ONE - So Easy
The show kicks off with a feat of baking engineering, Parmesan and Poppy Seed Lollipops that are actually one of the simplest and fastest things you can bake. Then it’s time for some insider know how as Lorraine goes through her baker’s dozen of essential kit. Then back to the kitchen for Soda Bread – no kneading, no rising, no effort – fresh bread doesn’t get easier than this. Even classic French patisserie get’s the easy treatment. Lorraine’s Blueberry and Lemon Millefeuille are totally divine and full of incredible shortcuts. She’s sharing her basic recipe for short crust pastry, which makes a fantastic case for a stunning Fig, Cream Cheese and Mint Tart. If you want to impress with baking, look no further than the ‘I Can’t Believe You Made That!’ Cake, It’s chocolaty, stunning to look at, heavenly to eat and of course, so easy.
TWO - Speed Baking
In this episode, it’s all about speed baking. First up two super fast canapés, Totally Lazy Mini Sausage Rolls and Sun-dried Tomato and Rosemary Palmiers, and here’s the secret, they’re both made with shop-bought puff pastry with absolutely no guilt. Lorraine’s confessing to a life-long love affair with brownies and whipping up a quick time version, Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies and sharing her secrets for a tray of flapjacks in a flash. Then it’s off to Paris for inspiration, because even French-style patisserie can be made fast, Skinny Tarts are glamorous, easy on the waistline and easy on the clock. Even bread gets the speed treatment with Lorraine’s no knead take on a wartime recipe, the Doris Grant Loaf, and it’s delicious with Camembert and Roasted Garlic, the fastest, most incredible supper. When it’s speed you need, baking is definitely the way to go.
THREE - Modern Classics
It’s time to bring baking bang up to date as Lorraine Pascale takes on the classics. An old favourite gets a make-over, Strawberry and Mascarpone Swiss Roll is more delicious than ever before. Lorraine reveals her chef’s tips for food presentation and she’s got an easy recipe for a true modern classic, Focaccia. Even baked pasta gets the Lorraine treatment, Glam Mac and Cheese is the perfect combination of oven comfort and pure indulgence. She has an easy recipe for perfect meringue every time and it forms the base for an old-school Pavlova. But there’s a twist, Spiced Blackberry, Pear and Apple Pavlova is Lorraine’s modern take on that all time favourite dessert.
FOUR - Very Entertaining
Want stress-free and easy ideas for entertaining? Lorraine’s got the answer. Take her Whiskey and Chilli Tiger Prawns, they’re baked in the oven and ready in less than 30 minutes. Lorraine’s top 3 flavour enhancers are revealed, these are a chef’s secret to fabulous baking. A dinner party favourite gets the easy treatment, creamy Mascarpone and Ginger Crème Brûlée is delicious and deeply satisfying. Lorraine’s got the makings of a very chilled evening with Big Fat Salt and Pepper Breadsticks – perfect with tasty dips and a glass of wine. She is sharing her baker’s dozen of essential ingredients and has a basic recipe for fabulous shortbread, great for sharing – or not! Time for a real savoury showstopper, Sticky Glazed Asian Ham always goes down a storm. So sit back and let the oven do the work – who said entertaining wasn’t easy?
FIVE - Bake To Impress
If you want to impress with baking, Lorraine’s got it covered. First a beautiful Tomato and Basil Tarte Tatin that is both simple and stunning. If you fancy giving homemade puff pastry a go, Lorraine’s got a basic recipe and it’s well worth the effort. Classic French bread gets a Spanish make over with chorizo and thyme fougasse. Then a bit of culinary magic with honeycomb, it’s not strictly baking, but it will make your baked goods dazzle. Lorraine has all the answers to common cake baking conundrums and she’s unlocking the secrets to an amazing three-tier red velvet cake. It may sound scary, but with Lorraine’s professional know how it really is baking made easy.
SIX - Time To Bake
When you have the time, why not indulge in a little leisurely baking? First up, Pumpkin and Rosemary Muffins that are great for any time of day. Macaroons may look difficult to make, but really, they’re just posh meringues and Lorraine has a recipe to make them with ease. Mini Tiramisu Cakes are a delicious and playful twist on the classic dinner party dessert. There’s no denying it’s quicker to order in a pizza than to make one, but when you’ve got a bit of time, why not give it a go? Lorraine shares her fantastic recipe for basic pizza dough, and making your topping extra special, prosciutto, fig and mozzarella. Now that’s much better than a take away.