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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya, 'I feel like a giant'

By Eleanor Griffiths

Great British Bake Off 2015 champion Nadiya Jamir Hussain said winning the contest made her feel like "a giant" - despite her small stature.

The stay-at-home mum walked out of the Bake Off tent "a much stronger, confident person" after being crowned winner of series six, beating Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in the final.

She said: "I went into the tent as the smallest baker at 4 ft 11 in, but I walked out feeling a giant."

The baker, who has become a social media sensation for her expressive face, said she hoped people would remember her baking abilities.

The 30-year-old from Leeds said: "I really hope that I have not become known more for my facial expressions or my eyebrows than my baking! I had no idea that this would become a talking point on social media."

Nadiya impressed in the signature bake with her iced buns, half of them cardamom and almond, and half nutmeg and sour cherry.

Mary Berry called them "lovely", while Paul Hollywood added: "Both of those tick the boxes."

A batch of raspberry millefeuille also earned her first place in the technical challenge.

In the showstopper challenge, she created a My Big Fat British Wedding cake to make up for not having one at her marriage in Bangladesh.

She said: "The showstopper was a celebration cake - as I never had my own wedding cake. At the very end of the filming I took the cake out to my family's table and we all had a slice.

"So my husband and I did get our wedding cake after all."

Nadiya said: "Family life will carry on as normal. Being a mum to three small children is pretty time consuming, but I wanted to have my own adventure."

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