Limerick’s Hazel to bake up a storm on TV3

Corbally's Hazel Ryan, who is one of the finalists on the Great Irish Bake Off
CORBALLY’s Hazel Ryan Sheehan has been surrounded by baking from an early age, helping her mother bake brown bread, apple tarts and queen cakes.

CORBALLY’s Hazel Ryan Sheehan has been surrounded by baking from an early age, helping her mother bake brown bread, apple tarts and queen cakes.

The Limerick lass’s love of baking has helped win her a place in The Great Irish Bake Off which returns to TV3 this Wednesday night.

The programme aims to find Ireland’s best amateur baker, with 12 contestants, including Hazel.

Expect more tears, triumphs and disasters than ever before as the judges don’t hold back with criticism of the highly creative and competitive bunch of bakers.

The series premiere is all about cake as the bakers are challenged with baking a creation that shows off their personality to the judges - it’s a “getting to know you” cake with three layers.

Also on the show this week, contestants are faced with a dreaded technical challenge where they are given the ingredients of a bake, but with minimum instruction – this will be a real test of their baking skills.

Limerick is represented by 31-year-old Hazel, a preschool teacher for children with special needs.

Married with two children of her own, the Corbally baker’s signature is a Concession’s Stand Cake – chocolate & peanut butter with chocolate buttercream frosting and caramel ganache, topped with toffee popcorn.

Hazel says she is “extremely family orientated” and has lived in her home town of Limerick all her life.

See her on the show this Wednesday night at 9pm.