with the Grain Train at the Balmoral Show, he also leads talks for local children, showing them how to make soda and potato bread from scratch.
What the judges said:
The judges appreciated the Krazi Baker’s commitment to his craft, noting the great pride he takes in his products. They thought that he demonstrated “an excellent level of engagement with the community through his support for country markets and other initiatives that enable him to showcase his griddle baking expertise.”
Visit the website: Krazi Baker