This week we love… baking
This week, Sainsbury’s very own bake-off champion reveals some
of the secrets that helped with her winning creation.
Lyndsey Green, an Assistant Buyer for Sainsbury’s Home Team, loves a good bake-off. So much so, that in the recent inter-office challenge, she took home joint-first prize. Here she tells us more about her passion for baking, and the inspiration behind her big win.
‘I’ve always enjoyed baking as my nan was an amazing cook – her pavlova was famous in our family – and I rely on a lot of her tips when I bake. I love ‘The Great British Bake Off’, and to celebrate the start of the new series back in July, the Sainsbury’s Home Team had a summer-themed baking competition. I came joint-first with Chelsea, another member of the team. The two of us have a bit of a rivalry – every few months we have a bake-off of our own and the stakes keep getting higher!
‘Chelsea created an amazing picnic-themed entry, while mine was based on the British seaside, with a nod to Cornwall. My three-tiered cake was decorated with beach huts and surfboards, and I used crushed digestive biscuits to give it a sandy look. The cakes themselves were three old favourites – a rich chocolate Maltesers cake on the bottom, a classic Victoria sponge with homemade strawberry jam for the middle tier and a light lemon sponge on top.
‘On the side, I made ice-cream cupcakes baked in a cone with a flake and different sprinkles for toppings; mini scones served with clotted cream and more homemade jam, and sweet pasties, filled with apples and home-grown blackberries.’
‘My tip for other bakers is definitely to be precise and get yourself a good set of scales. Weigh out your ingredients – I even weigh out the mixture for my cupcakes and sponges before baking to make sure I get exactly the same amount of filling in each to give a consistent batch.’