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Naan Breads

Ingredients 125g self raising flour 125g strong Holgate Mill wholemeal flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ½  teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon black onion seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 3 rounded tablespoons plain live yoghurt 115ml lukewarm water 50g melted butter and a little crushed garlic (to brush on naans after cooking) Method
  1. Put the flour, salt, pepper, baking powder and seeds into a mixing bowl. Add the live yoghurt and lukewarm water a little at a time gradually working the mixture until you have soft sticky dough. (As the dough can be quite messy to handle  I usually use a knife to start the mixing and then finish off with my fingers, dusting them with just a little flour to help prevent the dough from sticking too much. Don’t add too much flour to your hands though or you will spoil the consistency of the dough) .
  2. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for one hour. As there is no yeast in it the dough will not rise, but this ferments the dough and gives it flavour.
  3. After one hour tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, dust your fingers with flour and  divide the dough into eight roughly equal portions.
Note - Naan breads need to be cooked quickly under a very hot grill so at this stage I usually turn on the grill, but the timing will depend on how quickly your grill heats up and how long it takes you to work the dough into naans.
  1. Flatten and stretch or roll each of the pieces into an oval shape about 10cm long to make eight naans (I sometimes use a rolling pin to help stretch them but with very light pressure).
  2. Cook under the grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until they puff up and become lightly browned.
  3. Remove from the grill and brush with the melted butter and garlic.
Enjoy! Alison Leadbetter ...
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Easter Biscuits

These biscuits are very easy to make so good for children. Makes about 18 biscuits. Oven at 200C. Ingredients 4oz margarine 3 oz caster sugar 1 egg, separated 6 oz Holgate Windmill flour 1 oz cornflour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or allspice 1 tablespoon milk 2 oz currants 1 oz mixed peel caster sugar for dusting tops Method Cream margarine and sugar together until light, then add egg yolk. Add Holgate Windmill flour, cornflour, spices and mix into the creamed mixture. Add enough milk to make a pliable dough, then mix in currants and peel. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into rounds of approximately 2.5 inch. Put on a baking tray covered with baking parchment. Bake at 200C for 10 mins. Lightly whisk egg white, brush over biscuits then sprinkle with additional caster sugar. Return to the oven for 5 mins or until golden. Cool. Lesley Jones ...
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Join us at the mill on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July as we take part in York's first horticultural festival. Bloom! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the world's oldest horticultural society. There are events for all ages taking part across the city. Visit their website at At the mill you can join in with craft activities, search for and identify the wild flowers, grasses and minibeasts surrounding the mill, and learning about bees from Steve Gray, a local beekeeper and the mill's honey supplier. Usual admission fees apply ...
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May Open Days

Our May open days will be Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th, Bank Holiday Monday 7th, Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th. Our special art exhibition for the month will feature work from some of the very talented artists involved with the mill. You may be familiar with their designs on cards, tea towels and bags in the mill but now you have the chance to see a wider range of their work. There will be everything from paintings to gingerbread sculptures from Bob Anderton, Paul Laugier, Michelle Hughes, Jane Dignum (see image), Trevor Fenwick, Gretel's Confectionary and many more ...
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Easter Trail

Calling all Mini Millers – Can you follow the special Easter Trail around Holgate windmill on Easter Monday? Find the chicks and solve the puzzle to win an Easter prize. Be ready for lots of climbing and fun while exploring this amazing historic windmill. Standard admission charge (£3 per adult, £1 for children 5-18 years) plus 50p per child for the Easter Trail activity, all ages welcome. No pre-booking required ...
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