Hannah, 33, Wellington

Hannah dreams of passing on the knowledge she learnt from her parents and grandparents, to her own children. She even made her own wedding cake for 110 guests! Keen on experimenting with flavours, Hannah dreams of writing a cookbook for parents and their kids to encourage getting into the kitchen together more often.

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

The Great British Bake Off is a show I watched and LOVED whilst living in London. When I saw it advertised for NZ I was so excited to watch it but my husband said I should enter it - not just watch - so I thought I would give it a shot. As part of my new year’s resolutions I wanted to do something for myself - seldom an opportunity when you’re a mum.

What is your signature bake?

Triple chocolate cookies. These have a funny secret nickname in my house as I went into labour with my daughter whilst I was having a 3am cookie munch!

What home-made baking dish are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my family pies - sweet and savoury. I love making pies. The flavour, food value and decoration are things that bring big smiles to those that eat them. I love feeding people and often have family over for hearty, wholesome family pie nights.

How would you describe your baking style?

I’d describe it as homely with a twist. I like to bake good, honest (old fashioned recipes) with a flavour twist like an unusual spice, or combination that is less known.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

My biggest baking disaster was a pavlova. It was glossy and gorgeous and decorated beautifully but when my hubby cut into it, a horrid fart smell came out. To this day I have no idea what we did but we had created a fart pav! It was a hilarious disaster!

What would your ‘death row’ sweet treat be?

A really top quality, heavily filled éclair- preferably with caramel icing and dark chocolate truffle filling, yum!

If you were a baked item, what would you be and why?

Hummingbird cake. I’m old school traditional but keen to try and keep up with the modern times too. I’m a softy with a slightly spicy sense of adventure.

What would winning The Great Kiwi Bake Off mean to you?

It would be an immense joy to win The Great Kiwi Bake Off. We have all put so much into the planning and preparation for the show, so it would be confirmation that all that hard work has been worth it. I’m proud to have been chosen as a contestant and just want my children and family to be proud of me too.

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