Recipes from a Normal Mum – Holly Bell

No it’s not a mistake, you’re here at The Pink Whisk but I’m here to share Holly Bell’s fab new book!

Recipes from a Normal Mum by Holly Bell


I’m so thrilled to have a book of Holly’s on my cookbook shelf.  I’m sure many of you are regular visitors to her blog and watched her avidly on The Great British Bake Off in 2011. Holly has worked exceptionally hard since Bake Off to forge a successful career in baking.


The book is packed full of enticing recipes with pictures of every bake and make.  The ingredients are simple and straightforward to get hold of and the recipes are easy to follow and understand.  There are 8 different chapters each covering a variety of different recipes, cooking and baking, and occasions to bake for so you know you’ll find something for everyone, even my youngest has been baking from it.

Over the rainbow meringues

Over the rainbow meringues

Each of the recipes come with a little snippet of Holly’s life, stories and recipe origins.  I knew we must be alike to be cast in the same ‘slot’ in the bake off but this was reaffirmed when I learnt of her love of gin (and a lack of household ironing!)  I love getting to know people better through their books and Holly really shines out through hers.

Now Holly trumps me with one very important claim to fame, her award winning Chocolate Tiffin which meant she attained a coveted Blue Peter badge, I am highly envious (and haven’t entirely given up the hope of securing mine!)

So with the book review I took the opportunity to ask Holly about some of her kitchen favourites to share with you…

What is your favourite kitchen gadget you’d hate to lose?

Rather unusually my microplane. We’re a house of Parmesan and citrus fiends. Until I had a microplane I had slightly war wounded knuckles from using my box grater.

Your favourite ingredient you always like to have in the cupboard?

I always, always have very dark chocolate in the cupboard – at least 70% cocoa solids. It’s called ‘mummy’s cooking chocolate’ which is kind of true. Though it is also ‘mummy’s savour with a cup of coffee chocolate’ too.

What is your favourite baking tin?

I have a 20 x 20cm baking tin I bought from Tesco ages ago for traybakes that though cheap and cheerful is very useful. It’s the perfect size for a quick lemon drizzle, flapjacks, rocky road and traybake cheesecakes.

What is your favourite time of day to bake?

I love baking in the morning, straight after the school drop off, when my youngest son has a little sleep. It feels very much like my time before the phone starts ringing, before the emails flood in and before I have time to think about how much housework needs doing. I pop Radio 4 on and away I go.

What’s your fave choice of music in the kitchen?

I love to cook, bake and tidy to Radio 4, especially Women’s Hour. I do listen to lots of music too, especially Arcade Fire and The Stones, but I increasingly prefer the companionship radio brings.

Your favourite recipe to bake for the family?

My second eldest son who is 4 only likes ‘plain cakes’ or ‘chocolate cake’ so I tend to either make an almond sponge (this is plain cake you see) or the chocolate cake from my book in the birthday section. It’s a very easy cake to make – just a stir it all together job. Everyone loves it and it’s baked in 20 minutes. My kind of cake.

Your favourite recipe to bake to impress?

I get real stage fright when it comes to baking to impress, I know that might sound like false modesty but I genuinely lose sleep over baking for school fêtes, weddings and birthdays. I am aware that having been on GBBO sets people’s expectations very high. When I want to bake to impress I tend to make either something homely but delicious like a cheese, onion and potato pie with flaky pastry, or go all out and make croissants. People do seem to like a homemade croissant.

Which is your favourite recipe from your book?

My maternal grandmother’s delicious Cornish ginger fairing’s. My grandmother hated baking, cooking and housework. She preferred to focus on her hair, make up and buying jewellery! She was quite a character. I miss her very much and laughed my socks off when I found a hand written recipe for these biscuits in her house after she had passed away. She didn’t make them for my once. I’ll have a bone to pick with her when I see her again one day.

Momma's Cornish ginger fairings

Momma’s Cornish ginger fairings


Your favourite TV chef?

