Search on for the Midlothian star baker

Make sure you don't have a soggy bottom!
Make sure you don't have a soggy bottom!

As BBC 1’s Great British Bake off comes to an end, Dobbies Edinburgh is giving its customers a chance to become Midlothian’s Star Baker this Christmas.

Keen bakers are being asked to put their GBBO knowledge to the test and submit their speciality Christmas recipe to Dobbies Edinburgh to win the chance for their signature festive bake to go on sale in Dobbies’ restaurant and a tasty afternoon tea for two.

From delicious truffles and mini Christmas puds to crumbly mince pies and festive tray bakes, all recipes submitted will be judged by restaurant manager, Kyra Ritchie.

The winning Christmas bake will be on sale from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4, with all proceeds donated to the garden centre’s national charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kyra said: “We’re giving locals the chance to show what they can do, whisking, folding and frosting their way into our restaurants and becoming Dobbies Edinburgh Star Baker. The first weekend in December is an incredibly busy time for us, particularly with the launch of our Christmas Afternoon Tea, so it’s an exciting chance to showcase your baking skills to our customers and see your recipe come to life.”

“As a judge, I’ll be looking for a Christmas recipe with an edge, something tasty but different, bonus points will also be given for those who give their bake a horticultural twist such as holly to decorate or a sage infused crumble– and of course, we want no soggy bottoms!”

To enter, send your Christmas recipe to Entries for the competition close on November 14 and winners will be announced the following week.

Full details on the competition can be found at