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
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.