Hard question! I love Nigella for all her curvy glamour and alabaster skin. I do also have a soft spot for Simon Hopkinson. His love of food is infectious.

And your favourite tipple when baking in the kitchen?

In the day time I am a black decaf coffee girl (I have been cutting down on caffeine a lot recently as have had a lot of sleepless nights from over doing it), but in the evening mine’s either a gin and tonic (Tanqueray 10 if there’s a choice) or a large glass of French red. And if there are any olives or crisps I’ll have a bowl too. Thank you.


You can grab yourself a copy from Amazon, and I do hope you will, but I’ve also a copy of Recipes from a Normal Mum by Holly Bell to give away to a lucky Pink Whisk reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite dish to cook or bake at home!

Competition closes at 12 midday on Friday 14th November 2014 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random shortly afterwards.  Only 1 valid entry per person.  Winner will be contacted directly and announced on this post.

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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146 Responses to Recipes from a Normal Mum – Holly Bell

  1. Vikki R says:

    My favourite dish to cook is risotto because it’s so comforting and versatile. My favourite thing to bake is banana bread from a recipe my mum gave me.

  2. Linda Rumsey says:

    Flapjack as its easy and everyone loves it!

  3. Debbie Clendon says:

    I am very much into health and fitness along with my love for baking. My favourite is chocolate

  4. Helen Craig says:

    Tana Ramsey’s chocolate chip cookies – always gobbled up in a couple of days!

  5. Gill Baxter says:

    My simple favourite I like to bake is my ginger cookies. I got the recipe years ago and it is so simple, but my kids love them, so I’m happy!

  6. Medbh Hillyard says:

    My favourite thing to make is a fruit pavlova!

  7. Naomi says:

    Flapjacks are my favourite thing to bake especially when I am in a hurry. Three ingredients – demerara sugar,butter and porridge oats – and oven time of only 20 minutes. I often make a batch before breakfast.

  8. Ali Thorpe says:

    I love baking cinnamon buns. They’re always devoured quickly and appreciated and I like that they require a little bit more effort than, say, a sponge. (And I love cinnamon!)

  9. felicity smith says:

    a classic carrot cake – always goes down a treat

  10. Karrie says:

    I love to bake Flapjack because it’s so easy and foolproof – and you can get creative with what you add in. I love adding cranberries and mixed seeds … so I can convince myself I’m being healthy LOL 🙂

  11. Izzy says:

    This looks like a great book 🙂 I really like to bake muffins at the moment!

  12. ali.b. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win – hmmm at the moment I’m loving making chewy cherry flapjacks a recipe given to me from a lovely lady at a b&b we stayed at, after she had left some complimentary ones in our room – delish!!

  13. Kate Sinclair says:

    I love baking and cooking everything I can, unfortunately due to a number of conditions which have left me disabled I don’t get to and can’t do much of it any more. However I am lucky in that I do get to bake with my niece so actually whatever I bake with her is my favourite (she’s 5) as it’s fun and you get caught up with her enthusiasm, especially when auntie (i.e. me) gets clumsy and drops an egg or something!!!

  14. Sharon Rae says:

    Hi Ruth,
    My favourite thing to bake is your red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – delish! My family love them. Made them for my Dad’s 70th birthday party last year and they went down a treat. Thanks and keep the recipes coming. x

  15. Fiona Harris says:

    Chocolate and cranberry brownies from the Green and Black’s chocolate cookbook- don’t think about the calories (450gm sugar, 5 eggs, 300gms chocolate and 300gms butter!)think about the smell wafting through the kitchen and how impressed everyone will be! They don’t need to know how easy they are to make!

  16. Julia Hesketh says:

    Both my sons are begging me to make some more mince pies using your chocolate mincemeat!

  17. Hattie Walker says:

    My favourite thing to cook is a baked chilli-pecan camembert with baked french bread slices – delicious for lunch or supper or with a glass or two of wine with friends.

