LIMERICK mum Hazel Ryan Sheehan will be back in the kitchen tonight to make it through to the next round of The Great Irish Bake Off, writes Anne Sheridan.
One baker has already left the series, but the 31 year-old mum of two from Corbally is still in the running, against 10 other “outstanding bakers” who are all competing to be crowned Ireland’s best amateur baker.
The series continues at the later time of 10pm this Wednesday night on TV3, and is presented by Anna Nolan, along with expert judges - top selling cookery writer and baker Biddy White Lennon and executive pastry chef at The Merrion Hotel, Paul Kelly.
In the first episode, the bakers had to bake a cake to show their personality to the judges and Hazel presented a lemon and raspberry cake, while her signature dish is a rich delight called a Concessions Stand Cake – a chocolate and peanut butter cake with chocolate butter-cream frosting, and caramel ganache topped with toffee popcorn.
This week, she said she was put through her paces with a series of pastry dishes, which she admitted are not her forte.
“I’m absolutely loving the show so far, and watched all the first series, but it’s really surreal being on it.
“I watched the first season thinking I could totally do better, but when I met the other bakers in the tent theywere streets ahead. The talent is incredible,” she told the Limerick Leader. The pre-school teacher for children with special needs learnt her skills in the kitchen from her mother Doris Ryan, and her daughter Caitlin, age 12, is now hanging on her apron strings watching her bake.
She now bakes about four times a week for her blog, and her ultimate dream is to turn her blog into a book.
Recipes from all the contestants are featured on the TV3 website, www.tv3.ie
Hazel’s own blog can be found at www.cupcakerys.com/