Aprons at the ready for the county’s best bakers

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Suffolk’s amateur bakers are picking up their mixing bowls and devising recipes to showcase the best of the county for The Great Suffolk Bake Off.

The competition, based upon the popular BBC television series, will raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Emma Lake getting ready for the Great Suffolk Bake Off

Emma Lake getting ready for the Great Suffolk Bake Off

Applicants from across the county will enter a signature bake, which through produce or presentation must represent the theme of Suffolk, in the hope of making it to the grand final.

There are four categories open to entrants a sweet and a savoury category for those over 16 and a sweet and savoury category for those under 16.

Three heats will be held across the county and the winners in each category from each heat will compete in the grand final.

The Bury St Edmunds’ heat will take place from midday on February 23 at Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, in Beetons Way.

The bakes will be marked on their taste, aroma, presentation and Suffolk relevance by a formidable line-up of six judges, including chefs Regis Crepy, Emma Crowhurst and Chris Lee

To enter your best bakes in The Great Suffolk Bake Off visit http://www.greatsuffolkbakeoff.co.uk

Bury Free Press reporter Emma Lake will be throwing her wooden spoon in the sponge ring and entering the bake off.

In the build up to Bury St Edmunds heat, in which I will enter both a savoury and a sweet bake, I will speaking to local producers, bakery experts and the competition’s knowledgeable judges.

To follow my progress as I hone recipes visit my blog: http://emmadoesbakeoff.blogspot.co.uk