With the third series of The Great British Bake Off well underway on BBC2, the pastime of making time for tea has never been more popular.
If you’ve been inspired by what you’ve seen on the programme, then be sure to pick up the accompanying book, which promises to turn your everyday bakes into showstoppers, under the expert instruction of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. With easy-to-follow recipes and lots of handy hints on perfecting the more technical elements of baking, it’s a failsafe guide on how to whip up a gourmet meringue, prove a perfect loaf and avoid the most dreaded baker’s downfall of all- the utterly terrifying soggy bottom!
Once you’ve mastered an array of goodies, then your can turn your attention to presentation- which, as we all know from Mr. Hollywood is just as important as a good bake. With this in mind, here’s a look at some of the prettiest tea party pieces around:
So whether you’re attempting a tarte tatin, wrestling a rum baba recipe or just enjoying a good old fashioned cuppa, there’s no excuse not to do it in style. Happy baking!
By Sarah Farrell