Take your pick of judge and judged!
That nice young man from the Great British Bake Off has a book out called ‘John Whaite Bakes at Home’. He won the 2012 Great British Bake Off, (is it that long ago?)
He now bakes everywhere he goes – at food festivals, as a guest on the nation’s top cookery shows, at Le Cordon Bleu school where he is perfecting his craft and as teacher at his new cookery school. This book has recipes for creating treats and feasts for family and friends – lunches, brunches and afternoon teas; sweet bakes and savoury pizzas; picnics, confectionery and special occasion cakes. Straightforward homemade recipes with a modern twist.
All the recipes from her recent TV show are in Mary Berry Cooks – The blurb says The nation’s best-loved cook and queen of cakes, Mary Berry is the undisputed authority on the art of home baking and cooking. Now, she invites you into her kitchen to share the secrets of her own favourite dishes to make when entertaining family, friends and guests. 100 mouth-watering recipes offers the perfect meal for any occasion. It includes dinner-party staples such as slow roast shoulder of lamb or venison and chestnut pie, special summer lunches such as jewelled cous cous salad and summer pudding, and of course, her trademark cakes and bakes, ideal for an Afternoon Tea
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 Lepard – Short 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