For anyone who loves the Great British Bake Off, how about giving them a cookery course?
It’s back! The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday, 21 September 2021!
The programme starts within British Food Fortnight 2021, the national celebration of the diverse, gorgeous, yummy food that the UK produces! And surely one of the things we do best is Afternoon Tea, with finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream and jam galore, and perhaps a glass of bubbly from an English vineyard thrown in?
Anyway back to The Great British Bake Off 2021! The judges will be Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, and the hosts are Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. And there are 12 new contestants!
One of the things about baking is that for many people, it's a time to link back to those hours whiled away with Mum in the kitchen, making cupcakes and other simple items. And it's creative, and fun, and you definitely get an end result (even if you don't fancy eating it) one way or another.
Here are some gift ideas:
How about a Great British Bake-Off Family Planner to see you through 2022? With photos and recipes, it's also got five spacious columns each month, a handy storage pocket and useful, fun stickers! All for £9.99 from the CalendarClub.co.uk
For dog lovers who adore baking - biscuits for example! - how about this Dogs Extra Large Rectangular Caddy from Emma Bridgewater for £15.00? It will add colour to a kitchen nicely! Great for storing biscuits in - yours or the dogs!
If you're inspired by Bake Off to do some baking and cooking yourself, and love trying to do new things, why not treat yourself and a friend to a cookery or baking class? Get hands on and stuck in! Cookery class experiences provide a fun and informal way to discover new skills in the kitchen. Chocolate making, cupcake decorating, bread making, there's a range of cookery experiences available through Virgin Experience Days.
Fitting things in can be very difficult for people so you could always give them a recipe book - a celebrity recipe book! Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood and previous judge Mary Berry have all produced a wealth of cookery books. And recipe books can look very pretty on shelves in a kitchen. View Amazon's range of Baking Books here
Alternatively, give them something to look forward to for as many months as you choose to - give them a magazine subscription. Isubscribe.co.uk have a number of Food and Drink magazines you can subscribe to as a gift, including several which focus on baking and cakes!
The National Trust Shop (online) has a National Trust Book of Afternoon Tea and its full of absolutely delicious goodies, including a couple of alcoholic treats such as a Champagne Cocktail and a Kir Royale! It's a great gift for anyone who adores the tradition of Afternoon Tea, as it includes sandwiches, macaroons, savoury snacks and sweet treats, as well as sample menus for a tea party and also historical recipes which show after afternoon tea was made "in times gone by". All for £9.99