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Mary Berry webchat: Join the queen of tarts on Monday 1.30 - 2.30

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 13-Sep-13 16:49:53

We are excited and delighted that queen of the kitchen, Mary Berry, will be joining us at MNHQ for a live webchat.

Mary Berry, CBE is one of the UKs best-known and most respected cookery writers and television presenters. She has over 80 books to her name and over 6 million sales worldwide. A judge on The Great British Bake Off she has been voted as Britains favourite baking companion.

Mary's autobiography A Recipe for Life is out this month. A touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, Mary tells the story of her remarkable rise to fame. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of A Recipe for Life. Join us on Monday or post a question in advance to Mary on this thread.

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 15-Sep-13 14:11:14

I thought of a question.

Can you please come up with a great recipe for Irn Bru cupcakes for your next book (or just for me grin )

I have tried about 10 different recipies but none of them are very bru-ey. Every time I try to change quantities they just come out flat. Is there some way of intensifying the flavour without it all going horrifically wrong?

Can't believe I'm asking someone so classy about Irn Bru cupcakes blush

MissStrawberry Sun 15-Sep-13 14:15:35

I love Mary Berry.

I recently bought the pink covered cook book to replace the white one I had that was falling apart through years of use grin. Some recipes from the white having made it into the pink one and I was wondering if that was on purpose or if all are there but you have renamed them?

Also, lots of recipes aren't on the pages listed in the index. Is that a common problem and can I be your proof reader next time please?

I love Mary Berry.

MissStrawberry Sun 15-Sep-13 14:19:15

Tally - I have that book!! Just bought the new updated version. Hang on, while link for you.

updated one

MissStrawberry Sun 15-Sep-13 14:20:19

exhaustedmummy - IIRC coating in flour should help that.

Handsfullandlovingit Sun 15-Sep-13 14:52:37

I'll be chained to a desk tomorrow, but I'd like to say to Mary how much I am grateful for her cake recipes. Except in circumstances of outstanding idiocy on my part they come out so perfectly, and attract so many compliments, I feel I should pass on the compliments. Favourites include Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake and the light as a feather Lemon Drizzle from the Baking Bible.

My question is about Christmas cake, specifically the light and golden Victorian Christmas Cake in the Baking Bible. It is glorious. How far in advance would I be safe to make it? I like to do Christmas as far in advance as possible. Thank you!

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 15:02:39

Dear Mary

I love your programmes and your recipes. I've never yet had a MB recipe fail on me.

You are very stylish and always look amazing. Do you have a stylist for the programme or do you just love clothes? I've heard you say you dress very differently at home. What sort of look do you rock then?

I just wanted to say that your pieces about William have moved me to tears. He sounds like a fine young man and I am so very sorry for your loss.

Thank you for coming and my best wishes to you flowers

SunshineSuperNova Sun 15-Sep-13 15:53:42

Hi Mary

I am a huge fan - I have a cookbook you wrote some years ago which is covered in flour / gravy / other food stains because it's been used so much.

My question is: how do you come up with ideas for new recipes?

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 15-Sep-13 16:17:59

Hi Mary - like everyone else I love your books and GBBO. I also loved hearing you on Desert Island Discs - it was a very moving episode.

I have an aga and no other cooker and wondered whether you had any plans to do another aga book - one focusing on christmas in particular would be wonderful. I am already dreading the trauma of trying to get my roast potatoes to roast whilst the temperature plumits.

Thank you!

Whistleforit Sun 15-Sep-13 20:31:45

Oh Mary, you are such a classy lady, I want to be you when I grow up. But it's not possible as I only want to ask whether you quite often think Paul is a sanctimonious twit. Albeit within very pretty eyes.

Whistleforit Sun 15-Sep-13 20:32:08


AndIFeedEmGunpowder Sun 15-Sep-13 20:41:28


Mary, what is your favourite biscuit?