  18. Andrew says:

    Absolutely love baking my pear and frangipane tart and my family always get excited when they see it on the table

  19. Zoey Arato says:

    Favourite in our house is homemade donner kebab – a fab fakeaway! Makes you think you are having a naughty treat but with a lot less calories – YUM!

  20. Debbie Brett says:

    This is on my Christmas present list,so if I were to win a copy I could add a different cake book to my Christmas list. Love Holly for being so down to earth

  21. Tania says:

    My favourite thing to bake is sourdough bread! I greet my starter before I go to bed, make up the dough…never knowing what consistency it will be! Leave overnight and am always delighted to see it has risen for me and ready to be baked whilst I shower! Then…come down to wonderful , freshly baked bread with a crunchy crust for breakfast. The flavour is always delicious but never the same!

  22. Heather Willis says:

    Holly sounds like my sort of baker! Down to earth and a gin or large glass of red lover. I would love a copy of her book on my shelf too!

  23. Claire Smith says:

    I love hollys blog and can’t wait to get her book. My favourite recipe to cook is your chocolate cake from the pink whisk cake decorating book. I use for every birthday cake I make. So thanks ruth its a life saver x

  24. lynne says:

    My family love my veggie ‘shepherds pie’ made with either Quorn or puy lentils never any leftovers. I prefer to relax by cooking cakes my favourite is toffee tray bake with caramel icing and fudge chunks in top .

  25. Beckie A says:

    I love baking macarons – the tension over whether they’ll come out right always wins me over.

  26. Jennifer Brown says:

    Definitely madeira cake, lovely with a cup of coffee.

  27. Nikki says:

    Great giveaway! I’m a cake baker through and through, and I’m always happy when I’m baking a cake 🙂

  28. Ann says:

    I love recipe books and this one would be a great addition to my book shelf.
    Thank you for the chance to enter Ruth 🙂

  29. polly says:


  30. Fiona Dobson says:

    Macaroni cheese is always a favourite in our house with lots of extra mature cheddar and some gruyey if you have any left over from cheese and biscuits.Everyone loves it and I love to make it too xx

  31. Jenny C says:

    My favourite thing to bake is my mum’s sticky toffee pudding. I think that might be the perfect thing to bake this weekend actually!

  32. gail kershaw says:

    banana bread is my favourite recipe

  33. claire says:

    Homemade doughnuts are awesome!

  34. Joanne Abbott says:

    I love making fairy cakes they are so simple & my teenage children get the same excitement now when they come home as they did when they where toddlers.

  35. Julia Pomeroy says:

    Vermicelli Flan
    (The ‘pastry case’ is vermicelli pressed and baked in a flan ring or suitable container in which you would bake flans, and the yoghurt filling has the creamy consistency of a savoury quiche. The contrast of textures makes the flan look good and taste delicious.)
    For 4 portions:

    225g vermicelli
    25g butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 medium-sized onions, skinned and chopped
    175g bacon rashers, without rind, finely chopped
    50g cheese, grated
    2 eggs
    150ml natural yoghurt Freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon dried basil or oregano, or fresh basil if available (don’t overdo the amount though)
    3 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
    Some breadcrumbs and grated cheese to scatter on top.

    Cook the vermicelli in plenty of boiling, salted water until it is just tender, which takes approx. three minutes. Drain and while it is still warm toss with the butter. Press the mixture into a 20cm (8in) flan ring (you will find rubber gloves useful here as the vermicelli sticks to your fingers but not to the gloves so you can ensure that you make a good ‘case’) and place flan ring onto baking sheet.

    Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry onion and bacon for 3 to 4 minutes over a medium heat. Spread the grated cheese over the pastry case and sprinkle on the onion and bacon mixture. Beat the eggs and yoghurt together and season with salt, pepper and dried herb. Pour the mixture into the flan case and arrange the tomatoes in overlapping rings around the outside of the flan to cover the pasta, grind a little black pepper over the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little extra dried herb. Mix breadcrumbs and grated cheese together and sprinkle over the top of the yoghurt mixture.

