You may be all, ‘Why start a blog for a bakeshop? Just give me my scones!’, and we hear you, we really do. Everyone has a blog these days, and it’s not like there’s a lack of things to read on the internet. But we’re starting one anyway, and there’s one reason why: we really want to talk about food.
The SconeWitch got started in 2004 by Heather Matthews, who was flabbergasted that no one else had yet to start a scone bakery. Muffins there were aplenty, but scones are a different beast. Using only real, wholesome ingredients, Heather baked up a storm in a little brick house on Albert Street, and the SconeWitch was born.
Why call it the SconeWitch? Well, we’re a bit cheeky and we enjoy a good pun, so there’s really no better name for a place that serves sandwiches made on scones. So we ran with it.
We grew fast on Albert Street, eventually opening Beechwood and Elgin and our central kitchen and express counter on Cyrville.
And everything, from our more traditional vanilla cream and cheddar scones, to our wilder currant ginger or feta, from our wheat-free choices to our ever-rotating seasonal inventions, is still handmade. We make upwards of three thousand scones a day. We even mix all the dough by hand! The only concession we have to modern technology is a custom-built mechanized table that rolls out the dough. We did this to save the backs of our bakers. Three thousand scones a day is a lot.
Here’s a video of the rolling table in action:
And we do a lot more than sandwiches (although, and excuse our bias, our SconeWitches are totally awesome). We’ve expanded our menu to include MealWitches and EggWitches and brunches (BrunchWitches?). We’ve got a line of jam from the awesome Ontario producers at Moss Berry Farm. We have coffees and teas and soups and desserts.
We’re incredibly fortunate to live in a city that supports our slightly wacky little venture. Ottawa has such a rich food culture and we’ve been super lucky to work with some amazing local people and businesses. We try to use as much food from local farms as we can, and even our food waste goes to feed hungry pigs at a nearby farm. This is an awesome city, and we’re excited to grow within in.
But really, in the end, it’s all about the scones. That’s why we’re here. That buttery, flaky crumbliness never gets old (even when you’ve worked with the SconeWitch for years and have had more than your fair share). And as we continue to grow, we want to share our food adventures with you. We want to talk about the food that’s produced in the region and we want to continue to experiment in our kitchen and stores. We’re hoping that this platform will become a space to do just that—to talk and try new ideas.
So please, leave your comments below! We want to hear from you guys. What flavours of scones would you like to see? What food adventures have you embarked on in Ottawa? Let’s chat!