Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Great British Bake Off

Are you fan of The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two, Tuesdays 9pm)?


I really enjoyed watching it last summer and ensured that the time spent watching became some 'me' time for relaxing in the busy few weeks leading up to my wedding in mid-September.

I had recorded Tuesday's episode (the first in the new series) and sat down yesterday afternoon with a cuppa to get lost for an hour in a world of batters, mixtures and fluffy icing.

I could be heard making 'oooh' and 'aaah' noises in amazement, but also at times was thinking 'I could do better than that'.
If you watched it, do you think there is already a frontrunner to win this series? 

I'm already liking Holly Bell very much and think she could be both creative with design and bake with great skill. I loved her cow celebration cake and there was something very deja vu about watching her weigh each cupcake case to check that they were all the same weight. If I was in the competition, I would definitely be doing the same.

Holly Bell To Win The Great British Bake Off 2011!

So I'm going to champion Holly to win this series. You can find her Cherry Bakewell Cupcake recipe here and a link to her lovely blog here

Good Luck Holly!


  1. Oh, I had to watch. And mutter on the sofa 'how did I get beaten by that?'. But actually, seeing their stress makes me ever so glad that my baking is for pleasure this summer!!

    Yeah, Holly is great - calm, controlled. But I can't help but think that from the way the programme was edited, she is being set up for a fall. Hope not though.

  2. Oh yea I liked Holly too! I loved the first episode, can't wait for next week :)

  3. I really enjoyed the series last year but, watching the first episode this week, couldn't help thinking that some people haven't been chosen for their baking skills.

  4. Thanks for such a nice post. It's very odd reading things people have written about you!! Pleased you are enjoying the show. We all loved doing it. x

  5. Ooh I haven't seen it but may well take up your recommendation! I did enjoy the bits I saw of the last series =D

  6. Thanks for the recipe link - I imagine the ground almonds make the cake sooo aromatic. I am anxious to give it a try! Here in the states we have a program called "cupcake wars" that is very entertaining. I do love relaxing with a cup of cocoa while watching a cooking show!

  7. I love this show and look forward to it every week. Yes Holly is great, I don't know how she manages to look so calm on the outside! I'd be a nervous wreck and it would show :-)