    Bake at 180 deg C (350 deg F, Gas Mark 4) for 35 to 45 minutes until the filling is set. Slide the flan onto a serving plate and remove the flan ring. Serve with a garden salad.

    This has been a family staple for years and years and years, it is extremely tasty but the best bit is that it is actually cheap – it is rare for something to be cheap and tasty!

    This is the original recipe but, as with most things, you can play about with the ingredients such as adding sweetcorn. Or don’t cook in a flan ring just use a dish liberally greased before putting in the vermicelli and serve from the dish, etc, etc.

  36. Bex says:

    Love this post, 2 of my favourite bakers! My favourite thing to bake at home has to be flapjacks. It’s taken me a few attempts but now we have the best chewy-in-the-middle, crunchy-edged sweet treats. I make them from all our leftover cereals – anything will go in as I hate to waste food. Quick and easy, it’s my 5 year old’s favourite thing to bake too!

  37. Jocelyn says:

    I love to cook lemon drizzle cake with my 2 year old grandson. Simple but very tasty and everyone’s favourite x

  38. babs says:

    my favourite quick bake cake is my version of a tea loaf, simply soak the sultana’s the night before in cold tea and a slug of brandy, mix into a basic cake mixture and enjoy with a cup of coffee with friends .

  39. Kirsty Dickson says:

    My favourite dish to cook is chicken pie, because of my oldest son’s reaction when he sees his favourite food in the world.

  40. Cheryl says:

    Great interview ;-). My fave thing to bake is courgette cake….nom nom nom!

  41. Tamara Rutter says:

    I love to bake a carrot cake. I use my grandmothers recipe who unfortunately has passed away but she used to bake it for me all the time.. now I do it myself but it will never be as good as hers! X

  42. Ann Quinn says:

    Hi Ruth, I have recently taken up the art of baking and OMG what have I been missing. My favourite bake is Mary Berry’s recipe for fruit boiled cake, my family and friends think I am a baking goddess cos it tastes soo good any yet so easy to make by I don’t tell them that bit low..

  43. Dawn Hornsey says:

    My favourite bake is profiteroles. It still amazes me that I, a nervous baker, can make choux pastry so quickly and easily, and in less than an hour I have a batch of something so delicious.
    Who needs cake in a mug!

  44. Emma madeley says:

    Lemon cake, my little one loves to stir & have a quick taste test before it goes in the oven. Then a big piece once its cooked.

  45. Christine Gilsenan says:

    I love to bake a chocolate roulade for dinner guests, lots of cream and fresh fruit to put inside, it doesnt matter if it cracks and always looks good dusted with icing sugar and extra fruit on the side !!
    Love the look of Holly’s book !

  46. Lesley Aikman says:

    its my birthday tomorrow, making cakes at the weekend for work – would love this book!

  47. noreen mckelvey says:

    I love to cook, love trying new things, at the moment I’m loving tea bracks and they going down a treat with everyone who visits.

  48. Lorraine Hill says:

    My family’s favourite is cornflake coated chicken. This is so easy, just crush cornflakes in a bag with a rolling pin, add herbs and coat the chicken in it and bake. So tasty and crunchy

  49. Alison Edgar says:

    has to be banana muffins. Major hit with my kids and the smell of home baking in the house is delightful

  50. Angharad Tan says:

    Thanks for the give away :). My favourite thing to bake is Mary Berry double chocolate cookies. Dead easy to make and always turn out well but best not to think about the calories when eating them (as well as chocolate they contain a can of condensed milk!)

  51. Audrey Black says:

    My favourite (for the time being at least!) is lemon Victoria sponge with fresh raspberries and a nice lemon buttercream.

  52. Thanks forthe giveaway! Fave recipe? Actually it’s probably a veggie lasagne as everyone gobbles it up, I can make it with my eyes closed & I can hide SO MANY veggies in it!

