We, as we know you, have been glued to the Great British Bake Off, this year more than ever. Tissues at the ready - it will no longer be the same, alas, when it moves to Channel Four next year - without Mary, Mel and Sue!
Apart from the fact that the British public love tragedy in fanship of entertainment (Louis coming back to X Factor, Angus Deaton being replaced on Have I Got News For You etc.), it got us wondering why we love the institution of the Great British Bake Off.
Bake Off is so real!
These people are 'normals', pure 'muggles' on spectrum of TV cookery stars. They triumph sometimes, grimace often, fail occasionally, and cheer each other on unashamedly - and we love them for it!
The Great British Bake Off makes it ok to cry about cake.
It's emotional viewing. Louise, 280 Bakes owner, openly admits she 'yelped' during this year's semi-final! We challenge you to get through a whole final without a lump coming in your throat...
It's British and proud!
Everything from the language used, the jokes made, the contestants and the tension - so British!
The show inspires us to improve our own baking and to try new recipes!
What better result of the show for the cake-loving nation is that?
It's so safe!
You can watch it with your gran or your grandchild. Some of the bakes may be a little... suggestive... (see Andrew's 'rude' bake from last week!), but even the strongest euphemism will go over the wrong person's head. No one is humiliated or made cruel comments at, and it's still entertaining *sarcastic shock*.
Everyone wants Mary Berry for a Nan!
Good luck to you, Channel 4, you have some seriously big cake tins to fill.
The team @ 280 Bakes
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