Barbara ready to rise to 'bake off' challenge
A BALBRIGGAN woman has sailed through her first flour-dusted challenge on TV3's new reality show 'The Great Irish Bake Off'.
Barbara Dolan, a 37-year-old mother of four who lives in Balrothery and was born and raised in nearby Balbriggan, was one of 12 contestants to arrive on our screens when the show debuted last Thursday night.
The married, stay-at-home mum, who has honed her baking skills over the years using her lucky children as the judges of her tasty baked treats, put her skills to good use to suitably impress judges Biddy White Lennon and Paul Kelly and avoid the dreaded elimination.
It is a running joke in Barbara's family that she used to pretend to be a TV chef when she was baking at home and she still does it sometimes without noticing.
Barbara's mum was a big baker 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.
Barbara loves 'pretty things' - she likes decorating cakes and bakes with her kids often. Paris-Brest sprinkled with toasted almonds and salted caramel, and Lemon Drizzle Cake are Barbara's signature bakes.
She said she has entered the Great Irish Bake Off to do something for herself and is ready to challenge herself again having spent the last eleven years rearing her children.
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.
To run off the calories from all those delicious cakes, her family is very into sports and she has recently joined a 'GAA for Mothers' team locally and said of the move: 'If you can't beat them, join them.'
The competition will be just as fierce in the bake off kitchen as it is on the playing field for Barbara who will be up against some of the best amateur bakers in the country.
The next slice of action from the Great Irish Bake Off continues this Thursday at 9 p.m. on TV3.