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Amy's Baking Year
We were lucky enough to speak to Amy about how she got into baking and the excitment of having her first book published...
Hi Amy, could you tell us a little more about how you got into baking?
I have been baking all of my life since I was a little girl. My mum would bake with me on all occasions such as birthdays, cake sales and baking homemade gifts for friends and family.
And now you have a cookery book out! How does it feel to see your recipes in print?
It feels amazing to finally see my book and I feel extremely proud as I have been working on my first cookbook for over two years
Do you have a favourite recipe in the book? And is so, which is it?
I love baking all of my recipes, but my favourite is my gingerbread house which I make every year for Christmas and has become a tradition which I look forward to. It is a great family activity to do at Christmas and is fun to decorate for children.
Who inspired you the most when it comes to cookery/baking?
My mum Gillian is my main inspiration, but I have also been inspired by watching all of the cookery programmes on television since i was very small, especially taking inspiration from Nigella Lawson and Ina Garten who I admire
If you had to sum up the book in three words, which would you pick?
The three words that I would use to sum up my cookbook Amy's Baking Year are inspiring, beautiful and encouraging.
What advice would you give to aspiring bakers looking to bake their first sweet treats?
I would say to anyone who hasn't baked before or is just getting into baking to always read the instructions very carefully before they start to and make sure that they have all of the ingredients and equipment needed. I would also tell them not to worry if something goes wrong as practice makes perfect and use any opportunity to bake - this could be cupcakes for a friends birthday, a batch of biscuits for a bake sale to raise funds for charity, or a simple victoria sponge to make someone happy.
What’s next for you, Amy?
I am currently planning my second cookbook and hope to have the opportunity to bake my recipes on television, with my dream being to one day have my own cookery show on television.