7 things we’ve learnt from 2014 Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle

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  • Congratulations to 2014 Bake Off winner Nancy. We’re looking back on all the things we’ve learnt from this rather talented 60-year old (Bake Off’s oldest winner so far!) and we’ve learnt a lot.

    From how to speed up dough resting time with a microwave to avoiding calling Paul Hollywood by his name, we’ve loved every moment of series five and Nancy Birthwhistle has been one of our highlights…

    1. Make sure you never overload your mixer with flour

    Poor Nancy got a bit of a shock when she turned on her stand mixer and it sprayed flour out in all directions (and in the final too!). Luckily, Paul and Mary didn’t spot her but the camera man got a rather humerous shot of her reaction. Bless!

    2. Be confident

    Do what you’ve got to do or as Nancy did. She just got her head down and baked without looking at what anyone else was doing. She went with her gut instinct and we respect her for that!

    3. If you’ve got a crush on someone, don’t call them by their name

    Nancy always referred to Paul Hollywood as “the male judge”. At first we thought it was because she’d forgotten his name, then we realised it was because she had a little crush on him – or so she said in the finals. We don’t blame you Nancy!

    4. The microwave could be your new best friend

    Nancy had a few tricks up her sleeves that we rather admired, one of which was her ability to speed up her dough rising time by popping it into the microwave on a low heat – what a risky, but genius idea! Try it if you dare…

    5. It’s ok to cry on national TV

    She welled up a few times over the series but Nancy let it all go when crowned the Bake Off champion (who could blame her?!). Tears of joy and probably relief from not having to bake for Mary and Paul ever again.

    6. Consistency is key

    Week after week, Nancy’s bakes were consistent. From a soft, buttery croissant to a delicious loaf of freshly baked bread, she never had a really bad week.

    7. Everything is better when it’s homemade

    Nancy was always pulling out her homemade jams or homemade chutneys and we loved her for it. She apparently even rears her own turkeys at home for Christmas. Amazing!

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