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Meet The Great British Bake Off hopefuls from Scotland

Meet The Great British Bake Off hopefuls from Scotland

Let us introduce you to the retired macaron maestro and the teenage crafty cake decorator looking to impress Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Marie and Flora are this year’s Scots hoping to put the cherry on the cake and be crowned The Great British Bake Off champion.

Now in its sixth series, 13.5m viewers tuned into last year’s final, with 12 contestants ready to step into the limelight and face judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

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We caught up with the Scottish hopefuls to find out about their Bake Off plans.

Marie, 66

Marie may have been entered for The Great British Bake Off by her daughter but her children weren’t afraid to spill the beans with claims that Marie couldn’t even boil an egg when they were young.

After growing up in Glasgow, it was a spell in Paris where her passion for patisserie began, a love she brought back to Scotland with her willing grandchildren being eager testers for her homemade bread and cakes.

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Where did your love of baking come from?

When we lived in Paris for five years, I would pass patisserie shops on my way to school, and I couldn’t believe the cakes in the shop windows.

So I would buy one take it to bits at home and decide how to bake it.

When did you discover you had a flair for baking?

Probably when I came back from Paris and I made some French patisseries for my friends.

Do you lean on any Scottish recipe inspirations when cooking or do your inspirations come from elsewhere?

I love using Scottish recipes, some of the original ones are really good, and I have used some in the programme.

I do use Scottish ingredients, we have wonderful raspberries in Perthshire and I also use local flour.

What is your favourite cake?

I love a light sponge and I make a lot of cakes with my grandchildren so my favourite cakes are the ones I make with them.

What do your friends and family often ask you to bake?

They love my macarons, and they love my bread and a lot of the pastries they really enjoy.

Mostly it would be everyday type of cake. I just keep baking!

Bread, cake or pastries – what do you most enjoy baking?

Recently I have enjoyed bread more, as I have mastered cake and pastries, so I am enjoying working more with bread.

What are you most excited about being on the show?

Meeting Mary was an all time high, she was so lovely to meet.

As well as perfecting the bake, how do you think you will fare as far as cake decoration is concerned?

I am strong on cake decoration and the technique, it doesn’t faze me, I really enjoy that aspect of it.

Who has been your favourite bake off contestant in previous series?

I liked James Morton, he has a great talent for bread making and he is so good at it. I have all his books, and I think he is a very clever young man.

Which judge would you like to impress more with your baking talents?

It would have to be Mary, she is so good and amazing I always wanted to impress her, and a compliment from Mary would light up my day.

Flora, 19

With a History of Art course at St Andrew’s University already lined up, the Bake Off’s youngest contestant Flora loves nothing more than spending the afternoon baking in her family home in the Perthshire countryside.

Coming from a big family of bakers, there is always plenty of ingredients around the family home... although it does also mean facing her sisters, who she says her harshest critics.

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Where did your love of baking come from?

My mother taught from an early age, and I can’t ever remember not baking.

When did you discover you had a flair for baking?

I have always baked but it’s only in my teenage years that I have taken it more seriously.

Do you lean on any Scottish recipe inspirations when cooking or do your inspirations come from elsewhere?

I think the thing I make most often is a drop scone as a favourite Sunday morning request.

What is your favourite cake?

One of the cameramen asked me that and I failed to come up with a decent answer.

Roughly, it changes every seven minutes - an impossible question!

What do your friends and family often ask you to bake?

Birthday cakes are my biggest request as there is no party without a cake!

Bread, cake or pastries – what do you most enjoy baking?

I probably sway towards the cake category if I was held at gunpoint.

What are you most excited about being on the show?

I am quite excited to see the feedback that is given which was away from us, so I will be interested to see what the judges have to say.

How many years have you wanted to be on the show and what made you apply this year?

My sister was adamant that I should apply, and I did it in secret so they didn’t know I got through until the second round. My friends all said I should give it a go.

As well as perfecting the bake, how do you think you will fare as far as cake decoration is concerned?

A huge part of my baking style is to do with the aesthetic, so the part I most enjoyed in the tent was cake decoration and presentation.

Who has been your favourite bake off contestant in previous series?

I really loved Frances’ creativity, that was very impressive. But technically James Morton nailed it every time, and Richard and Chetna flavours looked amazing.

Which judge would you like to impress more with your baking talents?

My mum has a paperback Mary Berry recipe book that has been in the draw for years, and used for every single birthday cake we have ever had.

But then Paul is a perfectionist too, so you wanted to get a smile from both of them.

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