Great Buchan Bake Off hailed a success

Clockwise: hampers by Murdoch Allan Ltd, some of the cakes on display, audience members making strawberry tarts, sponsor Katrina Allan with event organiser Scott Ross together with left Pat McGarrol (third), centre Hazil Gillies (winner) and right Agnes Findlay (second).
Clockwise: hampers by Murdoch Allan Ltd, some of the cakes on display, audience members making strawberry tarts, sponsor Katrina Allan with event organiser Scott Ross together with left Pat McGarrol (third), centre Hazil Gillies (winner) and right Agnes Findlay (second).

The Rescue Hall was packed to capacity last Monday for Peterhead Scottish Week’s first ever ‘Great Buchan Bake Off’.

The competition, which follows on from the success of the television programme featuring Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, was opened to those aged 16 and over and the task was to make a Victoria sponge during the day before submitting their entry for judging in the evening.

More than 100 spectators filled the hall while the judges had the difficult job of narrowing the 26 cakes into a top three.

Host and Scottish Week vice-chairperson Scott Ross welcomed the crowd and gave them a brief rundown of how the event came from an idea to reality.

He was delighted with the turnout and support. Scott told the audience that he wished that would be a “fine night that everyone would enjoy” and indeed it turned out the be.

Prior to the winners being announced, the audience were treated to a cake decorating demonstration by baking enthusiast Jan Poots, and managed to sample some of the freshly made strawberry tarts made by Danielle McIntosh.

Some folk even got to try their hand at decorating with often hilarious results!

The judges for the evening were Katrina Allan of local bakery Murdoch Allan Ltd and a lady known for her “fine pieces” Heather Lawson.

They based the judging of cakes on smell, taste, presentation and texture - giving marks out of ten for each category.

In the end Hazel Gillies from Fraserburgh claimed first place making her the first ever winner of the Great Buchan Bake Off,.

Taking second spot was Agnes Findlay while Pat McGarrol was third.

Each of the winners received a certificate on behalf of the event from organiser Scott Ross, while they were also presented with beautiful baking-inspired hampers courtesy of the event sponsor Murdoch Allan Ltd.