This week I bought a book I have been after for quite a while.
It's a cookbook, of course, written by perhaps the nation's most loved of cookery writers/presenters/judges - Mary Berry.
It's not just me that's a fan in this house, the older 3 boys all love watching the Great British Bakeoff. I am not allowed to watch an episode without them here, and this last couple of weeks they have really enjoyed watching the documentary The Mary Berry Story.
So, I decided to set myself a wee challenge.
Since, you know, looking after a household of four boys and a hard-working husband just isn't enough to do really.
Seriously though, this isn't a tricky challenge, and one that everyone will benefit from.
I decided that since Mary Berry is the Queen of home baking, I would try and bake my way through her Baking Bible.
That's a fun challenge, right?
Some of the recipes I will adapt to be allergy free, others I will do as written. I have only come across one recipe on my quick flick through that is quite nutty, and I may just give that one a miss. Given the number of nut allergies in the house I don't really like to cook with them any more!
We have already made a start, and the boys have been willing helpers. Calum (10) made the flapjacks entirely on his own. We used dairy free margarine and added dairy-free chocolate chips (the chocolate chips were one of Mary's alternatives to the basic recipe) and they were a hit!
James (13) helped me make some profiteroles for pudding another day.
We served these with our own chocolate sauce recipe (equal quantities of chocolate and cream, melted in a pan). They didn't last long!
I'm hoping to get a recipe or two from the book baked every week, and then I will share the photos of the results (which, judging by the first two we have tried look to be super yummy) on here.
I need a little help from my lovely readers though.
Can anyone think of a catchy name for my challenge?
I'm thinking that the Mary Berry Baking Bible Challenge doesn't exactly roll off the tongue!