Now I think it's pretty safe to say that The Great British Bakeoff is one of the most loved and most established television programmes around in the UK today. Yes, it may just be a dozen ordinary people in an (almost always) boiling tent, baking every weekend, but somehow it manages to grip the nation every year. Who knew Hot Water Crust Pastry and Meringue could put you on the edge of your seat? Or that an oven door breaking off mid-bake could be so dramatic??
Even with the controversial move to Channel 4 and an almost all-new judging and hosting line up, the show has weathered the storm and come out even shinier than before. Prue Leith has proved an excellent judge, perhaps even better than Saint Mary Berry, and Noel and Sandi as the hosts has shown that, while we miss the rapport Mel and Sue had, they can be just as humorous and entertaining.
Warning - SPOILERS...
This week was our favourite - Patisserie Week! Not only were we thrilled to watch baking so close to our hearts (who knows piping bags like us?), but Stephen featured Macarons! His beautiful, if not a little cracked, meringue hot air balloon show-stopper featured alternating layers of macarons and meringue, with the flavours including Eton Mess and Lemon Drop.
You're not worth baking if you're not featured in Bake Off so we're chuffed for the humble macaron to have made an appearance!
If Stephen's Lemon Drop macarons took your fancy, why not try our Lemon Mini Kit? Or perhaps try our Raspberry Rose kit?
And just a happy side note to end the week on...
Today Samina will be hosting a tasting at Fortnum & Mason's in Picadilly from 1.30pm onwards to celebrate their ongoing partnership. If you're in the area, swing by and say hello! We'd love to see you!