TerrorMeSue Sun 15-Sep-13 20:55:49

During GBBO do you eat anything at all except what the contestants make?

I have no idea how you manage to try so many different cakes (or whatever). You must be stuffed!

itsonlysubterfuge Sun 15-Sep-13 21:03:17

Hi Mary,

First wanted to say I adore you! You always look so amazing and I was just wondering how you stay in such great shape? Especially during the Great British Bake-Off and sampling all those great cakes?

Thanks for coming to Mumsnet and spending the time to talk to all of us.

MavisGrind Sun 15-Sep-13 21:06:30

I am another that will be at work tomorrow but I just want to say a big thank you for all the work you do.

My sons (7&4) absolutely love GBBO and have insisted since last week that I make a custard tart. I am no baker but this afternoon I tried and it was a relative success! (nothing like jumping in on a technical bake for a novice). My dcs then pretended to be yourself and Paul and judged my efforts. They even checked if there was a soggy bottom (there wasn't <preen>).

So, thank you. You've got another 2 young boys learning to bake because of your skills and enthusiasm.

DoItTooJulia Sun 15-Sep-13 21:09:15

Hi Mary, really nice to have you!

Sometimes when I bake sponge cakes they have a lump on the top where they have risen unevenly. Why does is happen? Is not all of the time either, so I'm finding it difficult to pinpoint what is going wrong!

MostlyCake Sun 15-Sep-13 21:27:46

I have a bread question if possible? My loaves go into the oven well shaped and 'proud' of yhe sheet if you see what I mean but spread and collapse in the oven. The baked loaf looks like a disc with a slight rise in the middle. Why do they spread out and how can I stop it?


tinypumpkin Sun 15-Sep-13 21:37:27

Another Mary Berry fan here, who isn't?

I was wondering what the biggest calamity on GBBO has been. This year we have seen custard stealing but my memory of previous years is rather more vague sadly.

hermancakedestroyer Mon 16-Sep-13 09:08:05

Hi Mary,

I'm a huge fan of the GBBO and always find that your comments to the competitors is kind and constructive.
My question to you is about meringues. My aunt used to make delicious meringues which were crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle but I have never managed to replicate them! Can you help? Thank you
Keep up the good work cake

hermancakedestroyer Mon 16-Sep-13 09:10:29


moonbells Mon 16-Sep-13 09:36:40

Hello Mary! Many thanks for coming on to the webchat. I have a very deceptively simple question: why can't I get victoria sponges to rise?

My mum can (with identical recipes) yet her fruit cakes invariably sink and mine don't. Neither of us can explain it (we both have the same mixer as well). We've muddled along for years, with her doing all the sponges and me the fruits grin. But I'd love to know any tips on getting the wretched sponges to work!

FrauMoose Mon 16-Sep-13 09:42:17

Mary, I'd like to know if you consider yourself a role model for older women on television. What are your thoughts on the discrimination that Miriam O'Reilly experienced, and do you think that the BBC is starting to make changes for the better?

Jerseymummy1 Mon 16-Sep-13 10:05:19

I love Mary. Her Sacha Torte receipe is a fave and never fails to impress.

So I have a question for Mary - if you were a cake what you be and why?

HoneyDragon Mon 16-Sep-13 10:51:00

Mary, you really are fantastic. Your Fast Cakes was the first recipie book I ever used, when I was little. And what's lovely to me is that my son now gets it down and flicks through it looking for stuff to make just like I did. smile

Speaking of said boy. Cake is his favourite thing. He doesn't like fondant icing (and I'm rubbish with rolling it out!) and he doesn't particularly love buttercream either hmm. So what else can I use to decorate the fancy birthday cakes he asks for each year? confused


MrsKwazii Mon 16-Sep-13 10:51:13

Hello Mary, I love your b

HoneyDragon Mon 16-Sep-13 10:51:55

Oh, I still use Fast Cakes regularly. I'm making your Pineapple Upside Down Cake later grin

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