Tag Archives: The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off

So Many Questions!!!

I had another 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF post ready to be published but when I arrived home from work last night (almost 10pm – very very long day!) there were so many emails with questions about the BAKE OFF in my inbox!

So…I am going to try to provide some quick answers now:

YES – please do publish a post of your own on your own site with your baking creations. During the BAKE OFF weekend, we will be providing links to your site and your baking posts!

NO – sadly our BAKE OFF judge Jeanne is not able to taste your bakes – although I am sure she would love to! All the judging is based on photos.

YES – you can bake absolutely anything – savoury or sweet – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastry – there is a completely free choice.

NO – you don’t have to be a blogger to take part. We love that some of the baking submissions are from WordPress readers rather than writers. You are a vital part of the WordPress community as you read and support the work of other writers, and we are thrilled you want to take part.

YES – you can submit more than one baking creation.

NO – it is definitely not too early to send in photographs. In fact, the earlier the better, as an enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to prepare all of the BAKE OFF posts and special features.

I love all these questions…and I also love the photos we have already received. We love that you are embracing budget baking, sustainable baking and sharing the joy of baking!!!

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

The Joy Of Sharing

By now many of you will have read that THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE -OFF has a marvellous theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Undeniably, the greatest joy that comes with baking is sharing our creations with others.

So this year, we are asking you to share with us who you bake with or who you bake for. It could be your:

  • family
  • friends
  • neighbours
  • co-workers
  • congregation members
  • club members

We would love to hear how you share the joy of baking and who you share it with!

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

We are so excited to be sharing THE JOY OF BAKING with you again for another fabulous GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF!!!

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

A Joy That Sustains Our Hearts

How do you feel about this beautiful earth? There is so much to bring joy and delight to our hearts – from sunsets to alpine mountains, from birdsong to waves lapping on the shore, from the aroma of fresh bread to the fragrance of a spring garden, from the sensation of diving into cool water on a hot day to the feel of pressed cotton sheets when you snuggle up in bed, from the taste of ripe fruit that dribbles down your chin to your favourite cake still warm from the oven. There are so many moments that lift our hearts and fill us with joy.

And of course here on WordPress THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BBAKE OFF is going to be shining attention on:

The Joy Of Baking

During the past few years, there has been lots of mention of certain terms in the media:

  • zero waste
  • carobon footprint reduction
  • sustainability

For those of us who love this magnificent planet, that means using our loaf when we think about baking. Which is why one of the special features of this year’s BAKE OFF is:

SUSTAINABLE BAKING

What does baking sustainably mean? Well, do you remember this amazing idea from Malin Nordblom – her cake-cycling creation that used leftover cake to make an entirely new yummy cake creation?

DAMMSUGARE – Malin Nordblom – Fab Foodie Swede

Many bloggers have share with us over the past few years photographs of spectacular bakes which featured local produce, fruit (or vegetables) that were in season.

We would love to see your sustainable baking ideas . If you have a bake that uses leftovers (to avoid food waste) or has a low carbon footprint (using local seasonal produce)…or promotes sustainability on any other regards, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING in a sustainable way.

Please send in your photos to:

cushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

How To Bake On A Budget

During 2022 we have heard certain phrases over and over in the media:

  • the cost of living
  • the energy crisis
  • do we eat? or heat?

Horrible – isn’t it! Anybody who has tasted anxiety knows that sometimes mounting worries can eat into our joy of life. The 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF has a special theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

One of our special features this year is:

BUDGET BAKING

We would absolutely love to see your budget friendly recipes. If you have a bake that you know is cost effective, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to any bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING without spending a fortune.

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

Brightening Up WordPress…

I love how many emails have appeared in my inbox during the past few months asking when are we going to hold THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? You truly warm my heart!!

I am glad to say that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes…a lot of work! More details to come soon. But put on your aprons, gather your ingredients and make sure your your baking equipment is at the ready. WordPress is about to become the yummiest places on the internet – that’s right THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is….

