Majella’s berry good tarts could win Baker of the Year

A Kirkintilloch bakery is in the running for a top award, after cooking up an impressive 
entry for judges in the Scottish Bakery Awards.

This weekend Majella’s will find out if it has taken the crown at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards.

Already they’ve been told that their strawberry tarts – made on the premises in Cowgate – have won at least a bronze in the regional heats, possibly more.

And if they take the top spot they will then be in the running for the overall baker of the year award on Saturday.

Majella’s owner Helen Jenkins said: ‘‘I was delighted when I got the letter telling us we had at least a bronze, I couldn’t believe it.

‘‘We entered every category but it was the strawberry tart which they selected. It ‘s baked in the shop by my husband Ross who bakes the tarts, whips up the cream and makes his own strawberry sauce from scratch.

‘‘Our customers are delighted too. We sell a lot of strawberry tarts.’’

Majella’s has only been open for two and a half years, but has already tasted success, previously winning Scottish Small Business of the Year.

The Scottish Baker event takes place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, with Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers appopriately entertaining the crowds.

Over 23,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across seven categories and on March 31, 170 bakers delivered 600 of their most popular scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits for judging by the professionals whose job it is to decide upon the best seven products in the land.