  53. Audrey Patterson says:

    White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. hmmmmmmmmmmm.

  54. Kirstie phillipson says:

    My favourite meal to cook gas to be a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings :0) sausage meat stuffing pigs in blanket homemade Yorkshire puds and roast tatites.
    If I’m making this it means a family night everyone under one roof at the same time and games afterwards :0)

  55. Alyson Brooks says:

    I love to bake cupcakes,cakes and tray bakes but my goal is to start making more breads.

  56. Tracy Jones says:

    My fave thing to make is lemon puddle pudding – because my family think I am amazing when I dish it up hahah x

  57. Megan says:

    Your cookies in a jar from Christmas a few years ago – I just ignore the jar bit. I always have the ingredients in the cupboard and they’re cooked in 10mins, perfect warm from the oven 🙂

  58. Eileen Garske says:

    Love to bake Victoria Sponge because it HIS favorite

  59. jo says:

    I love baking cakes but as I am on a diet (almost lost 4 stone) I am cooking lower calorie tasty recipes. Today it is lamb spinach and potato curry from the Hairy Dieters.

  60. Nicola Urmenyi says:

    Cupcakes, because my 3yr old son loves to help & we have such fun decorating them 🙂
    He’s turning into a very good junior baker.

  61. Nic Dougall says:

    I love baking a basic Victoria Sponge – Mary Berry recipe of course!

  62. Fee Edden says:

    I’ve followed Holly on her journey from bake off to author and I feel a little bit of pride that she’s only now released a book 🙂 I bake nearly every day as it’s my calming process during anxieties & depression so I don’t have a favourite per say, I love everything! Lol! However, my hubby adores lemon drizzle tray bake alá Mary Berry. I actually bake two and sandwich them with a lemon cream cheese frosting. Mmmmmmmm 🙂

  63. Cordelia Holly says:

    Mine and my family’s favourite is a White Chocolate and Bailey’s Cheesecake. Even though it has a little alcohol in it my son of 11 years loves it. My husband took some into work and they all asked for the recipe.

  64. Megan Heffer says:

    My favourite dish to make is a recipe I have for courgette brownies ! They are beyond easy and taste AMAZING … there is no taste of courgette they just make the brownies oozy and sticky! Have just baked two batches – 1 for my sister and her work colleagues and one to eat straight away !!

  65. Amanda says:

    My favourite thing to bake is banana cake. So easy to throw together and always tasty. In fact I often buy bananas solely to over ripen so I have an excuse to make a banana cake 🙂

  66. I love to make my homemade macaroni cheese…I add a little chilli powder to give it a kick. It’s my fave comfort food of the colder seasons 🙂

  67. Deborah Fordham says:

    My family’s favourite has to be beef stew and dumplingsm, perfect for the cold winter evenings when you want to scooch on the sofa x

  68. Ruth Parsons says:

    Sometimes, in our house, only a big steaming bowl of chilli will do – with mushrooms, kidney beans, courgettes and tomatoes. Of course, sprinkled with some cheese, sliced spring onion and diced cherry tomatoes (and a dollop of sour cream). How could something so simple, but delicious and colourful, fail to make you smile!?

  69. Becky Hopkins says:

    favorite dish is good old steak and ale pie as its so comforting and for some reason it just makes everyone happy 🙂

  70. juli says:

    Sheperds pie followed by cinamon buns or millionaires shortbread.

  71. Michelle Robertson says:

    My fave bake would be simple cakes. Quick,easy and the potential to decorate any way imaginable. Can’t wait to teach my son when he is old enough (only just over 5weeks old at the moment lol) xx

  72. Annie B says:

    I love experimenting with brownie batter – mostly taking something really yummy and then chucking brownie batter on top. The best ones so far have been chopped Snickers stirred into the mixture and then lashings of peanut butter piped all over the top.

  73. Laura says:

    Looks a fantastic book !
    Our family favourite recipe is a cottage pie, I fill it with veg, some hidden ( grated courgette ) and small chunks of carrot and swede and sliced celery. The children do not seem to notice the veg !

