Great British Bake off

image-medium (1)Did I get my application form in for the next Great British Bake off? No! Just looking forward to Series 4 starting in August …Just to whet your appetite here’s a Leeds Libraries top 5 best baking books. You might like to borrow one from us and have it on hand if you’re inspired to get your apron on during the series

Dan LepardShort and Sweet:The best of home baking This one’s been called the new definitive guide to baking and a veritable cornucopia of baking treats. For those who have a love of professional baking, or simply loathe supermarket stodge, Lepard’s much anticipated third book brings his trademark quality and creativity to the domestic kitchen

Ginette Mathiot  The art of French baking ‘The Art of French Baking’ is the definitive collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes. Beautiful photographs without being TOO daunting. Fantastic French patisserie such as a quickly made brioche flavoured with orange flower water and brandy, a caramelised pineapple custard, and “mirrors” – small meringue cases filled with rum frangipan and glazed with a rum and apricot syrup. Yum

Linda Collister’s The Great British Bake Off: Learn to bake accompanying book for the Bake Off is a bit more down to earth – wide range of bakes from large and small cakes, biscuits and cookies, sweet and savoury pastry, puddings, breads and patisserie.

Bea Vo: Tea with Bea Bea’s of Bloomsbury has been offering mouth-watering teatime treats in the heart of London since 2008. Everyday the layer cakes, meringues and tiers of cupcakes in the shop window entice passers-by. Now you can enjoy ‘Tea with Bea’ in your own home

Delia Smith: Cakes. Have included this one cos her recipes really work! From timeless classics like coffee and walnut sponge and old-fashioned cherry cake, to exciting new recipes such as iced hidden strawberry cup cakes and chunky marmalade muffins