Baking has become somewhat of a popular pastime during the coronavirus pandemic, with sourdough, banana bread and chocolate brownies proving the firm favourites. Luckily, pupils at King’s Hall School have been able to continue their cookery lessons, albeit virtually, with weekly recipes to try.
Since the start of the lockdown, one particular pupil decided to take her baking game to the next level. With the support of her family and friends, Year 4 student Isabella A has been reaching out to the local community, 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 pets, she came up with the idea of making treats for dog owners in her local village and soon set about making delicious batches of biscuits, as well as creating her own packaging.
These treats were so well received that she then decided to put all of her efforts into her newfound hobby, going on to bake weekly cakes for frontline workers at Musgrove Park Hospital, as well as signatures bakes for the recent VE Day celebrations.
But Isabella’s talent 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.
Isabella’s 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 recipes. It’s been a real delight to see photographs of her well-presentation creations; she is certainly a natural baker.”
It’s fair to say that pupils at King’s Hall long for the day they are able to return to their Cookery School, but for the meantime have plenty of tasty tasks to keep them busy!
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