Recipe book whipped up to raise money for Castleford Heritage Trust

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Baking fans are being asked to call on their flour power to come up with recipes for a new book to raise money for Castleford Heritage Trust.

The trust, which has recently started milling traditional wholemeal stoneground flour at its Queen’s Mill home, wants to produce a book of recipes that use the flour to help swell its funds to refurbish the building.

The idea came from volunteer John Parker and chairman of trustees Alison Drake.

Mr Parker said: “I’m quite new to baking, but I’ve found the flour is very versatile and produces some lovely light bakes.

“We thought if people could send in their recipes for cakes, biscuits, breads – anything they have been baking with our flour – we could produce a recipe book that we can sell alongside the flour to give people inspiration.”

The recipe book will be launched on Thursday, October 1, with a tasting session of cakes and biscuits baked with the flour.

The wheat used to produce Queen’s Mill flour is grown a few miles away in Kellington and is hand-sieved to give a unique wholemeal flavour.

All the recipes sent in will be tested by volunteers before going into the book.

Mrs Drake said: “There has been huge interest and support for the flour we have started to produce and we’ve had lots of positive feedback, including from professional bakers, about the quality of our flour.

“Our volunteers have been making some wonderful bread, cakes and scones with the flour and we’re hoping the people of Castleford will share their favourite recipes to support us and our work here.”

Alongside the book, Castleford Heritage Trust is also featuring a recipe of the month on its website www.castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk

The flour is now on sale at the heritage trust’s shop at Castleford Indoor Market and from Queen’s Mill Tea Rooms.

Everyone who submits a recipe that makes it into the book will be given a credit.

Recipes, along with a full list of instructions and weights, should be sent to recipes@castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk.