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Summer is over . . .

Posted on: September 5th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

Well it’s now September and I think we can all agree that summer is officially over pretty quickly this year. Isn’t the weather rubbish! I have had a jammed packed August, with a fabulously sunny trip to Cyprus with my family and then I rushed back for Carfest South & The BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court. My trip to Cyprus meant I could treat myself to some of my favourite local bakes. Having previously worked in Cyprus I am very familiar with most of the local delicacies and if you keep an eye on Bake Off you will see one of my favourites popping up in the technical challenge soon!

Carfest was brilliant fun as usual and I was lucky enough to not only check out some awesome cars, but also hang out with the fabulous Sharleen Spitari and Jools Holland. The weather wasn’t exactly brilliant for The BBC Good Food Festival on Bank Holiday Monday; however, I was under cover on the Summer Kitchen Theatre baking up some goodies for the fabulous audience so managed to stay dry.

As we approach the half way point of #GBBO the bakes are getting seriously good. I have to say I LOVED last week’s dessert episode as I love any opportunity to indulge in a bit of cheesecake, however, obviously Bread week was a standout episode for me. What did you think of Paul’s Lion!? I thought it was absolute genius and definitely a highlight of series 6 for me. This week we had a first for Bake Off as we get the bakers to try some free-from recipes. I get so many requests from people for recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free so I am sure that this episode will be one of the most popular.

Happy Baking!

Delving into my past

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Harriet Low No Comments

So Bake Off has started and it seems that you guys still love it. A huge 9.3million of you tuned in for episode 1 to see us revive the Black Forest Gateau and we can’t thank you enough. We love making the show and have such fun in the tent, so we are chuffed to bits that you guys enjoy it as much as us. There will be no spoilers on my blog as that would ruin it for everyone, but keep an eye on my FB page for suggestions of which recipes you might want to have a go at and eat whilst watching.

This week is Biscuit Week and I will definitely be knocking up a batch of my shortbread to nibble on whilst watching. If you haven’t had a go at my recipe yet I really recommend it as it’s super easy and you can flavour it as you like. The recipe is here. It’s a particularly good recipe to make with the kids. I am sure lots of you are looking for ways to entertain them during the long summer holidays and I can safely say I have never met a kid who doesn’t enjoy a bit of baking (and eating!) biscuits.

This week I am on the telly two days in a row! After appearing on Bake Off on Wednesday night I am back on Thursday night on Who Do You Think You Are? I have always wanted to go on this show and was honoured to be asked by the BBC to take part. It was a privilege to be able to delve into my past in such detail and magical to find out such incredible facts about some of my favourite family members. I hope you enjoy watching.

Happy Baking!

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!