  74. Julie says:

    I love to bake and chocolate is my fav ingrediant but I love making birthday cakes for the children in the family (including the big kids) as their faces say it all.

  75. Clare Bartlett says:

    I love baking monkey bread – delicious and never hangs around long here 🙂

  76. Vicky says:

    my family love the chocolate brownies I make. I have to make a double batch every time

  77. Sally says:

    My favourite bake is Shortbread Biscuits. It’s the first thing I ever made with my little boy and he loves playing with the dough. Basically we find any excuse we can to make them and eat them!

  78. Donna Kiberd says:

    Chocolate brownies every time! Love experimenting with flavours and love adding salted caramel mmmmmm 🙂

  79. Charlotte says:

    My favourite thing to bake is my grandma’s cherry and almond cake – dense and delicious with a cup of tea!

  80. Eleanor Wilkinson says:

    My favourite thing to bake is enriched doughs like Brioche or cake. I love cake and Brownies. A brownie cake is even better!

  81. Angela walton says:

    I love baking your very own chocolate frosted tray bake ,it’s so quick and easy to do and absolutely delicious !

  82. Victoria says:

    Lasagne with garlic bread and salad. my pick me up go to, for when I just want some home comfort and love.

  83. Victoria Woodhead says:

    Chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce with rice. Tastes beautiful and was my go to meal when i was a student/living on my own.

  84. Eliane IJzerman says:

    My absolute favourite to bake are chocolate chip cookies. I know it sounds so easy, but they are my go-to-never-fail cookies.
    And since weve discovered that our daughter has a gluten intollerance I’ve changed up the recipe so they are in fact gluten-free and she can have them too…, and they’ve become better than the original recipe. They stay lovely and chewy, but still have a bit of a crunch.
    I actually had a yen for them at the beginning of the week, but couldn’t find the energy to do them (I’m 8,5 months pregnant…), but I got around to making us a batch the yesterday. So now my friends and family keep asking for some! Which is a nice compliment!

  85. Rosemarie Munro says:

    My favourite & my husband’s favourite dish for me to bake is Apple Pie

  86. Nicola Russell says:

    Family favourite is Mac and Cheese with garlic bread and to bake it has to be carrott cake with cream cheese frosting

  87. Sue Slade says:

    Fab interview – favourite bakes, either Mary Berry’s Ashburton carrot cake or The Pink Whisk raspberry ripple cake – both equally delicious! 🙂

  88. Katie Dumont says:

    Steak and Ale pie is my fav, it’s also what I cook if anyone comes to visit as it’s delicious and reasonably easy once as the prep and most of the cooking can be done in advance, then just put in the pastry and heat in the oven when required.

  89. Tracey Vage says:

    I love to make iced butter cookies with my 2 boys

  90. Helen Portman says:

    Your grasshopper cake – the chocolate cake is beautiful & mint is my favourite flavour x

  91. Angie King says:

    My favourite thing to bake at home is brownies, so versatile – perfect with a cuppa or a lovely dessert warmed with cream or ice cream x

  92. Andrea ruskin says:

    Got to be “firey” mac n cheese. Normal macaroni cheese but made with chilli cheddar and topped with jalapeño peppers. Delish!!!!

  93. Angela says:

    My triple chocolate brownie.

  94. Vickie says:

    I would make chicken and chorizo casserole and to bake would be fruit scones

  95. Helen Webb says:

    I love a good old fashioned chocolate cake but I baked a pumpkin cake this Halloween, which was very much like carrot cake, and will become a favourite autumn bake : )

  96. My favourite dish to bake at home is my ultimate carrot cake! Filled with raisins, spices and walnuts, generously smothered in cream cheese frosting. Divine! Rosie x

  97. Lee says:

    It has to be chocolate cake, warming and just right with a steaming mug of coffee in this weather

  98. Sal says:

    Just taken rolo brownies out the oven for my son, he loves them, and I love baking them for him.

