Britain’s favourite TV show is back: and this time there’s a vegan week! Yes, that’s right, Great British Bake Off (GBBO) graces our screens again from Tuesday (28 August), and we can’t wait to see the vegan challenge
For the first time in the show’s eight-year history, bakers will ditch dairy, eggs and animal products for one week only to produce their culinary delights. GBBO judge Paul Hollywood said the show is including the plant-based tasks to be representative of the UK – where there are now more than 3.5 million vegans.
Paul told the BBC:
“Veganism seems to be growing and we wanted to represent that.”
He also claimed he wants the baked goods to be of an exceptionally high standard:
“You can’t just say: ‘It’s okay for vegan [food].’ It has to taste good, period.”
Meanwhile, fellow judge Prue Leith said she was fascinated by the vegan bake-off:
“You shouldn’t miss that one. If you’re a vegan or are thinking of becoming a vegan, or think about it and worry about how it will change your life. It’ll shock you. It shocked me as well, honestly.”
Vegans were hopeful of some plant-based treats during last year’s show, when contestant Rav Bansal spoke of his interest in vegan baking. Sadly, Rav turned out not to be vegan, and used an abundance of egg and dairy products in his tasks. Could this year’s vegan week also be in response to cries of disappointment from vegans across the land in 2017?
It’s unclear whether any vegan bakers are taking part this time, although the 12 contestants have some interesting backgrounds – including a nuclear research scientist and a former prosthetic technician.
Meanwhile, we’ll have to wait until GBBO is back to discover exactly what vegan delights the bakers will make using alternatives such as aquafaba, flax eggs and plant milk – but we’re sure to be drooling over their creations!
Catch the show on Channel 4, Tuesdays at 8pm.
While GBBO is branching out into veganism, and Prue Leith found it fascinating, Paul Hollywood claims he’s not ready to switch to a plant-based diet yet. Well Paul, we challenge you to sign up to the Veganuary pledge and try veganism for 31 days. With a delicious vegan recipe available for seemingly any dish, we promise you won’t regret it!
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