Future Mary Berrys show off skills at Portsmouth schools bake-off

Former pupils at the 2017 reunion, above, and a class in 1956, below		 Picture by Habibur Rahman (170854)

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YOUNGSTERS learned the art of kneading and rolling at a baking masterclass.

It was a part of Portsmouth High School Senior’s bake-off that challenged five schools.

From left: Ellie Jordan (10), Holly Grant (10), Isabelle Wrigglesworth (10), and Riley Rawlings (10) from Highbury Primary School look very pleased with their 'Bake-off' efforts ! ''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150519-0374)

From left: Ellie Jordan (10), Holly Grant (10), Isabelle Wrigglesworth (10), and Riley Rawlings (10) from Highbury Primary School look very pleased with their 'Bake-off' efforts ! ''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150519-0374)

Assistant head for development Graeme Field said: ‘We wanted to engage with city junior schools and give them something to do which was out of the ordinary.

‘It has given them a chance to engage with professionals.’

Bakery Bread Addiction, based in Elm Grove, taught the girls the basics of how to bake bread and create a variety of shapes.

Owner Nikola Ovdrouskova said: ‘I did not expect it to go so well, the girls are all amazing.’

Pupils from Northern Parade Juniors, Highbury Primary, Milton Park Primary and Portsmouth High School Juniors were then given a task to complete.

Nikola asked the mini-bakers to create a bread basket for a mayor’s function using the techniques they had learnt.

Portsmouth High School Junior pupil Cara Laffoley-Lane said: ‘I enjoyed putting the bread together.’

‘We made our own shape and added decorations and seeds to it.

‘My one was a rope shape,’ said nine-year-old Livia Jera.

The girls then presented their offerings to judge Nikola and wrote about a speech about the shape of the bread and why they deserve to win.

‘It was so hard to choose who should win,’ said Nikola.

Tahlia Brombley, 10, from St Jude’s said in her presentation: ‘When we baked our bread we had put love into it – that’s what makes it delicious.’

The winning team was Highbury Primary as judge Nikola was particularly impressed with their snail loaf.

Mr Field said: ‘The best thing is the girls can take the bread home and eat it and share it with their family.’