Now that ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has returned, Wednesday night’s will see me glued to the TV, glass of wine in one hand, notebook and pen in the other, jotting down inspirational tips for my baking. And it seems I’m not the only one. Friends and family, and even better, kids, are being inspired and baking more.
My ten year old daughter, Ruby, made me some wonderful cup-cakes, ‘Rose cakes’, with crystalized petals: and ‘Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes’. Her friends, Ellie and Kaysha, joined in on the act and created a wonderful ‘Victoria Sandwich’, with my name emblazoned in marshmallows across the top! Who could ask for more.
I’ve also been baking up a storm, from bread, to pies, cakes and puddings. Thankfully not all for me as my waistline couldn’t take it!
Baking is pure alchemy that never ceases to amaze me. There is nothing more relaxing or rewarding that pottering in the kitchen for a few hours and seeing a few simple ingredients turn into something wonderful for your loved ones. I’ve learned that practise makes perfect and that even the bakes that go wrong can usually be rescued or used in some way. If you haven’t already given it a go, try your hand at a bit of baking. Who knows, next year we might be seeing you on ‘The Great British Bake Off’.