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BCLM does Bake Off

To honour our favourite baking tv show, earlier in the year we asked two of our managers to rise to the occasion and get stuck into a ‘technical challenge’… with a twist.

With no electricity, no refrigeration and no modern weighing scales the pair must go head to head in a Victorian kitchen to create the perfect gingerbread man. The judges? Two Victorian Costumed Demonstrators, of course!

Managers Hayley McCafferty-David and Kevin Cooksey, will give up modern day facilities and take on the task that our costumed staff demonstrate each weekend, 


by attempting to recreate a recipe from the world famous Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management with the method instructions removed. They’ll have to master a two hundred year old cast iron range as well as the fine art of weighing their ingredients on an old-fashioned pair of scales.

Watch our video above to see how they coped without modern day facilities.

Have a go at making the recipe yourself and send your photos to us on facebook.

/media/visiting/library/xmas-at-homefire-custom.jpgIn the run up to Christmas, visit BCLM from Sat 19 - Sat 24 Dec to see our Christmas in the Home as costumed characters cook up a range of authentic seasonal recipes in the Museum’s period kitchens everyday – you never know, you may even pick up a little inspiration for your own showstopper!    


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Open: Mon-Sun 10am - 5pm 

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Adults £17.95 

Young Person £8.95 

Under 3's  Free 

Families (1+3) £38.30 

Families (2+3) £53.65

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