End of a fantastic year

XMAS Dec14

Sorry I haven’t written in a while, but the last few weeks have been completely manic. Since the second leg of my 2014 tour Paul Hollywood’s British Baking Live began at the beginning of November I have been on the go non-stop. I visited 25 different towns in just over one month, with 30 shows in total. My tour was absolutely brilliant. It was so great to meet all you fellow bakers, share tips, talk cakes and pies, and at the same time visit all these fabulous places round the UK. Highlights of the tour for me were baking with our Bake Off champion Nancy Birtwhistle in Grimsby and the show in my home town of Liverpool where my darling mum came to see me.

In amongst my British Baking Live craziness I also found time to catch up with Mary for the BBC Good Food Show Winter. I love doing the Good Food Shows and it’s always great to bake with Bezza. In fact I am back with Bezza on your screens tonight for The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass. For more Christmas recipes don’t forget to check out the recipe section of the website where you can find two different Christmas cake recipes, some fab chocolate alternatives, two mince pie recipes, my Christmas buns and a couple of savoury Christmas pies, including my brilliant Christmas Leftover Pie.

I am hoping for a few days off with my wonderful family to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. If I am lucky I might even get some time in the mountains. Till then I haven’t had a chance to even start my Christmas shopping so it’s off to the shops for me. If you still have gifts to buy then check out my online store. This weekend from the 19th to the 21st there will be big savings on everything, so you can grab yourself as bargain as well as make a baking mad friend happy.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store.