My best Bake Off bits

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‘The best Bake Off win­ners for me were Nadiya Hus­sain and Frances Quinn. Nadiya was a re­ally good baker, but also fun. Re­mem­ber the can-of-fizzy-pop cake? She was think­ing what her chil­dren would like be­cause she was at home cook­ing with them. They’d want some­thing that tastes like bub­blegum. And it was very mov­ing to wit­ness her con­fi­dence in­crease when she was so shy to start with.

Frances’s prob­lem at the start was style over sub­stance. Her bakes looked in­cred­i­ble, but didn’t taste amaz­ing. She soon sorted that out and was such a per­fec­tion­ist. The cake she won with had but­ter­flies made out of dried pineap­ple. Just beau­ti­ful.

My favourite ever mo­ment on the show was Mary Berry’s emo­tional re­ac­tion when Nadiya won. It was ex­tremely touch­ing and brought a lump to ev­ery­one’s throat.

The fun­ni­est mo­ment? Well, there’s so much com­edy in the tent, but it does hap­pen that some­times things look like other things. Are we talk­ing phal­lic? Pos­si­bly. We’re all think­ing the same thing, but no­body wants to say it. You try to avoid look­ing at other peo­ple, but – even­tu­ally – some­body will burst out laugh­ing and you all feel like you’re about 15.’

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off re­turns this month on Chan­nel 4.

Nadiya Hus­sain re­ceives the 2015 win­ner’s tro­phy from Mary Berry

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