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The Great British Bake Off

Cooking has seen a resurgence over the last couple of years and in turn this has led to the TV schedules being filled with programmes dedicated to food, in particular baking. My favourite of these has to be Great British Bake Off (GBBO). I love how it is accessible for all (many of my primary pupils love watching it) […]

Holly Bell Cupcake Course

Creatures & Flowers Cupcake Class with Holly Bell

For those of you who watched the second series of Great British Bake Off will be familiar with finalist Holly Bell. I was a fan of hers from the first episode because she’s local to me, has a similar obsession with Bakewells and (according to insistent family & friends) we are very similar look wise and mannerisms. Yes, I’ve also been known to get the tape measure out while baking, don’t judge me. I’m a perfectionist.

Holly has recently started cupcake and bread making courses at the lovely Bridge 67 Cookery School in Smeeton Westerby near Market Harborough. She invited me along to try the course. The cookery school is based in cute little house on the farm with the kitchen downstairs and the dining room upstairs. It almost felt like we were in someone’s house. I liked that the ovens were (rather nice) domestic ovens proving if you could cook it there we would be able to cook it at home.

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Why Golden Syrup is so good for you – Brandy Snaps

According to the Tate & Lyle Golden Cookery Book,  circa early 1960’s, I picked up on holiday Golden Syrup is really rather good for you. Golden Syrup isn’t just one sugar – it’s three: sucrose, glucose and fructose. So it gives you triple-sugar-energy. One reason why Golden Syrup is so good for children is that it stops […]

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