As a former winner of The Great British Bake Off, Frances Quinn knows a thing or two about raising dough.
But it was bread of the cash variety that brought the 2013 champion to Leeds yesterday as she oversaw a fundraising world record attempt.
Frances joined staff at Yorkshire Building Society and representatives from charity Marie Curie at the building society branch on The Headrow.
They were attempting to hold the biggest ever afternoon cream tea party.
Frances launched the record bid by counting down “three, two, scone” before hundreds of participants at branches across the country tucked into a traditional combination of scones with jam and clotted cream, alongside cups of tea.
Frances said: “As someone who knows a thing or two about scones it was an honour to be asked to start off the attempt.”
According to the rules, in order to break the record participants had to sit down at tables to have their cream tea within the same 20-minute window yesterday afternoon.
Organisers are still waiting for official confirmation from Guinness World Records about whether the number of participants had surpassed the previous high of 536.
But, with an expected combined turnout of nearly 700, they were hopeful of writing their names into the record books
Chris Pilling, chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “Everyone knows that we love our cream teas in Yorkshire, and as a society we are committed to fundraising for Marie Curie, so it is a great way to combine these things and attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.”
Since winning Bake Off, Frances has been working on a new book – Quintessential Baking – which is due out later in the year.
And, despite getting through hundreds of cakes in her time, she says she remains partial to the humble scone.
“I don’t think you can beat a good scone,” she said.