It is rare for our family to find a T.V. show that we all enjoy watching together. With one daughter who is about to turn twelve and two sons ages six and nearly eight, their interests can be widely varied, so imagine my surprise when all six of their eyes were glued to the screen with intrigue when they found me watching the Great British Baking Show on PBS a few weeks ago.
If you’ve never seen this show, it’s just like any other competition where there is a group of people who are competing against each other by completing a series of challenges, with judges voting one person off each week until there is one winner left. Unlike American versions of this type of show, the contestants are so kind to each other! They are helpful and encouraging to one another, and they genuinely care about each other, which is so refreshing. The judges are not jerks either, offering constructive criticism when warranted and encouragement when deserved. It’s a great show for the whole family to watch and the kids just love it!
Last Sunday’s episode was Advanced Dough, and one of the challenges was for the contestants to make donuts. Our mouths watered as we watched each of the remaining five contestants bake up their amazing donuts, some of them looking like they just came fresh from some of the best bakeries in New York. We were inspired! After the show was over we pulled out one of our favorite recipes, Apple Cider Donuts, from my good friend Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots.
Luke was my assistant and we whipped up a batch of donuts, just like they did in The Great British Baking Show, well almost just like them. We did our very best and had a wonderful time together. We measured and mixed, tasted batter, and watched our donuts bake to perfection. Then we ate them for dessert!
What inspires you to create? Is it something that you’ve seen, felt, heard? Is it a favorite show or a photograph you’ve seen? I’d love to hear what inspires you!