The Doorstep Baker is an idea that has evolved from my experiences over the years. It’s a home baking food delivery service within my local area of Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport.
I’m a passionate cook and baker with at least 25 years home experience and 3 years professional experience. I hold the level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety qualification and I am insured as a home baker. If you want to know more about me and what The Doorstep Baker has evolved from, read on…
Six years ago, my passion for baking and cooking presented me with a choice. At the time I was working as a family support practitioner, managing a caseload and delivering parenting courses.
I started to work my one day off, at a local cafe. It really helped me to de stress from my work role and that was it I was hooked! After being there a couple of months I was asked to join the team more permanently. I weighed up what I should do and what I really wanted to do. It was a weighty decision to make because I had spent a lot of time and effort completing my Open University degree in order to become a family support practitioner. Now the decision seems so simple! I wasn’t happy or entirely comfortable in my role.
So the choice was made after supportive converstions with family and friends. I left my career and I followed my dream of cooking for others.
I became a cook and baker and worked at the cafe making quiches, soups, fresh sandwich fillings, afternoon teas, cakes, scones and all that comes with it.
It was a brave leap for me, but the happiness it brought to me every day made me realise I was on a path that was my dream. And the wonderful team I worked with were, and still are, fabulous supporters. Being offered that opportunity literally changed my life.
Since then I have worked as a baker in a local coffee shop and also returned to my career in support work as a coordinator for a local charity. I have volunteered as an assistant to the cooking facilitator at a local day facility for vulnerable adults.
I’ve been sharing my hobby baking experiences on Instagram for the past two years. This was about nut free bakes I create, inspired by my son’s allergy. But the common theme with all the day jobs I’ve held has been my want to return home and bake for others.
To enhance my skills I have learned more from: baking courses at Loaf in Stirchley; cake courses at Blue Door Bakery in Redditch and cooking courses at Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston. Check out their websites, if you get the chance, they’re great inspirations.
All of these experiences have combined to help me develop my idea to run my own small bakery from home. I design my weekly baking / food menu and deliver within the local area. To make this achievable and minimise food waste I operate the orders as 1 month and 3 month subscriptions, with 3 different bundle options to choose from. I will look at my delivery area in the future to see if it is possible to offer a wider area.
I use local produce suppliers to make use of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, where possible. I use quality flour for my sourdough from Shipton Mill that is as close as possible to the area. Shipton Mill has a well earned reputation amongst professional and artisan bakers. I also use Matthews Cotswold flour for other grains when the recipe requires it. Again they hold a well earned reputation for milling. Free range eggs are also a must to have in the Doorstep Baker sweet stuff. These are a great basis, ethically and taste wise, for any cake or cookie that is going to be great!
I am looking at reducing packaging waste too. I have already introduced kilner jar options for soup deliveries. The next step is to reduce cardboard packaging for cakes.
I am now offering online courses of beginner bread baking. I provide you with my written recipes to follow and help build your confidence. We have weekly informal chats via a private group and you get to ask me and others lots of questions and share your bread woes and achievements. On completion of the course you will receive a Doorstep Baker cotton tote bag to keep your bread in or take shopping. You will also receive a pot of The Doorstep Baker sourdough starter for creating one of the recipes on the course. This starter will open a gateway to many other sourdough recipes you wish to try after the course has finished. Visit the ‘Courses’ page on my website to find out more and to enquire online.
Sourdough loaf courses – I am currently developing a course to show you how to make and bake The Doorstep Baker sourdough loaves. I would love to offer these in person, so please watch this space.
What people say about the food they’ve tried
Nice bread! Tangy and great topped with cheese and carved hamA white sourdough loaf sampler
That soup is so moreish.Cauliflower and cheddar soup taster
I’ve tried your cakes and they are delicious.A Bewdley business owner