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Budding young bakers show off their skills at Harlaxton hall

Youngsters put their baking skills to the test last month by taking part in a ‘bake off’ at Harlaxton Village Hall.

The budding young bakers, aged between six and eleven years old, were invited to take part in the two baking classes during their half-term break where they made milk rolls, chocolate brownies, granary loaves and fruit cookies.

The two sessions were hosted by Lovely Loaves, a mobile bakery and training service which was established in 2016 by Leslie Gadd.

Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563411)
Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563411)

Leslie, who has 30 years of baking experience, said: “I love to teach people of all ages and abilities about how to make and bake a variety of bread, cakes, biscuits and pastries to a professional standard through a range of baking classes and courses.

“For the domestic baker, I also offer informative educational baking classes which are fun, relaxed events at village halls, house parties, one-to-one, corporate and team building events, school masterclasses, Women’s Institute demonstration’s and even hen and stag parties.”

Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563413)
Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563413)

After leaving school, Leslie, who was born and raised in Grantham, started working for Morrisons as a trainee baker while studying for a bakery apprenticeship at college in Nottingham.

After leaving college he continued his training at The National Bakery School at London South Bank University before going on to secure a job as a lecturer at the university.

He said: “I spent 20 years teaching my craft to the next generation of up and coming bakers. I taught degree level bread making but I also used to enjoy teaching confectionery, patisserie, basic cooking, product development and sour dough production.”

Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563421)
Lovely Loaves baking classes. (7563421)

After teaching in London for 20 years, Leslie decided that he wanted to leave London and return home to Grantham to teach a more basic and domestic level of baking with the aim of trying to bring back some of the skills that he believes have been lost in the trade over the years.

He added: “I’d like to share my passion of one of the oldest trades that there is and get everyone back into baking no matter what age or ability.”

For more information, visit: www.lovely-loaves.co.uk, email gaddleslie@hotmail.co.uk, call 07904 956825 or on Facebook ‘lovelyloaves23’


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