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Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

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Olive drop scones

Serves 4

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Salmon fingers with pea mayonnaise

Serves 4

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Rapeseed farmers' potatoes

Serves 8

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Gluten-free gooseberry, saffron and rapeseed oil cake

Makes 1 medium cake

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