Sunday 29 November 2015

Barbara bows out of 'Bake Off' ahead of semi-finals

Fergal Maddock

Published 29/10/2013 | 10:00

Balbriggan mum-of-four Barbara Dolan.
Balbriggan mum-of-four Barbara Dolan.

A BALBRIGGAN woman's dreams of winning TV3's new reality show 'The Great Irish Bake Off' have fallen at the final hurdle after she was voted off the show last week.

Barbara Dolan, a 37-year-old mother-of-four who lives in Balrothery and was born and raised in nearby Balbriggan, failed to make it through to the semi-final after the tough patisserie challenge last week.

During the challenge, judges Biddy White and Paul Lennon were out to see who knew their shortcrust from their filo!

Unfortunately, the judges felt that Barbara and fellow contestant Aoife Nic Aonghusa didn't quite fit the mould and they were sent home right before the semi-final in a double eviction.

However, Barbara wasn't too disappointed as she made some great friends on the show.

'I loved every moment of it. We had so much fun. That's the bit that I'll miss. They're just so nice and just a lovely bunch of people so that's the part I'll miss!'

The married, stay-at-home mum has developed her baking skills over the years using her lucky children as the judges of her tasty baked treats.

Barbara's mum was a big baker too and always encouraged her to get into the kitchen. Now, she bakes every second day and always has something ready to go with a cup of tea when anyone calls in.

In an ideal world she would love to open a 'Willy Wonka' style shop where she would sell tasty treats. Barbara doesn't have much confidence in her baking, so the Bake Off could be just the thing to fix that.

Fingal Independent

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