Time to get baking

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Own up: did you get a little tearful during the final of The Great British Bake-Off this week? Something about the combination of lovely hard-working bakers, inspiring life stories and jolly good cakes made me feel very emotional – and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

It’s National Baking Week, so there’s no better time to remember the importance of baking. From helping your mum knead bread, to making messy fairy cakes with your kids, our experiences of baking are often tied up with family relationships, happy memories, and the kind of pride you only attain by making something from scratch.

It doesn’t matter to me that my cakes don’t quite rise like Mary Berry’s – regardless of the results, nothing could be more therapeutic or enjoyable than an afternoon spent baking. If you haven’t done it for a while, why not get inspired by our baking recipes? From indulgent double chocolate fudge cake to homely jam roly-poly, there’s something for every sweet tooth.

There are also easy tricks you can learn to make your baking look more professional (because if there’s one thing Great British Bake-Off’s Brendan has taught us, it’s that presentation is key). Watch our videos on piping techniques and how to make chocolate decorations, and before you know it, you’ll be producing cakes and biscuits that even Paul Hollywood would approve of.

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