The first book by former Great British Bake Off contestant Michelle Evans-Fecci is published today by Robinson (Hachette). Stunningly illustrated, it is packed full of seasonal bakes, and tips on growing your own produce.
Michelle was known on the TV show for her flavoursome, colourful bakes and for championing seasonal, locally sourced and homegrown produce. Whether it’s a simple loaf for breakfast or a striking showstopper cake for a celebration, she loves using seasonal food to create tasty recipes for the whole family to enjoy.
The Seasonal Baker is a collection of recipes straight from Michelle’s kitchen to yours – from quick-and-easy bakes to others that are a bit more challenging – with an emphasis on special events such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Inside you will find delicious, vibrant recipes such as:
– Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding
– Truffle, Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia
– Smokey Pulled Pork Sausage Rolls
– Butternut Squash, Feta, Maple and Pecan Cups
– Vanilla, Rhubarb and Raspberry Celebration Cake
Michelle grew up on a farm and learned from a young age how to grow vegetables and the basics of cooking and baking. She now lives in the beautiful seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire with her husband Ben, their teenage son Alfie, little whippet Rosie, and two cheeky hens. As a family they love to be out in the garden where they grow a lot of the fruit, vegetables and herbs that Michelle uses in her everyday cooking. The book shows just how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own produce.
As well as delicious bakes for all abilities, The Seasonal Baker contains hints and tips on ways of being thrifty with food. There is something for everyone, from what to plant, when to plant it and when to harvest – whether you have access to a plant pot, window box, balcony, raised bed or garden veg patch with intuitive, creative photos to help.