YOUNG bakers tried their hand at producing their own artisan breads for an important cause.

Pupils from St Antony’s Catholic College in Urmston learned to bake bread to honour their patron saint's feast day — the annual Feast of St Antony, held on June 13.

The group of teenagers used olive oil to bake the bread, and topped off their batches of soft rolls with seeds, glazing and flour.

Rolls were then distributed to the homeless community at Cornerstone — a day centre in Denmark Road, Manchester, providing support for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults.

Headteacher Fiona Wright said: “Even Paul Hollywood would have shaken the hands of our bakers. I know the rolls will have been much appreciated by our friends at Cornerstone.

"However, the session wasn’t just a lesson in baking, it allowed us to tell St Antony’s story and how he was ultimately canonised for his dedication to the poor and sick and how his work remains a lesson to us all today, some 700 years later."

Bakers have been honouring St Antony since the early 13th Century when it is said a mother donated her daughter’s weight in grain to the poor after St Antony’s prayers had resuscitated the young girl.

Young baker Ruby Connery, aged 14 from Urmston, said: "I already bake bread with my dad but now I’ll be able to show him how the professionals do it and mum can taste the results."