Getting Technical with the Great British Bake Off

B(re)aking news there’s only five episodes left until they crown the next Great British Baker!

Your kitchen might currently be covered top to toe in self raising flour but don’t stop now, we’re going to announce the top three energy saving appliances to make baking that little bit easier.

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Slow cookers

It’s autumn which means it’s time to find the slow cooker. These energy-efficient devices aren’t just for making stews they’re also great for baking and use just a little more energy than a traditional lightbulb.

Have you ever used a slow cooker to make cheesecake? oatmeal? or even bread? Yes, it really is possible!

  • Cheesecake – make the cheesecake as you normally would, pan and all, then place it inside your slow cooker. It doesn’t take any less time than traditional methods and uses less energy than the oven.
  • Oatmeal – one for a lazy weekend, emphasis on the lazy. Using a slow cooker for this helps create a delicious, creamy porridge.
  • Bread – this may be one of the harder weeks on Great British Bake Off but not for us. Using a slow cooker allows the bread to rise and bake all at the same time. So, you can make a warm, fresh loaf this winter without having to turn the oven on.

Ok, there’s a reason why they don’t use slow cookers on the show but if you’ve no time pressure/ judges breathing down your neck then this is definitely an option.

Hand Mixers

Long gone are the days of tiresome hand whisking to achieve the perfect buttery batter.

Now we can’t all afford the KitchenAid’s they use on the show but a regular electric hand mix works just as well and uses a lot less energy.

A KitchenAid can use energy anywhere between 350 to 450 watts, hand mixers are typically between 200 to 250 watts of power.

If you’re looking to use no energy but your own then the traditional hand whisking works best.

Microwave

The most energy efficient of them all.

Now you may only use the microwave to heat your leftover Chinese food but there is so much more you can do when it comes to baking.

It can help with the little things such a melting butter or chocolate but you can also bake a genuine cake as a quick alternative to the conventional oven baking.

For more valuable savings in the kitchen, why not read about top five energy guzzlers here.

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