Any regular readers or friends of mine will tell you how much I love the Great British Bake Off. I became obsessed while watching the third season and fell in love with all the bakers. When Cathryn and Sarah-Jane had their cake stall in the Carfax in Horsham, where I live, I went most weeks. They were both lovely and very friendly. For Christmas this year I received John Whaite's book and I got James Morton's bread book for my Dad!
So when I got tickets to see John Whaite, the winner of season three, I was very excited.
I went with my parents to Denman College in Abingdon. It's a campus for members of the WI to go to do courses in everything! Baking, sewing, etc. Some courses are open to everyone, like this one... although my Dad was still the only man in the room, apart from John!
John did three bakes, all of which will feature on my blog at some point soon! He made chocolate madeleines, cranberry and orange scones and passion fruit meringue tarlets.
During the demo John was answering questions and told us about the Bake Off application process, which I found fascinating. It sounds crazy how many interviews and auditions they have to go through before even meeting Mary and Paul! After the demo I was able to snap this picture of John's bakes before the WI ladies devoured them! (John himself posted it on his Instagram account and now follows me on Twitter!)
After the demo John signed a few books and spoke to us individually. It was great to meet him and he even remembered me from a tweet I sent him about looking forward to going to the course! He signed my copy of his new book 'John Whaite Bakes at Home'
As Abingdon is close to Oxford we went to visit my sister in the afternoon. It was a perfect day! Hopefully I'll be able to go to more demos, Cake and Bake shows and Good Food festivals this/next year! X Bo