Hartismere Place care home teams up with Great British Bake Off star

Hartismere Place head chef Francisco Acosta prepares to 'stir-up' the special Christmas pudding recipe created by Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch. ANL-151117-125037001
Hartismere Place head chef Francisco Acosta prepares to 'stir-up' the special Christmas pudding recipe created by Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch. ANL-151117-125037001
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Hartismere Place residents in Eye will be enjoying Great British Bake Off-inspired Christmas puddings this festive period.

The Care UK team, which runs the recently opened new facility, has joined forces with former Great British Bake Off finalist, Brendan Lynch, ahead of Stir-Up Sunday this week.

Mr Lynch has created a recipe especially for the care home, in Castleton Way, which residents will attempt to make, giving their creations plenty of time to mature before Christmas Day.

Open days are also taking place at the adjacent Hartismere Club today and tomorrow, which will involve baking, from 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm on both days.

Cathryn Weed, home manager at Hartismere Place, said: “Stir-up Sunday provides the Care UK team and residents with a wonderful opportunity to take part in a tradition which also encompasses all the benefits of baking.

“Reminiscence activities such as baking are so important for older people, especially for those living with dementia, as the familiar scents and tastes can evoke happy memories from the past.”

Francisco Acosta, head chef at Hartismere Place, concluded: “Christmas pudding is a firm favourite with the residents and we are all very excited to test out our baking skills creating our own festive inspired treats ready to be revealed nearer Christmas.”

For more information about Hartismere Place, the Hartismere Club and the upcoming Club open days, call 0333 321 1988 or visit careuk.com/hartismere-place.