A new research shows that one in ten primary school children have no idea where loaves of bread come from, with some believing that it is grown underground or made by cows, showing the lack of awareness among today’s youngsters about the work of the country’s bakers…reports Asian Lite news.

 Palestinian baker Darwish Abu Samra, 77, bakes Shami cakes at his bakery in the West Bank City of Nablus
Palestinian baker Darwish Abu Samra, 77, bakes Shami cakes at his bakery in the West Bank City of Nablus

It seems that many of today’s children have no idea what a baker does, with nine per cent actually believing that bakers make individual slices of bread and then put them into a bag to form a full loaf.

The research, which was conducted for Craft Bakers’ Week, showed that nine per cent of children did not know bakers made bread and 41 per cent had no idea they also make cakes.

One in twenty kids amusingly believe that bread grows underground (three per cent) or is made by cows on a farm (two per cent).

Further demonstrating the confusion amongst the younger generation, five per cent think that bakers make baked beans, four per cent think they make pasta, with a further four per cent believing that they make ice cream and sausages.

Whilst they struggle to understand exactly what a baker does, children also lack knowledge about which food contains bread.

Almost a quarter of five to eleven year olds (24 per cent) think bread and butter pudding has no bread in it while five per cent believe chocolate cake is made from bread.

The research also highlights further misconceptions about bread amongst youngsters including that one in eighteen (six per cent) are convinced that white bread is healthier ‘because it’s cleaner’.

Many also take old wives’ tales as fact. One in six young girls (17 per cent) believe that eating crusts will turn their hair curly and 10 per cent of boys think eating crusts ‘will put hairs on your chest’.

However the research also highlights an interest in baking amongst the next generation. Three in ten (28 per cent) enjoy watching TV cooking programmes, and a third (31 per cent) enjoy watching The Great British Bake Off. Fifty-nine per cent also enjoy baking their own bread or cakes at home, but despite this it seems that the interest does not extend to long term ambitions for today’s school children. Only two per cent of the children surveyed aspire to become a baker, in stark contrast to 18 per cent of boys who want to become a footballer and 17 per cent of girls looking to become vets.

Hannah Marriage, from Craft Bakers’ Week comments, “Bakeries have been a feature on our high street for generations and we want to make sure that children and their parents appreciate the skill, hard work and care that goes into the bread, cakes and regional specialities made by their local craft bakery. It’s therefore very important to educate people about this wonderful profession and ensure its success for years to come. Craft Bakers’ Week is a great opportunity to celebrate these skills and we’re inviting everyone to come and visit their local bakery this week, many of whom will also be raising money for Make-A-Wish UK.”




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