Loreto Community School, Milford was the venue for the National Final of “The Great Loreto Bake Off”, a novel new competition in its second year having being initially introduced by the Home Economics Department there last year.
It is based on the same format as the Great British Bake Off with schools running their own heats and culminating in a three hour showstopper in which students had to bake and decorate a two tiered cake using two different types of icing.
Contestants came from seven Loreto schools as far away as Gorey, Co Wexford and as near as Letterkenny. An amazing array of cakes were on display after the three hour bake off, embracing all sorts of themes from the teddybears picnic to a colourful teapot,a christening cake to a sixteenth birthday cake, a basket of roses to a checkerboard !
The judge for the day was Ian Orr of Browns Restaurants Derry and Letterkenny, who also treated the visiting Home Economics teachers to a fabulous food demonstration. Ian admitted that his task was a really difficult one with a lot of difficult decisions. He praised the students for the standard of their work and told them they were all winners, but in the end he had to be guided by taste and the quality of the bake .
The Junior winner was Lucy Daly from Loreto ,Swords with Aisling Murray from Loreto Beaufort in Dublin being awarded Star Baker in that section. The Senior section was won by Eimear Mc Loughlin representing Beaufort .The only male participant of the competition Loreto ,Milford’s own Ben Folan received the Star Baker award for his divine lemon and poppy top tier and carrot cake bottom tier. The winners were awarded a luxury baking hamper and 200 euro prize money each as well as a beautiful hand crafted clock and personalised rolling pin which was created by the T4 department in the school for the occasion. The prizes were presented by Blathnaid Colhoun, representing The Loreto Education Centre who along with Loreto Community school Parents Association and Board of Management sponsored the event. Tremendous credit is due to the Home Economics Department in the school namely Margaret O Connor, Alison Stoddart and Lynda Morrow for the huge effort in developing and hosting the event along with the team of ten students who acted as hosts and helpers to the contestants as well as the three parking attendants who did sterling organisational work on the day. The competition will be hosted by Loreto Community School,Gorey, Co. Wexford next year. Aprons on and Ready, Steady, Bake !!!