Lorraine Pascale, who quit the catwalk to become a top chef, baker and patissier, makes her TV debut in Baking Made Easy. Sharing her kitchen secrets, professional know-how and sheer passion for food, Lorraine believes: “Baking is about keeping it simple.”
After quitting modelling, Lorraine trained as a chef and has worked in some of the best restaurants in London. She’s also a mother, a food writer and a businesswoman. Her series focuses on modern baking and the recipes cover anything cooked in the oven – both sweet and savoury.
She kicks off with one of the simplest and fastest things you can bake – parmesan and poppy seed lollipops; they’re canapés to die for and a feat of baking engineering. Next there’s soda bread; no kneading, no rising, no effort – fresh bread doesn’t get easier than this.
Lorraine conjures up a classic French patisserie – blueberry and lemon millefeuille – with a mixture of insider savvy and great shortcuts. “You’re going to make a lot of friends with this dessert,” says Lorraine.
She shares her basic recipe for shortcrust pastry. It’s buttery, crumbly, and fantastic as a pastry case for an impressive fig, cream cheese and mint tart, which goes down a storm as the centre piece at a lunch for friends.
And finally Lorraine does some online shopping to bake a show-stopper cake for a friend’s party; it’s chocolatey, stunning to look at, delicious to eat and, what’s more, easy to make. Lorraine comments: “When you see a cake like this in the shops or magazines you never think you’ll be able to make a cake like it – but now you can.”
Monday 10 January
8.30-9.00pm BBC TWO