A new national survey undertaken by Britain Loves Baking in conjunction with the Helen and Douglas House Hospice in Oxford seeking insights into the attitudes and behaviours of the Nation’s home bakers has revealed that Lockdown has ignited the baker in all of us. 71% of respondents in this new national online survey claim to now be baking more than once a week, while pre-Lockdown only 31% of the UK population baked once a week or more. This is corroborated by 51% of the sample stating that they bake a lot more now post pandemic which suggests that our new found love for creating our own baked goods is here to stay.
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It seems that this passion is now being shared by everyone, with the survey results showing that these new baking enthusiasts are aged 18-34. Further, 35% of homes taking part in the survey have under 18’s baking for their household. Lockdown is raising a new generation of dedicated home bakers. The survey surprisingly revealed that 39% of respondents are male bakers (this equates to 6.2 million men)! In fact, 53% of the male respondents stated that they bake at least once a week, to a few times a week. That equates with three times as many as the 2 million men that play football weekly in the UK. So, it seems that baking is no longer the domain of ladies and families, but now men and younger adults have discovered a passion for baking traditional homemade bread and baked treats.
WE ARE BECOMING A NATION OF DAILY BAKERS!
There is also a marked regional variation in the frequency of home baking. Interestingly this new found passion for baking seems to be most popular amongst homes in the East of England and Northern Ireland East Midlands where 50% bake every day. Meanwhile, in the South West, the North East, the West Midlands and Yorkshire over 50% of respondents stated that they bake more than a few times each week.
BAKING THAT’S GOOD FOR US AND DOES GOOD FOR OTHERS
The survey also revealed that baking is a very social affair with people baking for many reasons. Generally, baking is seen as a great way of bonding with others (as reported by 40% of respondents) and as a relief from stress (38%), but people also bake for other reasons such as the sheer pleasure of the process, to relieve lockdown boredom, and to enjoy the yummy creation of their labour. We are baking more, and more together, with nearly a third of respondents saying that they bake with their partners, 40% bake with their children, and 16% with their parents.
These survey results are a very positive marker for the success of a fundraising initiative – ‘Bake It ‘Til You Make It – Virtual Bake Off’ competition that is being organised by the Helen and Douglas House Hospice in partnership with Britain Loves Baking: the well-known home of family baking boxes. The competition will also celebrate National Baking Week on 18th October. Anyone signing up to take part will receive a free Britain Loves Baking box
Greg Wixted Co-Founder of Britain Loves Baking commented: “We’re proud to partner with this wonderful charity and to be part of the ‘Virtual Bake Off’. I could not think of a better way for the nation to take time out and bake for fun and at the same time do some good for this amazing charity. It is great to see from our survey that so many children, young adults and families are getting back to baking and we’re expecting some fabulous entries! As a company that believes in people before profits, we’re committed to supporting people in the mindfulness of baking as well as being able to support the Helen and Douglas House hospice by supplying our baking boxes to the contestants taking part.”
For children or novice bakers that want to enter but need to brush upon on their baking skills, Britain Loves Baking providing a series of FREE online baking courses to help everyone learn new skills, bake new and exciting recipes or learn to bake their favourite treats. These course are available through on their YouTube Channel or visit their website to get a download an infographic of he main highlights form the survey.
As the Covid-19 global pandemic took hold and with increased time at home for all the family baking has once again taken centre stage in UK family life Britain Loves Baking is an innovative response to these changed circumstances. Allowing consumers to access hard to get ingredients and baking inspiration straight to their doors and is well known as the home of family baking. Bakers UK-wide, including many celebrity customers, have enjoyed the company’s baking boxes during lockdown. There seasonal baking boxes provide all the ambient, dry ingredients and recipes needed to help learn new baking skills and create amazing bakery and patisserie quality treats at home.
The ‘Bake It ‘Til You Make It – Virtual Bake Off’ competition takes place on the on the 18th October and entrants will have the opportunity to show their virtual baking skills to a panel of celebrity judges including Karisha Pithwa from Crème De La Cakes, featured on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, Molly Robbins from Sugar and Crumbs, featured on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, and local girl Emily Martin, a 14 year old up-and-coming baking star who has raised over £4,700 for the charity by baking cakes in memory of her friend Izzy who died at the hospice. More information can be found here: https://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/event/bake-it-til-you-make-it/.
SOURCE Britain Loves Baking