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85 backers pledged £20,351 to help bring this project to life

Hello all!

I’m Lara, the opera singer turned baker.

I run a small micro-bakery in Islington, London and I need your help. 

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Background

When the world came to a halt, and the singing work stopped,

I found myself baking at least one sourdough loaf a day. I became fascinated by how, with only three ingredients, you could create something so delicious. How food can be the spark of joy that brings us closer together, right at this time when we must physically stay so far apart. 

 

This wonder blossomed into baking for friends and neighbours, and now for you, my local community! 

Lara's Bakery
Lara's Bakery - Cruffin

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The Present

The last 12 months have been a tough and humbling year all round.

There is clearly a real need for a local bakery in the Islington/Clerkenwell area: I sell out within a day or two of releasing a menu now, and so cannot wait to expand my capacity.

Up until last week I was still working a day job, that has now come to an end, so I’m committing to baking, all guns blazing, no holds barred. 

Lara's Bakery
Lara's Bakery - easter cruffin

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My Offering

I currently offer a small menu every Sunday

of sourdough and pastries; pastries, croissants, cruffins and bread. All my offerings are handmade from locally sourced ingredients - supporting other small businesses as much as possible.

 

I’d like to create relationships with wholesalers, increase the number of bakes per batch, be able to serve even more customers… 

 

But I am currently using my domestic oven. How do I manage? It’s a combination of tetris and getting up very very early! 

Lara's Bakery - Sourdough
Lara's Bakery - sourdough

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Your Support

Thank you for reading my story so far: I’d love it if you were part of the next chapter with me.

Your support will allow me to:

  • Continue sourcing exceptional local ingredients

  • Scale the quantity and regularity of bakes with new equipment

  • Dedicate time to new recipe testing

  • Expand into more baked goods

  • Take on more private commissions

  • Create a wider community network of customers and suppliers

  • Invest in administration and distribution (bread to your door anyone?)

  • Pay for all of the food licenses, insurance, and permits (already obtained)

  • Cover legal and accountancy fees

  • Begin plans and preparation for expansion, primarily in the form of infrastructure for selling at various local farmers markets 

Lara's Bakery - Lemon curd cruffin
Lara's Bakery - salted caramel cruffin

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How to pledge

There are two main ways to pledge:

Either scroll back to the top of the page and use the 'Back my Bakery' button. 

Or there are a variety of rewards (and gifts!) available. On desktop, they are in the column to your left. On mobile, the rewards are displayed at the bottom of the page. 

Lara's Bakery - olive loaf

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The Future

You might be thinking that baking is very far removed from singing. You are right.

This time last year I would never have dreamed this is where I would be, but I love it. Two weeks ago, I took the plunge and put down the deposit for a bread oven, pledging my savings to this future. Baking gives me a sense of purpose, and when I commit to something I commit wholeheartedly. 

 

I dream of the moment when we can all gather and have a party! Once I have reached my target and we are all allowed to meet outside, I will host a party at Percy Circus and bake pizza’s until the sun sets. May this be the beginning of many more community events in the future!

 

Love, Lara

(your local micro-baker)

Instagram/Facebook @larasbakerylondon

 

(All photos are of my produce, taken by me)

Lara's Bakery - Sourdough
Lara's Bakery - pastries

Photographer: Sarah Wijzenbeek

Pledge £5 or more

An Olive Loaf

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One of my favourite loaves. What are yours?

Includes:

  • Everloving gratitude and a hug (when allowed… and if wanted)

Estimated Delivery 

ASAP​

Pledge £10 or more

The Banneton

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A banneton is a bread proving basket that gives all loaves that wonderful shape before they get baked.

Includes:

  • Everloving gratitude and a hug (when allowed… and if wanted)

  • A shout of thanks on social media

Estimated Delivery 

ASAP​

Pledge £25 or more

Chocolate for 100 Pain au Chocolat

Chocolate has always been a guilty pleasure of mine... perfect for a lazy Sunday!

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A ticket to Lara's Pizza Party

Estimated Delivery 

ASAP​

Pledge £35 or more

250 Brown Paper Bags

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I always use my paper bags as compost linings. What fun ways do you recycle paper bags?

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A personal signed Thank you!

Estimated Delivery 

within 6 weeks​

Pledge £45 or more

Fruit for 650 Hot Cross Buns

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A new addition for Easter weekend! Get some before they all sell out!

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A Lara's Bakery tote bag

Estimated Delivery 

Within 6 weeks

Pledge £60 or more

Olives for 60 Olive Loaves

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I recycle my old olive jars and use them to store seeds and flour 

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A loaf of choice curated by you (plus the recipe!)

Estimated Delivery 

Within 6 weeks

Pledge £75 or more

Electricity for one month

Who knew an oven used so much electricity!

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • Priority for your suggested item to be added to the menu (with personalised updates throughout the testing process)

Estimated Delivery 

Within 8 weeks​ (and/or first come first served)

Pledge £105 or more

Butter for 263 Croissant

Learning to create the perfect flakey pastry was one of my proudest achievements

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A loaf proved to your choice of song, sung by me (with video evidence)

Estimated Delivery 

Within 8 weeks​ (and/or first come first served)

Pledge £150 or more

Flour for 300 Sourdough Loaves

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I perfected my sourdough technique while staying with family: though my uncle loved eating the experimental loaves, he was driven mad by the 'thump' of bread being kneeded!

Includes:

  • all the above plus;

  • A customised birthday/other event cake (with an optional serenade from me!) 

Estimated Delivery 

Whenever your event of choice occurs!

Pledge £300 or more

Lemon Curd for 1,700 Cruffins

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Who else initially thought 'Cruffin' was a spelling mistake? 

Includes:

  • all the above that you would like, plus;

  • A 1 on 1 workshop with me on Sourdough bread making

Estimated Delivery 

Whenever we can schedule the workshop!

Pledge £500 or more

1/2 a Bakery dough Mixer

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With the gyms closed, My arm workouts have come from unexpected sources these last few months...

Includes:

  • all the above that you would like, plus;

  • I will cater a true German continental breakfast in your home.

     

Estimated Delivery 

Whenever we can schedule the breakfast!

Pledge £1000 or more

1 Professional bakery Fridge

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I am currently living on peas because the many proving loaves are taking up all of my fridge space (it's lucky that I love peas)

Includes:

  • all the above that you would like, plus;

  • A group workshop with me on Sourdough and/or pastry making (perfect for a birthday, hen party of any celebratory event!)

Estimated Delivery 

Whenever we can schedule the event!

Pledge £4500 or more

1 Bread Oven

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The biggest, most scary, single purchase I must make

Includes:

  • all the above that you would like, plus;

  • A year bread subscription

Estimated Delivery 

ASAP

Pledge £10,000 or more

2/3 of all essential purchases

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I don't think there's anything more to say than... thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Includes:

  • all the above that you would like, plus;

  • My soul, my life, my love, my everything

Estimated Delivery 

From now until the end of time