The beginning of August heralded the return of the Great British Bake Off to our screens and, as usual, a baking frenzy descended on the nation. While former contestant Howard Middleton was on hand to capture every collapsed cake and showstopping sculpture of the episodes, we also shared plenty of baking inspiration for home cooks bitten by the Bake Off bug. Away from the censure and steely blue gaze of Paul Hollywood, you were free to experiment with our ideas for bread week, biscuits and desserts alongisde recipes inspired by the show - and even learn how to make those mysterious arlettes.
In week one the contestants tackled cakes, including a delicately frosted walnut cake, retro favourite Black Forest gâteau and the classic Madeira cake. Biscuit week brought with it dainty pink macarons, flavoured biscotti and biscuit boxes in various stages of collapse. Bread week covered quick breads and we witnessed a staggeringly impressive bread sculpture, while dessert week covered crème brûlée, Spanische Windtorte and perilously tiered baked cheesecakes.