IT’S an age old recipe that has delighted the sweet of tooth for centuries but one Fleetwood cook wants to give it a new lease of life.
Sarah Stover, of Princes Way, has entered her favourite recipe for honey tea bread into a supermarket’s search for traditional recipes ‘up North’.
The 54-year-old will now compete against eight other cooks from across the region in the Booths Food Recipe Competition final.
Sarah told The Gazette she has had the recipe for years and it is one of her favourites.
She said; “As soon as I saw the competition advertised in a magazine I knew I had to enter the honey tea bread, it is such a lovely recipe.
“It said it was designed to protect traditional Northern recipes from becoming extinct and this recipe is an absolute classic.
“I’m not really into fruit cakes but this one is beautiful with sultanas and honey and a honey glaze which makes it look beautiful.”
Sarah, who became an amateur chef a couple of years ago after being made redundant from her job as a PA, said she was looking forward to Friday’s final.
She said: “I have to make my bread and take it to the final at the Northcote Restaurant at Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
“A friend of mine who is used to entering food competitions has advised me to make more than one sample in case something goes wrong.
“If I win, my recipe will feature on recipe cards in Booth’s stores across the region which would be really exciting.”
Alice Tighe, a vet from Lytham has also made it through to the final with her recipe for barley lamb broth. She has been entered into the savoury category.
The 28-year-old of Albert Street said she was excited to be in the final.
She said: “I found out in November that my recipe was through to the final which was originally going to be held before Christmas. I couldn’t make the date because of work and was really disappointed but luckily the date was changed to Friday and I can go.
“I love the lamb recipe, when I moved to Lancashire from Middlesbrough everyone said I would be eating hotpot but I prefer my barley broth.”
The winner will receive a three-course meal prepared and cooked for eight people, plus £500. Two runners up prizes of £250 and £100 will also be given.