Giveaways & Competitions

Natural Selection Baking Goodies Hamper Giveaway #1

April 3, 2012 by Fleur in Giveaways & Competitions with 40 Comments

Exciting news folks!  I have my first ever blog giveaway to tell you about.  The people from Natural Selection who sell a gorgeous range of dried fruit, nuts and seeds have given me a marvelous hamper of baking goodies to give to one lucky person, (RRP £49).  Here’s a list of what you will get inside the hamper:

3 x packs of Chopped Apricots

3 x packs of Dried Cranberries

3 x packs of 5 Fruit Mix

3 x packs of Crystallised Ginger

3 x packs of Cinnamon Cranberries

3 x packs Chopped Dates

2 x packs of Crimson Raisins

1 x Natural Selection branded apron

1 x rolling pin

1 x Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets

Perfect for any bakers out there who like to experiment by adding dried fruit to their cakes and bakes, or if you are like me and think that yogurt sprinkled with dried fruit and seeds is the best thing since sliced bread.

Holly Bell, finalist from the Great British Bake Off who writes a blog called, ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’ has created mini simnel cupcakes using Natural Selection products.  They look super cute and it is definitely worth popping over to her blog to have a look.  There is also  a helpful video where Holly shows demonstrates how to make them.

Coupon Alert! – The other great news is if you ‘like’ Natural Selection Foods on Facebook, you can print off a coupon to save £1 on bags of Natural Selection products at ASDA and Sainsbury’s

How to enter:

You need to write a comment on this blog post which answers the following question:

If you were to win the Natural Selection baking goodies hamper,  what would you bake using any of the ingredients from it?

And that is it.  Easy peasy!

You might like to follow me via my Blog, Facebook or Twitter*

  • To keep up to date with my baking adventures and hear the winner announced


  • I’d love you to tweet about this giveaway.  Just cut and paste the following tweet: *I’ve entered @homemadebyfleur ‘s Natural Selection Baking Goodies Hamper giveaway, http://wp.me/p1UMex-kh / *
  • Finally, feel free to like my facebook page and share this giveaway with your pals

*not compulsory, just if you are feeling extra nice :-)

Competition rules:

  • To enter you must leave a comment on this blog post before the deadline
  • The deadline for this competition is 5pm on the 24th April 2012
  • It is not possible to give extra points if you tweet, share or follow with regards to this giveaway
  • The winner will be picked after the deadline by a random number generator
  • Your number will be the order in which the comments appear below
  • The winner will be announced on this blog, facebook and twitter on the 25th April 2012
  • The winner will be required to provide a postal address in order for Natural Selection to send the prize
  • Open to residents of the UK only

Thank you to Natural Selection for sponsoring this post and providing the prize.

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  1. nellycakesApril 3, 2012 at 8:13 amReply

    What would I bake? The cinnamon cranberries are screaming to be baked into a cookie, and the dates would be perfect for my date and walnut loaf.
    The possibilities are endless.

    p.s congrats on your first giveaway. xx

  2. Annalisa AlexanderApril 3, 2012 at 1:21 pmReply

    Flapjacks are a huge favourite with my boys so I would make some fruit-packed ones using the dried fruit, apricots and cranberries and call them Hidden Treasure Treats! I would also use any leftover to make some yummy muffins, packed with goodness. Date, banana and cinamon muffins go down very well with a cup of tea…

    Well done with your blog! Fabulous stuff!

    Anna xxxx

  3. Sophie CreesApril 3, 2012 at 2:55 pmReply

    I would make pumpkin and cranberry loaf to start with.

  4. Sharon Wells (@smithycraft)April 3, 2012 at 5:28 pmReply

    I would use the apricots, dates and raisins for my homemade brown sauce, and would still have plenty of dried fruit leftover for some chewy muesli bars.

  5. Carole MandevilleApril 3, 2012 at 5:43 pmReply

    I would make some delicious breakfast bars. They are really delicious and so much cheaper than the health bars you buy. Very transportable too and they make a great snack midday. Bursting with loveliness!

  6. cakebouleApril 3, 2012 at 6:00 pmReply

    I would use the dates for more sticky toffee cake as I have ran out after my pay day cake escapades at the weekend. I would use the cranberries and ginger I think in some freezer cookies so that I am prepared for the term ahead and not have to stress but still enjoy freshly baked cookies!

  7. Kirsty FoxApril 3, 2012 at 6:37 pmReply

    I would bake some really tasty Gingersnap Cookies using the crystallised Ginger, yum!

  8. lizzywilliamsApril 3, 2012 at 7:08 pmReply

    It would have to be a beautiful ginger and fruit traybake like my Grandmother used to make – the rolling pin- well I’d use that to keep the family from peeking in the oven too early!

  9. beth simpsonApril 3, 2012 at 7:10 pmReply

    I would make breakfast bars, packed full of fruity goodness. Perfect for busy mornings or late breakfast with coffee and the papers!

  10. olivia kirbyApril 3, 2012 at 7:47 pmReply

    I would make a deluxe refrigerator cake, breakfast muffins and a fruit loaf.

  11. selene16April 3, 2012 at 8:39 pmReply

    I would love to bake a nice fruit cake – I adore fruit cake always have and I think these ingredients would make one extra yummy.

