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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
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