Bakery helps with Minster TV show

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Thomas the Baker has been swotting up on its ‘currant’ affairs for a new BBC television show.

The film crew paid an early morning visit to the headquarters of Thomas the Baker in Helmsley to watch 600 hot cross buns being baked for a special Easter service at York Minster.

The family firm were filmed cooking up a jumbo batch of the traditional Easter buns for BBC One’s three-part series, The Minster, which will be broadcast on Sunday.

Thomas the Baker has been baking a big batch of buns for the clergy and congregation attending the Service of Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows for several years.

So popular are the Easter treats that in the lead up to the bank holiday weekend, the Yorkshire bakery make up to 250,000 from a recipe their staff have “honed to perfection” over the past 15 years.

“The fruit is added to the dough during fermentation and is left to prove for an hour before the crosses are hand-piped and each bun is meticulously hand glazed,” says Steve Simpson, Thomas the Baker’s Production Director.

“Set apart by their bounce and beautiful texture and flavour, the buns are made fresh each and every day, and demand is so high we start making and baking in January.”




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