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Belfast cookbook writer Sarah Rainey on the day she baked for Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

Belfast-born journalist Sarah Rainey inherited a love of baking from her grandmother and her latest recipe book is filled with treats that take six minutes to make. Linda Stewart finds out how Mary Berry helped shape her career and how she has taken over her in-laws' kitchen in lockdown

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Baking passion: Sarah Rainey

Baking passion: Sarah Rainey

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Sarah Rainey with husband Michael Hilton and son Charlie

Sarah Rainey with husband Michael Hilton and son Charlie

Charlie with his first birthday cake

Charlie with his first birthday cake

Big influence: Sarah with her grandma, Kay, and siblings Anna and David

Big influence: Sarah with her grandma, Kay, and siblings Anna and David

Sarah aged one in 1988

Sarah aged one in 1988

Sarah Rainey and her dad in his rugby playing days

Sarah Rainey and her dad in his rugby playing days

Sarah baking aged four

Sarah baking aged four

Flatbread pizzetta

Flatbread pizzetta

Pimm's Cupcakes

Pimm's Cupcakes

Baking passion: Sarah Rainey

As fate would have it, journalist Sarah Rainey had just embarked on a new job at the Daily Telegraph when she told her features editor about an intriguing new TV show about baking.

Little did the Belfast-born writer (32) know that her fascination with The Great British Bake Off would shape her journalistic career and eventually lead her to publish a series of cookbooks.

"The first feature I ever wrote at the Daily Telegraph was about The Great British Bake Off," she recalls.