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The Great British Bake Off

Great British Bake Off is Back

Have you seen The Great British Bake Off?

This is the first year that we’ve been watching it (you can find most episodes on YouTube without much delay) and I love it – love the challenges and the recipes and the Britishness of it all.

Where else can you see home bakers create things like this:

Lion bread

Gingerbread fire truck

And even this…

Black Forest Gateau gone wrong

Yes, it’s high drama and hot kitchens and creative handiwork. Check it out, if you like a good bake off!

Union jack cake

The Great British Bake-Off started its second season earlier this month and the above union jack battenburg cake has been making the rounds on the British baking (and cooking TV) blogs. I bet this cake is delish with a cup of tea!

If you’re interested in making this at home, the recipe is here, courtesy of the BBC.

I’ll see you back here on Monday!

The Great British Bake-off

Almost 4 million viewers watched the finale of The Great British Bake-Off. Photo credit: Love Productions/BBC/Vicki Couchman

Mark my words. Never get in the way of a Brit and their mixer (or whisk, cake pan or pastry bag).

Brits take their baking very seriously. While the US only has one Martha Stewart, the UK has hundreds of them, dotted in towns and villages across the country. On any given weekend, they’re churning out fairy cakes and scones for village fetes and school bake sales like they’re going out of style. And those who aren’t baking (and even those who are) are watching baking shows. Almost 4 million viewers watched The Great British Bake-Off this month. Who knew that many Brits would find fondant icing and puff pastry so riveting?

This week marks National Baking Week in the UK – a national campaign to get the uninitiated back into the kitchen to enjoy the national pastime. In that spirit, I will be baking tomorrow and will report back next week.

National Baking Week runs through Sunday so it’s not too late to join in the fun. Have a lovely weekend (in or out of the kitchen)!