Candice Brown from GBBO‘If you don’t like any ingredients or flavours, cross it out and write your own. Because that’s what baking and cooking should be all about.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Candice Brown, the much-loved winner of Series 7 of The Great British Bake-Off, joined Ray D’Arcy, where she told him that her Granny’s boiled fruitcake really was the clincher.

She’s in Dublin to promote the upcoming Taste of Dublin festival. She told Ray that appearing on Bake-Off changed her life.

“My world got turned upside down. And backwards forwards, I think”.

The win and inevitable publicity have brought about some things Candice would never have thought possible.

“I wrote a [cook] book. And I mean, sometimes I struggle to spell my own name. So, that was an achievement in itself.”

Candice warned listeners that she’s “not trying to re-invent the wheel” with her recipes. She wants people to enjoy following them.

“I’m by no means a chef, it’s just what I do and how I do it and [to] encourage others to sort of have a go. And if you don’t like any ingredients or flavours, cross it out and write your own. Because that’s what baking and cooking should be all about.”

Being around her Mum cooking “good, homely pub grub” at the pub her parents ran was a big influence, Candice said.

“It was just a massive part of family life.”

Making a living from the thing she loves to do is “weird” but “amazing”, Candice says.

“It’s incredible. I literally pinch myself every day…It’s something I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.”

Listen back to the whole interview with Candice Brown on The Ray D’Arcy Show here.

© The Listener 2018

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