Tuesday, April 28, 2020

By Orla Hearns

A Crossmolina pastry chef is inviting Mayo bakers to share their lockdown creations in what she has coined The Great Covid Bake-Off.

The dearth of flour and baking-related products on shop-shelves across the country has been well reported on in recent weeks, revealing that many of us have resorted to practicing the culinary arts while under lockdown.

Siobhan Donnelly-Noone

Crossmolina baker, Siobhan Donnelly Noone wants people to share their lockdown baking creations in the Great Covid Bake-Off competition.

Siobhan Donnelly-Noone of Carrowkilleen in Crossmolina has been thrilled to see this.

A baker by trade, she runs her own business, Siobhan’s Cake and Bakes, creating beautiful cakes for all sorts of occasions and also accommodates classes for groups including kids’ birthday parties etc.

The Covid-19 lockdown has been a hammer-blow to Siobhan’s business.

Orders dried up overnight as events and celebrations were cancelled but buoyed up by her very supportive family including her parents, Lizanne and Christie; her sisters and husband, Mark, she decided to start streaming baking demonstration videos on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

The videos are proving a real hit with a reach of thousands on some of the posts.

Siobhan's home-made brown bread

Siobhan’s home-made brown bread.

Siobhan told the Western People that the experience of baking for pleasure rather than to order has helped her re-discover the joy of what she does:

“I’m really enjoying baking more than ever now. It really is good for the mind as well.”

To say thank you to people for following and supporting her, Siobhan has launched The Great Covid Bake-Off.

She is inviting people to follow her Facebook and Instagram pages; try out some of the recipes she has demonstrated and share a picture of their favourite one below the bake-off posts which you can find here:


or here:


The closing date is Saturday, May 16 and the winner will get a hamper full of essential baking goods.

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