Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The Great British Bake Off is back! Did you know that many of the delicious treats that we enjoy originated here in the UK? From the classic Victoria sponge to butter smothered Chorley cakes, Reeds Rains is celebrating the return of the Great British Bake Off by shining the spotlight on some fabulous locations with links to our favourite sweet treats…
Victoria sponge cake
The Victoria sponge cake also known as the Victoria sandwich is one of Britain’s all-time favorites and dates back to the days of Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. Did you know that although a Victoria sponge is fairly simple to make, Victoria sponge recipes are often difficult to get right due to the oven temperature and so oven manufacturers often use a Victoria sponge recipe to test their ovens1. One would also presume this is why the Victoria sponge is often featured in the Great British Bake Off as a test for the bakers and is one of the regular categories with many entries at country shows up and down the country.
How about baking a delicious sponge cake from your very own ‘Royal Victoria Residence’, and inviting family and friends round to enjoy an afternoon tea with the most magnificent views over London? This apartment features floor to ceiling windows with a private access balcony from all principle rooms, a modern fully fitted kitchen with space for dining and reception. Be the Queen of the kitchen in your very own brand new three bedroom apartment.
The Chorley cake is traditionally associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire. This flattened, fruit-filled pastry cake, is commonly eaten with a light spread of butter on top, and sometimes a slice of Lancashire cheese on the side. To bake yours, a recipe can be found here.
Why not host your own Bake Off with your friends in this perfect, four bedroom detached house on Windsor Road in Chorley? The extended kitchen and modern appliances ensure that baking will always be a joy for any baking enthusiast. You can also take advantage of the sizeable, mature plot measuring approximately half an acre, providing space to entertain friends and family to enjoy all of your freshly baked Chorley treats.
A city famous for its chocolate, York built its name on its chocolate heritage. Often saved for the latter stages of the Bake Off Competition, chocolate week is often an episode watched from the edge of your sofa as the bakers tackle their mirror glazes and complex centrepieces. Chocolate is notoriously difficult to work with and there’s many factors that need to be correct including the temperate and even the humidity level of a room. Play it safe and stick with this simple yet delicious Mary Berry chocolate cake.
With the wind blowing the right way, the delicious chocolate smell of the Nestle factory spreads for miles. This stylish home is located within a mile of the city centre and all it has to offer (including the famous chocolate trail). One of the highlights of this stunning home is the superb kitchen which has been finished to a high specification and offers plenty of space and light - perfect for any star baker.
Have you ever tried an Eccles cake? An Eccles cake is a delicious round cake filled with currants and cased in flaky pastry topped with sugar, yum! If you fancy having a go at making one, do as they really are tasty, but leave off the sugar if you decide to heat them up in the microwave as it has been reported that a number of fires have been started in this way!2
But did you know, Eccles is also a town in Greater Manchester, near to Salford and Manchester City Centre? Staying with the Bake Off theme, how about living or renting out a property on the lovely and aptly named Peel Green Road in Eccles? Here we have found this delightful four bedroom semi-detached family home, suitable for a buyer or investor. The property is currently tenanted at £675pcm but can be sold with vacant possession. With two reception rooms, French doors to the garden and a lovely kitchen, you could get your apron on and start baking right away.
It might seem a little early to be bringing this one up but many argue that Christmas cakes should be made 12 weeks before Christmas, giving it plenty of time to mature!
However, if you’re not keen on starting your Christmas preparations this early how about a December bake off on the island unit with three family members – maybe the best Christmas themed cupcake? Supply them with a classic cupcake mixture (butter, sugar, eggs, flour) each and then they supply flavourings. Bake them and then they decorate them with items they’ve brought. Judging is going to have to be very diplomatic, more Mary Berry than Paul Hollywood – you don’t want any falling out over cupcakes at Christmas.
In 1191, Prince John (later King of England) spent Christmas in Howden, so it seems appropriate that you try your hand at baking something Christmassy in this kitchen.
This great looking kitchen offers lots of light, lots of cupboard space, lots of worktop, and a fantastic big range. Perfect for families, this really sociable area means somebody could be curled up on the sofa while chatting to the person cooking.
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