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GAIL’s Bakery partners with Quicke’s to cut waste as well as wedges

Amy Brice


GAIL’s Bakery and Quicke’s are now working together to ensure that nothing from the Devon-based cheesemaker’s Clothbound Cheddar goes to waste. With Cheddar, whey butter and offcuts all incorporated into the London bakery’s menu, the bread heads at GAIL’s have now revealed the first batch of recipes inspired by the cheesemaking process.

Beginning with the need for a singularly special slice of cheese for its epic Ham & Cheese Sandwich, GAIL’s has combined Quicke’s Buttery Clothbound Cheddar with roasted ham, mustard butter and its French Dark Sourdough. With the core of the truckle removed to achieve a perfect slice and crumbly bits set aside along the way, GAIL’s has also created a new Cheddar Sourdough Stick to put these cheesy chunks to good use, with the number produced depending on how many Ham & Cheese Sandwiches get sold.

Not content with making use of the whole wheel, the craft bakery is also topping its toast with Quicke’s Whey Butter. Made using a rare heritage recipe and recognised by the Slow Food UK movement as one of the nation’s great ‘Forgotten Foods’, the butter combines the finest milk from Quicke’s grass-fed cows with whey cream, a by-product of the cheesemaking process which many drain away.

This latest waste cutting initiative comes just months after GAIL’s launched the UK’s first loaf made using leftover bread in October. The Waste Bread sourdough, made by turning surplus bread into a porridge which is then added into the dough, represents the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the reduction of food waste.

United by a shared respect for food and the land which provides, Quicke’s and GAIL’s are committed to making the most of Home Farm’s award-winning Cheddar, a lovingly crafted cheese made from the ground up. With a slice of Devon now firmly behind the counter in bakeries across London, more recipes are set to be announced soon.

GAIL’s Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Cheddar Sourdough Stick, both made using Quicke’s Cheddar, are available to buy from its 48 bakeries across London, as well as online at gailsbread.co.uk. Quicke’s Cheddar can be purchased from www.quickes.co.uk.