A baking battle

Charley Cross and Emily Clarkson with their finished Tossett cakes at the feast
Charley Cross and Emily Clarkson with their finished Tossett cakes at the feast
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Would-be bakers are battling to ‘win the tosset’ on TV tonight.

Over Wyre turned up the heat when Naked Chef Jamie Oliver and farmer turned television presenter Jimmy Doherty paid a visit to film for their Channel Four show Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast.

The pair had set out to revive the tosset cake, a pastry local to Stalmine and Preesall, staging a competition to bake the best tosset cake.

Now pupils from St Aidan’s CE Technology College, members of local Women’s Institute groups and the coastguard are looking forward to seeing themselves feature in the broadcast, after taking part in the competition.

Jimmy, during filming, said: “We’re trying to bring back foods that were once popular and have disappeared.”

Classmates Emily Clarkson and Charley Cross joined the contest, inspired by their studies in GCSE hospitality and catering at the high school on Cartgate, Preesall.

The teens were part of teams practising their baking at the school ahead of the Parrox Hall celebration.

Fifteen-year-old Charley, said: “When we were baking there was a nice community feel. Then Jamie came round and tried them all - he didn’t like ours!”

The winner of the bake-off will be seeing their recipe sold in Booths supermarkets across the North West.

Baker Simon Hall, 26, of, Cottage Loaf Bakery in Knott End said: “We’ve been selling the cake for a couple of years, they’re not completely forgotten, they sell well, but it was good fun to do.”

Jimmy and Jamie’s Friday Night Feast airs on Channel Four at 8pm.

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