We’ve been watching the Great British Baking Show (GBBS) and once Blake started getting into it we successfully binged watched season 2 and 3 in about 2 weeks. Obviously Mary Berry is my hero and Paul is proper arse. From her outfits to her adjectives I fall in love with her every time she’s on the screen. A baker myself I can say watching the show has been quite a humbling experience because I have made/heard of/seen about 25% of the creations made and would be straight screwed if I tried to compete. The show itself is something of a therapeutic experience. I got one of my (and Emily's) best friends hooked on the show and she said it perfectly,
“I watch it the Great British Baking Show every night before I go to bed and it gives me a sense of serenity and calm instantly.”
- Samantha, age 25 beautiful mind, body & soul
The combination of baking with the wonderfully British contestants is the exact opposite of any American reality TV competition. There isn’t any fighting, yelling, cursing, or throwing things. The only bad mouthing comes from GD Paul Hollywood who looks like a done up Guy Fieri, but he is constantly made fun of by the semi obnoxious hosts and gleefully undermined by the glowing Mary Berry. The best way that I can put it in perspective is the 12 contestants compete for 10 weeks, achieving absolutely incredible bakes that they practice the entire week for, come to compete for 3 mini competitions on the weekend and all they get is a cake stand….not a million dollars, not infamy and a show on E!, a cake stand, a lovely bouquet and a picnic with the friends family of the contestants. Like Sammy said, the show and the people are delightfully British and the show will bring peace you have never felt before.
We had some leftover strawberries in our fridge so I decided that I would get my Great British Bake ON and make my own strawberry jam! JAMMY - as my British friend would say. I had never made a jam or anything of that nature before and I don’t know why, but I was very nervous when I set in to make it. In hindsight I don’t know why I was so scared to make it, it wasn’t to hard to do, I feel like there is a negative thought associated with jams and jellies? Or is it that when you DO make them you make a bajillion jars and that’s why it’s hard? IDK I made it, it was great, you can too!
The recipe came from a cookbook I made at camp when I was little so I don’t really know who to give credit to - I guess Cuisine & Art camp summer circa somewhere between 2000-2003 this goes to you!
this makes 2 cups of jam
prep 20 min
cook 15 min
4 cups fresh strawberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
Put 2 small dishes in your freezer
In a medium/large sauce pan put the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil on medium heat. As it heats, spoon off all of the foam that begins to form. You won’t be able to get all of it, but try and get as much as you can. Throw it away
Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. The jam will begin to thicken
Use the freezer plates as a test: spoon a bit on the plate and tilt, if the jam runs off fast - keep cooking, if the jam slides slow and thick - you’re done!
Test every 1 minute, DO NOT OVER COOK
Spoon the jam into 2 jars and leave to cool at room temperature
You can store in it in the fridge for 2-3 weeks! Great for toast, PB&Js or whatever nut butter you’re into, ooooor for Pop Tart filling like I made here