I was one of the many Great British Bake Off fans who enjoyed the series aired in November. Probably being glued to the programme triggered an idea for some fundraising and would hopefully make a contribution to People against Poverty’s projects at Christmas. It was time again to fulfil my role as Youth Ambassador by supporting the Charity’s urgent Bag of Smiles appeal.

So during the weeks running up to Christmas, I ran an ongoing Bake Sale. A Bake Sale Event cannot of course happen in Covid times. I instead took pre-orders and delivered baked goods to the door. Thanks to a few flyers and the kindness of local friends who showed interest my idea took off…

It started with mince pies of course! Being used to health regulations at work, I sanitised the kitchen in between batches and wore a mask while baking. The pastry had to be chilled at two intervals before they could go in the oven. Thankfully as a Care worker I am used to wearing a face covering for lengthy periods of time!

I was pleased word got round that my baking now extended to brownies. This won over a couple more buyers who bought a bundle of suitably festive, cranberry-filled brownies.

I admit to not using Paul Hollywood’s mince pie recipe but instead opted for homemade mincemeat and an orange zing! Grab recipe here.

As another TV series rolls onto our screens, I will be inspired to make more brownies in 2021. Sadly, the need forbasic foodstuffs is ever present in many countries and People against Poverty are a charity who importantly make us aware of this fact.

Coco Hammond – Youth Ambassador

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