Chocolate Brownies

Heat oven to 180C. Line a baking tin, about 8 inches square. Ingredients 100g unsalted butter 250g golden caster sugar 75g golden syrup 275g chocolate (at least 72% cocoa), broken into pieces 4 medium eggs 70g Holgate wholemeal flour Method Melt butter with sugar and syrup. Remove from the heat, add in chocolate and mix well until the chocolate has melted. Whisk in eggs one at a time and then stir in the flour. Pour into the baking tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate overnight. Do not be tempted to cut it before it comes Read More …

Windmill Pancakes

This recipe makes about 8 medium pancakes. Ingredients 4 oz Holgate Windmill wholemeal flour Half a pint of milk 1 medium or large egg Vegetable/sunflower oil to fry Method Mix the flour, milk and egg and whisk well, preferably with an electric mixer. Leave to stand for an hour or two as the wholemeal flour takes a bit more time to soak in. Whisk again before cooking. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a frying pan. Pour in just enough of the mixture to cover the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes, then flip and cook again Eat with Read More …

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac is a word for a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps from 1914 to 1918. Anzac Day (25th of April) is when Australia and New Zealand commemorate all the men and women who served and died whilst serving their countries. It marks the first major action fought by Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War. Anzac biscuits were made by the women at home and sent to the soldiers abroad because the biscuits keep well and they do not spoil easily. Ingredients 100g sugar 100g butter or margarine 1 tbsp golden syrup 85g Read More …

American Carrot Cake

Line a deep 8 inch sponge tin and heat oven to gas mark 4/180C. Cake ingredients: 1 tsp butter or margarine 1/4 pint cooking oil 6 ounces soft brown sugar 2 eggs pinch of  salt 1 tsp cinnamon 8 ounces Holgate wheat flou 1 tsp baking powder 8 ounces grated carrot 4 ounces chopped walnuts Topping ingredients: 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 6 ounces icing sugar Method: In one bowl blend butter, oil and sugar then add eggs one at a time In another bowl mix salt, cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Stir egg mixture into flour Read More …

Spiced Holgate Apple Cake Recipe

4 oz butter 6 oz soft dark brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 8 oz Holgate wholemeal flour plus 2 tsps baking powder 1 tsp ground mixed spice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 lb apples (any kind) peeled, cored and chopped 3-4 tbsps milk clear honey and demerara sugar for topping Line a 7″ round cake tin, or a loaf tin with baking parchment. Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs gradually, beating well. Add flour, baking powder and spices and mix well. Fold in apples and milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Fill tin and bake in a pre-heated Read More …

Bob’s Favourite Loaf Recipe

300g Holgate Windmill wholemeal flour 200g strong white bread flour 10g fresh yeast (or one teaspoon dried yeast) 10g salt 325g warm water 25g sunflower or olive oil Mix the flours together in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast (if fresh crumble it in) and the salt. Combine the warm water and the oil and pour into the flour. Work into a soft smooth dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is stretchy and pliable. Allow the dough to rise in a covered bowl in a warm place. Leave for about two hours (the longer the Read More …

Santa in the Mill

Come and visit Santa at Holgate Mill this December. See the mill decorated for Christmas, enjoy a craft activity and climb to the top to meet Santa in his grotto. £5 per child including a gift and free for adults. We are open from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, plus a morning session, from 10 am to 12pm on Sunday 10 December. No booking is necessary. Mince pies, mulled apple juice, and orange juice available for a donation.

Fresh Paint

The mill has just been repainted and looks like new: sparkling white cap and sails, crisp black wall, shiny black railings. The work was done by York company Novus Solutions and the total cost was approximately £18,000. It was paid for partly from the mill’s general maintenance fund and with generous assistance from the Co-Op Community Fund and the Feoffees of St Michael’s Spurriergate. We are very grateful for their contributions.

Visit by That’s York TV

On 30 June Anna Riley came to the mill to interview Steve Potts and Jenny Hartland about winning the QAVS and how much our volunteers mean to us. That’s York TV is a new venture based at St John’s College concentrating on local York events and news. It can be found on Freeview Channel 8. See the video clip about the mill at Or go to, select ‘local stations’, click York on the map, click on ‘York news’ and scroll down to the item ‘Holgate Windmill Preservation Society given Queen’s Award’.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Holgate Windmill Preservation Society is deeply honoured to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which is the MBE for volunteer groups. It is a reflection of the passion and commitment of our past and present committee and volunteers in preserving, restoring and making a community resource of our wonderful windmill. In recognition of the award HWPS received a certificate signed by Her Majesty and a QAV crystal, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a ceremony held on 12 September 2017.