Sweet tooths, Anglophiles and fans of "The Great British Baking Show," take note: British food truck Sixes & Sevens will be baking along with the show's contestants each week throughout the course of the 11-episode season.
The show, a cooking competition that brings together a group of amateur bakers in the scenic English countryside, just kicked off its season Wednesday on the BBC in the United Kingdom. (There, it's known as "The Great British Bake Off.") Season 5 of the series aired in the States on PBS last winter and quickly developed an enthusiastic following, including most of us in the Post's Food section. Season 4, which hasn't yet been shown on our airwaves, is scheduled to start here Sept. 6.
Sixes & Sevens owner Rhonda Ridley, a native of Northern Ireland who lived for more than a decade in England, calls the show "fantastic telly." So she decided to bake one recipe each week from the show as it airs in the U.K. and sell the finished product on the truck. All of the proceeds will go to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
This week, Ridley made a Madeira cake, a citrus-inflected sponge cake topped with candied orange peel. It was the bakers' "signature challenge," which requires they each create their own riff on a standard. Ridley's sold out and netted No Kid Hungry $48.
Next week, Ridley will be working on biscuits -- or cookies, as we Yanks call them.
"It's going to be interesting," she said of her endeavor. "Even if it doesn't turn out right, it is still quite fun." She's vowed to sell the results as long as they taste good.
Like the show's contestants, who vie for nothing more than a title, Ridley doesn't come from a professional cooking background. Before moving to Washington last year with her wife, she worked as an ecologist for an engineering consulting firm in Manchester, England.
"I kind of fell in love with the food truck thing in D.C.," Ridley said.
Working out of culinary incubator Mess Hall, Ridley launched her truck full-time in June. Her menu includes a coronation chicken sandwich, salads and, of course, tea and scones.
Correction: PBS is airing Season 4 of "The Great British Baking Show" starting in September, not Season 6.