News – what’s happening at the mill?

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 …

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, Read More …

Easter Chick’s at the Mill and our first batch of Spelt Flour.

Easter Bank Holiday Monday was not the nicest of days weather-wise but the annual Easter Trail drew a large number of excited children to the mill and they enjoyed the challenge of finding all of the numbered chicks, discovering the key word and collecting their Easter egg prize. Congratulations also to the adults who seemed to spend more time working out the key word than the kids , a real team effort and thank you everyone for coming, it was a really enjoyable day. A few weeks ago we received our first delivery of Spelt, this is a variety of Read More …

A quiet time at the mill

The last few weeks have been quiet at the Mill, not least because of the “Beast from the East ” but it has not stopped us milling as usual. The new electric drive gear has been further run in and the new Applewood teeth are wearing in nicely – we have probably milled about 75 kilo’s so far without a problem. The teeth were crafted and fitted by John Byrne who volunteered to carry out this difficult work and we are extremely grateful for his care and craftsmanship. Dave Andrews our Millwright was at the mill last Saturday to carry Read More …

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.

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 …

Events at the Mill – 2 February 2018

Thursday was windy and an excellent milling day so some of the milling team met and milled around 70kg of grain. There was also quite a bit of cleaning up during the week from the Residents Festival Weekend as the bottom staircase and Stone Floor floorboards had seen plenty of wet foot traffic and were dirty and slippery in places.   Friday’s regular milling day saw us bag up all of the flour produced on Thursday so the shelves are now full again after some excellent sales over the weekend.   As you know we now have a re-cogged electric Read More …

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February Open Days

Wrap up warm and join us for a great weekend at the windmill. On Saturday our archives will be on display in the mill, So if you’e ever wondered about the history of the mill or of Holgate village come along to explore the documents, photographs and meet the mill historian from 11am – 4pm. On Sunday morning from 11am – 12pm join in the fun of pancake day at the mill, eat pancakes made with our own stone-ground flour and race around the mill. No booking is required for either event and usual entrance fees apply. £3 adults, £1 Read More …

Events at the Mill – 26 January 2018

Today was a normal Friday milling day and we proceeded to bag up the remainder of our wind milled flour so that the shelves are now full for this weekend’s Residents Festival. The mill is open both days at our usual times 11.00am to 4.00pm   Alison Leadbetter, who manages our commercial flour sales, suggested that we might try a new gift bag idea for sale in the shop (see photo). We have had quite a few people over the years who have not baked bread before and would like some initial guidance so Alison has come up with a Read More …