Castle Hill's champion cook: Mum was inspiration

Heather Watson won a hat trick of first places at the Royal Easter Show last Thursday.

The Castle Hill resident, 87, made three mouth-watering dishes: an orange butter cake, her famous shortbread, and sultana scones.

Mrs Watson takes her inspiration from almost any child's favourite cook — her mother.

"I used to watch over my mother as she cooked," she said. "It was a challenge for me to make something better than she could."

Like every recipe, Mrs Watson's winning dishes have their own history.

The butter cake recipe came from a friend 25 years ago, the shortbread from a Scotsman and the sultana scones were something Mrs Watson discovered she did better than her mum.

Mrs Watson said she refused to buy cakes and biscuits when she was first married, instead baking them herself.

She was shocked when she won the Australian Gas Cooking School Perpetual Trophy for the most successful exhibitor in the perishable cooking section.

When she learnt she had won the award she declared: "Oh, I can still do that!"

She also won a second for her plain scones and third for pumpkin scones.

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