  99. Tracey Holden says:

    Hi ruth…im a bit of a chocoholic and I bake a batch of choc chip brownies more than I really should…love elastic waist bands lol xx

  100. Sarah McEwen says:

    My favourite thing to cook at home is biscuits. So much fun to decorate myself or with my children. Hours of fun and yummy (we usually use the pink wisk biscuits for decorating as they taste good and have a nice crunch)

  101. Vicky read says:

    cake wise chocolate orange loaf cake, oh idea for friends 40th I think.
    Meal wise chicken and vegetable soup slow cooker style. Lovely and healthy, Los fat, loads of nutrients and warm, especially when you gave been without central heating or hot water for two weeks like I Amat the moment. Lol

  102. Linda Revell says:

    I love to bake coffee and walnut cake, it’s such a classic, easy to make, and scrummy with a cup of tea for elevenses!

  103. Judith Fryer says:

    It has to be a victoria sponge – hubby and son adore it !

  104. Helen Stoba says:

    My favourite recipe to cook at home is plain old fairy cakes covered with glacé icing and sprinkles!! These being back happy memories of being in my and kitchen with her and now my boys love to cook these with me so these cakes just make memories

  105. betty hollidge says:

    my favourite to make is chocolate eclairs . to see the smile on there faces when they see what i have made they are all the familys favourites and the look of delight when eating them. you know home baking is worth it

  106. Rachel says:

    Great giveaway again.Loving all the new recipes.
    My favourite bake at the moment is Oat and Date slice.I tasted it in a farm shop cafe,and was thrilled to be given the recipe,when I asked about it.

  107. Barbara Ryder says:

    This time of year it has to be Parkin. Proper Yorkshire fare

  108. Rachel Taylor says:

    pineapple upside down pudding, one of the first recipes i made in home economics at school, now a family favourite

  109. Sarah says:

    It has to be a good old Victoria sandwich filled with homemade raspberry jam can’t beat it for a lazy Sunday afternoon tea.

  110. Carol Coles says:

    My favourite thing to bake is a lemon cake filled with homemade lemon curd and fresh cream….delicious xx

  111. Sonya says:

    My nannys fruit cake. Brings back wonderful memories of her making it for me anytime I was going through a hard time at school. It’s got a tin of condensed milk in it so is fabulously moist!

  112. Claire says:

    Carrot cake with orange and cream cheese frosting

  113. Kate says:

    My favourite bake is 8 minute chocolate microwave cake! It is truly gorgeous, and whilst I prefer to spend longer on baking normally, this can’t be beaten for speed and instant child satisfaction/admiration!

  114. Christina Cairns says:

    I am Dutch and made my home here in Scotland for many years now but have not lost my touch in making a mean apple cake filled with cooked, sliced (not mushy) apples, pecan nuts and rum. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream, yummy!!

  115. Laura Bailey says:

    My favourite thing to bake at home is cupcakes, rum & raison are my favourite. I love spending time decorating them and find it really relaxing . . . . .

  116. Rebecca Rushton says:

    Banana & chocolate chip cake always goes down well in our house. It makes sure that brown bananas don’t go to waste & great to put in packed lunch boxes (if they ever make it there)!!! My children love baking with me & fight over who’s turn it is to lick the spoon & who gets to be “chief taster” once it’s baked

  117. Louise Coates says:

    I love baking and would have to say my family’s favourite which is the classic sticky toffee pudding, it always goes down a treat and the hum of ‘mmmms’ when being eaten following a Sunday roast makes me smile x

  118. Sue Burton says:

    I love to make chocolate cake – I’ve tried several recipes over the years. Currently I’m hovering between Nigella’s Easy Chocolate Cake and Mary Berry’s Chocolate Travbake!

  119. Sue Pollock says:

    It has to be a giant pot of bolognese sauce. It carries so many beautiful memories of my late mother in her kitchen doing what she did best. And then the love and joy of sitting in the warmth of my family, eating and laughing together.

