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Considering that two of Dorset’s best known exports are bakery items, it is no surprise that the region’s bakers are kept busy. Don’t be fooled into just thinking that you can only get hold of Dorset Knobs and Dorset Apple Cake, you can also find artisan breads, crumbly pastry, delicious sour dough and a whole lot more!


Fresh from the oven…

From actual bake houses to cafes and tearooms serving freshly baked bread made and delivered that morning, there are a whole host of mouth watering treats, both sweet and savoury for you to enjoy while visiting Dorset.

Try a slice of history

You’ll have heard of Dorset Apple Cake – the apples grown in the region are some of the best thanks to the warm climate and the people of Dorset are proud of the various produce created using those apples. You can find out more about the ciders, wines and juices by looking at our Drinks section but one of the best loved creations is Dorset Apple Cake. Dorset Apple Cake is moist, tart and utterly delicious, make sure to grab a slice when at a bakery or tearoom and if you can, enjoy it warm with some clotted cream!

Another historical bake that originated here in Dorset is the Dorset Knob. These savoury biscuits are made from bread dough with extra sugar and butter and are often rolled and shaped by hand. These days they’re a lot rarer and only made by one producer, but make sure to visit the county during May to take part in the annual knob throwing competition. The festival allows attendees to see how far they can throw these biscuits, as well as taking part in knob and spoon races, knob darts, knob painting and guess the weight of the knob. Of course, lots of sampling of Dorset Knobs are encouraged too!

Find out more about the knob throwing competition and other food festivals here.

All the favourites and a few surprises

The bakeries in Dorset have a whole host of great produce including all your traditional favourites as well as some speciality bakes. You’ll find breads, rolls, bagels, donuts, muffins, pizzas, buns, pasties, pies, brownies, cakes…. The list is endless and with all the varieties you can find some incredible flavour combinations and a great mix of savoury and sweet. Many bakeries also offer free from treats made with gluten free ingredients and a selection of dairy free and sugar free ones too. For more information about free from products available in Dorset, make sure to take a look at our free from section here.

Some of the region’s bakery also offer celebration cakes and bespoke bakes such as wedding cakes, birthday cakes and more, so if you have a big event coming up, make sure to see what the bakers of Dorset can do for you.

Home Bakes

If you’re sat at home wishing you were in the region so you can grab a cake or two or a beautiful freshly baked loaf, you can try your hand at making some of these treats at home. You can take a look at our recipes page here.

Christine’s Puddings

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Bayside Bakery

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Dorset Pastry Ltd

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Great British Biscotti Co

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Lizzie Baking Bird

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Oxfords Bakery

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Rollys Brownies

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The Wobbly Cottage

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