Photo: Ian Pierce 

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Richard Copsey and Kate Smith are the husband and wife team behind Holtwhites Bakery.   

The business was the culmination of our life-long baking obsession. We started experimentally in our home kitchen, baking for up to 60 customers who would queue at our back door each Saturday. As demand outgrew our kitchen, we were encouraged to give up our day jobs and realise our dream of a local artisan bakery and deli.

Since then, the bakery has been awarded with countless Great Taste and World Bread Awards.  Their reputation has spread far and wide and they were finalists in both the BBC Good Food's best London bakery award 2015  and this year,  the "Londoners Loaf" category of the Urban Food Awards, not bad for a little bakery in Enfield! 

They now host monthly pop-up food and drink evenings in the bakery  (which get booked up fast so you need to get in quick!) and on Thursday evenings it's take away pizza night when they serve the most delicious sourdough base pizzas.  "It's all about the base" say Kate and Richard! 

Our recommendations? Their award winning and locally inspired Chase Sourdough and the pasteis de nata - in our opinion the best custard tarts outside Portugal!

We asked Kate and Richard to share a recipe that they love and they chose this delicious Tomato and Sourdough Soup  from Ottolenghi's Jerusalem book. They often sell this in the shop at lunch  - read the recipe here

Photography: Ian Pierce