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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Has the Great British Bake Off inspired you to get baking?


I love GBBO. It is definitely one of my TV highlights of the year. I love Paul & Mary and how they truly are two of the best in their field, I adore comedy duo Mel & Sue (where did you get the orange juice from? - LOL) and of course the baking. The contestants are all amateurs and sometimes their bakes will amaze me but other times they inspire me and I think yes - I can do that! I swear this time of year is the only time I ever bake and that's all down to the GBBO. So this week I have been re-reading my favourite cookbooks browsing sites such as www.lionshome.co.uk to find inspiration for my next bake.


My Baking Essentials


I have been baking for as long as I can remember and it's something I was always encouraged to do as I was growing up with my both my mum and grandparents. My children are certainly in for a treat when they return to school as I'll be baking a different cake every week and popping a cheeky slice in their lunch box. I have bought every baking fad under the sun but these are my essentials that I really couldn't live without:-

1 - Bero Book

The classic Bero book is the only baking book our family owned as I was growing up and I would bake something from this cookbook every weekend. They now have an online version which I often consult and although their recipes are usually simple, they always give good results. 

2 - Springform pans

After years of battling with regular baking tins, I tried Springform pans a few years ago and have never looked back. They really are the easiest way to release your cake from the tin without fuss or mishaps. The idea is simple and it works. 



3 - Digital scales

Baking cakes will usually require accuracy and traditional scales often don't provide this (especially if you don't have 20/20 vision). You can pick digital scales up pretty cheaply now and they are worth every penny as remove the chance of inaccurate weighing which results in better cakes.


4 - Silicone pastry brush

For years I used a traditional pastry brush and it was a real pain to clean - I could never remove every last drop of egg wash and the bristles would end up hard. Boooo! This was until I received a free silicone pastry brush in my regular Sainsburys magazine and it was a real game changer - so much easier to clean and use.

5 - Mason Cash mixing bowl

I don't know if they are the best but they are all my family have ever used and it's a family tradition of ours. My grandad's mixing bowl must be at least 50 years old but is still going strong. Wikepedia tells me that the design has remained the same for the past 100 years. Why change something that works so well I guess? 


I'm going to try and share my baking recipes over here or over on Life As Mrs R in the next few months. I've already baked my classic sausage rolls and next week it will be the turn of my famous lemon drizzle cake

Let me know what your baking essentials are and if the Great British Bake Off inspires you to get your bake on. 

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20 comments

  1. This show has me wanting to eat more cakes LOL but I like to bake, I've been told my cakes always come out nice but I try not to bake a lot xo

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  2. I love GBBO and always feel inspired after watching. I am not much of a baker as trying to create gluten free versions can be hit and miss!

    www.sparklesatmidnight.com

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  3. I love GBBO! It totally inspires me to bake. I absolutely love baking, whether it's cakes or shortbread or a loaf of bread.

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  4. I don't watch this show, but I love how much everyone loves it!

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  5. I love a good Mason Cash bowl. Mine has owls on it and I love it!

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  6. Springfoam pans are definitely an essential I've not done baking for awhile though which needs to be rectified.

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  7. Would you believe I've only ever watched one single episode of the GBBO? That's the one where Shetlander James Morton was in the finals (I'm a distant relative of his!). Otherwise, no, this show doesn't make me want to bake. Too much talking and peopleing going on for my liking, and not enough baking!

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  8. It has made me realise I need to replace my cake tins! x

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  9. yes its definitely inspired to bake but i don't have an oven :( also it makes me eat more too haha

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  10. Just bought a new Springform pans for more baking sessions. Now you remind me that I need to replace my old digital scales too.

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  11. Mary Berry is the Nan we all wish we had!

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  12. It has definitely inspired us to get baking and we make something each week to eat whilst watching it.

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  13. I do love to bake anyway regardless of whether it's on. I must admit I don't watch the show but heard it's very good.

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  14. It has inspired me to bake, but I haven't got around to it yet. :P

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  15. As much as I love Great British Bakeoff I am not a natural baker but nevertheless that does not stop me trying lol.

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  16. I've actually never seen GBBO, it just isn't really my thing, but I love baking anyway x

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  17. I actually haven't done a ton of baking recently. I'd love to get back into it so I can try some of the recipes I've saved.

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  18. I must admit, I've never actually seen this show lol X

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  19. My essentials are cake release and springform tins! Can't have your cake getting ruined!

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  20. Definitely agree about springform tins - nothing worse than a cake sticking!

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