Nestled on the ground floor of One-North Residences, a stone’s throw from Star Vista (the mall to watch!), mouth-watering smells waft out of the modest bakery run by mother-and-daughter team, Myra and Raemorriel Lee. Initially set up for her daughter to pursue her growing passion in baking, former teacher Myra has turned what started out as a bakery into something much more special. As word spreads of Spexial Kneadz’s unique classes and delicious baked goods, people are coming to realize that this is no ordinary bakery.
A lifelong baker who found baking to be a great way to de-stress after a long workday in her ‘previous life’ teaching underperforming children, Myra was inspired to start up Spexial Kneadz after her youngest daughter, Raemorriel asked for baking lessons for Christmas in 2010. When her mildly autistic teenager showed promise, Myra dedicated the next two years to taking a myriad of baking classes, successfully completing Creative Culinaire’s Professional Bakers Course. Her mission? To equip herself with the tools in order to teach Raemorriel in a way that SHE would understand. Fast-forward to 2013 and the mission has now evolved to include anyone who is interested to learn how to bake – to share the knowledge.
Passionate about teaching and equipping people with food allergies (and those who have to be mindful of certain ingredients) with the necessary tools, Myra explains, “From my personal experience at home as well as at work, I’ve seen how diets can trigger allergies (or behavioural reactions); and that by choosing the correct types of foods, your ability to function can increase considerably.” She describes how specialized diets to manage conditions such as ADHD/ADD (GAPS, Nourishing Hope or Feingold diets) or Autism (GFCF / GFDF diet) advise avoiding gluten, sugar, dairy or eggs. As such, Spexial Kneadz’s daily-baked selections include both “lean breads” (free of sugar, diary products and eggs) and “mean breads” (enriched with eggs, butter and cheese); as well as an assortment of cakes — including their sinfully delicious signature dessert: the Whoopie Pie.
For those interested in producing the same sort of delectable baked goods at home, Spexial Kneadz offers classes ranging from the basics, to more specialized lessons like cake decorating. Set in an informal environment, classes are kept small (maximum 5) to ensure one-to-one attention. Participants are normally taught two recipes at the workshops, taking home several variations to employ. Myra shares, “Initially, we concentrated on baking goods to sell but lately, we seem to be running a greater number of workshops as people come in for team building or to learn to bake as a family”. Prices for classes are age-dependent and range from $58 to $98.
Spexial Kneadz must be doing something right if their growing fan base is any indication. To buy one of their delicious gluten-free breads (eg olives and sun-dried tomato, buckwheat soda), sign-up for a workshop or place an order for a birthday or a special celebration, email [email protected] or give Myra a call on the number below!
Sassy Mama Tip: be quick as available dates for classes are going fast and the baked goods get snapped up pretty swiftly!