Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Bez Cary

Chris Twigg

Date: 21/08/14

Location: Stoke

Interviewer: Steve Cooling

Permission given to use interview for website, exhibition and Staffordshire archive: YES


Question asked “What do you remember about bread or bread baking”.


I started making bread in 1953 at high school when I lived in Cambridge. I would make bread at home for my parents.  I love making bread, it's got a lovely feel to it.

Every Saturday morning I made bread, it fitted in-between doing other things.  It doesn't take much time as it's spread over a long while.  then they discovered at my husbands school that I could make bread so they said could I do some rolls for the end of school party.  I made 6 dozen little rolls and I made them all different shapes and sizes, like sea shells, little cottage buns, long ones.  Once I did that it got that I had to do them every single term, so I got lumbered with that.  With the bread mixture you can turn it into all sorts of things, current buns, Chelsea buns, lardy cakes.

When you go to church they give you these little wafers and they called bread.  I've never tried those flat breads but I've made Brioche and that comes out rather nicely.

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