For our infamous Christmas card campaign this year we held our very own ‘Barton Baking Competition’ and asked everyone to send in their much-loved Christmas recipes. This wasn’t about being able to bake as such, but instead, more about the sentiment and ability to make our judges feel both festive and peckish! We received some delicious recipes and stories, but there could only be three winning Barton Bakes….which have been translated into our printed Christmas cards this year (retro!). As part of our Christmas campaign we haven't forgotten our charitable giving and have donated £1,250 to our corporate charity Shelter, whilst each 'Barton Baker' also got to nominate a charity of their choice to recieve a £50 donation.
Here's the winning designs/recipes....enjoy!
Alice’s Glitzy Chocolate Orange & Honeycomb Profiteroles
The story behind the bake…
"I really enjoy baking and there is nothing more satisfying than making people a fabulous dessert! The first time I made profiteroles was when I was on holiday in a Cornish Cottage in Helford Passage, which if you know it is miles from anywhere, and all we had in the cupboard was flour, eggs, butter and sugar. So I took to google (surprisingly enough Cornwall has 4G!) to work out what I could make other than a rather dull sponge and found that choux pastry was not as tricky as it would seem. Since then I have been experimenting with fillings and toppings, this one is a particular favourite for the festive season!"
Alice's chosen charity is the Polycystic Kidney Disease.
Paula's Sausage Meat Patties
The story behind the bake…
“Over the years my grandma, my mum and now my sister have the fresh turkey, gammon, sausages, streaky bacon and sausage meat all delivered on Christmas Eve from the local butcher. All the meats are prepared on Christmas Eve. The sausage meat is used for stuffing the bird and there is always enough sausage meat bought for a little treat, although originally it was to use up the leftovers from the stuffing.Christmas morning a few extra potatoes are peeled and par-boiled and fried with eggs, to accompany these scrummy Sausage Meat Patties and set us up for a day of feasting and keep us sustained for a late lunch.”
Paula's chosen charity is the British Heart Foundation.
Maelle’s La Vraie Raclette Moderne -
The story behind the bake...
“The first Raclette of the year is for many families the most anticipated event of the year in France, helping to make the countdown to Christmas easier and forget about the dark, cold and humid Winter. Raclette is a festival of happiness for any cheese enthusiast like myself, it’s also very much about the experience, a way to bring family and friends together around a big table, it’s the ultimate Christmas meal in its own way, timeless and always a success. I think it is perfect because it’s stress free - so quick and simple to prepare, fun - you have the ultimate opportunity to test and experiment with no associated judgement, delicious - because, well, let’s be honest: it’s melted cheese!”
Maelle's chosen charity is the Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland (SCIO).
Check out some of the other entries:
Colleen's chosen charity is Bloodwise.
Emily's chosen charity is the NSPCC.
Josh's chosen charity is Ellenor.
Julia's chosen charity is Scope.
Becca's chosen charity is Age UK Berkshire
Luke's chosen charity St Basil's.
Nicole's chosen charity is Mummy Star.
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