To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and the opening of a new experience at the London Dungeon, the visitor attraction asked Great British Bake Off winner, cookery writer and baker of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday cake, Nadiya Hussain, to come up with a recipe for a celebratory loaf. And this morning, the hugely popular cook, surprised passers-by on London’s South Bank with a 1666 style sampling of her fire inspired bread, which will be served to guests every morning at the Dungeon during its new Escape the Great Fire show’s opening week (21-29 May).
Helping Nadiya dish out her Great Fire of London Loaf from a pop up bread stall was another famous Royal Baker, ‘Thomas Farriner of Pudding Lane’, who is taking a short leave of absence from final rehearsals for the new show at the nearby Dungeon.
“I’m a massive fan of the London Dungeon and have had a lot of fun creating this recipe”, commented Nadiya. “They asked me to be inspired by fire so I thought about the colours of fire – red when it’s burning and the black of the resulting ashes. I’ve created a ring loaf combining two distinctive breads – an outer circle of punchy pimenton bread laced with smoky, red paprika and an inner poppy seed bread utilising crunchy jet black poppy seeds to resemble ash.
“I hope those who get to taste it at the Dungeon next week will enjoy it, and that people will bake it at home too. It’s a straightforward recipe; the trickiest part is combining the two breads to make one striking loaf. It goes really well with garlic mayonnaise, or you might try the pimenton bread with Red Leicester cheese or a dark chocolate coffee ganache or the poppy seed with a zingy white chocolate and lemon dip.”
“We wanted to do something special for the Great Fire’s anniversary and as it started in a bakery, bread seemed to be a natural link,” explained General Manager of The London Dungeon, Steve Blackburn. “And as it started in a Royal Baker’s bakery, who better to create it than a modern ‘’Royal Baker”? Maybe it will take the heat off Thomas Farriner, the man held responsible for one of the worst disasters in history!
“Guests can sample Nadiya’s bread during the opening week of our new Escape the Great Fire Show – that’s if they escape the flames and smoke! It’s going to be a sizzling experience conjuring up the panic of the city as the fire wreaks destruction over a terrifying three days. And it will also be on the menu during a special Art of Dining lates event in June.”
Nadiya’s recipe can be found in full on www.thedungeons.com/london along with full details of the Escape the Great Fire Show.