Shed a tear, go on holiday, stalk Selasi on Twitter – do whatever you need to cope with the end of Great British Bake Off 2016. But there’s no reason to eBay your stand mixer or throw away those rolls of unused acetate. Baking is something to be enjoyed year-round and while there’s always a massive spike in the number of cakes, breads, pastries and Dampfnudel being made, it seems a shame to stop baking just because the Bake Off tent flaps have been tied closed for another year (or two, in this case).
Bake Off spurs us on to get in the kitchen because it’s so easy to decide what to make – every episode there are weird and wonderful new foods, homemade takes on shop-bought favourites and truly impressive creations. Take a look back on some of the challenges this series and the corresponding recipes from our own top bloggers and chefs.