It is that time of the year again when the summer has begun to wane, the days are getting shorter and the usual big sporting event, this year the Rio Olympics, is finished.
Perfect for the Great British Bake-Off to start again.
Quintessentially British, the Bake-Off captures the attention of the British public, and a huge amount of international viewers as well. The first episode of the new seventh series aired on August 24th, and immediately set new records - attracting an average of 10.4 million viewers and peaking at 11.2 million during the programme.
Since the show began in 2010, it has been credited to a large rise in the interest in home baking, and supermarkets and other stores have reported higher sales of baking ingredients and accessories, as well as cookbooks and baking clubs. It was reported that adults who bake at home has increased from 33% in 2011 to 60% in 2013.
Like the millions of others watching in the UK, we at Findcourses have been following GBBO since the beginning, and have come up with a few helpful pointers for those who have been bitten by the baking bug and how they can help themselves get the most out of their kitchen by pin-pointing a few types of our courses that could help improve a business or a potential master-baker.
For those who are looking to learn about the concepts of food quality control and how to meet standardisation levels of production in a professional kitchen. Not for the individual chef, but definitely vital for those who produce food on an industrial scale.
Being aware of allergies and what people can and can’t eat is essential in a food production industry, especially baking. Everyone who prepares, serves or sells food in any type of food business needs to be fully aware of the foods and food allergies that may combine to an allergic reaction, as well as knowing what precautions need to be taken to ensure that customers do not eat a food that they are trying to avoid.
For the home baker, an online course can be perfect for those with little time to spare, meaning they can study whenever suits them, giving them the ability to learn in their own time and from their own home. This can be perfect for those who want to practice in the comfort of their own home, where they know their kitchen and are comfortable in an environment with no pressure.
A sweet tooth is not owned by everyone, and knowing the ingredients that are good for us is key in order to stay healthy. Balancing cakes and a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference, after all, there is only so much pudding one can eat!
Last but not least, a list of courses where participants can learn the art of baking, along with a number of other techniques for all types of food and its preparation. Contact some of these providers if you would like to specialise in a certain subject – such as cake perhaps!