The BBC2’s Great British Bake Off has been a momentous force in the campaign to get Britain baking again. Winner of 2011’s Great British Bake Off, Jo Wheatley was first taught to bake by her Nan and Auntie and honed her culinary skills preparing cakes for her three sons.
Since winning the Bake Off, Jo has continued to pursue her passion for baking with her popular blog ‘Jo’s Blue AGA‘, made heaps of television appearances, produced a Best Selling Book ‘A Passion For Baking’ and has just released her second book ‘Home Baking’ which is available exclusively at Sainsbury’s at an introductory price of £8. Home Baking provides a rich feast of easy recipes including, tasty pies and tarts, delicious pastries, tray bake suppers and heavenly cakes. I asked Jo about her ‘Bake Off’ journey and what the future holds, here’s what she had to say:
Q: Which is your personal favourite recipe from the book? I have such affection for lots of my recipes, so many of them bring back happy memories.
Q: As a busy working Mum can you recommend a quick, easy and simple treat to bake for the family? I use to make the sausage meatballs quite often when the boys had all different after school activities.
Q: Who taught you to bake? how did you learn to bake so well? Mainly my Nan and my auntie, but since winning Bake Off my desire to learn has pushed me to try out new baking techniques.
Q: Now that you’ve won such a prestigious competition and launched two of your own books, what does the future hold? I hope to do more TV work, I really enjoyed my appearances on whats cooking, also more writing – as well as my books I write a regular recipe column for Sainsbury’s magazine, and of course to keep going with my cookery school: Jo Wheatley Cookery School and creating new cookery classes Jo’s Blue AGA Classes
Special thanks to Jo for sharing her inspiring journey.