  120. Liz Mandley says:

    I love to cook Chocolate Chip Banana bread. It always goes down a storm with a nice cup of tea and friends.

  121. Maggie Hill says:

    Lemon Drizzle cake is my absolute favourite to make (and eat!!)

  122. Elvira Massa says:

    Brownies. I know cliché, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like (my) brownies! And I bake to please hehe 😀

  123. Stephanie Ireland says:

    A lovely interview! Looking forward to reading the book.

  124. Ann Ridout says:

    I discovered a fabulous carrot cake recipe, it is a hit with everyone and easy to make too.

  125. Sandy says:

    My favourite thing to cook for my family is macaroni cheese, it’s my hubby’s favourite and the kiddies love it too!xx

  126. maria rix says:

    For a quick “go to the cupboard and bake” fix i love to bake hobnobs, but with more time I would do your raspberry ripple cake! My whole family adore this cake

  127. I love cooking and baking too. Picking my favorite is so difficult as I love so many and love nothing better than reading and using recipe books. At the moment though I will say lemon drizzle cake.

  128. Laura Benz says:

    My favourite thing to cook for my 3 boys is a big lasagne with some coleslaw, garlic bread and a big green salad. Mmmmm, now thats my idea of heaven, yummy xxx

  129. Heather Bassett-Jones says:

    Apple & date muffins – great for any time of day (including breakfast!). Also bloomer from Paul Hollywood’s book

  130. Victoria Harris says:

    I love baking different flavours and colours of the classic Victoria sponge… often having a bubbling macaroni cheese (with extra bacon and mushrooms) sitting in there alongside in the warmth of the oven 🙂

  131. Jo Benbow says:

    My favourite bake is chocolate brownie made with 70% cocoa chocolate! pecans and fudge chunks. I would love the book and Nov 14th is my birthday!! Honestly! (same as Prince Charles..)

  132. Hayley says:

    Love baking anything, but just now my kids are demanding crumble, and tonight it’s apple and blackberry. Perfect in front of the fire on a cold, wet night:-)

  133. Mona Moussa says:

    I absolutely love baking a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart – mostly because I love to eat it as much as I love to bake it! The more caramel the better!

  134. Nicola Diplock says:

    Your frosted chocolate traybake – quick easy and delicious! Also perfect for cake stalls at fundraising events, it’s always popular!

  135. Soooo want this fab book! My favourite thing to bake are Red Velvet cupcakes, but my ultimate favourite thing to cook is a good, slow-cooked beef stew & dumplings! Yum x

  136. Sarah Newman says:

    I love making Liege waffles at home because you can eat them warm with whatever flavour of homemade ice cream is in the freezer at the time.

  137. Judith says:

    scones in any flavour, plain, fruit, cheese, ginger, it does not really matter

  138. Nikki Williams says:

    We’re a family of GBBO fans – it’s the only programme our autistic son will watch with us. Can’t wait to try the Fairing biscuits which will remind us of all those summer holidays, with or without sunshine, sitting on the beach in Cornwall drinking tea from a Thermos after digging a huge sandcastle and moat! At home, making brownies is always a favourite – and we throw in maltesers, minstrels, nuts,etc or even Haribou to ring the changes.

  139. Peggy Loy says:

    My favourite meal to cook is Christmas dinner.I love Christmas and I love all the cooking and baking leading up to this special meal .My favourite bake is a simple Victoria sponge with jam and buttercream topped with sieved icing sugar .Always guaranteed to make my sons eyes light up as its his favourite .Simple pleasures .

  140. margaret H. says:

    my grandmother s recipe for bourbon pound cake!

  141. Alison B says:

    My favourite thing to bake is flapjack – so tasty and gorgeous smelling, and my son can help me in the kitchen too!

  142. Angela walton says:

    Thank you so much Ruth never won anything before and just received Hollys book. Thank you so much 🙂

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