JOHNSTONE High School pupils got out their aprons to take part in a bake-off back in 2009.

Third year pupils were challenged to make a brownie tray – and it had to be decorated in an original way.

The ingredients for the competition were kindly donated by W. Gibb Stuart, in Bridge of Weir, and Pyrex.

Two classes took part in the bake-off event in the school.

Each was separated into pairs and each duo was given a special bag which contained the cake mix and some cooking equipment.

The pupils all did a great job and there was a range of brownies to chose from, including fireworks and butterflies, but only three of the best creations from each class were picked to go on to the final judging.

Sandy Gibb Stuart, manager of W. Gibb Stuart at the time, was asked to visit the school to make the all-important decision.

After much thought and deliberation, he picked Pudsey Bear and the poppy brownies as his winners.

Sandy told The Gazette he was delighted to be involved with the competition and felt it was important for the younger generation to get interested in baking and cooking.

He said: “The brownies were all of a very high standard.

“The two winners had come up with topical subjects to go with their brownies.”

The prizes were special edition baking equipment with Wallace and Gromit decoration, which had been donated by Pyrex as part of National Baking Week.

The company also donated goodie bags which were given out to all the pupils who took part.

Sandy added: “They were very excited and energetic about the whole process. All the kids looked like they had a good time.

“They all went away with something as well, which was great.”

Head of the school’s food department, Joy McLeod, said: “The kids had a great time.

“They came up with these ideas all by themselves.”

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