If you didn’t know already, the beloved Great British Bake Off is coming back into our lives on 5th August, airing on BBC One at 20:00 BST.
“Wait, 5th August? Isn’t that NEXT Wednesday? As in LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY?”
Yes, yes it is.
The Great British Bake Off has become a bit of a national treasure, and we know its return next week is greatly anticipated. Get ahead of the game, dust off the baking tins and the mixing bowl and get back into baking with The Hut. We have a dedicated Great British Bake Off range to celebrate the new series launch, and we also have an extensive baking range so you’ll be prepared with everything you need to make the perfect cakes, pastries, pies and tarts. We’ll provide the equipment, but it’s down to you to avoid the soggy bottoms.
We’re going to walk you through how our versatile baking range could be used to recreate your favourite Great British Bake Off recipes, or you could even give the contestants a run for their money with your own creations. We’ll use a personal favourite recipe of ours as an example: Joanne Wheatley’s recipe for chocolate orange cupcakes, the winner of series 2.
Ingredients for the Cupcakes
- 120g/4oz plain flour
- 140g/5oz caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 40g/1½oz unsalted butter
- 50g/2oz dark chocolate, melted
- 1 free-range egg
- 125ml/4fl oz milk
- 1 orange, juice only
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
Ingredients for the White Chocolate and Orange Buttercream
- 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened
- 250g/9oz icing sugar
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 50g/1¾oz white chocolate, melted
- 1 orange, zest only
- 100g/3½oz orange chocolate
To make this recipe, first let’s get into character with a Mary Berry Apron. Then you’ll need to measure out your quantities, try using our Great British Bake Off scales.
Next, line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. We’ve been defeated by the wooden spoon and mixing bowl many times before. Don’t be a hero, make things easier for yourself and mix the baking powder, sugar, flour and butter together in this stylish powder blue mixer.
The next step is to whisk your melted chocolate, milk and egg together in a Le Creuset mixing jug, and then stir the chocolate mixture into the flour. Spoon this combined mixture into the paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they’ve risen and are golden brown. (A good tip to check that cakes are done is to pierce them through once with a skewer which should come out clean). Remove your cakes from the oven with the Anorak double oven glove and leave them to cool for 10 minutes.
You’ll need a couple of different mixing bowls here to prepare the orange flavouring and the buttercream icing. This Joseph Joseph nest set is perfect as it contains two mixing bowls alongside seven other useful kitchen utensils. Mix your orange juice with the granulated sugar and pour this mixture over the warm cakes, leaving them to completely cool. Then, beat the butter with a spoon until it’s light and fluffy. Stir in the icing sugar and beat for 5 more minutes. Then beat in milk, orange zest and melted chocolate. Lastly, decorate your cupcakes with the buttercream icing and chocolate shavings.
There you have it, a product from The Hut for every stage of baking.
Check back with us for details on an exciting Great British Bake Off competition that we will be launching on our Facebook and Twitter pages! It will run alongside the show from start to finish.
All of the products in this post can be found on The Hut.com, shop now with our Great British Bake Off range and baking range with free UK delivery when you spend £20 or more.