Tuesday, 7 October 2014

How to Bake by Paul Hollywood

Have you been caught up in Great British Bake Off fever? I definitely can't wait for the final this week! Paul Hollywood who is a judge on the show is a baker and has published a few books including this one. Baking bread and pastries is my weak point as I much prefer baking cakes and biscuits. When I was offered a copy of How to Bake by Paul Hollywood to review by Suppose.com, I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn some new skills and expand my baking repertoire. 

Suppose.com help you track prices from major retailers so you know you are getting a good bargain. You can track the price of your favourite items and you get alerted whenever the price drops. You can also see the price history of an item you like so you know you are getting the best price. 

The book itself is a hardback copy with 303 pages including index. It has a beautiful layout and is very easy to read. The chapters are divided into

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started with Bread
  • Basic Breads
  • Flavoured Breads
  • Sourdough
  • Croissants, Danish & Brioche
  • Biscuits, Puddings & Cakes
  • Tarts & Pies

Each chapter starts with the chapter in huge letters and an index of the recipes in that section below it plus a short blurb on the top right corner. I like this format as it's easy to look for recipes and the little introduction to the chapter is concise and to the point.

 There are lots of process photos as seen above which is really helpful particularly if he is showing you a particular technique such as kneading and shaping bread.

Each recipe has a short introduction, a list of ingredients, easy to follow instructions and most importantly a picture for every recipe. There is a large variety of recipes in the book and they range from simple to complex. I haven't tried any of the recipes myself as I haven't finished unpacking all my stuff (been far too busy!) but I have already bookmarked a few to try. Watch this space!

Disclaimer: I was sent a review copy free of charge. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. This book sounds amazing. I love some of his recipes!

  2. Nice to see Paul doing some baking rather than stalking the contestants!

    1. Ha ha indeed. I think I'd be terrified in that tent!

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    1. Indeed! I'd like to be the judge of his bakes ha ha


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