Bakery teaches pupils how to use their loaf

Competition winner Roxanne Mountain, of Carr Green Primary School in Rastrick, with Carole Roberts, of Love Bread
Competition winner Roxanne Mountain, of Carr Green Primary School in Rastrick, with Carole Roberts, of Love Bread

A community bakery has been working with pupils at a Rastrick primary school to give them the opportunity to learn how to bake their own bread.

Children at Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, baked loaves, bread sticks and pitta bread in the school kitchens as part of the Bread Dragon project run by Brighouse based Love Bread.

Organised by Carr Green teacher Ruth Evans and Love Bread’s Carole Roberts, youngsters learned skills from weighing, mixing and kneading to shaping their bread, as well as the history of bread and the nutritional benefits of baking and eating it.

Carole said: “It’s been fantastic to go into Carr Green and work with the staff and pupils.

“They learnt how to make a basic bread dough using just flour, water, yeast and salt. From this they learnt to knead bread as well as shape rolls, loaves and experiment with plaits and bread shapes.

“It was great to see how quickly the pupils picked up the skills of bread making and all the pupils got to take some bread treats home.”

The Bread Dragon’s project also supplied bread to Carr Green Primary which was sold to raise school funds.

Staff and parents ordered their favourite bread from school for collection at the end of the school day, with profits from the baking going to school projects.

As part of the project, all pupils whose parents ordered bread were entered into a prize draw.

Roxanne Mountain’s family won a full day Love Bread workshop voucher where they can further develop their baking skills.

Love Bread started in 2012 with the aim of bringing the benefits of baking bread to Brighouse and Calderdale communities. Love Bread is run by bakers and volunteers who love baking bread. Over the past two years the not-for-profit organisation has worked with schools and community groups across the region to promote the benefits of bread making.

Schools and community groups who would like to get involved in the project are asked to get in contact with the Love Bread team.

For more information on dates and availability, visit the Love Bread website lovebread.org.uk, email baker@lovebread.org.uk or call into the bakery on Martin Street, Brighouse.