Last year’s Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry has launched a partnership with fine food company Bennett Opie.

The Brighton-based home-baker will be creating a collection of recipes that use Opie’s signature products such as cocktail cherries and ginger.

The deal has been struck as the food company saw an uplift in sales of its baking-related products.

Kate Henry said: “I was delighted when the Bennett Opie team approached me to see whether I would be interested in working with them. Their products are of exceptional quality and my mind is already awash with ideas of how they can be used in all sorts of sweet and savoury recipes. I look forward to creating, baking and tasting my ideas over the coming months. I can’t wait to get started.”

The collection will include seasonal ideas for Christmas, as well as everyday recipes.

William Opie, managing director at Bennett Opie, said: “Since the resurgence in popularity of baking, we have seen much greater demand for our baking-related products that include, among others, cocktail cherries, crystallised stem ginger, black cherries in kirsch and stem ginger in syrup.

“Engaging Kate’s services and utilising her skills was a strategic decision by the Bennett Opie team. We are committed to developing our Opie’s brand across all retail channels and supporting the listings that we have in multiple and independent stores.”

They will be available from the Bennett Opie website and also through a variety of digital channels.