Frances Quinn’s fascinating story of the Bake Off

Frances Quinn t (4)-w500-h500Frances Quinn, Market Harborough’s 2013 Bake Off winner, gave WI members a fascinating insight into how she took up baking through to being selected for and taking part in the Bake Off.

It took a year to get from completing the entry (colleagues at Joules kept leaving entry forms on her desk) to becoming overall winner.   The selection process included phone interviews, 2 trips to London, one carrying sample cakes on the train, cooking for Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and screenshot before getting that long awaited phone call.

Frances humorously took us through the weekly filming process.  Again, very demanding, travelling to Bristol each Friday night and being in the Bake Off tent for filming for up to 12 hours a day.  Then back to a full time job and fitting in practice baking each evening.  Her weekly fridge was often full of 2 kg of butter and cream for ganache!

Frances concluded her talk by demonstrating orange blossom almond paste, using thisFrances Quinn t (3)-w500-h500 to make decorated mice (see picture opposite).

Her book Quinntessential Cooking is being published in late August 2015.

Frances’ talk was part of the Welland WI Group annual meeting, ably organised this year by Great Bowden WI.  Well done, too, to the Great Bowden WI choir who entertained us with several songs.

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Pages from Frances’ sketch book that she used to plan her bakes for the Bake Off