Cluny Farm Bakery: A tradition that still remains after so many years

Aaah one of my fondest childhood memories is of being in my grandmother’s hot kitchen, with the smell of freshly baked vanilla biscuits and ginger beer lingering in the air, and when she baked “mosbolletjies” with aniseed. Christmas smells like this to me. We’re not fortunate to have snow in December so we don’t do eggnog, allspice and mistletoe.

A real South African Christmas to me is sharing, laughter, all women on deck in the kitchen making salads and pudding. Men gathering around and catching up on the latest news and at 15h00 tea and biscuits. A tradition that is close to my heart.

Cluny Farm reminds me of the good old days. When the pace was just a little slower and the air a bit fresher. I miss my grandma in her apron in front of the stove (because she always seemed to be there).

One of the daily activities at Cluny Farm for the residents is the baking of biscuits. Quite the skill to master, might I add. Baking is a very precise business. Doris is our Baker supervisor and she makes sure that every bin is exactly the same, made with loads of love by the residents.

Cluny Farm was once known for its farm baked bread, biscuits and cream. The residents are no longer baking bread but still have an avid following for the home baked biscuits. These are sold in 500g, 800g and 1kg’s and come in a variety of flavours i.e. ginger, custard, rice crispy, and condensed milk and coffee. Please contact us to place your order here. But hurry - Christmas is almost here. We also do special orders for Mother's Day / Father's Day and Valentine’s or just because you crave something sweet. We can arrange delivery for your own cost.

We work on an order basis, because everyone gets up early to warm the ovens and so they can start mixing and baking all the farm freshness. Last week we did not have power at the bakery but still managed to bake in the Cottage on the farm - despite having no power for almost four days on end.

We are venturing into other avenues with the bakery and will be making fermented bread (for the gluten intolerant), health rusks and a variety of muesli to go with yoghurt. The dairy will be up and running very soon again and we will keep everyone posted on the amasi, yoghurt, cream and milk.

Anyone interested in a sour dough bread baking workshop can contact us to book a space at a workshop we'll be running at Cluny Farm in the near future. Dates and times will still be communicated via Facebook and is dependent on interest showen. Lindie (who will be running the workshops) is currently opening a Deli in Woodlands Pretoria and is sharing her expertise with our bakery.


Cluny Farm Centre is a registered and compliant Non Profit Organisation situated in Sunvalley, Kyalami, Johannesburg. The Centre is a non-racial facility that provides both residential and day care services to our beneficiaries.

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