The Great British Bake Off is set to return to our TV screens on 27 August 2019 with a new batch of bakers pitching up in the infamous tent.
Some 12 contestants will be battling it out for the top spot in this year’s iconic cookery show.
But it’s likely not just the contestants who will be baking once the show kick-starts: In 2012, John Lewis reported a 15% increase in sales of mixers and an increase in sales of blenders by just under 10% since the launch of the show. In 2016, the popular series sparked a revival in traditional puddings with sales of old favourites such as spotted dick, jam roly poly and bread and butter pudding rising up 20% compared to the previous year.
So, should you be inspired to knock up a bake or two, we’ve hunted down the exact baking tools that are found in the Bake Off tent from the retro fridge to that coveted mixer so you can whip up your showstopper like a pro.
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We’ve also sourced cheaper alternatives, plus four must-have baking essentials to add to your arsenal.
So get your pinny out and get started right away: Paul Hollywood won’t know what’s hit him.
If you don’t have the KitchenAid Mixer are you even a real baker? It’s the ultimate kitchen accessory and a staple in the GBBO kitchen. The Ice Blue colourway is completely sold out on the KitchenAid website but we did some digging and some in stock in the same colour. You’re welcome.
KitchenAid 4.8 Litre Artisan Stand Mixer in Ice Blue | £449 | Shop now
Why choose: One happy customer wrote on Amazon: “This product is a life saver I might start to get bingo wings from no longer mixing by hand but I think the family are going to enjoy all the cakes I make with it. Already made a lemon drizzle and butterfly cakes! There is a smell at the start for a few minutes but let each spin go for a minute each and smell went.”
Cooks Professional 800W Electric Kitchen Mixer | £69.99 | Shop now
Die hard fans will be shocked to find out that the GBBO fridge is not a SMEG but is in fact a cheaper Slovenian make by Gorenje. You would be hard pressed to find the fridge in the Bake Off blue but you can get it in cream, burgundy red, silver and black. You can, however, get the fridge only version in blue here.
Gorenje Freestanding Retro Fridge Freezer | £699.99 (WAS £954.99) | Shop now
Why choose: One Amica customer said: “Great value for money, we like the retro style and the colour fits in well with the look of our kitchen. It's almost silent, the fridge space is very good with larger capacity shelves on the back of the door which hold much more than other fridges we've had.”
Amica Retro Style Freestanding Fridge Freezer | £399 | Shop now
The Neff Slide and Hide oven has been a Great British Bakeoff staple since the start. John Lewis is currently offering half price installation on certain models and you can also buy the accompanying Neff warming drawer to keep your buns toasty whilst you get on with the whipping and beating.
Neff Slide and Hide Single Electric Oven | £799.99 | Shop now
Why choose: “Amazing oven. The oven heats up really quickly, and cooks things evenly. First bits of cooking leave the kitchen smelling a little rubbery but completely gone after 2nd/3rd use. Installed really easily also. Still can’t believe the price!” one Neff customer wrote.
Bush Built In Single Electric Oven | £129.99 | Shop now
The dinky Neff Domino Hobb is the two pan ceramic cooker that the contestants use to boil their toffee. While it’s a save-spacing dream it will set you back a hefty £529. Yikes.
Neff Domino Hobb | £529 | Shop now
Why choose: One pleased customer said: “Simple to operate. Good level of functionality and control. Very reasonably priced. Hob looks good and blends in with other kitchen appliances/units.”
electriQ Domino Touch Control Two Zone Ceramic Hob | £59.97 | Shop now
Why choose: Other than the fact that they were created by the GBBO icon Paul Hollywood, these tart tins have received glowing reviews online. One customer wrote: “Fantastic little tins. Brilliant non stick coating. What more can I say except I will definitely be buying more of Paul Hollywoods tins.”
KitchenCraft Paul Hollywood Fluted Tart Tins | £7.75 (WAS £8.99) | Shop now
Why choose: A Mary Berry fan, and happy customer wrote: “Another winner. It’s perfect for smoothing buttercream - excellent quality.”
Mary Berry with Lakeland Large Palette Knife | £10.99 | Shop now
Why choose: One John Lewis customer said: “Best to date, I have given them as presents for Christmas. The best baking tray I have ever had for roasting veg and making shortbread! Nothing sticks and washes without effort.”
Le Cruset Non-Stick Baking Tray | £15 | Shop now
Why choose: “This is a wonderful product the parchment peels of the cake bottoms time after time( yes I do reuse them a couple of times) and they’re great for interleaving between pancakes. I find the selection of sizes very useful for this lazy baker!” said one happy, yet lazy, baker on the Lakeland website.
Lakeland 100 Baking Parchment Liner Paper Circles | £5.59 | Shop now
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