Get Mary Berry’s Great British Bake Off style in your kitchen
Great British Bake Off is finally here, so we ask food blogger Lucy Parissi how she gets that iconic country-kitchen look in her home
On top of the mountains of cake, the brilliance of Mary Berry and silver foxiness of Paul Hollywood, one thing we love about the Great British Bake Off is the decor. The pastel colours and countrified look give a quintessentially British feel, while a healthy dose of vintage pieces add a nostalgic twist.
Lucy Parissi, food blogger and baking extraordinaire behind supergoldenbakes.com, is passionate about things looking as good as they taste so we asked her to show us how to get that country-kitchen chic look at home.
Mary Berry: style icon
Having beautiful and practical bakeware that’s a pleasure to use and a joy to look at is always at the top of my list. The Mary Berry bakeware range was created with the help of the great lady of baking herself, who was involved in everything from brainstorming to product suggestions and colour approvals. It’s little surprise then that the range is classic but supremely stylish.
The whole range looks wonderful displayed on my kitchen shelves, but one of my favourite pieces is this biscuit tin, £8. Made from carbon steel, it’s perfect for giving that popular retro-kitchen look, while the cream and pastel blue colours ensure it retains a country feel. I also loved the blue ceramic measuring jug, £12 – practical as well as pretty. Whether you use it to serve up custard or display delicate flower posies, it screams ‘simple, British style’.
A good mixing bowl should last a lifetime, so opt for these stoneware ones that come in small, £10, medium, £10 or large, £12, plus the wax-resist measuring jug, £10 to match. The cream colour again makes them a perfect fit for a country kitchen, while the black decorative detail gives it that high-quality, timeless look.
Great British Bake Off recipes
Any baker worth their salt knows that storing good recipes is a must, so use this Mary Berry notebook, £7 for jotting down your favourites, as well as any tasting notes. And for some inspiration directly from the queen of baking herself, check out Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, (hardback, RRP £26.09, Ebury publishing), or her Absolute Favourites recipe book, £12.49, which features all the foolproof recipes from the show. Make sure it doesn’t get covered in flour and butter by displaying it on a solid wood cookbook stand, £12.
Serve in style
1. These porcelain Mary Berry cake plates, £12 for 4, are guaranteed to fall under the ‘good china’ category. 2. Create a stylish backdrop for your spread with this 100% cotton tablecloth, £22. 3. With their ceramic handles and stainless steel blades, these cake forks, £10 for 4, complement the porcelain plates perfectly. 4. The last thing you want is for your baked creations to lose their freshness. Store them in style with these classic nesting cake tins, £15 for 3.
Now you have the bakeware style inspiration, there’s only one thing left to do… ready, steady, bake!
Find the entire stylish bakeware range at selected stores.