Baker shares se­crets with his new book

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON -

HE wowed Mary Berry and Paul Hol­ly­wood with his tasty cre­ations in last year’s se­ries of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off.

And now fi­nal­ist Luis Troyano, whose mouth­wa­ter­ing desserts in­cluded Ir­ish cream dough­nuts and te­quila slam­mer cheese­cake, is shar­ing his recipes in his first book Bake It Great.

Luis, from Poyn­ton, nar­rowly missed out on the Bake Off crown af­ter a smok­ing hot fi­nal won by Nancy Birtwhis­tle.

But since the com­pe­ti­tion he has gone from strength to strength, en­joy­ing a busy sum­mer in­clud­ing a se­ries of cook­ery show demon­stra­tions and a teach­ing stint at the Cheshire Cook­ery School in Al­trin­cham, and now re­leas­ing his new book.

Luis, who lives with his wife Louise and their four dogs, says any­one can be­come a bud­ding Bake Off star by fol­low­ing his book, which is now avail­able from book shops and online. He said: “The recipes range from rel­a­tively quick and easy to ad­vanced.

“There is some­thing that ev­ery­body, from the be­gin­ner to the ac­com­plished baker, can fol­low.”

He added: “It feels a lit­tle bit weird to have a book out. When I went on Bake Off it was only meant to be a bit of fun and it was to see what hap­pened.

“It took most of the au­tumn and all of win­ter to write, and when you get that first copy it’s re­ally strange.”

Luis, who ad­mits he is find­ing it strange to see other con­tes­tants at work in the fa­mous Bake Off mar­quee, said: “When I watched the first episode I thought ‘how rude, why are these peo­ple work­ing in our tent?’ But it is nice to watch it with a cup of tea and not have the stress.”

Luis is root­ing for Alvin Ma­gal­lanes and Manch­ester’s Tamal Ray, a trainee anaes­thetist who works at Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal.

●● Luis Troyano

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