Long-term readers may remember me talking about my love of The Great British Bake-Off in a post from last year. I don’t know if followers from across the pond can get the show on BBC America or anything like that, but you must search for it as it’s just wonderful. I find it really comforting and love watching the bakers develop and push themselves as the series progresses.
After some initial protest, Mr Monster has watched the last two series with me, often accompanied with a cup of tea and some baked goods of some description. He’s come to enjoy the show, often commenting that he would like to learn to bake. He has a very scientific, tenacious mind and I’ve always thought that baking could be his thing. During the final last week he decided to set himself the challenge of learning be a master baker. With some of our wedding money we bought a copy of Paul Hollywood’s How the Bake, and he’s set about working his way through it.
My Mr Monster is a self-confessed perfectionist, so is planning to repeat each recipe until it meets his exacting standards. We’ve so far had a yummy batch of shortbread, and he’s now working on a simple white cob loaf. He is loving the kneading and proving process, but having never baked before it is proving to be a steep learning curve. Loaf number one was a little overdone on the outside, but underdone within. The second looked like the perfect loaf, but when we excitedly sliced into it, it was quite doughy inside. Not to be defeated, tonight will be time for loaf number three and I have a feeling it might be third time lucky!
You can follow his baking journey on his new blog, ‘Bakers Can’t Be Choosers’. It promises to be a good read, and who knows, he might make it to the bake-off himself one day.