Search is on for the best local baker

COMMUNITY: Lyn Fleming is group president of the Ballarat District Group of the CWA, which does a lot of great work for the local community. Picture: Kate Healy

COMMUNITY: Lyn Fleming is group president of the Ballarat District Group of the CWA, which does a lot of great work for the local community. Picture: Kate Healy

The Yellow Pages and White Pages have teamed up with the Country Women’s Association to find the best local bakers across the country to star on the front covers of the local telephone directories. 

Group president of the Ballarat District Group of the CWA, Lyn Fleming, said the competition was a way of promoting the organisation nationwide.

“In the pages (of the new telephone book) it will talk about all the things that we do,” she said. “Hopefully there will be a telephone book in every household despite digital (equivalents).”

But she stressed that CWA was more than just baking and the work of its members across the whole organisation should be recognised and celebrated. 

“Baking is an important part of what CWA members do but it’s only a part of (what we do) not the total,” she said. “I would hope that we are seen as far more than just scones.”

The CWA has a long history of providing a voice to and improved conditions for women and children in regional and rural Australia. 

Mrs Fleming said the organisation still had a strong connection to the community and assisted its needs both during natural disasters as well as in everyday life.

“During last year’s bushfires, for instance, we were part of the community roster to provide meals for the volunteers,” she said.

“And post summer fires, there were a lot of requests for mittens for injured wildlife. There was something like 600 made here and distributed to the wildlife shelters along the coast and to Daylesford.

“(Also) one of the branches knit soft teddy bears, which go in every fire truck and police car when they go to an incident, which means there is something physically they (the officers) can give the kids to focus on.”

Entries for the competition must include a photo of the baker with their favourite baked treat, a copy of the recipe and 50 words or less on why they’re a baking legend in their community.

All entries should be submitted to www.yellowpages.com.au/baking-legends before midnight on Wednesday.

The best entrant will be judged on the creativity and authenticity of the recipe.