Bake For Syria Sale and Brunch – For The Children of Syria

During the weekend 18 – 19 August, North Star Coffee Shop & General Store will host this fundraising event.

The BakeForSyria cookbook aims to raise funds for Unicef’s appeal for Syrian children via Unicef Next Generation London, and includes recipes from Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver, as well as other world-renowned chefs.  It was curated by Lily Vanilli, with support from Clerkenwell Boy and Serena Guen.  Sarah Lemanski, founder of Noisette Bakehouse, has also donated a recipe.  The book’s launch is being celebrated at North Star Coffee Shop with a bake sale from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on 18 August.  You will have the opportunity to taste some of the dishes from the recipes which feature in the cookbook.

In addition, Noisette Bakehouse has collaborated to create a Syrian-inspired brunch menu. Lily Vanilli, Felicity Spector and Izy Hossack have each designed their own dish, available only on 18 and 19 August from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

North Star Coffee Roasters will also have two special coffee offerings over the weekend, as well as a choice of loose leaf organic teas which range from mint infusions and peachy oolongs to refined Darjeeling.

Some of the dishes that will feature on the Syrian-inspired brunch menu are:

In collaboration with Lily Vanilli:

  • Cocoa Milk Loaf filled with Absinthe Custard which is baked and topped with House Made Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream, Chocolate Magic Shell & Fennel Sugared Almonds.
  • North Star Coffee Roasters recommend you pair with: a fresh mint infusion to cut through the richness of the Cocoa French Toast and compliment the herbal aromatics of the Absinthe Custard and Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream.
Lily Vanilli’s cocoa milk loaf

In collaboration with Felicity Spector:

  • Cornmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Roasted Plums, Tahini Whipped Ricotta, Maple & Pistachios.
  • North Star Coffee Roasters recommend you pair with: a flat white of the El Salvador Chelazos which is sweet and creamy with hints of stone fruit and chocolate.
Izy Hossack’s falafel spiced sweet potato and egg breakfast

In collaboration with Izy Hossack:

  • Falafel Spiced Sweet Potato and Egg Breakfast. Sweet potato patties spiced with classic falafel seasoning, served with Baharat Roasted Summer Vegetables, Fried Egg and Tahina Sauce with the option to add marinated feta or lamb and mint sausage.


In collaboration with Noisette Bakehouse:

  • Cardamom Infused Overnight Oats with Roasted Peach, Coconut Rose Milk and Sweet Dukkah.
  • North Star Coffee Roasters recommend you pair with: a pot of Jade Formosa Oolong from Taiwan which is grassy and sweet with real peachy notes coming through.

Boureka Style Grilled Cheese. A twist on North Star’s usual grilled cheese, including House Made Ricotta, Herby Feta, Spinach and Nigella Seeds. Served with dressed leaves and House Made Chilli Jam.

  • North Star Coffee Roasters recommend you pair with: a pot of malty breakfast tea which is big in body and flavour blending the very best single estate Assam from India with some of the more refined Ceylon from Sri Lanka.

Part of the profit from brunch sales will be donated towards the Unicef appeal, but if you can’t be there at the week-end and you want to show support, you can do so by donating at

If you would like to buy the recipe book:

Sarah Lemanski, founder of Noisette Bakehouse, says:

“The team at Noisette Bakehouse in collaboration with the whole team at North Star Coffee Shop are excited to bring the #BakeForSyria campaign to Leeds, a campaign curated by Lily Vanilli, with whom we have developed a strong relationship over the past 4 years, since winning the YBF awards. With the support of Clerkenwell Boy and Serena Guen the campaign has snowballed into an incredible force for good that has extended well beyond London with events happening across the globe. The ethos of cooking, baking and sharing with generosity of spirit is so ingrained in the culture of many of the countries affected by the seven years of devastating war in Syria that it feels apt to get involved with such a brilliant campaign that goes to the root of this ethos to raise funds for children and families and really highlight the work of Unicef.”


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