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newdayMartha1Bake Off star cooks for newday crowd in Norfolk

Martha Collison, quarter-finalist in last years Great British Bake Off cooked for newday delegates at the Royal Norfolk Showground near Norwich last week

Whilst answering questions from Andrew Wilson and the audience she was able to create a delicious chocolate topped pudding using a doughnut mixture, a water bottle, some very hot cooking oil, chocolate, cream and golden syrup.

Martha has attended newday for the last six years along with her church, and she was excited to be back, “ I have seen my faith grow over the years and jumped at the opportunity to give something back to the young people who are here this year” she said.

Since reaching the quarter-final of the Great British Bake Off Martha’s life has changed dramatically, plans she had to go to university have been put on hold as she explores her future baking career, writing, recipe creation and work with Tearfund.

She recently visited Cambodia for Tearfund and saw how Tearfund partners are helping protect vulnerable children, she was able to describe her experiences to the newday delegates and how baking can help keep children and young girls at home in their villages rather than going to find work in large cities where child trafficking is rife. 

newdayMartha2Along with Tom Herbert, Will Torrent and James Clee, Martha is supporting Tearfund’s Big Bake - a chance to put baking skills to good use by raising funds to protect vulnerable children, click here to access the tearfund website for more details.

Answering questions from the audience Martha was able to give an insight into the Great British Bake Off, how she maintained her revision during the competition, how many aprons she has and how her faith helped her during the bake off “God was a constant for me throughout the bake off”, she said, “when you are filming your phone is taken away and you have no access to people outside of the production, God was there for me every step of the way, and once the show was broadcast He was there to help me through the good and the bad that came from it”. 

Martha also explained how her social media reach means that she can spread the gospel to over 38 thousand followers on twitter; her next project is to finish writing her first recipe book; that her favourite thing to bake is a chocolate cake; how often she is recognised in the street and the pleasure of not having a unique trait (think of fellow bake off competitor Richard’s pencil behind the ear); that the whole bake off group she was in are great friends and knowing that God has a plan for her life. 

For more details about newday check out their website which includes a personal video from Martha www.newdaygeneration.org


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