1 June 2012

Jo Wheatley 'A Passion For Baking' & Baking for the Jubilee

I am a huge fan of the TV show 'The Great British Bake Off' and when I had to opportunity to review last years winner Jo Wheatley's new book 'A passion for baking', I was thrilled. 

Jo always came across as a friendly down to earth kind of girl on the Bake off and this is portrayed through her book.

The book is full of gorgeous bakes from biscuits and cakes to sausage rolls and Quiche Lorraine. It starts off with Jo's must have ingredients and equipment and then goes onto the chapters of the book. Each chapter covers a different type of bake like breakfast, lunch, baking with children, breads, pastry and so on. I find this makes it so much easier to find what your looking for or to just find inspiration for a special event that you may have coming up.

Of course everything looks and sounds so yummy but these particular things caught my eye...

Raspberry Torte

Apple and Cinnamon Waffles

Honey and Mustard Sausage Rolls

Viennese Fingers

Something I really love about this book is that it is full of photos! The photography is beautiful and it gives a real sense of 'homemade' as it shows a few crumbs or a dollop of missed chocolate sauce on the rim of a plate... it's what home baking is all about.

I tend to absolutely hate a recipe book that doesn't have many photos. I love to see what the end product should look like and I feel that pictures really lure you in and make you want to bake it..so thumbs up on this aspect. 

The book feels really personal as Jo tells us where each recipe came from or what inspired her to make it at the top of each recipe. I loved reading about how her Nan inspired her to start baking (I can relate...Nans make the best cakes and pies!). This is definitely a book I will go to when I want to get my bake on!


I am really excited for the coming Jubilee weekend. One reason being that we get an extra long weekend, but most of all it gives me an excuse to bake bake bake! In my head I am planning on baking a gorgeous lemon and white chocolate cake, a traditional Victoria Sandwich, some patriotic cupcakes and maybe some kind of tray bake. It is a lot, but like I said it's in my head so we shall see what actually materialises! 

Apart from going to our traditional Denham Village Fair (blogged about it last year) and a Street Party at a local church, we have no real plans for Jubilee day itself. Typically enough the weather is looking crap for this weekend but if it decides to change it's mind and be nice then a picnic, a BBQ and of course long walks will keep me busy.

We started our long weekend early as Ian had a day off today. It was very relaxed. We managed to get a free swim (through British Gas if you are interested) at a posh private health spa. We had the Jacuzzi to ourselves, had a swim and then finished off in the sauna, it was bliss!  Afterwards we did a little window shopping then headed to a restaurant for lunch. Perfect!

Hope you have a lovely long weekend!

Gemma xXx


  1. It looks lovely. I would love some more cookery books. The pics in this are gorgeous. Sadly, being over here I missed the bake off.
    Have a lovely Jubilee weekend,
    Tracy x

  2. Hi Gemma, that book looks wonderful with some amazing pictures!!! I don't like cookbooks without photos either. I need to see what the end result is supposed to look like (to make sure I did it right : ) Seeing these photos is making me hungry! So what did you decide to bake?!
    Hope you are enjoying Jubilee weekend! Your spa day sounds soooo nice!!!

    Danielle xo

  3. That book looks amazing. I'm like you and like to have lots of photos in a cook book.

    Gosh you were lucky with your free swim at such a posh place. sounds heavenly. Hope you enjoy your village fair and with bait of luck the weather may stay nice for you.

    X x

  4. it looks like that book is totally up your alley.....i can't wait to see what you make from it.. i am anxious to hear how the jubilee goes. i've been hearing a lot about it in the news lately....

    i love the new blog design. did you do it yourself?


  5. Oooh yummy! The Viennese fingers look especially delicious <3

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

  6. Those recipes sound really good, I especially like the sound of the apple cinnamon waffles. I agree with you, I also like recipe book's that have the photo's of the finished recipe in them.
    It sure sounds like you will be busy Jubilee baking! I hope you have had a lovely Jubilee weekend, despite the weather :)
    Magie x

  7. Hi Gemma I'm so pleased you like my book, thank you so much for the lovely review Joxxx


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