The Great British Bake Off Is Back!

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The return of The Great British Bake Off excites some in the team

We love our cake and home baking at the “Friend”, and we’re all really excited this week to have “The Great British Bake Off” back on our screens! The first episode certainly didn’t disappoint, did it? That final challenge in week one, when the contestants were asked to create a selfie of themselves out of biscuits, was certainly inventive!

It reminded me of the time a few years ago when one of our super talented colleagues in our London Advertising team decided to bake biscuit versions of herself and her fellow workmates. We shared the picture she sent us at the time, but it’s too good not to give a repeat viewing here – especially as “Bake Off” has made this idea so topical!

I love baking, and in honour of the return of “Bake Off” I’ve dug out my favourite baking recipe book – Annie’s Bell’s Baking Bible. It’s packed full of delicious cakes, bakes and biscuits, all beautifully photographed. The recipes are easy to follow, too.

My favourite bake from the book is the Classic Tearoom Chocolate Victoria Sponge. It takes a bit of effort, but my goodness, it’s worth it. It’s a really lovely cake to make for a special occasion.


Get baking in your kitchen with some of our scrumptious recipes 

Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Former Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.