The Great British Bake Off, or #GBBO as it has come to be known, the joy of bake off has gripped the nation once again. You’re raiding your baking cupboards, and you are trying to avoid having soggy bottoms. In difficult time for the BBC, dare i mention The Voice? Top Gear and now Bake off?
For me the joy of bake off is an idyll where ambition, creativity, competition and glory co-exists with warmth, generosity, fellowship and grace. For others, it may be because it reminds you of a simpler time. Baking is also a great way to bring people together. Recipes can be real family heirlooms; passed down through the generations. In fact, children all over the UK are finally being allowed to lick the spoon.
Aside from the pure joy of combining lots of ingredients and ending up with a delicious cake, what else makes baking beneficial? Well, many people believe that baking can boost your mental health.
Baking can create a “meditative” effect due to the methodical and precise way that you need to measure and mix the ingredients. Therefore, if you find yourself prone to episodes of mania or anxiety, baking can act as a very useful distraction.
Baking allows you to tap into your more creative side, and it then provides an outlet for times when you are feeling low. The joy of baking a beautiful-looking cake or pie can make you feel inspired and productive.
Anyone who has baked a cake for a friend or family member can attest to the fact that this is a rewarding experience. The person who receives the baked product will feel special, which in turn makes you feel good about yourself. They might even let you have some.
If you are currently studying with Oxbridge Home Learning on one of our many courses, you may wish to bake yourself a cake or some buns to get you through the day. Just make sure you don’t eat them all yourself!