Rachel's baking bid
Rachel Nafi with David Hill, regional manager for Bupa Care
Baking enthusiast Rachel Nafi
has proved herself to be a top-tier cake maker in a national
Her recipe for choux buns
with rose icing was voted a hit by the public in the Bupa Bake Off,
and Rachel, from Greenhithe, will battle it out in the national
final this Thursday.
As the winner of the London,
South East & Anglia region, she will today go head-to-head with
five others in a live final in South Derbyshire.
The Bupa Bake Off champion
will see their recipe become the official ‘sweet bake’ for
Communi-tea Week (April 15-21), when Bupa’s 300 care homes bring
elderly people together at tea-themed events.
Mum Rachel loves French
patisserie classics and has been perfecting them since starting an
NVQ in patisserie at Barking & Dagenham College.
She said: "When my daughter
turned 18 I wanted to do something new and, having always loved
baking, decided to study patisserie. I may be one of the oldest
people on the course but I’m loving every minute of it and hope to
open my own tea rooms in the future.
"This recipe is one I took
into the college on a whim and my college classmates Francesca and
Kitty encouraged me to enter it into the Bupa Bake Off
"I’m delighted to be in the
final – not just because it means people have liked and voted for
my recipe, but because supporting elderly people is a cause that’s
close to my heart – I volunteer with a local lunch group run by Age
Rachel’s Choux a la Rose will be up against: a white
chocolate cheesecake from Scotland; a coffee and walnut sponge in
Wales; chocolate and orange cupcakes in the North; a spring-themed
tiered sponge in the Midlands; and cherry bakewell cupcakes in the
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