When it was revealed that the Great British Bake Off was moving to Channel 4 from the BBC and, worst of all, loosing three of the four presenters – apologies but in my opinion, the best three – I was shocked. I might even have said that it just wouldn’t be the same and I wouldn’t be tuning in.
I will now eat my words and humble pie (puns intended) and declare that it’s a success; as good as ever (although the commercial breaks, I could do without). I particularly love the three new members of the GBBO family, Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. Oh how very fickle I am!
We’ve just returned from visiting family and friends in Hertfordshire followed by a few days in Dorset and I will admit to catching up with two missed episodes of GBBO before any other recorded television.
Personal baking has been minimal of late but the day before we left for our old stamping ground I did make Mum a birthday cake/dessert. Inspired by Yotam Ottolgenhi and Helen Goh on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, I made a rolled pavlova which was featured on the programme as a recipe from their new cookbook Sweet. I substituted mango and raspberries for the prescribed blackberries and peaches and I don’t think the confection suffered as a result.
Rarely making life easy for myself, I decided that the left over egg yolks shouldn’t go to waste. I was therefore making lemon curd at the eleventh hour. I’m sure someone somewhere will tell me that I should have frozen the yolks to use when time was on my side.
An experimental bake, based on my favourite shortbread recipe, accompanied us on our trip. It’s nice to have something homemade alongside a cuppa when we return to our caravan after a day out. I hankered after a Bakewell tart but adapted Paul Hollywood’s shortbread recipe to create a biscuit with the same flavours. We liked them well enough for me to write the variation in the recipe book.