He bakes Northern Ireland artisan griddle breads on site, no additives or preservatives, just like at home.
Anything that can be baked on a griddle, Mark Douglas does it. From soda farls to potato and apple cakes to fluffy pancakes, customers are wolfing them down as fast as he can make them. None of them need yeast, so all he has to do is mix the ingredients and he’s good to go. This Krazi Baker bakes at markets across Northern Ireland and beyond. He’s also recently branched out into oven bakes and his Butter Shortbread made with Abernethy Butter scooped a Gold Star at the Great Taste Awards. He already holds one for his Potato Apple Bread.
Mark Douglas is from Dromore in County Down, Northern Ireland. He had the idea for street food after seeing lots on offer on various city breaks.
“You’d see every product under the sun, but never bread baked on site. I was wondering how to do this and when I went back to work, the answer was staring me in the face- hotplates and soda bread.”
Mark is a Bikram Yoga enthusiast who did classes at Belfast’s Conway Mill and also had a stall at their market. While he was there he was telling his classmates about his work as a Scuba Diving Instructor. When he told then there wasn’t much to see in Strangford Lough because visibility is poor, a guy shouted “The Crazy Baker is diving to see nothing!” Mark changed the Crazy to Krazi in keeping with his street food vibe and a brand was born.
He turns up with his ready-made stall and cranks into action. He came up with the ideas after visiting scores of markets on city breaks over the years. He saw bread being brought into markets and wondered why it couldn’t be made on site, so now he does!
You can find Mark at his regular Sunday slot at the Crumlin Road Market in Belfast and the Thursday Folktown Market (also in Belfast). Look out for him at events including Balmoral Show, Lurgan Show, Antrim Show, Comber Potato Festival , Dalriada and Country Comes To Town/Portadown.
He also does demonstrations and baking classes in workplaces, clubs and schools.
Mark’s aim is to teach a lost skill back to the home; one that people will use and develop and bake to suit their needs.
Classes for up to 8 people.
Use the contact form to speak with Mark to discuss what you would like to learn and bake.
Price per class 7pm to 9/9.30:
**Prices are subject to length of class and ingredients used. **
His Potato Apple won a Gold Star at the Great Taste Awards in 2014. He’s now added another of those twinkly things to his trophy cabinet for his Shortbread made with Abernethy Butter. They’re baked in an oven, not on a griddle, but he’ll have those crumbly, yummy biscuits on his stall.