Scones could spell such sweet success

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Not content with winning best scones in Scotland last year, Keptie Bakery is going for gold yet again at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2015.

With branches wafting sweet smells down both the streets of Letham and Arbroath, the bakery is grateful to its customers for all their support.

Owner Jane Eaton said: “It’s all down to the customers, they voted for what they wanted and for as many things as they wanted and then it goes down to the judges’ team to assess.

“We’re very grateful to them and to the staff, it’s a team effort and we couldn’t do it without them.”

First generation bakers, husband and wife team Allan and Jane, take great pleasure in what they do.

Jane continued: “We’re delighted to get through again and to get a bit of recognition.

“As far as I’m aware no one has ever taken this award twice in a row; it would be amazing if we could walk away the trophy again.

“Last year was the first time we entered and Allan, who is the head baker, is absolutely over the moon.”

The bakery tries where possible to use local Angus suppliers such as Rennie’s butcher in Forfar.

After taking over the bakery four years ago the couple have taken pride in listening to their customers and using their ideas to develop innovative new produce.

They are also no stranger to success as the Eatons have already received the gold star of approval for their steak bridie and Scotch Pie.

TV judge Mich Turner, who has created cakes for celebrities and international royalty including Her Majesty The Queen, Madonna, Pierce Brosnan, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Cheryl Cole, Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham, will once again support the competition by compering the awards which will be presented in May.

Mich said: “I am delighted to once again be involved in this event.

“As a professional cake-designer, I have been really impressed by the quality and creativity Scottish bakers are demonstrating and I look forward to being surprised and delighted again this year.”

As interest in home baking and artisan baked goods continues to grow, Scottish Bakers, which supports and promotes the interests of bakers in Scotland, will be looking for the best morning roll, bread, scone, savoury, individual cake and biscuit whilst seeking to crown the best baker in the land.