Vegan-Friendly Baking at St Margaret's Prep, Calne

St Margaret's Preparatory School | 12 Mar 2019
Wiltshire-based Chef Peter Vaughan, gave Year 5 pupils who are interested in vegan food, advice on how they can educate their whole families on how to adapt recipes.
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Chef Peter from Vaughan’s Cookery School in Devizes was at St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, to teach them the science of cooking. He said: ‘The children learnt how yeast grows and experimented with stretching gluten and making a sour dough. Both Year 5 classes also baked breads such as traditional Irish soda and wholesome pizza bases. They then learnt how to adapt their recipes to be dairy and vegan friendly by not using honey or cows’ milk in the Irish soda bread and replacing these with seed based alternatives.

‘Additionally, for their wholesome pizzas they learnt that they don’t always need to include handfuls of cheese, as home-made pizzas are just as delicious with good dough, tomato passata and fresh seasonal herbs with a little olive oil. These ingredients are suitable for everyone, including vegans.’

Chef Peter is a member of The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and visits schools as part of the academy’s ‘adopt a school’ project.

About St Margaret's Preparatory School

St Margaret's Prep is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11 which was established in 1873.  We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 200 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. We provide a happy and purposeful environment for all children to explore within a friendly, caring community.  Our main aim is for our pupils to be inspired, not be afraid to take risks and above all, have fun and enjoy learning.


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