Bye Bye Great British Bake Off

Tuesday nights will not be the same. I haven’t enjoyed a TV cookery show so much since the very first series of Master Chef (yes, I really am that old!)

I could hardly bear to watch the judges making their decision last night and have to admit Edd was a worthy winner, but Miranda’s lemony Cupcakes were the epitome of home baking for me and I am so glad Mary Berry spoke up for her. Praise from Mary is like gold dust and Miranda should be able to hold her head up high. Ruth, so cool calm and collected produced stunningly sweet looking buns and I’m intrigued to try the recipe, but I have a feeling I will have to fight the urge not to use crystalised ginger.

Mel and Sue – thank you for being so sensitive about the contestant’s feelings and being so laugh out loud funny at the same time (The first episode where Mark went home stands out for me, such kind words). Finally, to all the contestants a huge thanks for entering and putting yourself in the public spotlight – a very brave thing to do – baking is such a personal thing and I couldn’t have done it.

I wonder what the contestants will do next? I hope Miranda continues to post her recipes online and finds time to make a business from her superbly decorated cakes and biscuits. I hope Edd gets the job of his dreams, I hope Ruth publishes a cookery book and gets her own tv series – she is so entertaining!

Thanks to everyone involved with making the show, I have loved it.

Right, now back to mundane family life and in case you all think my family live on a diet of cupcakes, think again. Today I’m making three bean soup inspired by a summer trip to New York and posting a batch of biscuits to a friend who completed his first Great North Run at the weekend.

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