Pupils from Nairn Academy have cooked up a storm by creating their own recipe book which is set to go on sale next week.
Over 40 pupils have been involved in the creation of Book of Bakes which was inspired after a baking club was founded at the school
Pupils have been testing recipes, whilst others sought sponsorship towards publishing costs and senior pupils from the Technology department have worked on its design.
Jacky Davidson, Pupil Equity Fund Skills tutor who has been co-ordinating the project said: “I was helping in the hub during lockdown, and we were doing baking and really it just grew from there. Nairn Academy is brilliant at supporting its pupils and the staff go that extra mile for all the young people. The baking club has gone from strength to strength, and we now have over 30 pupils regularly involved.”
S2 pupil Tyler MacPherson (13) said being involved in the group as inspired him to consider a future in cooking or baking.
He said: “I really like the whole process of baking and it really cheers me up. I have been taking some of the baking home and have shared it with my neighbours. I think it has inspired me to go into baking when I leave school.”
April Forbes and Tyler MacPherson
The final design of the 60-page book was create by S5 pupil April Forbes.
The Graphic Communication class all came up with design concepts, but it was April’s design that won the vote of staff and fellow pupils.
April said: “I researched other cooking and bakery books and took inspiration from that. I am really looking forward to seeing it in print.”
The foreword for the book has been written by S2 pupils Amber McClatchey. She said: “We spent a lot of time in the baking club trying to decide how best to share our recipes. One of the reasons we decided to do the book is that we held an afternoon tea for all the staff and lots of people were asking for the recipes.
“We have learned so much from producing the book, from costing it all out, to organising sponsors, to trialling the recipes and the design. My favourite bit though has been doing the baking, it’s been really fun.”
Money from the book will be used to fund the continuation of the baking club.
They cost £6 each or two for £10 and will be available from December 11 from the Co-op at Tradespark or by contacting the school on 01667 453700.