It was only the other week that we were celebrating the return of The Great British Bake Off to our screens and even though the new series is still in its infancy, yesterday bought some potentially devastating news. Yes, after the 2016 series is finished, GBBO will no longer be shown on the BBC and from 2017/2018 onwards it will become a Channel 4 show. The prospect of Bake Off with adverts and (possibly) without Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue is something that many GBBO fans are struggling to process, so to help you come to terms with your complicated feelings, here are a few things you can do to help you cope with this unexpected news…
Watch The Great British Bake Off
Well, it’s the obvious place to start, right? There are quite a few more instalments to air, so let’s all appreciate Bake Off in its current form while we still can.
The next best thing to watching someone bake is doing it yourself, and largely thanks to the popularity of GBBO, the internet is not short of a baking recipe or two. What better comfort food is there to drown your sorrows with than a nice big fat chocolate cake, and as today also happens to be Roald Dahl Day, we think this recipe for Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake is very apt indeed.
If you need to stock up on a few baking essentials to create you comforting cake, you can use Argos voucher codes to purchase some great value bakeware that will aid your skills and make sure that cake is fit for consumption and devouring.
Get Your Cookbook Fix
We don’t know if they’ll return to the new GBBO or not, so during this period of uncertainty why not treat yourself to a Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry cookbook to ease your inner pain? You can use WH Smith promo codes to save on titles such as Paul Hollywood’s British Baking and Mary Berry Ultimate Cake Book, and when you’re feeling up to it, you might even try to attempt a recipe or two. Just avoid soggy bottoms where possible.
Indulge in Some Comfort TV
The other reason why we all love The Great British Bake Off is that it is simply great telly, so what better way to get over/ignore the current GBBO crisis that by settling down in in front of said TV and watch something equally comforting? Indulge in some classic box sets, whether it’s a murder mystery in the vein of Poirot or a costume drama with a happy ending like Pride and Prejudice, and once you’re done, this unexpected Bake Off news might them feel slightly more palatable.
Take in Some Afternoon Tea
If you’re not quite up to baking your own creations just yet but still need that sponge fix, then there’s nothing stopping you booking yourself a spot of afternoon tea as a treat. Organising this with Virgin Experience Day discount vouchers can not only save you money, but also give you a wide choice of locations including Blenheim Palace, Coombe Abbey and even a Bottomless G & Tea for Two at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden, something we think Mary Berry would wholeheartedly approve of.
But in all seriousness, don’t despair – no one yet knows what form a new GBBO will take (apart from the inclusion of adverts), and you never know, the combination of Mary Berry on the risk-taking Channel 4 could prove to be something altogether more exciting. And perhaps might include a greater amount of gin in those recipes…
By Anna Scott, 13th September 2016