National Bread Week – Easy white bread

April 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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There is nothing more delicious than a freshly baked loaf of bread and this week is the perfect time to indulge as its National Bread Week.

I’ve baked on and off for many years and have always found that bread is extremely rewarding to bake as its fills the house with a delicious smell and can be so easily enjoyed. I love to eat fresh bread with homemade soup, toasted with jam or simply by itself with a knob of butter.

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National Bread Week- Homemade white bread

Although I’ve baked for most of my adult life I wouldn’t call myself a baker, however, my daughter Lucy has become renowned for her baking skills and is always bringing delicious goodies into the office including all varieties of bread. I‘ll be posting some of her own recipes later this week for you to enjoy too.

Until then I thought I’d share Paul Hollywood’s, the artisan baker who can be seen on The Great British Bake Off, easy white bread recipe which is a great starting point for any novice bakers, and by following this link you can view a video tutorial of Paul making the bread step-by-step.

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National Baking Week 17th 23rd October 2011

October 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s seems as though the nation has become obsessed with baking. Only a couple of weeks ago The Great British Bake Off gripped home bakers as they tuned in in their millions to watch contestants rise to the various baking challenges.

Now it seems as though baking is more than just a hobby it’s a fashion statement. Lots of high streets are bustling with quirky bakeries and even retailers are selling sparkly cupcakes to hungry shoppers.

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If you’ve not yet caught the baking bug this week is the perfect opportunity to get inspired as 17th-23rd celebrates National Baking Week, an entire week dedicated to the pleasure of baking.

This year’s event is all about sharing recipes and encouraging others to get into the kitchen. Ruth Clemens, the face of this year’s event and a 2010’s Great British Bake Off finalist is at the heart of Baking Week sharing her own recipes in video tutorials featured on the website truly making baking easy.

ruth clemens

Ruth’s recipe collection is plentiful featuring everything from savoury pies and pastry dishes to cakes and deserts which would look fantastic at a dinner party. Meaning there is something for everyone to try regardless of your baking expertise or skill.

Baking is something which I really do find delightful as it has a wonderful way of bringing people together. Whether we have a bake sale in the office or my daughter Lucy bakes a batch or scrumptious shortbreads there is always a brilliant sense of joy surrounding baking. It’s lovely to think that National Baking Week will get more people baking and sharing such a great sense of happiness.

I hope to be sharing some of my favourite recipes later in the week- keep an eye out for those. Until then this video is rather marvellous as the NBW team created an enormous cake in St Pancras, London- Brilliant!

 

The Great British Bake Off- Congratulations Jo!

October 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After another round of technical bakes and the final challenge of baking for a ‘British Summer Time’ street party the winner of The Great British Bake Off was crowned on last night’s show.

All three finalists Holly, Jo and Mary-Anne produced beautiful creations, which each showed off their brilliant skill and passion towards baking.

Great-British-Bake-Off finalists

However, only one could be crowned as the winner and in turn Britain’s best armature home baker. To my delight Jo, the housewife and mum from Essex walked away with the winning spot after producing a wonderful selection of classic cakes and tarts including the most delicious looking mini banoffee pie.

Jo

The Great British Bake Off has been a wonderful show with endless amounts of inspiration to get me back into the kitchen baking treats for my family and friends, and I hope you’ve felt inspired to do the same too. I’m already looking forward to series three.  

If you can’t wait for another year The Great British Bake Off: How To Bake book has been released featuring a variety of recipes from this series. Enjoy!

The Great British Bake Off- The Final!

October 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Great British Bake Off LogoFor the last 7 weeks I’ve looked forward to Tuesday evening. As at 8pm I’ve curled up on the sofa and watched one of my favourite ‘reality’ TV shows – The Great British Bake Off.

Described in one article today as ‘The X Factor – but with cake’ the show does have some clear similarities. Experienced judges; baking goddess and cookbook author Marry Berry along with artisan baker, Paul Hollywood. Contestants; 12 amateur bakers from all walks of life topped off with weekly tasks and challenges to push their baking talents to the very limit.

Although it might not sounds as glamorous and dramatic as other reality shows. You shouldn’t be fooled. I can’t think of anything tenser than contestants peering into their ovens to ensure iced fingers are rising sufficiently and tarts aren’t getting too golden.

Great British Bake Off

The truth is The Great British Bake Off is a fantastically charming programme, which has rallied an incredible amount of public support. The show has single handily raised BBC’s Tuesday evening rating as viewer’s, including myself, sit with their fingers crossed hoping that Jo’s bread rises and Janet’s croissants survive their bake.

Excitingly tonight is the big night as The Great British Bake Off reaches the final. The pressure is on for finalists Holly, Mary-Anne and Jo (the show’s dark horse but a favourite of mine) who face the final challenge of baking for a celebratory street party. I’m expecting lots of iced buns, Victoria sandwiches cakes and Bakewell tarts.

great british bake off finalists

After 12 weeks of watching baking triumphs and a few baking slipups I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be crowned 2011’s winner and the best amateur baker. More so I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations which tonight’s final will undoubtedly offer as I’ve come away with lots of fantastic ideas and tip from the show thus far.

I thought it would be a nice idea to share Paul Hollywood’s Iced Finger recipe to celebrate The Great British Bake Off 2011– a bun which is always a pleasure to eat but one which I know people rarely bake at home.

iced finger recipe paul hollywood

Enjoy!

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