We've always been of the opinion that pie is the solution to many of life's problems. That's why we're very excited about this December fundraiser from south east London baking club Band of Bakers.
The mince pie bake-off will see entrants attempt to make the best mincemeat and pastry ensembles with the aim of raising money for the Southwark Foodbank (known locally as Peckham Foodbank). Prizes include dinner for two at the excellent East Dulwich restaurant Franklins, and a special mural designed by street artists Gourmandizing, who are responsible for many food murals south of the river including the recent, and much-needed, makeover of Camberwell post office.
Pies will be tasted by a prestigious panel of judges, including food writer and baker Dan Lepard, baker extraordinaire Fergus Jackson (Brick House), founder and food writer Naomi Knill and the mayor of Southwark, Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE .
The Band of Bakers’ Mince Pie Bake Off is on 5 December at the award-winning Brick House Bakery in East Dulwich. There will be three categories to enter: traditional mince pies, alternative mince pies and children’s bakes.
The Southwark Foodbank provides emergency food to help people who don’t have money to feed themselves or their families. It was launched in 2009 and is part of a national network of food banks established by The Trussell Trust.
The competition is open to all amateur bakers, and if you’d like to enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entrants will be required to make a donation to Southwark Food Bank.