PEOPLE of Reading proved that they could cook mince pies as good as Santa’s elves over the weekend as a local church held a bake-off contest.
Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading, on Saturday 15th December 2012, was invited to be an official judge of the great mince pie bake-off, at the annual Argyle Community Church Christmas Fayre.
The competition was fierce with 11 people taking part in the bake-off. Each entry was required to submit six identical home-made mince pies. The mince pies were marked on appearance, texture and taste and extra points could be awarded for imagination and creativity. Councillor Chris Maskell was the second judge in the bake-off.
The winners of the homemade pie competition were:
First Place: Margaret Phillips from Fords Farm
Second Place: Frances Forshaw from Tilehurst
Third Place: Elaine Alderson from Purley
Last place: Scotch Bonnet Chill Mince Pies – Sam Colman, Burghfield Common
A separate mince pie competition took place to rate the best pies from a supermarket or brand.
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In addition to the bake-off, Argyle Community Church members and other members of the local community were treated to a bouncy castle, face-painting, hoop-la jar and stalls selling cakes, books, DVD and arts and crafts. Due to building works at the church, some of the fayre was held in the Rose and Thistle pub on Argyle Road, where Father Christmas made an appearance and mulled wine was served.
Alok Sharma said: “I was pleased to be asked to judge the mince pie bake off for a second year running. Many congratulations to the winners. However, although he was not a winning entry, the most imaginative use of ingredients came from the chilli pies entry, which certainly left a unique ‘Christmas’ taste in the mouth!”
Lynne Colman, Community Development Worker at Argyle Community Church, said: “Our joint Christmas Fayre with the Rose and Thistle was great fun! This event had an air of community spirit about it! My favourite moment was when Alok bravely tasted the chilli mince pies and needed a glass of water pretty quick!”
Photo: Alok Sharma, Lynne Colman, Community Development Worker at Argyle Community Church and Cllr Chris Maskell