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Isabella Masters Lockdown Baking

What a spooky start to the day! These are the results of yesterday's pumpkin carving competition which looked much… - 12 hours ago

Baking has become a popular pastime during the coronavirus lockdown, with sourdough and banana bread proving firm favourites. Luckily, we have been able to continue our own cookery provision, albeit virtually, with weekly recipes for the pupils to try.

Over the past five weeks these have ranged from juicy apple and sultana crumbles, to fruity rock cakes, pizza toast, and cheese straws. The results so far have been fantastic, with the children demonstrating a natural flair for all things culinary, not to mention a very sweet tooth!

One individual who has decided to take her baking game to the next level is Year 4 pupil Isabella A. With the support of her family and friends, she has been reaching out to the local community and helping to spread a little bit of love (and sugar) to those less fortunate.

Isabella’s love of baking began in April, when she decided to expand her customer base, cooking for animals instead. Inspired by her own furry friends, she came up with the idea of making treats for dog owners in her local village. Together, she and her mum made batches of delicious biscuits before carefully packaging them and delivering them to doorsteps on Easter morning.

They were so well received that Isabella decided to put all of her efforts into her newfound hobby, and the next project was soon underway. Grateful for the support of the NHS (her mother was treated at the Beacon Centre last year), she has since been baking cakes for the staff at Musgrove Park Hospital. We hear that her orange drizzle is divine! With the recent celebration of VE Day, there has also been ample opportunity for Isabella to test out her creative skills, especially with the red and blue food colourings.

But Isabella’s talent for baking isn’t just reserved for weekdays; she’s been taking extra classes at the weekend too, linking up with her international friends for a weekly virtual baking club. With contacts in London, Brazil and the United States, she has enjoyed recreating a number of traditional snacks including brigadeiros (a popular Brazilian dessert), British scones, and the all-American granny bun.

DT teacher, Mr Stannett, said: “Isabella has taken a real interest in baking during the lockdown and has tried her hand at a number of different recipes. It’s been a real delight to see photographs of her well-presented creations this term; she is certainly a natural baker. Well done Isabella, and keep up the good work!”

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