I hope you have all been enjoying the new website. Thanks for all the amazing comments you have sent me, I am really chuffed you like it. I have been particularly pleased with the brilliant response to the Ask Paul page, we have had so many great questions. If you have sent one in then please do keep checking each week to see if your question appears. One of the most popular questions we have had has been regarding gluten-free baking. I know that these days so many people struggle to tolerate gluten, and that at the moment the flavour of a lot of the gluten-free options available do not really stand up against regular bread and cakes. I appreciate this is a problem for so many of you and I am really working hard to create some good alternatives. Until then check out the Ask Paul page soon for one option.
I have had an incredibly busy time this month filming all over the country for my new show Pies and Puds. At the start of the month I travelled up to bonnie Scotland searching for local recipes, and learning about the heritage behind them. During my trip had I fantastic fun playing cowboys on a Buffalo farm and even met a tiny buffalo called Silver Fox, apparently named after me! I also got the chance to pretend to be a fisherman, fishing and smoking langoustines, and hanging out on the beach learning all about different types of seaweed. I rounded off my trip perfecting the art of the perfect espresso. For the last week I have been back in the kitchen, using my newfound knowledge to cook up some tasty delights for the show. Tune in to BBC2 this autumn to see the results.
In between filming for the new show I have been out and about meeting fellow bakers at food festivals both in the UK and abroad. I visited historical Stratford-Upon-Avon for the Stratford Food Festival, and then flew all the way to South Africa for the Cape Gourmet Food Festival. SA is simply stunning and I had so much fun hanging out with Australian Masterchef Judge Gary Mehigan. If you would like to come and see me bake then do check out the calendar pages to find out if I am going to be appearing at a baking show near you soon.
And finally, something for all of you watching The Great British Bake Off. Fancy having a go at this week’s technical challenge, my Apricot Couronne? The recipe will be Recipe of the Week next week, have a go and see if you can produce a star bake like Ruby.
Bye Paul x