This year’s baking crown has been awarded to Nadiya Hussain. And the internet couldn’t be happier.
The 30-year-old impressed with her showstopper – her very own “big fat British wedding cake” which was covered in jewels from her own wedding day. It’s all about those sentimental touches, eh?
Nadiya captured the public’s imagination with her sassy comebacks, and a whopping 14.5m people tuned in to see Nadiya’s final bake, according to BBC News.
Great show, Nads.
Mary Berry doesn’t want to see ‘a large person’ judging GBBO
Mary Berry has come out with some rather controversial comments about not wanting to see ‘a fat person’ judging the Great British Bake Off. Crikey, Mary!
The 80-year-old presenter explained her reasoning to The Sunday Times food magazine:
‘You don’t want somebody who’s judging cakes to be large,’ she said. ‘Or else people will say, “Look what happens when you eat cake”. I eat carefully because people don’t want to see a large person judging cakes.’
Hmm. But before you go accusing the presenter of cake-shaming, Mary then added that the last thing she would want to do is tell people not to enjoy a sweet treat. ‘I think to eat cake is very good for us but it’s the size of the slice and how often you have it,’ she said.
‘I’m very disciplined. I make myself eat one piece of toast for breakfast. When I’m doing Bake Off, I eat soup for lunch. I know what puts on weight for me, it’s just over-indulgence.’
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Well, she has a lot more willpower than us, that’s for sure.
Can you imagine GBBO without Mel and Sue?
Sue and Mel are an essential ingredient in the GBBO line up so we were shocked to hear today that the comedy couple nearly quit the show way back in series 1.
It’s been revealed that the presenting duo – who have now worked on the program for a successful six seasons – nearly walked out the show because they felt it was too manufactured. The pair were reportedly concerned that the show would take too much of an X factor turn and focus heavily on the sob stories of contestants.
Talking to The Telegraph Sue said: “I’m proud that we did that, because what we were saying was, ‘Let’s try and do this a different way’ – and no one ever cried again. Maybe they cry because their soufflé collapsed, but nobody’s crying because someone’s going, ‘Does this mean a lot about your grandmother?’ Many of the bakers have sad stories, but guess what? We never touch on any of them.”
Everything you need to know about 2015’s GBBO…
The Great British Bake Off left a huge cake-shaped hole in our lives when it left our screens last year. But Season 6 is in full swing, and we’ve got everything you need to know right here.
When DidThe Great British Bake Off Return?
It’s always tradition for GBBO to air the first or second week of August, and this year is no different. The BBC The Great British Bake Off series 6 kicked off on Wednesday 5 August. Woop! That’s our Wednesdays full for the next few weeks.
If you are yet to catch an episode, the trailer is enough to excite anyone. Entitled ‘The Hills are Alive with the Smell of Baking’, it features a dancing Mary Berry frolicking in a field (working one seriously chic hot pink boxy jacket), Paul Hollywood crooning beautifully and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins sticking their noses into tantalising chocolate cakes and strawberry tarts. Mmmm. Watch it below.
Who Is On The Great British Bake Off This Year?
Well, as usual we have Mary and Paul doing the judging, and Mel and Sue providing a flour-dusted shoulder to cry on.
What’s The Goss So Far?
News just in: apparently even Taylor Swift is a mega fan of the show. According to sources, the singer is so obsessed with The Great British Bake Off she gets her management team to record every episode for her. See – she’s just like us!
And it’s not hard to see why she’s hooked – the show is full of drama. When contestants were tasked with making walnut cake for their technical challenge in the first week, 35-year-old Stu was sent home. Since, tempers have flared around the rumour that 66-year-old Marie Campbell, who was eliminated this week, received professional training at a top Paris cooking school. However, the BBC claims no rules have been broken as Marie completed her training over 10 years ago. As for the other contestants, all seems calm (so far)!
Last night, Biscuit Week was made even better when the lovely Mary Berry donned a gorgeous M&S floral bomber jacket – and how amazing she looked too! But this isn’t the first time the baking legend has championed the high street – Mary has previously sported similar M&S jackets, as well as a floral Zara number, all of which sold out in a matter of days. Unfortunately, the Berry effect lives on with the M&S number she wore last night already out of stock! We sure hope we’re as stylish as Berry when we turn 79.
We’ve had Cake Week, but this week it’s…. (drum roll please)….Biscuit Week! To celebrate, Stork have created these amazing Paul and Mary biscuits. Inspired? Here’s the recipe…
You will need:
115g (4oz) Stork with Butter
55g (2oz) caster sugar
175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sieved
Now make it!
Preheat your oven to 180°C, 350°F or gas mark 4.
Put the Stork with Butter and flour into a large mixing bowl, and rub into a fine bread crumby mix and stir in sugar.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 7 x 11 inch (18 x 28cm) tin and press it down over the base of the tin.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
Decorate with icing and your very own Paul and Mary (or why not make a Mel and Sue variation?) then cut, serve and enjoy!
As for the contestants? Well, it looks like it could be one of the best years yet. The line-up includes a bodybuilder, an ex-member of Buckingham Palace’s Coldstream Guards, a firefighter and a prison governor.
In celebration of it’s return, we decided to take a little trip down memory lane and re-visit some of our FAVOURITE The Great British Bake Off moments.
Here’s times The Great British Bake Off Summed Up Our Feelings About Food
1) When you beat your workmates to the free cake table
2) When you only agreed to that blind date for an excuse to check out that amazing new pizza place…
3) When your flatmate tries to take the last Hobnob from the communal jar. Um, no.
4) When a friend posts yet another #homecooked #healthy #wholefood three-course masterpiece to instagram
5) When a last-minute meeting means you don’t get to eat lunch until 4pm
6) When you hear the words ‘cooked breakfast’
7) When someone dares to mention your ‘soggy bottom’…
8) Just most of our feelings about food
Season six is only days away and Bake Off fever has officially hit. But it’s not enough just to be talking about the hit show; artist Tom Hovey has created a sculpture about it.
You may already be familiar with Tom’s work as he’s the pro sketcher behind those lovely illustrations of recipes in the show. Tom’s design appears on a sculpture of Shaun the Sheep that is currently being showcased in Bristol.
The Sculpture named ‘Star Bake’ is one of 70 Shaun the Sheep’s out on display in the city until 31 August, after which the flock will be auctioned in aid of The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.
Finished with a cherry on top, ‘Star Bake’ can be found at the Boston Tea Party cafe on Gloucester Road, Bristol.