What’s the best thing about Autumn? Is it the leaves turning gold and brown? The Autumnal colours becoming fashionable again as we look to new season fashion? The fact that we are moving closer to Christmas, and that we also have Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to? Is it that as the nights begin to draw in we can snuggle up on the sofa and watch Netflix? It may be all of these, but I’m guessing that for many people, the return of ‘The Great British Bake Off‘ is a major plus point.
Bake Off is a TV phenomenon, a programme that shouldn’t be successful, but is. A tale of baking, whether it be linked to bread, buns, cakes and pastries, it it the programme that made the double entendre ‘Soggy Bottom’ famous, and launched Candace Brown and Nadiya Hussein as new faces in TV cooking. Bake off is gentle, funny, filled with delicious creations, and has made us a nation of bakers once again. My nan, who could bake a mean cake, would most certainly approve.
If you are a budding baker, or even a master baker in the making, you need to make sure you have all the right equipment (just as important as the right ingredients) and that you understand a little about timings for making your superb creations. For many, a simple tray bake is a good place to start, it is fairly simple and you can then decorate it to create a birthday cake if required, or add fruit and icing to just make it attractive before you tuck in. Trago, who stock a large range of kitchenware, including bake ware, recently put together an informative infographic which gives you a good idea of the oven timings for different kinds of baking trays and cake trays, along with a tip about not overfilling your tin.
Are you a Star Baker, or are you a novice now tempted to bake your own cakes by Great British Bake Off. Whatever label applies to you, happy cooking!