News From The Baking Lab

Where to Buy Bread in London? June 08 2016

We asked our very own Pete where (in case of a terrible emergency that means you can't bake it yourself) to buy bread in London. This is what he said:
E5 Bakehouse, near London Fields.  
Great sourdough made with wheat and other grains milled on site.  E5's event space hosts film, theatre and conferences that are catered by refugee bakers and chefs trained as part of the Just Bread Project with the Refugee Council.  Great food, great bread and a real transforming community presence.
Pavilion Bakery, Broadway Market.
Excellent bread 
Originally the Centre for Better Health Bakery, a bike repair shop has been added to the site, hence the cute name.  The Centre for Better Health is a Mental Health Charity serving the NE part of London.  The bakery takes on interns who are recovering from mental illness and trains them for 3 month periods in commercial baking practices.  The bakery sells from a small storefront and cafe space on Stean Street Tuesdays through Saturday and from a market stall at the Stoke Newington Market.  Very good sourdough and the best vollkornbrot in the city, hands down.
Bread Ahead, Borough Market.  
Come for the market stall and stay for the extraordinary class space with views of Southwark Cathedral and a wall of Miele ovens for the amateur bakers to use.  Bread Ahead is run by Matt and Justin of sourdough and donut fame.  Best donuts in Borough Market by far.  Also available from a retail outlet near the Old Street Roundabout.
St. John Bakery.  Maltby Street Market, near Tower Bridge.  
St. John is the daddy of sourdough in London.  The bread that they make in their Druid Street arch is sold at St. John restaurants on St. John Street and in Spitalfields.  On weekends St. John runs a very special little cafe behind their commercial baking space on Druid Street.  On offer are bread, donuts (the ancestors of Bread Ahead's awesome donuts), sandwiches coffee etc.  Get there early if you want to sit down.
Christopher's Bakery, Herne Hill.  
Walk up Half Moon lane from the Herne Hill Station to Christopher's Bakery across the street from the German School.  Christopher, who trained at School of Artisan Food and Cordon Bleu, wanted to bring good bread to the neighborhood where he grew up and this year and a half old venture is the result.  Fantastic bloomers, rye sourdoughs, croissants and quiches are great to take away or eat in the excellent deli.  
Brick House Bakery, Zenora St. East Dulwich
Christopher's competition, just up the hill.  Started out as a home baker delivering bread via bicycle.  The bakery is in a beautiful space now with a huge oven.
Poilane, Elizabeth Street.  
The London outpost of the very famous Paris bakery.  Perfect sourdough baked with a secret recipe and method in the basement, just like it is in Paris.  Also fantastic pastries.
Ruben's Bakehouse, Twickenham.  
Pizzas from a wood fired oven and excellent  sourdough bread from Igor the wild man and entourage.  Igor trained at school of Artisan food and it shows:  great quality and variety of bread.
Margot bakery, East Finchley
An Instagram feed and fantastic place for sourdough, challah and an ever changing roster of specialty breads.  Worth a journey.
Obviously we can only condone buying bread in an emergency, what you should really do is come to one of our bread classes and learn how to bake your own!

Getting to know Bella June 06 2016

Bella is the P.R. and Marketing manager at Bake with Maria. She is a super keen cook but not an excellent baker. She loves eating baked goods though!

How did you come to work at Bake with Maria?

I had a background in food PR and had taken time out to have my baby boy. I was just looking to get back into work again when I saw a request on the Maida Vale Parents to Parents Facebook Group. The rest is history!

What is the best thing about working at Bake with Maria?

Besides all the food? The people. Maria and her team are so warm and enthusiastic, the attitude is contagious. It is why all our students have the best time and come back again and again.

What is your favourite Bake with Maria recipe?

I love the Overnight Rye Buns which are taught in the Healthy Bread Baking Class and in the brilliant Family Baking Class they are so simple when you know how and they meanI can give my son freshly baked bread in the morning. That makes me feel like a domestic goddess!


Tell us something we didn’t know about you

I am a little bit obsessed with juices and smoothies. I am convinced they will help me live forever! I usually start the day with a green smoothie:

1 frozen Banana

2 handfuls of spinach

1 tablespoon of peanut butter ( or any nut butter)

300 mls of brown rice milk

Whizz it all together in the blender, I promise that even though it is green it tastes great!

Loco for Cocoa May 27 2016

We always love discovering new brands. In the treasure trove that is the Liberty chocolate department we found Cocoa Loco. This British chocolate maker is based in West Sussex in what they call The Chocolate Barn ( we are desperate to visit). A quick look at their website suggest the are our sort of people!

The produce award winning, ethically produced organic chocolate in small batches and it is delicious! They also have a "Baked Range"  that include brownies and cookies, and better still for all you home bakers they have a “In the Kitchen range”. Why not book a place on one of our Chocolate Dessert Classes to learn how to create some wonderful chocolate puds to make with their product?

A Summer Salad Idea May 23 2016

Those of you lucky enough to have had lunch at The Baking Lab will have tried some of Benny's awesome salads. Given that it is a Monday, and Mondays can be tough, we thought we would be kind and give you a little summer salad inspiration:

Avocado and Goats Cheese Salad:

Whole avocado (chopped and marinated in lemon juice and pepper)

Goats Cheese (cubed)

Green leaves (lettuce & Spinach)

Toasted Sesame, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds


Equal amounts of:

Olive Oil

Lemon juice


Dried rosemary

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Lemon juice can be replaced with white wine vinegar for a stronger taste.)

Did you know that if you book an all day private class you get lunch included? Contact for details. What a fabulous way to celebrate something awesome...

Tea and Cake May 17 2016

We know that tea is the logical accompaniment to cake here in England but in the Baking Lab we are major coffee fans so imagine our surprise when at The London Coffee Festival this year the stand out company for us sold tea!

We loved visiting the Brew Tea Co stand and sampling their product. Man do those folks know and love their tea. We were totally sold on the ritual of tea brewing and drinking and we are not going back to the household brands (who shall remain nameless).

For all things tea related (loose tea, ‘proper’ tea bags and tea pots) see their website and then you had best book yourself into one of our Cake and Pastry classes to learn how to make the perfect accompaniment

Our Blogging Buddies May 13 2016

We are super lucky to have met some really excellent food bloggers and we thought we would share with you their fabulous labours of love!

We really love Got to Be Gourmet, in fact we are pretty jealous of her life, she gets to sample pretty much all of the best of what London has in offer in terms of food.In terms of life envy we are also pretty keen on the things Bec at Right Up My Street gets up to. For tips on being a mummy in London we read The London Mummy Blog and for advice on what to do with leftovers we go to Lisa Loves Leftovers

Last year we were joined for our culinary trip in Italy by the totally glamourous The Edible Woman for Foodepedia  

We really love working with foodie bloggers so if you have a blog and you have any creative ideas about things we can do together the do let Bella know.




We thought we would share.... May 13 2016

It has been nearly five years since the creation of Bake With Maria and we have established ourselves as very much part of a number of communities; the local community, the foodie community and the growing community of mumpreneurs. 

We have met so many brilliant people, learnt and discovered so many things and all the time supported by you, our brilliant budding bakers. We thought the best way to say thank you is to share so we have started a blog! 

In this blog we will tell you about food companies we discover, recipes and tips for buying baked goods along with a whole lot more.

we really hope you enjoy.