An exceptional home baker from Didcot will be creating a pudding fit for the Queen in the final of a national competition to find a recipe to celebrate the monarch's Platinum Jubilee.

Recipes by five amateur bakers have been selected from nearly 5,000 entries across the UK to honour the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Kathryn MacLennan, a 29-year-old composer and oboist from Didcot, is among the lucky few chosen to compete. 

The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Mary Berry will announce the winner during a special one-hour BBC One programme titled The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking hosted by Kirsty Young.

The competition was launched by royal grocer Fortnum & Mason in partnership with The Big Lunch, an Eden Project initiative, in January.

Kathryn has chosen a pudding that commemorates her grandmother, an NHS nurse who worked through the pandemic and died in April 2020 aged 84.  

It is a passion fruit and thyme frangipane tart which is a variation of her grandma's favourite cake, but also a “light summery pudding”.

Kathryn describes herself as a “‘chuck everything in’ kind of cook”.

Alongside Coronation Chicken and the Victoria Sponge, this winning recipe will go down in history and become part of the British food story.

The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking airs on BBC One at 8pm tonight [Thursday 12].