There’s no denying home baking is on the rise and with just about every prize in the competitive baking world under her belt, 80-year-old Merle Parrish knows a thing or two.
Merle won the hearts of Masterchef viewers with her cheeky sense of humour (sitting and knitting while her competitor raced around the kitchen during an immunity challenge and asking to keep the prize pin) and earnt the judges’ admiration for her impeccable technique and near-perfect cakes.
Baking competitively from the age of 7 and now a CWA judge herself , Merle shares her country-cooking secrets, tips and recipes in her latest cookbook: Merle’s Country Show Baking and Other Favourites.
Here she shares with us three of her favourite, foolproof baking recipes:
Take a walk down memory lane with this retro dessert. A custard tart is guaranteed to impress any guest young or old.
These basic scones are an award-winning CWA show recipe from baking champion Merle Parrish. Serve with lashings of fresh cream and your favourite jam.
This delicious slice makes good use of the crunchy desiccated coconut siting in your pantry and is so easy to create.
From Merle’s Country Show Baking and Other Favourites by Merel Parrish, Reprinted by Permission of Random House Australia, Copyright Merle Parrish 2013. All Rights Reserved.
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