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Falkirk baker Eddie’s empire is on the rise

Baker Eddie Marshall and apprentice Stephanie Dick with their acclaimed empire biscuits. Picture: Michael Gillen (141067c)

Baker Eddie Marshall and apprentice Stephanie Dick with their acclaimed empire biscuits. Picture: Michael Gillen (141067c)

 

The Falkirk area is known for producing fine food and drink. Now another product from a local baker can proudly take a bow - the empire biscuit.

Irn Bru, Malcolm Allan butchers and the former McCowans sweet manufacturer have all put the district on the culinary map over the years.

But there is a new kid in town helping to carry on our impressive reputation in the food world.

Eddie Marshall, who owns Marshalls Family Bakers in Manor Street, has been highly commended by judges in the 2014 Scottish Baker of the Year Awards for his sweet treat.

Eddie (44), from Larbert, has been a baker since he left school, but only opened his small shop in the town centre two years ago.

His more-than happy customers nominated him for the award for his tasty treat.

The father-of-two runs his shop with wife Gina and 18-year-old apprentice Stephanie Dick. He obviously cannot reveal the recipe for his empire biscuits, but does consider his “traditional” baking methods one of the secrets of his success so far.

Eddie said: “I started at Mathiesons when I left school and worked there 13 years. In fact, Donald Mathieson, who gave me my first job, was in the shop last week.

“We take our business very seriously and use traditional methods and craftsmen’s skills to deliver quality every time.

“Everything is handmade and some of the older stuff we make, like the Paris buns, soda scones and fruit slices, you can’t get in some other shops.

“I started with help from Business Gateway and it would be great for us to expand. But I’m very happy with how things are going for the bakery at the moment.

“I’d really like to thank our customers for nominating us. They obviously love our empire biscuits which are made with a traditional shortcrust recipe and hand finished.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognised in this way.”

 

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