Mince Pie Bake Off – Saturday 5 December 2015

Gourmandizing London

The Band of Bakers’ Mince Pie Bake Off will take place on Saturday 5 December 2015 at Brick House Bakery in East Dulwich. This new event is part of the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker – a festive street event with all the trimmings.

Do you love baking? Feeling festive? Could you bake our first ever Best in Show? Email mincepiebakeoffse22@gmail.com to secure your place.

We have a fantastic panel of talented bakers to judge your bakes:

Dan Lepard – Artisan baker, food writer and author Dan Lepard is one of the world’s most widely-read and respected bakers, he’s the easy-going judge on TV’s The Great Australian Bake Off, and for 8 years a columnist at The Guardian. Dan’s books have established him as the alternative baking guru for a generation of young cooks and chefs. His latest book, ‘Short & Sweet’ has been a best-seller since its launch, and won the UK’s prestigious Andre Simon Award, Cook Book of the Year, 2011. He lives in Tooting with his partner David.

Fergus Jackson – Fergus is the baker behind Brick House, a sourdough bakery and cafe in East Dulwich, SE London, which he owns and runs with his wife Sharmin. Brick House specialises in San Francisco style slow fermentation sourdough breads, made using traditional methods and just a few simple ingredients; flour, water, sea salt and naturally occurring yeast. Fergus’ Peckham Rye is the current holder of the prestigious Real Bread Campaign’s London Loaf award.

Suzanne James – Sue is an East Dulwich based chef and the woman behind one of London’s leading professional catering companies, which provides private, wedding and corporate clients with delicious and inspiring food made using Great British ingredients. Suzanne is totally committed to the area and to sourcing food locally. She is fondly known as the Queen of Canapés.

Mayor of Southwark – Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE was appointed Mayor of Southwark in May this year. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a Southwark resident since the age of three, she has had a varied career which has included jobs in education, managing the constituency office of Harriet Harman MP and a small role in EastEnders. She is poised, ready to eat as many mince pies as she can in the hour she has managed to spare us from her hectic schedule!

Naomi Knill – Naomi is a food writer, home cook and co-founder of Band of Bakers who lives with her family in East Dulwich. She writes the successful food blog The Ginger Gourmand. Her recipes have been featured in various publications, including her Cranberry, Orange & Almond Mince Pie recipe which she created for delicious. magazine’s article about Band of Bakers in December 2012.

How do I enter?

If you would like to enter the Mince Pie Bake Off please email mincepiebakeoffse22@gmail.com to register.

The entry fee is £10 (£5 for the Children’s Bake category). All of your entry fee will go directly to Southwark Foodbank (also known as Peckham Foodbank or Pecan) by way of a donation.

The Mince Pie Bake Off is open to all amateur bakers wherever you are based.

There are 20 spaces in each category which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

What happens on the day?

You will bake 6 mince pies for your chosen category at home. Then you will deliver your mince pies to Brick House Bakery (1 Zenoria Street, London SE22 8HP) between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 5 December 2015.

From 2pm onwards, our amazing panel of judges will taste and deliberate over your mince pies. The winners will be announced from the stage on Northcross Road at 4.15pm. There will prizes for the winners and runners up in each category as well as a special prize for the overall Champion 2015.

Your mince pies which are not required for judging will be sold on the Peckham Foodbank stall on Northcross Road to raise even more money for the fantastic work they do.


  1. Traditional Mince Pies – 6 traditional mince pies. Pastry case, mincemeat, pastry top.

2. Alternative Mince Pies – 6 sweet pies that you would serve as an alternative to a traditional mince pie (you can include mincemeat). Be as creative as you like!

3. Children’s Bakes – 6 traditional or alternative mince pies baked by anyone aged 12 or under.

There are 20 spaces in each category which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


The list of prizes is ever growing, so watch this space for updates…

Southwark Foodbank

We are proud to support Southwark Foodbank, a Peckham based food bank which provides emergency food to help people who, for whatever reason, don’t have money to feed themselves or their families. It was launched in 2009 and is part of a national network of foodbanks established by The Trussell Trust.



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