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Tonight is the Great British Bake Off final and I can’t wait! Who are you thinking will win this year? I’m rooting for Rahul because he is just adorable and apart from a couple of off weeks has been brilliant throughout. Like most of the nation GBBO ignites my love of home baking and we often bake more whilst it is on. There is nothing quite like the smell of baking in the oven, the taste of warm cookies or the sight of a show stopping cake. Even though Bake Off inspires technical bakes sometimes it’s ok to make baking simpler and make it work for you.
Whilst I would love to tell you I regularly bake bread in the shape of a lion or three layers of mirror glaze cake, the truth is I don’t. I could have a good go at it (though it might not look the best) but I don’t. The fact is with just me and Ellie here huge bakes just don’t get eaten. Spending hours baking something that will ultimately end up drying out and in the bin seems such a waste of food and time. We regularly make cookies, cupcakes, bread loafs and small cakes. Sometimes a small cheesecake or apple crumble for Sunday dinner dessert. But the giant and show stopping desserts? Nope. I’m also a fan of keeping packet mixes in the kitchen cupboards. A box of brownie mix ready to go when the craving starts and there’s no eggs in is perfect.
Easy baking ideas for the Great British Bake Off final – cookies
Homemade chocolate chunk cookies. They are really quick and easy to make and don’t need many ingredients. I love them both warm from the oven and a couple of days later too. Cookies are a perfect bake for us and they are so easy to add to a pack lunch or nibble with a biscuit and cup of tea.
Easy baking ideas for the Great British Bake Off final – brownies
Chocolate brownies are another favourite in our house. These are a packet mix so there is no need to buy anything else and no weighing or measuring. Every time we make them they are perfect with a gooey centre and crispy outside. They also last well in a tin for a good few days which gives the two of us chance to eat them all.
My trophy for the Great British Bake Off final
I’m never going to be Great British Bake Off contestant material, and that is fine by me. I’m sure Paul and Pru won’t approve of a box brownie mix or a simple cookie recipe, and that is fine by me too. We bake what we enjoy making. The food we enjoy eating. And the bakes I know will get eaten. Baking should be fun and enjoyable, especially if you are doing it with family like me.
So my easy bakes are winners in our house and for that I’m awarding myself star baker today.
My star blogger bake off is sponsored by Jackson Trophies so a huge thank you to them for my trophy.
Don’t forget to let me know if you are watching tonight and who you want to win this year.
*This is a collaborative post. As always all words and thoughts are my own.