Market Harborough Celebrity Frances Quinn Teams Up With Local Business For A Delicious Partnership

Market Harborough Celebrity Frances Quinn Teams Up With Local Business For A Delicious PartnershipCreative ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner and Market Harborough resident Frances Quinn has joined forces with Market Harborough based California Prune Board in the perfect prune partnership.

California Prunes are delighted to announce that they have found a new alliance in their own back yard - working with neighbour and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, who is devising two exclusive and exciting new recipes – each with Frances’ signature creative twist.

After achieving success and national recognition from the hit BBC TV programme ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Frances was attracted to California Prunes when she sampled them while demonstrating at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in November.

“We are so pleased to be working with Frances, as not only is she a celebrity, but she is also local to us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to champion Market Harborough whilst working together to produce the most unique and exciting recipes.” says Esther Ritson-Elliott, California Prune Board’s European Marketing Director. 

The versatility and flavour of California Prunes inspired Frances to create her first recipe – perfectly timed for the children’s Easter holidays. The California Prune Panda Scones - which are perfect for parents and children to make together, are also a great way to encourage youngsters to eat fruit.

“California Prunes are naturally very sweet which means that you can substitute sugar for prunes in baking or mix both together for a healthier recipe.  Also, I was interested to discover that just three prunes count as one of your five a day, and that is exactly how many is included in one of my Panda Scones, so you’re well on your way!”

Frances will demonstrate the California Prune Panda Scone at The Bakery Theatre of the UK’s popular Cake and Bake Show in Manchester from 4-6 April 2014.  She has also produced a YouTube video to demonstrate how to make the cute Pandas - launched today on YouTube channel California Prune UK:
The video shows Frances baking her new recipe step by step, making it easy for everyone to follow and enjoy. The video was made right here in Market Harborough. You can find it online here:

Nine million viewers saw Frances become the inimitable winner of the hugely successful programme last year, and she is set to reach new heights with her unique and unforgettable products thanks to her keen eye for design and creativity.  Frances is busy creating a second recipe for California Prunes, which promises to be a further sensational and successful addition to the California prune repertoire, and yet another delicious creation to come out of Market Harborough.

“I enjoy being able to embrace all my ideas and I’m hugely inspired by new and interesting foods. I enjoy being creative with my work and I have lots of opportunities now to embrace my passion for both baking and design in one,” she adds.

For further information and details of recipes please contact Rachel Cullis Dorsett or Rebecca Smedley at California Prune Board – 01858 414218 or email