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A Right Royal Bake Off

17 June 2016

This is our 5th Annual Inter-House Bake Off.  It gives all girls the opportunity to show their amazing culinary skills, earn House Points, dazzle the judges (Dr Weeks, Mrs Coley and Miss Rance) and win great prizes!

The House Captains had to choose from all the girls entered who had the best recipe to represent their house.

In previous years we had a Jubilee theme with decorated cakes and a ‘1950’s Back to Basics’ to test your baking skills. This year we were looking for the ability to make some delicious bakes suitable for the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

It was a busy week in the Food & Nutrition Room: Monday through to Thursday lunchtimes each saw one year group battling it out with the help of their House Captains and Deputies. All ably captured on film by the Tech Team and Mr Berman.

Year 7 had to cook a batch of Royal scones demonstrating their creativity with flavour combinations.  The competitors cooked some delicious combinations including raspberry and blueberries to reflect our flag! The winner was St Andrew: Eton Mess Scones: a delicious light scone with a filling of clotted cream, crushed meringues and raspberries cooked by Bethan Harrison and Ria Misty

Year 8 had to cook a batch of Royal Cup Cakes: we wanted interesting flavours and neat skilful piping decoration. There was a tasty selection of cakes including a surprise filling of lemon curd in one batch and Union Jack decoration on another. The winner was St David: Raspberry Cream Cupcakes: delicate sponge topped with neatly piped well-flavoured pink butter and topped with handmade gold crown decorations cooked by Lucy Phillips

Year 9 cooked a batch of Royal Jam Tarts: we were looking for crisp and delicious pastry and neat decoration. One house cut the tarts as ‘bunting’ and another used an orange marmalade filling.  The winner was St Patrick: The Queen of our hearts jam tarts: crisp & delicious neatly filled jam tarts each with a heart cooked by Francesca Fernando and Simran Ralmill

Year 10 had to cook a Royal Tray Bake; showing originality in presentation and a well-risen, flavour-some bake. The competitors were very original from serving raspberry brownies in a jar to fruity flags using blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. The winner was St David: a delicious coffee and pistachio tray bake with a light sponge and well-flavoured icing cooked by Mariam Al-Ani.

On Friday:  The staff cooked up Birthday cakes fit for the Queen’s 90th birthday.  There was a great selection of cakes. These were sold at break for The Guide Dogs Charity.

Our thanks to all who took part; great fun and a lot of delicious cooking!!

The winning House will be announced in Assembly next week, and photos of the winning entries will be in next week's Friday Headlines.

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