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A warm and charming host with the most soothing voice ever, a very cozy aesthetic in the kitchen, and achievable but still Instagram-worthy recipes!
Former winner of The Great British Bake Off Nadiya Hussain guides viewers through creating a range of baked goods, from savory to sweet and everything in between. Nadiya made her reputation as a dessert chef, including making the late Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday cake. In this solo show, she showcases her creations and brings on a guest baker every episode to present their own signature dish.
Putting her own twist on British staples, such as the classic tea time biscuit, she also delves into different styles and origins of cuisine, like a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras king cake. As she cooks, she shares her thoughts with the viewer on a range of subjects. For instance, she discusses finding time to cook for your family as a working mother, discovering baking as her “happy place,” and anecdotes from her upbringing in a Bangladeshi family in England.
As a baker myself, I love finding new cooking shows, especially baking-centered ones! I always enjoy watching professional bakers create delicious and visually stunning desserts. They’re great for finding inspiration for new recipe ideas and techniques. It’s a bonus if they’re also easy to recreate at home. Nadiya Bakes doesn’t disappoint! The episodes are each unique and cover a wide range of topics. I love the “Baking on a Budget” episode…it’s proof that you don’t need to work outside your means to create bakery-quality treats and staples.
What sets the show apart for me is that special cozy cottage tea-time vibe you get with the British. Nadiya’s Bangladeshi background also allows for an additional cultural perspective. Her stories from her childhood are fun to hear. Nadiya Bakes is definitely a show I could watch with my mom and grandma, and we would each find something different to love about it. I highly recommend this show as an easy and comforting watch that’s right for the whole family.