Found: The Great British Bake Off

This morning I thought I’d suggest a gift idea for an avid baker in your life, fan of the recent Great British Bake Off series or *ahem*, perhaps yourself!

I’m an absolute sucker for cookery books, particularly of the baking variety and as I didn’t watch the series, I wondered if any of you had bought the book or thought the recipes might be worth trying?

*Great British Bake Off: How to Bake, at Amazon

I have to say, I’m more than a little bit in awe of the macaroons pictured above – seriously pretty presentation!

I think the problem with most cook books is that there is so much duplication of recipies, particularly when you narrow things down to ‘baking’ for example. I already make a good lemon drizzle, victoria sponge and carrot cake, so do I need this book in my life?

Do tell readers!


PS, Fan of food? So is Florence 😉 Watch out tomorrow for a gorgeous recipe coming your way in Friday Food.

PPS. In case, you’re wondering, this is post 2 for the day. Come back later for number 3, a meaty number you can get your teeth into the comments section for 😉

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13 thoughts on “Found: The Great British Bake Off

  1. I use Paul Hollywood’s bread recipes all the time, and they have never failed me ( though he likes alot of salt in his bread!).
    I know Mary Berry makes amazing cakes, so it is probably worth a buy, if only for the bread!


  2. I love Mary Berry. She’s frighteningly posh, but I love her. I am not great at baking and rarely watch the show, but caught it the other night with my Mother in Law and we both sat there drooling. I’d love this book as a Christmas present – or maybe I’ll buy it for her and then steal it!

  3. If it helps this book was half price in Tesco’s, so just a tenner for all those wonderful recipes!
    I love this book, not only does it have little baking tips from Mary and Paul and beautiful pictures (like the macaroon one you posted) but it also has really simple instructions along with step by step pictures, as I don’t know about you but I like having that reassurance that I am on the right lines and not creating something only Dr Frankenstein would be proud of!
    This is the first recipe book in a long while where I don’t know where to start and what to bake first so I am tempted to have a go at baking all recipes in this book starting from page one (Victoria Sponge) and going all the way through, maybe a Great British Bake Off Home Baking Challenge?!

  4. I love the show and I did not know about the book so very very excited about this.

    I have added it to my Christmas list… Anyone else still do one of those or just me?

    Thanks for the tip – loving the blog xx

  5. When I was doing my masters, I worked in a little cafe-bar in my evenings and the cook there made all of her cakes from Mary Berry recipes – and they were always absolutely divine. So I guess that’s a good sign, really!
    That said, I tend to stick with books I’ve already used when it comes to baking – I guess because I’m usually make things for other people to enjoy and want to get it right (or, I should say, impress people).

  6. Afternoon ladies!

    I can see we need a whole other post on favourite cookery books… Watch this space!

    I’m safely ensconced on the train on route to London for Florences first official engagement. Will keep you posted but am especially excited about this afternoons post 🙂

    Lots of love

    • I am addicted to cookery books…I love just reading them for inspiration even if I’m not actually going to cook anything there and then. I would love a post all about our favourite books!

  7. Oooh I LOVED GBBO – in that slightly geeky way where I’d watch it and the man would watch it and then we’d ring each other and discuss whether we thought they’d picked the right person to leave/be the star baker!

    I only really got into baking in the last year or so, but I love it – when I find the time. Have to say, I’ve not tried any of Mary Berry’s baking receipes, but have one of her more general cookbooks and it’s fab – really easy to follow and gives great results! My current baking mission is to do a red velvet cake. I’ve just about got the cupcakes down (taste great, if not quite red enough) but am trying to find a receipe for the cake that doesn’t fill me with baking fear…..

    (am normally a lurker, but my sister (the legendary Mahj) pointed me in the direction of this fab blog and if it’s cake-related, I have to comment!)

  8. I’m a bit late with my comments on all the recipes but I have only recently come across your blog!

    I was given this book by my hubby for Christmas and successfully recreated the Limoncello and White Chocolate Croquembouche for my dads 60th in April. It turned out great so I’m looking forward to trying some more of the recipes.

    Bring on the next series of The Great British Bake Off!!

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