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Good Cook Book and Good Tie In,
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This review is from: Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Hardcover)
Great British Bake-off has really gone unnoticed on a TV landscape overflowing with cookery programs and quite why this is I can't explain. This book tie's into series 2. It isn't written by the two judges (Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood). They do however write the foreword and provide the technical tests from the series in the book. Also some of the recipes from the contestants are in here and the finalists recipes can be unlocked from a code contained in the book.
The technical bakes are a real highlight as the step-by-step guides really make it clear what to do. My Tarte au Citron turned out nicely from this. I am yet to try the others. The instructions are clear and there are occasional tips from Mary Berry included as well. Its also very brightly illustrated - although not every bake is illustrated.
I'll try and add to this review as I use this book more and more. I firmly expect to use it a lot as there is a lot here that just begs you to try. It works as a tie-in as well as a baking guide in its own right. If you enjoy the show then this is ideal. If you want to improve your baking and try some new recipes (some standard and some a little more daring) then this also fits the bill.
Update - tried one of the bread recipes. And the hazelnut and apricot loaf worked well. Watching this weeks episode am even happier with it!
Also have tried the rustic loaf. The instructions need careful reading and you need lots of prep time. But it made very good bread
Further Update - got the finalists recipes this morning