Echuca baker Peter Green shared his sponge-making skills at a bake-off with the Murray Human Services Taskforce recently.By Ivy Wise
Champion sponge maker Peter Green has showed the Murray Human Services’ Taskforce team how to make the perfect sponge.
The Echuca baker, who maintains the MHS carwash and water recycling system, spent Friday afternoon with Taskforce employees, showing them to how to make a sponge, caramel fudge and hedgehog slice before enjoying them for afternoon tea.
‘‘Afternoon tea is a great community thing. All country towns have great afternoon teas. People should do it more of it. It’s all about the sharing of foods and having a good time,’’ he said.
Mr Green has been baking for about 12 years and has won several awards for his sponges, including two firsts at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show.
And he is more than happy to share his secret to an award-winning sponge.
‘‘Use a good quality cornflour, don’t use caster sugar, just plain sugar and use bicarb, cream of tartar and good eggs,’’ he said.
Taskforce business co-ordinator Wendy Austin said 12 employees, who have some form of disability, took part, in the day.
‘‘Peter wanted to come along and share his skills with our guys, which was great,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a way of giving our guys something enjoyable to do, so it’s not always about work.’’
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