A Recipe for Success

Posted by ap507 at Oct 04, 2013 12:30 PM |
Great British Bake Off contestant to attend launch of University of Leicester Baking Society recipe book on Tuesday 8 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 October 2013

A group of students will dispel a few myths about student cooking with a new cookbook filled with their best baking recipes, all in support of charity.

University of Leicester Students’ Union Baking Society will be hosting a free public book launch event for their new recipe book on Tuesday 8 October between 2:00pm and 5:00pm in the Queen’s Hall in the Students’ Union building.

The event is to feature special guest speaker and University of Leicester graduate Ali Imdad from Series 4 of The Great British Bake Off, who will be demonstrating his baking skills and promoting the book.

The book, which is 28 pages long, contains a variety of recipes submitted by members of the Baking Society, from Mediterranean Pinwheels and Ultimate Brownies to a Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake.

Emily Gussin, President of the Baking Society and a third year English student, said: “I thought a Society recipe book would be something we could all cherish and be really proud of in the future. We want the launch event to welcome new members to the Society and get as many students involved in baking as possible.

“I couldn't quite believe Ali agreed to come along to our event and do some demonstrations for us.  It would be wonderful if his presence means more students get involved in the Society. The Great British Bake Off inspires a lot of people because it proves that everyone can have a go at baking.”

In The Great British Bake Off, passionate amateur bakers compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker.  It is largely seen as being responsible for a revival in the British public’s interest in baking.

Ali Imdad made it into the fourth week of the contest, and during his time on the show impressed judges with a series of dishes, including vanilla latte mini cakes and a chocolate, raspberry and passion fruit engagement cake.

Ali said: “My time at the University of Leicester was the catalyst to my baking journey. The very first thing I ever baked was during my third year at university. Baking is a skill that so many of us possess, but too few fulfil. Baking should be a joy; it really does allow you to unwind and takes your mind off of the stresses of university life.”

The recipe book will be priced at £3 and 70% of the proceeds made from book sales will go to local charity LOROS, which offers hospice care for people in Leicestershire and Rutland.

It costs £3 to become a member of the Baking Society and all are welcome to join. The Society has a Halloween Tea Party coming up as well as bi-weekly classes. They are also planning a trip to the Good Food Show at the end of term.

The event runs from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday 8 October.


Notes to Editors: 

For more information on this event, please contact the Baking Society at: su-baking@le.ac.uk

Contact Ali Imdad at: ali_imdad_carey@hotmail.com

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