What are we baking up this week?

Read on for details about new products, holiday specials, and fun facts. Check the Goods page to see what else we are offering this week.


Traditionally eaten on the morning of Good Friday, hot cross buns are one of the first celebrations of spring and the run up to Easter Sunday. Believed to be rooted in Pagan and Christian customs as far back as the 12th century, they are now enjoyed worldwide. Like any old tradition, these buns come with their own host of superstitions! Some say that hot cross buns taken on a ship will help to prevent a shipwreck, and others hang them in the kitchen to protect against fires and ensure good bread for the year. Splitting a bun with a friend is said to guarantee a good friendship. Whatever your plans for the next year, we recommend a hot cross bun for good luck!


These delights are typically made with spiced enriched dough and raisins, with a flour cross piped on top. We like to eat them hot from the oven with butter, and they are excellent later on toasted for tea. We will be offering fresh buns this Thursday, April 1st, to ring in spring! Come pick some up for a good breakfast and a year of luck. 


Starting February 11th, 2021, the Thursday Market will move to the location of the Sunday Market on Peter Behr Drive until further notice. For those of you unfamiliar with the Sunday Market location, it is about a quarter of a mile toward the main building of the Civic Center from our current Thursday Market location on Peter Behr Road.  


Holiday Specials (now closed-Happy New Year)! Visit the Goods page for details and ordering

Please place your orders by email (greatbritishbakes@gmail.com).  Final orders are taken on December 14th. Stop by Thursday Marin Civic Center farmers market to pick up or we deliver in Mill Valley! 

Orders will be available for pick up on December 17th, 2020 from 8am to 1pm at the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market. Deliveries in Mill Valley will be made up until December 22nd.  Please don't hesitate to email us with any questions!


“Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”


This rhyme is found on every school child’s lips as they get ready to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night). This celebration on the fifth of November each year commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. The conspirators planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament during the state opening, with the goal of eliminating the King and all the Members of Parliament. They got as far as installing multiple barrels of gunpowder in the cellar beneath the chamber where the opening was to take place but the plot failed when the conspirators were betrayed. One of them, Guy Fawkes, was captured the night before the explosion was due to take place and was later burned at the stake for treason.


Since 1606 Britain has observed the 5th of November a national holiday and it is traditional to have a huge bonfire to burn a “Guy” who is brought to the bonfire with great procession before being placed on top.  Fireworks are let off to imitate the gunpowder that was never used and of course there is lots of traditional food.  There are Toffee Apples, Parkin, hot cups of Oxtail Soup and lots of sausages burnt on the BBQ by inexperienced British barbecuers!


Great British Bakes is celebrating Guy Fawkes in the US with our delicious Toffee Apple Cake made with dates, apples and a toffee drizzle.


Happy National Afternoon Tea Week! (At least it is in the UK). Afternoon tea has been a British tradition since the early 1800s. It is thought to have been created by the Duchess of Bedford, and it quickly became a national custom. Afternoon tea typically includes a fresh pot of black tea, finger sandwiches, and something freshly baked, such as a small cake. 

The Brits drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year (we're not joking-the BBC published an article about it!). And lemon drizzle cake has repeatedly been voted Britain's favourite cake for tea time. Cucumber sandwiches, scones, and any sort of biscuit are also often found at a tea-time spread. Feel free to re-create your own English afternoon tea to celebrate this national tea week. 


“Flapjack - you mean like a pancake?” A British flapjack is nothing like an American flapjack so we decided to do some digging into their respective histories and this is what we came up with…


The word “pancake” has been widely used since the 19th century.  But before that pancakes had been known as hoe-cakes, griddle cakes, johnnycakes, and (you guessed it!) flapjacks. Flapjack was the name most commonly used in the colonial era, and described a griddle-cooked product made with buckwheat or cornmeal. Nowadays you’ll typically hear “pancakes” used to describe the warm and tender wheat based cakes eaten for breakfast in the US.


In the UK the word flapjack was originally used to describe a baked good similar to an apple flan.  This flapjack even got a mention from Shakespeare in one of his plays!  Since the1930s the name flapjack has been used to refer to our beloved oat bars made with oats, butter, and golden syrup (though we do like to add to this classic recipe).  They can be eaten for a mid-morning snack or tea-time and are perfect for hiking, camping, & lunch boxes.


Come by the Marin Farmers Market on Thursdays to get your very own British flapjacks.