Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Fabulous Baker Buy; Jane Beedle's Eye-Catching Bakes Got Her to the Bake off Final, and She's Put the Same Creativity into Redeveloping Her Own Home for the Market

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Fabulous Baker Buy; Jane Beedle's Eye-Catching Bakes Got Her to the Bake off Final, and She's Put the Same Creativity into Redeveloping Her Own Home for the Market

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Byline: PROPERTY TALK With Nigel Lewis

JANE BEEDLE enjoyed 10 weeks of national fame when she made it to the final of last year's The Great British Bake Off, the last one before the programme transfers to Channel 4. The 61-year old mother of three says her life hasn't changed since baking fame beckoned. She's been busy back at the garden design business that she runs with her best friend, although she's also been doing some TV work from her home kitchen for both the Good Morning Britain and Lorraine TV shows.

"The big different I noticed in my life is that suddenly everyone wants to talk to you," says Jane.

Her Bake Off journey started when her business partner Harriet kept on hounding her to apply to be on the show, and on the third attempt, she was accepted. Jane says she remembers two of the episodes the best, but for different reasons. She says her mini mouse cakes made for the showstopper section of week seven were her proudest moment.

"I pity the poor people who had to clean my bench area after that; I have never seen so much mess in all my life," she says.

But the next week disaster struck when her three-tiered floral cake went wrong and, at the time, left her "fed up and miserable; it was my worst week on the show," she says.

What a lot of the programme's fans won't know is that contestants have a week to practise each of their bakes at home before filming, and Jane used her kitchen in her home in Beckenham, Kent, to hone her bakes to perfection. "Lord knows how much icing sugar is hiding behind the units left over from that time," she says.

The next owners of the house will soon find out. Jane says that now all their children have left home, she and her husband want to sell their home and move to the country.

They bought the property pretty much as a wreck. …

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