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Bake Off Is Back

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

So we finally have a start date for The Great British Bake Off series 6! If I had a £ for every time someone has asked me when the show starts I would definitely be a millionaire by now! So bake yourself something tasty, put your feet up and remotes at the ready, as finally the tent flaps will open to a fab bunch of new bakers on WEDNESDAY 5th AUGUST at 8pm on BBC1.

Obviously Mary and I have been in the tent for the last couple of months observing and critiquing the new bakers, but the last couple of weeks have involved leaving the tent and chatting to the press about the new series so we can answer all of your questions. We both can’t believe what a huge success the show has been and this year interest in the programme has been bigger than ever. So far I have done interviews with Observer Food Monthly, Radio Times, TV Times, Heat, Women’s Own, OK, Grazia, Mirror, Sun and Woman & Home among many others!

So what’s going to happen in the tent this year? Well what happens in the tent stays in the tent, (well until it goes out on the BEEB!), but if you follow me on Twitter @PaulHollywood or Instagram @bakerhollywood you might just get some extra details! I can’t wait to find out what you think of the bakers and of course of the bakes.

Happy Baking!

Baking Hot

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

Wow isn’t the weather scorching at the moment. Imagine how hot it’s been in the Bake Off tent! Let’s hope our bakers can keep their cool this season.

Last week my summer newsletter went out. For those that subscribe you now have the opportunity to try my stunning Strawberry and Rosewater Tart which is perfect for eating whilst watching Wimbledon, or my showstopper of a Blueberry Meringue Cake. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet, sign up on my website now. As well as news and tips, the newsletter includes exclusive recipes and interviews with other foodies who inspire me. The next newsletter will be sent out at the end of the summer.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram @bakerhollywood will know after baking my first love is cars and bikes. I recently I have been enjoying a bit of both, not only checking out some incredible machines at the Henry Surtees Foundation but also getting the opportunity to jump on my bike with my son and head to the beach for an ice cream.

I also have some really exciting news this week. I was lucky enough to take part in the new series of Who Do You Think You Are for the BBC.  It was such a fascinating process and took me all over the place. Dates are yet to be announced of when the series starts, but keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter and I will let you know as soon as I hear.

Happy Baking!

Reunited with Nancy

Posted on: June 10th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

Last week I was reunited with the fabulous Nancy Birtwhistle, Bake Off Champion of 2014. We were both speaking about baking at an event and it was so great to see how far Nancy’s come since the tent last summer. We are filming the new series at the moment and it’s so funny to look around the tent and wonder who is going to be this year’s ‘Nancy’! I can’t say much about the show as I don’t want to spoil the special magic of the show by giving away any tips. I can however say this; it’s going to be a good year, in fact it’s going to be better than ever. We have an interesting group this year and the bakes are a mixture of easy and REALLY difficult. Lots of people have been asking me when Bake Off will be back on. I am afraid I can’t answer that as the BBC only release dates a few weeks before the show starts. However, the show normally starts in August, so keep an eye on my Facebook page and Twitter and as soon as I know I will let you guys know.

Apart from Bake Off I have been travelling around a bit over the last couple of weeks. I visited the Highlands for the first time and was really knocked out by how stunning it is up there. I also managed a trip to the seaside for an ice cream with my son as the sun came out this weekend.

Happy Baking!

Ice Cream & Daleks

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

I have had another crazy few weeks baking and travelling. As you can see from the picture I managed to grab a few days in Italy recently. As well as a bit of relaxing and enjoying the warmer weather I was also there on official baking business. It’s all top secret now, but keep an eye on my blog for news later in the year.

As well as abroad I have been travelling up and down the country. Over the bank holiday weekend I was lucky enough to be up in Media City for the Salford Quays Food Festival. This was a brilliant event because as well as getting up to my usual baking fun, (it was Bakewell Tart this time!), I got to hang out with some Daleks, knock on the door of the Tardis and to top it all off my darling Mum dropped by. I managed to get some fun shots of the day, check out my Instagram @bakerhollywood to see my pics.

Bake off is in full swing and I wish I could let you in on all the baking fun we have had so far, but obviously that would completely ruin the surprise. I can say just how impressive this year’s team are so far.

Happy Baking!


The Wait Is Over . . .

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

So it’s finally that time of year, the tent is open and I get to share a G & T with my Bake Off family! We have had the first weekend of filming and wow the standard is high this year. Every year I am more and more impressed with our amateur bakers, and every year I have to raise my judging game. This year is no exception. Obviously I can’t tell you anything yet, but keep an eye on my blog over the next few months and you might get some behind the scenes gossip from GBBO series 6.

Apart from Bake Off I have been really busy over the past few weeks with some secret filming opportunities. Some will have to remain a secret for a bit longer, but I can let you know that next weekend I will be appearing on the new series of Celebrity Squares presented by the brilliant Warwick Davis. I will be appearing alongside Julian Clary amongst others. Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday 3rd May at 7.15pm on ITV.

Two weeks ago I was joined by Bezza at the BBC Good Food Show Spring in Harrogate. It was a brilliant day of baking and I really enjoyed meeting everyone who came, as well as the fabulous Hairy Bikers. If you couldn’t make it to Harrogate but would like to come see me bake, then I will be appearing at the Lowry Food Festival in Media City Manchester on the 3rd May.  I hope to see lots of you there.

Happy Baking!


Spring is here . . . Finally!

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

So I think we can safely say that Springtime is finally here . . . hooray! I had a lovely Easter weekend with lots of family and lots of eating.

With Springtime round the corner it can only mean one thing, it’s nearly time to get back in the tent! As soon as the sun comes out I start getting excited about filming the new series of The Great British Bake Off and hanging out in the sunshine with my brilliant Bake Off family. After such an eventful season last year I can’t imagine what’s in store for us this year.

With only weeks before Bake Off begins filming I am very busy with some very exciting TOP SECRET filming. I can’t say anything yet, but keep an eye on my Facebook page and all will be revealed very soon.

In between filming I will be doing some live baking with the fabulous Bezza at the BBC Good Food Show Spring in Harrogate this weekend, and then on my own at the Lowry Outlet Food Festival at the beginning of May. Check out my Calendar pages for dates and details and come and say hello.

Happy Baking!