Ingleborough Bake Off winner
CREATING the famous Yorkshire peak of Ingleborough in cake was always going to be a challenge – but the competitors in our first ever baking competition more than rose to it.
Nine bakers took part in the contest, all bringing in their carefully crafted creations. After some tough decision making by Michael Vanheste, head tutor at Michelin starred Northcote in Langho, and Country Harvest owner Mike Clark the winner was announced as mother-of-three Sandra Lund from Litton in Craven.
Sandra only agreed to take part in the competition because her mum Sheila Brown loves Country Harvest. “It’s the first competition I have ever entered and I only did it because of my mum. I can’t believe I have won, I only bake for my family and do family birthday cakes,” she said. Her winning cake was a light Victoria sponge with fantastic jam which head judge Michael Vanheste described as ‘stunning’.
Other competitors included Pauline Beadle, of Ingleton, who made a chocolate cake with her niece Helen Wilson. Another strong contender was Fiona Barrett, of Kendal, whose elaborate cake was made from three layers: ginger bread, Victoria sandwich and topped with a nutty meringue. And Judith Woolley, who lives next door to Country Harvest, brought her Jaffa Cake version of the 2,372ft mountain to the judging, alongside her husband and children. “It’s my first competition too, I am more of a cook than a baker,” she said. But, inspired by BBC1’s Great British Bake Off she created ‘Jaffaborough’, making the jelly out of fresh oranges which attracted positive comments from the judges. And there was a torrone made from chocolate, butter and almond from Ingleton’s John Dickinson and three small ginger sponges made by Dorothy Blair from Sedbergh.
Michael Vanheste said the competition, sponsored by Wessex Mill Flours, involved the two things he liked most – cake and fellwalking. “The winning cake is amazing, I adore it!” he said
Sandra received a trophy and £100 in prize money.
Ingleborough, which overlooks Country Harvest’s coffee shop, is the second biggest mountain in Yorkshire. Together with Pen y gent and Whernside it forms the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks range.