Worksop goes ‘absolutely wild’ for lockdown bake-off challenge

A Worksop mum-of-two has launched a lockdown bake-off challenge - with entries being judged by Gogglebox’s Kate Bottley.

By Ben McVay
Monday, 13th April 2020, 11:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 12:06 pm

Dawn Parsons’ Lockdown Bake Off Challenge has had over 400 entries over the course of a week - including everything from cornflake tarts to chocolate orange Easter buns.

Grandmother-of-three Dawn told how the group - which grew from a personal page of her own - had gone ‘absolutely wild’.

She started baking with her family as a distraction from the anxiety around Covid-19 - launching a public Facebook group when interest snowballed.

Finley Goulder, 6, with Finley's Fun Cakes - almond flavour cupcakes decorated with 'any old rubbish' he and mum could find in the baking cupboard.

Entrants take part by taking a photo of their baking brilliance and posting it to the Facebook group.

Dawn, a catering manager at Retford’s Carr Hill Primary School, said: “It’s been so positive - absolutely amazing.

“All I wanted was to take us away from life as it is at the moment - something to try with your kids or partner.

“The kids have absolutely loved it - we’ve had some fantastic Easter cakes.

Evie Middleton, 10, created a chocolate cake with yellow orange flavoured buttercream surrounded by yellow fondant, mini-eggs and ganache. On top is chocolate and shredded wheat nest with mini eggs and a fondant chick.

“We’ve had everything from shortbreads to savoury dishes - it’s just been absolutely manic.”

Busy Dawn has been out and about delivering Easter egg prizes - made up of a generous donation of 282 from Morrison’s supermarket - to all children who have taken part so far.

Remaining eggs will be awarded to children in homes with rainbow art on display in windows.

She set a Saturday deadline for the Easter competition - with categories including Most Colourful And Creative for kids and Most Technical for adults.

Worksop's Dawn Parsons is setting a fresh challenge every week

While there was a separate overall winner for both adults and children.

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Prizes include an Easter basket with teddy bear chicks and chocolate, a £50 photo shoot voucher and more.

Dawn will be setting a fresh challenge every week - with a deadline of Saturday at 6pm.

Lottie White, 4, with her lamb pasties. The soft, crumbly pastry and tasty meat filling was all homemade by Lottie with help from mum, Kristy.

This week’s theme is baking bread - while being creative by, for example, moulding it into a shape. Entries should include recipes so others can give them a try.

Those wanting to enter should join the Facebook group by clicking HERE and posting a photo of their submission.

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