The Acre Foundation

The Great Acre Bake-Off

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Georgia

The Great Acre Bake-Off

Mid-way through the year and New Year’s Resolutions of regular exercise and healthy eating are a long-faded memory for lots of our team – a little worrying, given that in just over twelve weeks the team will be attempting the gruelling 24 Peaks challenge to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Given our penchant for edible goodies, we decided that the best way to keep up the momentum with our internal fundraising efforts was to throw caution to the wind with our fitness regimes by organising a staff baking competition.

It has been a month of mouth-watering delights, with every Friday seeing two members of the team go head-to head in an attempt to be crowned Acre’s Greatest Baker. Staff were invited to sample each dish, and make a donation towards the Acre Foundation.

Helen's spanglish sausage rolls vs. Raquel's chocolate brownies and ice-cream

Lydia, Christian, Andy, Rupert, Helen and Raquel have all showcased their extravagant talents, but the votes indicated a collective agreement on the gold-star quality of the final round competitors: Catherine’s salmon&asparagus and sundried tomato&goat’s cheese quiche (gluten free pastry) was unanimously dubbed delicious, but the prestigious title of Acre’s Greatest Baker was awarded to Marie for her stunning filo pastry parcels; feta&spinach, and chorizo, with sweet custard versions served with strawberries for desert.

Directors Richard and Andy's reactions : seriously good.

It’s been competitive: a month of butter, sweat and tears in the kitchen, but thanks to our bakers’ dedication and talents, we have succeeded in raising £271.24 for the Acre Foundation. This will go towards our target of raising £8000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital – a good start, but we’ve got a long way to go! We’d really value your support in this venture: you can donate, and find more information, here.

All that remains to be seen is…will our 24 Peaks challenge be enough to balance out our cake-eating indulgence? Check back in next month!