Monday, 26 September 2011

Baking Fun at Wroxham Barns - UK's only Scone Competition

Sixty-six plates of scones greeted judges on Sunday afternoon at Wroxham Barns for the fifth annual scone competition, part of the EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival.


Believed to be the only dedicated scone competition in the UK, regular competitors and new entrants combined for a fun afternoon with a serious edge – who was going to be crowned champion scone maker in the five categories, plain, cheese, fruit, freestyle and under 12 plain?

“This has undoubtedly been the best yet,” said Wroxham Barns Director, Ian Russell. “The quality was very high, and we were pleased to see some the best scone makers from previous competitions returning for another go. We think we are the UK’s only scone competition and will continue to develop. This year we introduced a children’s category for under 12’s and hope that it will grow in 2012.”

Emma Lee from the Eastern Daily Press judged the cheese scone category. “I was hugely impressed by the standard. The winning scone’s flavour hit me instantly. The texture was perfect and the scone wasn’t too dry or doughy.”

Margaret Paul from Taverham wowed the judges with her rosemary, raisin and vanilla scones to win the freestyle category. Teresa Grant from Thorpe St Andrew, a previous winner, took the fruit crown. Ruth Peake for Fleggburgh baked the top cheese scone. Ann Moore from Norwich had the best plain scone and Lewis Wakefield from Wisbech was the first winner of the under 12 category.

Wroxham Barns Scone Competition – the winners

Fruit

1. Teresa Grant, Thorpe St Andrew

2. Barbara Hollis-Graves, Thorpe End

3. Ena Smith, Hoveton

Freestyle

1. Margaret Paul, Taverham

2. Marion Skinner, Neatishead

3. Catherine Howe, Hemblington


Cheese

1. Ruth Peake, Fleggburgh

2. Marion Skinner, Neatishead

3. Pamela Simkins, Swanton Morley

Plain

1. Ann Moore, Norwich

2. Catherine Howe, Hemblington

3. Teresa Grant, Thorpe St Andrew


Children (Under 12)

1. Lewis Wakefield, Wisbech

2. William Shipley, Tunstead

Wroxham Barns tel 01603 783762, http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk/.

Photograph: plates of  Freestyle Scones