Our BAKE OFF Play List Is On Spotify

A while ago, I was in a training session with other volunteers, and one of the subjects was relating to work/life balance and coping with stress. They asked everyone in the group what they would do if they had an afternoon to themselves with no work waiting for them. Everyone gave a reply. The most popular answer was cooking or baking while listening to music, and some said they would have a glass of wine at the same time.

I already knew the pleasure that would bring, but it was interesting to me to realize how many of the volunteers I work with, some of them big tough guys who work on our construction projects, others who work in accounts, media, our legal department, translators, enjoyed being in their kitchen and creating something yummy while listening to music.

That is one of the reasons why it always seemed important to make sure that THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF was musical.

As you know – at the start of THE 2021 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF FESTIVAL OF LOVE, we asked you to tell us your favourite love song….and, well you did!!! Wow!!! You gave us an amazing list of love songs. Some of you sent your song choices via email, which is fine, I think we managed to note them all down.

Well….my friends who use these things more often than I do, have put together a Spotify playlist for the love songs we had listed from you. So…I am pleased to present THE 2021 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF FESTIVAL OF LOVE PLAYLIST!!!!

Music compiled by the great bloggers of WordPress!

Now, I really don’t know much about these things, so if you have any problems accessing it, will you let me know please, so can ask my friends to fix it! I am listening to the playlist right now and loving it!! It is yet another collaboration between bloggers – and one thing I know about love – it is so much better to be part of a choir who can raise the rooftops, that it is to be a diva. I think collaborations rock!!!

It has been so much fun working along with all of you on this year’s BAKE OFF. It’s not quite over. We are still looking forward to hearing the results from Jeanne, our special BAKE OFF Judge, and of course look out for our love letter to all of you!

But in the meantime, enjoy the playlist – and why not listen to it next time you have the kitchen to yourself and are able to enjoy trying some of the recipes bloggers have shared this weekend!

Who Will Be The 2021 Star Baker Be?

We are all very excited as our special BAKE OFF Judge Jeanne (A Jeanne In The Kitchen) is preparing the results of THE 2021 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF FESTIVAL OF LOVE!

Did you see Jeanne’s post earlier?

https://ajeanneinthekitchen.com/2021/08/23/just-starting-the-reviewing-process/

Make sure you look out for Jeanne’s post sharing with us the answer to the question everybody is wondering? Who will be the 2021 Star Baker?

Only Love Can Make Carrot Cake Without A Single Carrot

Gary, the creator of A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. has yet again exceeded all expectations, not only with his baking, but with his poetry too!! Admit it – you are really going to miss seeing what on earth Gary will come up with next! I know I will!

I have sometimes see Gary throw extra ingredients into a baking mixture, a very tailored bespoke mix of spices and flavourings that defy imagination. Yest this weekend, Gary’s kitchen experiments are leaning an entirely different direction. Yes, you may have noticed already that Gary is leaving out the key ingredient.

Earlier today, you may have seen his banana bread – without a single banana in it. Now we have Gary’s carrot cake – without any sign of carrot.

https://bereavedsingledad.blog/2021/08/22/no-carrots-hurt-during-baking/

Gary – it is always an absolute pleasure collaborating with you!!! You make everything so much fun!! Which I love!! It’s been not just a beautiful day, but a beautiful weekend!

Please forgive my teasing….xx Well, until next year anyway! You know how much we love you don’t you!!

Waiting For Kushi Kitchen Love

I was so glad when the following blogger popped up in my inbox. It is Kushi (which means “happy”) Kalpesh! He promised me he would be baking a few weeks ago and was eager to share with us flavours from Gujarat where his parents lived as children, but I know he had difficulty finding the ingredients for the Indian sweets he wanted to make originally.

But determined to take part, Kalpesh, the creator of Kushi Kally took over the kitchen and with his mum overseeing him, Kalpesh made us naan bread – a garlic and coriander bread, which he said had butter brushed over it when it was piping hot out of the oven.

This is the post Kalpesh published about his naan:

https://happykally.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/my-naan-for-the-great-bloggers-bake-off/

Kalpesh, I really did not mind waiting for your baking photos, they were worth waiting for….and they gave me the chance to feature these two great love songs!