Top tiramisu recipe: winner announced

Grow it cook it winner

After a morning of intense cooking, Wendy Brazener (pictured left) has won the top prize in House Beautiful’s Grow It! Cook It! contest, run in association with Neff.

Competition between the three finalists was fierce, but Wendy, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, impressed the judges with her light and summery Raspberry and Elderflower Tiramisu.

The two other finalists were Rosemary Rolls from Buckinghamshire, who made Cheese and Beetroot Pie, and Emma Parkes-McQueen from Hertfordshire, who cooked a Butternut Squash Curry.

The three had been selected from dozens of entrants to the Grow It! Cook It! competition, keen to show off their gardening and cooking skills, and had been invited to the House Beautiful kitchen in London to make their favourite recipes in a Masterchef-style cook-off.

Judges Julia Goodwin, House Beautiful Editor; Lynn Williams, senior home economist with Neff; cookery writer Jeni Wright; and chef and restaurateur Simon Boyle, were impressed by the standard of cooking and the flavoursome home-grown food that the contestants used. After a long debate, they selected Wendy’s intricate recipe using her homemade elderflower cordial and home-grown raspberries, as the overall winner.

Wendy receives £5,000 worth of Neff appliances, while Rosemary and Emma each receive £2,500 of Neff appliances.

Find out more about Wendy and her garden and the recipes from the three finalists in the November edition of House Beautiful, on sale September 26.

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