My fondest baking memories were looking forward to licking the baking bowl, what with that savoury sweet dough. This, despite spankings from my long-suffering mum whose warnings about a possible tummy upset from eating “raw cake” fell on deaf ears. I never got down to the “effeminate” indulgence that is baking seeing as it is that my generation’s males were persona non grata in the kitchen.
However, the treats BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel is dishing up soon may have me changing my mind if anything to preoccupy me as I navigate a nagging midlife crisis. One of the highlights at the Multichoice Africa Content Showcase in Mauritius this month was a mock bake-off in the Great British Bake Off mould. And while my team’s culinary skills were nothing to write home about, those of you at home may just as well tickle your master chef fancy beyond having the TV as an idiot box.
The Great Bake Off aims to find and crown the best amateur baker and has so far been licenced to format to 20 countries around the world including France, Germany, Turkey, Australia and Italy. The original UK version is now in its sixth season and drew its highest ever ratings last year with more than 13 million viewers tuning in for the final episode. The recent return of the show to UK screens attracted 9.3 million viewers during the opening episode – more than two million up on last year’s. Our continent’s spin-off will be The Great South African Bake Off, a 12-episodic hour-long oven treat that starts Tuesday October 6th October at 20:00 CAT (9pm Ugandan time) and who know, the Ugandan spin-off may have our own cake lady and Kampala City boss Jennifer Musisi.
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