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Paul Hollywood on the Nice British Bake Off – Leite’s Culinaria

On this podcast episode, Paul Hollywood, the self-described “bear” of the worldwide phenom The Nice British Bake Off, talks to Amy and David in regards to the present, rising up in a baking household, and his latest e book, Bake: My Finest-Ever Recipes for the Classics.

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Abstract of This Week’s Podcast

Time to shine your puddings and switch up your treacle tarts: The Nice British Bake Off‘s Paul Hollywood (“Nice British Baking Present” in America) is out with a brand new cookbook, referred to as Bake: My Finest-Ever Recipes for the Classics, and he joined Amy and David to debate all issues baking, Bake Off, and being the present’s resident powerful man (with the extremely coveted Hollywood Handshake). 

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Is Paul Hollywood a pleasant man?

However let’s set one factor straight: Hollywood (sure, it’s an actual, outdated Irish title) might strike a frightening pose on tv, however in individual, he’s truly pleasant: laid-back, pleasant, and bemusedly conscious of his function within the present. 

The cast of the Great British Bake Off Season 12The cast of the Great British Bake Off Season 12
: Channel 4

“You set it all the way down to the enhancing,” he says, “as a result of I feel in the event that they confirmed my actual character within the tent, it’d come throughout as one thing barely completely different. Yeah, I’m fairly straight after I’m giving a judgment on one thing…

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“However, I feel they’ve edited it to the purpose to make me the pantomime villain, which I’ve form of embraced. I’ve given up combating in opposition to it now. And I feel anybody that’s within the tent who is aware of me, is aware of I’m not like that.


“I imply, I’m a straight talker and I’ll inform you if it’s good or dangerous. And my language will most likely come throughout as a bit selection…however then, I’m working with octogenarians, you realize?

“I’m working with Dame Mary Berry and Dame Prue Leith. I can’t compete with the truth that they’re Dames. And I’m simply this Northern little bit of tough. So I’ve adopted my character, I feel.”

An image of Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith on the set of the Great British Bake Off.An image of Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith on the set of the Great British Bake Off.
: Love Productions

As for the present’s large, worldwide success (it now airs in dozens of nations), Hollywood attributes it to a magical mixing of elements.

“I feel it’s sustenance by way of your abdomen,” he says. “You’re coping with baked items which can be nostalgic bakes from while you have been a toddler. After which I feel, from the American standpoint, it’s what they’d prefer to assume Britain is like.

“So you will have a white tent and exquisite surroundings with a stately British residence, and bunting in every single place, and muffins. It’s very ‘basic British village fete.’ It’s one thing I keep in mind from rising up and I feel we’ve form of harnessed that and put it into a contest.”

What’s the largest mistake GBBO contestants make?

We requested Paul about the most typical mistake contestants make and he summarized it in a single phrase: timing.

“They at all times get the timing fallacious,” he says. “You’ve started working backwards. So that you assume, ‘How a lot time have I acquired for this problem? Two hours?’ You then’ve acquired to assume, ‘What have I acquired to bake in two hours?’

“You’re going to make a sponge. So how lengthy is that sponge going to take? How lengthy do you need to bake that sponge and funky it earlier than you possibly can enhance it? And upon getting a plan of when issues must go within the oven and when issues must exit, you then’re okay.”

He continues, “Should you divert from that plan, you then’re in hassle since you’re going to expire of time and in the long run, you begin throwing stuff on and your cake appears to be like terrible. It appears to be like prefer it’s been dropped, proper? That’s while you’re going to get me coming in and standing over you saying, ‘What is that this?’”

Two topple cakes in the Great British Bake Off competition judged by Paiul Hollywood.Two topple cakes in the Great British Bake Off competition judged by Paiul Hollywood.
: Channel 4

However the criticism isn’t supplied mean-spiritedly. “It will at all times be my perception that they wish to be higher bakers, which is what I count on them to be,” Hollywood says.

“I would like them to be. And once they do create one thing that’s that good, I get actually excited. That’s after I do shake their hand. Trigger I feel, ‘Oh wow. These are sensible! About time!’”

How do you spend your time whereas GBBO bakers are baking?

Hollywood says that whereas the stress within the tent is palpable throughout aggressive bakes, he’s proof against it. “I’ve usually acquired my ft up in a hammock,” he says. “If I have been any extra laid-back, I’d fall over.”

Since “Bake Off” has been round for some time, he says it’s turn out to be “this factor, virtually like a cult” for the bakers. “It’s the tent!” he says. “After which to be in it and meet all of the hosts and the judges… it’s overwhelming for some individuals.

“I’ll usually simply sit down with them for 5 minutes, have a chat, discuss the place they’re from after which say, ‘Proper, you’re alright now?’ and so they go, ‘Yeah. It’s nice.’ ‘Okay now go on then, keep on.’”

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: Courtesy Paul Hollywood

Would a younger Paul Hollywood have entered the Nice British Bake Off?

So, we puzzled, how would a younger Paul Hollywood—again when he was rising by way of the ranks of his father’s bakery and cooking in London’s greatest motels—have fared on the present?

“I most likely wouldn’t have entered within the first place,” he says. “I used to be painfully shy. I imply, I couldn’t do it.

“I imply the pull now… there’s at all times two sides to me. There’s the man that everyone sees on the telly after which there’s the true me. That is the true me, that form of shies away from all that form of stuff.”

A tomato, olive, and onion focaccia from Paul Hollywood.A tomato, olive, and onion focaccia from Paul Hollywood.
: Haarala Hamilton

What Hollywood does when he’s not filming the GBBO?

It is sensible, then, that when he’s not filming one of many a number of reveals he’s now internet hosting, he’s completely satisfied to be at residence in rural Kent, baking the breads which can be his signature (and that function closely in Baked).

“Bread is more durable to make,” he says, “so it’s extra of a problem to most bakers… you’ve acquired to govern it. You’ve acquired to take care of the yeast.

“It’s a dwelling factor. You’ve acquired to develop it in a sure setting. You’ve acquired to tighten it up. You’ve acquired to get the bubble construction proper. The crumb, the caramelization. And so the entire thing requires actual baking abilities to get it achieved correctly. That’s why I like it.”



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