  12. kellyjo walters (@kellyjo1)April 3, 2012 at 8:55 pmReply

    Id love to make some scones and flap jacks … a great selection x

  13. Kelly pApril 3, 2012 at 9:28 pmReply

    A ginger and raisin loaf cake would be divine!

  14. Jane Willis (@janesgrapevine)April 4, 2012 at 6:35 amReply

    I’m going crazy for baking fruit breads at the moment, so the first thing would be a hot cross bun style bread using the Fruit Mix. Then I might try ringing the changes – an apricot and cinnamon one, or date and walnut. Or maybe cranberry and brie. Oh, wouldn’t that make wonderful bacon sandwiches?

  15. EricaApril 4, 2012 at 6:37 amReply

    A fruit cake (a big one naturally).

  16. BeccyApril 4, 2012 at 6:55 amReply

    If I won there delicious goodies I would add some dried fruit and some fresh blueberries to my vanilla cupcakes. Yummy :-)

  17. Jan BealApril 4, 2012 at 8:21 amReply

    I’d make an apple strudel and add some cranberries, apricots and fruit mix.It would make an lovely dessert for Easter with a little clotted cream!

  18. Jane Sanderson (@jayess38)April 4, 2012 at 8:26 amReply

    Where to start? My first thought is a lovely rich fruit cake – to eat with cheese and and apple a la Yorkshire, or maybe some extra light scones? Thanks for running comp x

  19. hoops120April 4, 2012 at 8:32 amReply

    I would make some cranberry muffins

  20. SarahApril 4, 2012 at 7:13 pmReply

    I would bake some yummy gluten free treat for my hubby x

  21. Dominique LapointeApril 4, 2012 at 7:23 pmReply

    I would use the dried apricots as I do everyday : in my oatmeal with some nuts and yogurts. But I could also bake my oat, apricot and cranberry cookies. Mendiant chocolate would be amazing with all those dried goodies.

  22. Nina BuckleyApril 4, 2012 at 7:25 pmReply

    I would make energy bars as we all love them but the dried fruit it’s a bit to expensive we like 3-4 types of dried fruit in them,then with the rest of them would like to try some fruit cake,scones,hot cross buns,flapjack the options are endless

  23. Beccy SamworthApril 4, 2012 at 7:54 pmReply

    It’s got to be ma in law’s Cut and Come Again cake (because one slice is never enough) with the cranberries, dates, apricots & raisins.

  24. busygrannyApril 4, 2012 at 8:24 pmReply

    If I win this hamper I will make an apricot sponge pudding and oaty biscuits with cranberries. Yummy!

  25. WrensterApril 4, 2012 at 8:31 pmReply

    There are too many to list! Think I’d start with a spiced fruit loaf and then move onto some Ginger pudding xxxx

  26. Debbie DavisApril 5, 2012 at 8:36 amReply

    I would use the ingredients to make scones, bread pudding, banana bread and muffins.

  27. Charlie BrownApril 8, 2012 at 5:41 amReply

    Sticky toffee pudding :)

  28. Tina baileyApril 8, 2012 at 2:21 pmReply

    I would make fruit bread and flapjacks

  29. May-belaterApril 14, 2012 at 8:44 amReply

    I would melt white and dark chocolate, pop a selection of seeds, nuts and fruit on top and set. Cute Florentines all naturally good!

  30. Jane TownsonApril 14, 2012 at 5:42 pmReply

    Some fruit muffins using the Cinnamon Cranberries & Fruit Mix. Yummy!

  31. Kate CunninghamApril 22, 2012 at 5:12 pmReply

    I would bake a fruit tea loaf – one my mother used to make. @01592_katie

  32. jenschofieldApril 22, 2012 at 5:25 pmReply

    Fruit scones – always a winner :)

  33. CAROL FINNINGApril 22, 2012 at 5:34 pmReply

    Perfect ingredients for my unique Tangine recipe that my family just adore

  34. Lauren RoffeyApril 22, 2012 at 8:06 pmReply

    Firstly, cranberry and white chocolate muffins. Secondly, an apple and date cake. :)

  35. Katherine LApril 22, 2012 at 10:38 pmReply

    I’d love to use the ingredients to make a healthy granola for breakfast! Also, the ingredients would be amazing in muffins, as well as a raisin and date bread pudding! Yum

  36. The Mixing BowlApril 24, 2012 at 2:24 pmReply

    oooh the opportunities…… i’d definitely have to make some white choc and cranberry cookies, then i’d say ginger cupcakes with some naughty rum and lime frosting and some sticky buns. Although i would definitely change my miond several times beforee I’ve got my apron on!

  37. Sew White (@SewWhite)April 24, 2012 at 2:30 pmReply

    I’d make a nice slab of chocolate filled with sweet fruit. Yum Yum x

  38. Georgina GilesApril 24, 2012 at 2:39 pmReply

    I would make loads of flapjacks with a mixture of all that yummy fruit!

  39. ode to cakeApril 24, 2012 at 3:46 pmReply

    Mixed fruit scones would definitely be first on my list!

  40. Homemade By FleurApril 25, 2012 at 8:29 amReplyAuthor

    This giveaway is now closed. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered my first giveaway. Your baking suggestions were all very inspiring. Sadly there can only be one winner and the random number generator picked number 35 which is….Katherine L! Congratulations, and you should see an email from me in your inbox asking for your postal address.

    Hopefully there will be more giveaways in the future so keep an eye out for those. x

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