Bake-It Forward: Mdm Lu
Can baking make a difference in one's life? We speak to one Bakery Hearts beneficiary to find our her story.
To some of us, baking is a hobby; for others, it is a career. But how often do we see baking as a way to empower and change lives?
As the primary caregiver of her two children, Mdm Lu was unable to sustain her job as a hotel kitchen assistant. She then discovered Bakery Hearts, a programme by AMKFSC Community Services that equips vulnerable women with baking skills to find jobs in the industry.
“My dad used to run a bakery, but I didn’t use this opportunity to learn the ropes,” Mdm Lu quips. Bakery Hearts gave her a second chance to not just master baking, but also to meet a supportive and diverse community of fellow bakers who inspire her to do good. “I’ve since left the programme, but I try to make time give back to the community: whether I volunteer to help at the Bakery Hearts kitchen, or teach baking to low-income children.”
Mdm Lu currently works part-time at a hawker centre, but aims to start her own baking business. “I’ll have to wait until my children are older - for now, I bake with them at home to bond as a family and pass down my skills.” Read on to view the recipe for Bakery Hearts’ Butter Cookies, a signature treat that Mdm Lu and her kids love to bake together and have since mastered to a T!
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