12 Days of Christmas Episodes – Day Two: The Great British Bake Off
I don’t like Christmas. But in an attempt to be less of a Scrooge, I have decided to spend the 12 days leading up to Jesus’ birthday doing one of the few Christmas-related activities that doesn’t make me want to run away and hide: watching Christmas episodes of television shows. And I’m going to write about it, because that’s just what I do. Will this activity instil the spirit of Christmas within my cold, uncaring heart, or will I grow even more bitter toward the festive season? Only time will tell…
The Great British Bake Off
I’ve been watching a lot of TGBBO lately. It’s a very good show to have on in the background while you’re doing other things; every now and then you look up and either Sue and Mel are making punderful jokes, or Paul and Mary are complaining about soggy bottoms. It’s like the television equivalent of comfort food, except that it has the opposite effect on your appetite.
Unfortunately, as a masterclass, this episode is lacking in Mel and Sue, and there are none of my favourite contestants to be seen (no James, no Ruby) – but you do get Paul and Mary sharing some of their favourite Christmas recipes.
Up first, we had Mary’s Christmas cake – very fruity, but incredibly time-consuming. Paul impressed nobody (or possibly everybody – it’s hard to tell) by eating a large slice. Then came Paul’s mince pies, which looked absolutely delicious. The pie tray they used was deep, and despite adding fresh fruit into the mix, there were no soggy bottoms.
Mary’s buche de noel looked absolutely gorgeous – with a proper little branch coming off it and all. I wasn’t as impressed by the look of Paul’s panettone because it’s just fruit bread cooked in a silly shape, however I’m sure it’s quite nice. Mary then made a Christmas pudding served with brandy butter. I’m not much of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas foods, but a good pudding is a good pudding.
Finally we had Paul’s Chelsea buns, making use of the leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. As I don’t like turkey or stuffing, I can’t really comment on how I’d imagine these to taste. Maybe they are good? I don’t know.
And so comes the end of the second day of my 12 Days of Christmas Episodes. Has my heart softened towards the holiday yet? Not really, but I am looking forward to eating food. It’s just a pity that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood won’t be providing the desserts.
If you want to join in with this pointless exercise, it’s pretty simple: watch some Christmas television and then write about it. If you tell me you’re doing so (via a comment, or twitter), then I’ll be sure to link to it in a future post. Until then, however, have a good night, and I’ll be back tomorrow.