Tuesday 25 October The Beacon 2.30pm £12.50 including afternoon tea catered and generously sponsored by Delicious of Wantage.
What better topic could there be for the first part of our popular afternoon tea event than the history of cake! Alysa Levene, professor of social history at Oxford Brookes University and enthusiastic amateur baker, will entertain us with the story of our favourite bakes- from Wantage’s very own King Alfred and his burnt buns onwards. Aylsa will explore the significance of our sponge-based delights. What does cake mean for different people? How have we developed such a huge variety of cakes? What had to happen historically for so many recipes to appear? And what do they tell us about the family, and women’s role in particular? Sounds like a real festival treat!
Alyssa’s talk will be followed by an interval for afternoon tea plus book signings.
Taking the stage for the second half of the afternoon will be Christine Wallace, a Great British Bake-Off quarter finalist 2013. Christine will be demonstrating the bake that won her the coveted Star Baker accolade, ‘Ninety Niners with a Twist‘. She will also be chatting about her Bake-Off memories.
Christine needs little introduction to an Oxfordshire audience. Since she appeared on national television baking her way through to the later stages of the competition, Christine has become a local celebrity. The Bake-Off experience led her to two and a half years presenting a regular Sunday baking show on BBC Radio Oxford. She has also demonstrated her skills at festivals and clubs up and down the country, judged numerous baking competitions and published her own cook book too!
Christine’s love of baking started as a 7 year old when she used to watch her grandmother working in the kitchen.
“Granny baked through necessity and I was always fascinated and wanting to ‘have a go’! The interest and delight in baking stayed with me and I developed my skills over the years by learning from books and watching s lot of cookery programmes! I applied for the Bake Off at the insistence of my niece although I was very reluctant to do so in the first instance. I had been taken very ill in the Summer of 2012 when I was on holiday in Northern Cyprus and nearly lost my life, The upshot of all that was that although I had previously been a very confident person, I lost all of that and couldn’t even go out alone! However, I did apply – to keep my niece quiet – and things progressed until I was selected for the programme. Although naturally stressful, I had such a lot of fun making the programmes, made 12 friends for life and I can easily say that the Bake Off gave me my life back and more!”
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