Poppy’s Wholemeal Orange, Raisin and Cranberry Bread


Back in October, shortly before we left for Kenya, the school challenge was set for Giraffe class at Cholsey primary school. We can now announce the winner…. (brace yourselves) Poppy Perry with “Wholemeal Orange, Raisin and Cranberry Bread, in Silver is Robert Moroney with Blueberries, Raisins and Banana Bread, and Bronze goes to Molly Venner with Red Berries and Honey Bread.

Poppy’s bread was chosen as the brief was to design a ‘nutritious loaf’ that could be made with Kenyan ingredients. Poppy chose to use wholemeal flour in her bread which contains many more vitamins and minerals than white flour, many oranges are grown in Kenya and the mix with cranberries and raisins just sounded very yummy.  As the Gold medal winner I’ve baked Poppy’s loaf for the team today, I made lots of little round loafs just because its much easier to share when everyone is busy with lots of eye patients.  The exciting part for each of the winners means that some of the money from the Max Perutz Award will be used as prizes for our three winners. Gold winner Poppy’s prize (the equivalent of £240) will pay for 6 people to have cataract surgery and be able to see again. Roberts silver prize will pay for 4 people to have cataract surgery and Molly’s prize will pay for 2 people to have their sight restored. It was really hard trying to decide the yummiest and most nutritious loaf and all the entries were very good so well done to giraffe class!




Lucas is behind me in the car as we arrive through piles of dust in an area mainly of mud huts, the sun beats down on our backs as we get out the car, lots of small children come round to say hello.  As we walk into the church building where the eye examinations are ongoing, an elderly gentleman in a suit is having his height measured, a lady in a bright purple top is with the nurse, to our right are a couple of rows of the locals waiting their turn to have pictures taken of the back of their eyes, field of vision examined and to be examined with the  slit lamp!  It’s a very hot day and the team are hungry, at an appropriate time to stop for lunch we all gather round and lunch is dished out with Poppys scrummy bread for pudding.  The team are full of smiles, they love it, ‘it is sweet’ they say which actually means very tasty rather than ‘sugary, sweet! One team member said “Poppy is a genius!”  and one of the patient’s was very keen to try one, luckily we had spares!


We have now completed 6 villages/areas.  The team are working very well together: setting up the equipment and organising each part of the examination.  Each patient that arrives recieves a study number, personal details are written down, their height, weight and abdominal circumference is taken  along with some other measurements, they move on for a finger prick blood test and blood pressure.  The eye examinations begin with visual acuity where their eye sight is checked followed by a photo taken of the back of their eye, their field of vision measured and finally an indepth examination on the slit lamp that allows Andrew to diagnose and monitor any problems. We had Andrew’s PhD supervisor, Matthew with us this week who really helped with project logistics and future work. We really enjoyed his company and think I’ve convinced him to do some home baking!

The biggest challenge currently is the number of people we are managing to trace from the study 5 years ago.  We have been given a list for each area of around 50 people, some will have died and some moved away but we were still hoping for 60-70% to return for this examination.  Unfortunately the list only has peoples ‘common names’ e.g. mine would be ‘mama lucas’. People generally do not know their date of birth but we have year of birth recorded. So with no National identity card numbers and no full names, even when the Advance Team are knocking on doors and discussing the list with the village chief or elder its a difficult job as you can imagine! We have since found out the full names were recorded initially but had been taken of the lists we had for confidentiallity reasons, the original list is now in Rwanda where the Ophthalmologist who carried out the first study now lives.  Amazingly Stew the App designer has a weeks work in Rwanda this week so we have sent him with a few empty suitacases to bring back as many of the original papers as he can with 5000 people initially examined and 8 pieces of paper for each person…its a lot to sort through!…we will keep you updated!

For now a big congratulations goes to Giraffe Class at Cholsey Primary School and we very much recommend baking this bread!



Ingredients: Makes 8

250g wholemeal flour

250g white stone ground flour (Stone ground has more vtamins and minerals retained after milling)

7g dried yeast (allinson in a tin does not have any other chemicals added just dried yeast#0

5g salt

1 tbsp runny honey

50g cranberries

50g raisins (saltanas are slightly more moist)

50g orange peel

170ml orange juice

170ml warm water


1. Mix the flours, yeast, salt, honey, water and orange juice together and knead for 10 minutes.

2. Leave in a bowl and cover with cling film for about 1 half hours in a warm place until double in size (in an airing cupboard, near a radiator)

3. Tip out onto the work surface that is lightly covered in flour, squash into a rough square and pour the dried fruit in the middle then fold over each corner over the dried fruit, turning the dough as you go, repeat this process until the dried fruit is evenly distributed.

4. Divide into 8 equal portions, roll each portion into a ball, put the palm of your hand over the ball of dough and gently round over the top stretching the dough as you go.

5. Sprinkle wholemeal flour over the base of two baking trays and place each rolled bread roll on the tray very well spaced apart. Leave to rise for 1hour until doubled in size or the dough leaves an indentred mark with your finger.  Once risen brush a beated egg over the top for a shiny top once baked.

6. Bake at 200ºC for 25 mins until golden brown, yummy! thank you Poppy!

Loved by all ages…


On our way to say thank you to the household we borrowed electricity from


Lucas with Redempta, our Project Coordinator


The Bastawrous Family – Lucas making some fine adjustments


A day off and a trip in to town to go for a swim






2 thoughts on “Poppy’s Wholemeal Orange, Raisin and Cranberry Bread

  1. Looks like you guys are settling into the swing of things. Lucas looks like he’s having a great time, and he looks so grown up!!
    It looks pretty hot out there at the moment – what sort of temp is it reaching during the day?
    Freezing cold weather has come to an end here, but now we are back to wind and rain 😦
    Hoping to be on the sidelines cheering you on for the Goring 10k…

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