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Baking with a GBBO legend…

So have you heard about Bake With A Legend yet?

If, like me, you’ve been seeing their posts pop up in your social media timelines over the last year or so, then your interest has probably been well-and-truly piqued – just like mine was.

If, however, you are unfamiliar with the concept, allow me to explain:
Basically, a while back, some enterprising fellows realised that there were a great many fans of The Great British Bake Off out there and that they would probably enjoy spending the day learning to bake with some of their favourite bakers from the show. They were not wrong and the Bake With A Legend experience days have been a massive success, with attendees including everyone from corporate team building types right through to parties of friends and hen nights.

Now, as huge fan of baking in all of its forms AND a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, I knew that the Bake With A Legend experience would be right up my street and so, when I heard that the team were putting together a special one off event, hosted by series seven finalist Jane Beedle, to launch a selection of new packages in partnership with Airbnb, I had to check it out.

Check out my latest video, to see what we got up to:

Being completely honest with you guys, it really was a fantastic day and I loved every single second of it.

Obviously, it was great to see Jane again – not to mention learn from her – but in addition to that, spending the day with an amazing group of like-minded baking fans of all levels of experience and defeating my once-nemesis, choux pastry all ensured that the day was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I would highly recommend checking out Bake With A Legend if you are a fan of GBBO and I definitely think I’ll be back for another helping of the Bake With A Legend experience!

I must say a massive thank you to Jane and the Bake With A Legend team for having me along for the day and for allowing me film the entire experience to share with you all.

Bake With A Legend hold classes in London, Brighton, Manchester and Bristol, with a whole host of your favourite GBBO alumni. If you would be interested in finding out more about classes with your favourite baker from The Great British Bake Off, then you can visit the Bake With a Legend website right here.

Who knows, I might even see you there… 😉

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Win with Renshaw: Battle of the Bakes

The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens, with episode two – Cake Week screening at 8pm tonight on Channel 4.

In celebration of its much-anticipated return, Renshaw have launched The Great Renshaw Bake Off, bringing you plenty of fun new challenges along the way. Just like us, the Renshaw team are so excited to watch the new Bake Off contestants push themselves to their baking limits under the watchful eyes of Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

During this year’s show, Renshaw will also be hosting the ‘Battle of the Bakes’ – a competition that will run throughout the whole 10 weeks of Bake off! And you’ll never believe who will be judging the results…

That’s right! It’s me!

We want to see your BEST bake, whether it’s an elaborate eclair extravaganza or a sparkling sponge spectacle – and not only that, we want to know how to make it!

To enter, you need to upload your own recipe or cake decorating tutorial, including the all-important photos of the finished decorated bake that you have made. We’re looking for steps on how to decorate at least one element of your cake, cupcakes, biscuits, etc.

I will be choosing one lucky winner and 2 runners-up from my favourite uploaded tutorials to take home some wonderful prizes, including:

The winner’s prize – Two tickets to Cake International (on the day of your choice) between 2-4 November, a night’s stay for two in Birmingham during Cake International, two tickets to Cadbury World in Birmingham, and a Renshaw Baking hamper.

The runner-up prizes – two runners-up will each receive a Renshaw Baking product hamper plus a £50 Hobbycraft voucher.

And in an extra chance to win some goodies, any additional people that submit a recipe or cake decorating tutorial that gets published on the Renshaw website will also receive a Renshaw Baking hamper.

Battle of the Bakes will run until Monday 29th October, and Renshaw will be publishing some of the new recipes and tutorials throughout the competition to the Recipes section of their website.

For an idea of how to get started, take a look at the Renshaw Recipe pages, where you’ll see a variety of pages with the ‘Community Recipe’ logo – these are all of the recipes and tutorials that have been submitted by the wonderful members of the Renshaw baking community.

You can upload your recipe or tutorial here.

Good luck to all who enter – I can’t wait to check out your amazing recipes and tutorials!

 

PS. Before you enter, be sure to read the terms and conditions over at the Renshaw website.