The winner of firmus energy’s Great Ulster Bake Off competition, in association with Johnston Press, has been announced as Rachelle Liggett, from Poradown.
Rachelle, ‘rose’ to champion after she submitted a recipe for a frosted Christmas Red Velvet Layer Cake, which proved to be a favourite with the readers who crowned her creation the ‘People’s Choice’ winner.
Anna McClean from Ballymena received the accolade of ‘Chef’s Choice’ by guest judge Paula McIntyre for her Chocolate and Beetroot Cake. Both winners will each receive £100 of Lakeland vouchers.
Margaret Anderson from Ballymoney was named Coleraine and Ballymoney Times’ regional winner and her Pavlova with fresh cream and fruit was narrowly beaten in the final.
She is pictured receiving Mary Berry’s Baking Bible as a prize, presented by Gavin Twamley from firmus energy.
Gavin commented: “We just loved all the great recipes that were entered into the competition. It is clear that we have many aspiring, talented bakers across the province.
“We had family recipes that had been handed down through generations submitted as well as people’s own creations and it was so hard to call who would be voted the winner. The winning recipes had the perfect balance of creativity and taste. Thanks to all who entered the competition.”