December 5, 2020

A new Yorkshire collaboration – mince pies from Rosebud Preserves and Two Dales Bakery

New for this Christmas, Rosebud Preserves of Masham and Two Dales Bakery of Reeth, in the adjoining dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale, have collaborated to create the very best quality, festive mince pies.

They are hand-crafted at the artisan bakery from a sweet, all butter short crust pastry, using organic flour from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire and free-range eggs from Wensleydale. They are generously filled with Rosebud Preserves delicious Almond & Orange Mincemeat.            

Eight pies are presented in an elegant grey gift box with a clear presentation lid (£8.95 per box/400g). The pies can now be ordered for delivery from from www.rosebudpreserves.co.uk.

Elspeth Biltoft, founder and owner of Rosebud Preserves, says: “We have sold our preserves to Hannah and David at the Two Dales Bakery for some time now and have great respect for their values and delicious artisan products. Their light as a feather all butter pastry perfectly complements our Almond & Orange Mincemeat, to create extra special mince pies with a combination of fresh Bramley apples, Californian almonds, plump vine fruits, orange and lemon zest and the added warmth of a little brandy. We really hope that customers enjoy these truly home baked mince pies and that they add a little pleasure and nostalgia to Christmas festivities after such a difficult year.”

Hannah Parnell, baker and owner of Two Dales Bakery, says: “When we opened the bakery back in early 2019 we knew we wanted delicious, locally produced jam to serve alongside our own artisan breads and scones. We’ve stocked Rosebud Preserves jams and chutneys from day one and they are a hit with our customers. The products are carefully made with the best ingredients, something that we pride ourselves on doing here at the bakery.

“We were thrilled to be approached by the team at Rosebud Preserves to discuss a collaboration to make mince pies for Christmas. It was great fun developing the final pastry recipe to complement the delicious flavours of the mincemeat. We bake the pies fresh for each delivery and once they are out of the oven, sprinkle them with just a little sugar, ready for our customers to enjoy.”

Rosebud Preserves has been making its jams, marmalades, chutneys and jellies at Masham, North Yorkshire, since 1989. The company was started by Elspeth Biltoft and her founding principles, to source local produce whenever possible; to cook traditional recipes; and practice time honoured techniques, without the use of additives, preservatives or pectin; remain the same today.

Two Dales Bakery opened its doors in February 2019. Based in Reeth, in stunning Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it has quickly gained a reputation for exceptional sourdough and yeasted breads and pastries. Their products are hand-crafted using organic flours and long-fermentation methods that bring out a fantastic flavour and texture. They are available from an on-site shop and café as well as through a number of retailers in the area.

You can also buy the Almond & Orange Mincemeat from the Rosebud Preserves website www.rosebudpreserves.co.uk.


Almond & Orange Mincemeat (£5.35/340g) also available as a Kilner Jar (£8.95/450g)

A great twist on a British classic. Simply prepared with fresh Bramley apples, plump vine fruits, lively citrus and a measure of brandy. This mincemeat does not contain any suet so it is suitable for vegetarians.

Raisins, apples, currants, unrefined sugar, sultanas, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest 8%, candied peel, almonds 5%, brandy 1.5%.