Reader's Digest Asia Pacific

Mary Berry

- BY MICHELE GORMAN

Buttercrea­m runs in Sarah’s veins. She baked her own cakes at six. All thanks to Mum. She fantasises about Mary Berry tasting her sponge. “Excellent,” Mary always says. “Can we be friends?”

But this isn’t pretend. The Bake Off tent swelters as the cameras zoom in. Paul Hollywood calls her forward.

“Mum’s Morning Muffins,” she whispers. She wants to run away. It’s the most sick-feeling moment of her life. Since the funeral anyway.

“Perfect,” he finally says. “Your mum would have been proud.”

Sarah beams. Mum would be proud. That’s the real prize. Sometimes reality is even better than dreams.

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