I adore the Great British Bake Off and can’t wait until this weeks final. For me it is the perfect TV formula – homely, friendly and relaxing. I love to escape into a world where that the biggest drama is whether a loaf is under proofed or a tart has a soggy bottom.
I’m starting young training up my own little master bakers (Sam and Leo who are nearly 3 and Sofia aged 7). I’m always keen to whip up some cupcakes with my little helpers. Sofia is quite skilled in the kitchen. The boys, though enthusiastic, are a little bit more of a technical challenge.
As in the bake off tent timing is everything. The main time pressure in our baking is trying to get something mixed together before the boys eat all of the ingredients.
Mary Berry has been known to frown on the use of shop bought fondant. We have been known to use (whisper it) packet mix! Sometimes it’s more about the process than pulling off a show stopper.
Paul Hollywood is always critical of creations that are all style and no substance. Please no one tell him that we sometimes just buy a packets for biscuits and go to town with the icing.
Uniform and identical are not words that would describe our creations. Sometimes it is a stretch to describe them as edible.
Garish is not a term the contestants would like to hear from the judges. For our signature bakes the brighter the better.
I’ve seen various contestants lose their heads over the years (remember Iain and the baked alaska?) I’m yet to see one of them with the bowl on his head Sam style.
I noticed that they are already asking for applicants for the next series, should I sign us up?
P.S I’m rooting for Nadiya for 2015 champion!