No matter what time of year it is seems that there is never a shortage of cookery programmes so here are a selection of the best baking shows on the box now and some you might have missed.
The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo
Rachel Khoo ditched England in favour of wandering around the Parisian streets is incredibly passionate about French food. She opens up her poky flat to become an intimate restaurant for two whilst in the kitchen she is cooking up her version of French food. Despite that her recipes are actually simple to follow, but look great. For example she walks through her idea of a croque madame muffin which sounds complicated but all it involved was some white bread, eggs, cheese and ham.
The only thing that brings down this show is she never stops talking about how great Paris is whilst looking at the Eiffel Tower, making you feel a bit inadequate.
Watch the show on Mondays, BBC2 8.30 or find it on iPlayer here.
Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation
Two things to know about the Hairy Bikers; they like bikes and they like baking. This show allows them to ride across huge stretches of Europe and make the best breads, cakes and sweets known in the continent.
Something I love about the Hairy Bikers is they are always excited about food and eat proper portions. They themselves show what that does to a person but at the same time you can just serve yourself another huge portion of cake and enjoy that.
Along the way you also get to learn a bit about the places where they have stopped off, as well as discovering new recipes. Sometimes the programme takes a while to start baking as they describe the premise of the show and their journey again and again.
The show is every Tuesday, BBC2 at 8pm, or find it on iPlayer.
Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard
Lanlard credentials are that he was trained in France and used to run Albert and Michel Roux Snr’s patisserie, but now runs his own cake emporium in London called Cake Boy.
Each day he showcases a few sweet and simple recipes. Every day he gives three baking enthusiasts a different challenge varying from creating the ideal birthday cake for a child or make the perfect cupcakes and then he picks the best one. Their prize is to take part in a master class in his kitchen and get to showcase their baked goods in Lanlard’s cake emporium.
Eric hosts his bake offs every week day on Channel 4 at 12.05pm or watch it online at 4OD and find the recipes as well.
When the BBC announced that Something for the Weekend wasn’t going to get another series, presenters Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy decided to move to pastures new and work together on a programme about food and drink, at a similar time but on Channel 4. Radically different.
It doesn’t feel like it belongs on Channel 4 yet as it has replaced T4, the programming slot for young people, with a leisurely cookery show. However, as the pair of presenters are good friends it is an enjoyable watch as they spend their Sunday morning chatting to celebrities and creating a variety of sweet and savoury dishes.
Worth a watch so tune in on Sundays on Channel 4 at 10am or check it out on 4OD.