Girl guides take up the baking challenge

Girls from the Cherwell division have been fighting it out over dough and pastry in a quest to be named as Bake Off Champion.

Members of guiding in Banbury and surrounding area aged five years old to adults took part in local round of Girlguiding Anlia bake-off challenge.

The winners will be representing Cherwell Division at Girlguiding Oxford county bake-off in July.

Rainbows, aged five to seven, were challenged to bake and decorate six biscuits, brownies, aged seven to 10, were invited to bake six cupcakes or fairy cakes. Guides, aged 10 to 15, were asked to bake a tray bake and members of the senior section, from 15 to 26, to bake a cake. Adults were asked to present afternoon tea for two including three dishes. There were fifty seven entries.

Grace from 1st Hardwick Rainbows impressed the judges with her heart shaped biscuits and Ellie, a winner from 3rd Banbury Brownies, decorated her cakes with owls.

Chloe Pearson from 1st Bodicote guides thought hard about what to bake and how to relate it to guiding and cooked chocolate brownies and covered them with melted marshmallows, camp fire treat, making her the winner in the guide section.

Marie Idziaczek, also from 1st Bodicote Guides, was crowned the adult Great Bake Off Champion with her homemade bread, scones and viennese whirls cooked with locally sourced ingredients.

Lizzie Morby from 2nd Banbury Rainbows made Easter biscuits said: “Mummy helped when I practised and then I made these on my own and I did the icing. She also added: “I bake at home with my mummy and I like all of it.”

Gwyneth Davies, Cherwell Division Commissioner said: “It was a great challenge for the girls to try something new and grow in confidence together.”

Adventures like this are just part of the range of activities open to girls and young women through Girlguiding, which gives them their own space to grow in confidence, raise their aspirations and have fun.

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