GBBO-inspired Brits get busy baking during lockdown

That explains why you can’t buy flour! Brits inspired by GBBO stars Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown get busy baking during lockdown – and share snaps of their creations on social media

  • Dozens have hit the kitchen baking anything from bread to impressive cakes
  • GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown shared snaps of their bakes
  • Flour one of the basic items British shoppers struggling to find in supermarkets 
  • Several stores reduced the number of packets of flour customers allowed to buy 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Brits in lockdown due to the coronavirus are battling cabin fever by baking up a storm in their kitchens.

Amateur bakers have joined the likes of GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown in knocking out cakes, biscuits, scones and loaves of bread – explaining why many shoppers are struggling to find flour in supermarkets.

Nadiya – who won the 2015 series of Bake Off – revealed a golden loaf studded with pumpkin and sesame seeds on Instagram.

She said: ‘We ran out of bread a week ago and so we made our own. Never have I seen them this excited about bread, something that was a “given” a few months ago has turned into a treat.


Amateur bakers have joined the likes of GBBO winners Nadiya Hussain and Candice Brown in knocking out cakes, biscuits, scones and loaves of bread. Pictured: Nadiya’s loaf (left) and Candice’s shortbread (right)

Anna Louise Wild, from Haywards Heath, shared this Bake Off-inspired bread loaf which she baked on Sunday evening

‘I hope and pray as time goes by we can remember and when this is over we can remind ourselves of what isolation, what coronavirus taught us. Yes it’s a loaf of bread, but no it’s not a given, nothing should be.’

Candice – who won the competition four years ago – shared a stack of rustic orange chocolate shortbread made on Instagram live.

She added: ‘Same time next week and we will be doing……. SODA BREAD!!! Any questions let me know and I’ll get ingredients list up ASAP.’

Inspired amateurs across the country followed suit, sharing snaps of orange blossom ring cakes, raisin scones and jam buns.


Claire Harmer’s partner Joe looked impressed with himself as he posed with a towering carrot cake at their home in Lewes, East Sussex (left) while Instagram user Fitzy83 shared a snap of his Victoria Sponge cake which was ‘missing a few key ingredients’ (right)

Londoner Imogen Jones posed on her kitchen’s work surface with a wide smile and a freshly baked loaf cake.

She said: ‘Just me here going bananas with boredom and trying to feed Piers’ banana bread habit.’

The fun-loving baking enthusiast said she is trying to use cupboard essentials or ingredients from a corner shop to minimise interactions and support local businesses.

Londoner Imogen Jones posed on her kitchen’s work surface with a wide smile and a freshly baked loaf cake

Fay Jordan from Aboyne shared a snap of scones she and Emma Petrie (pictured) baked while in isolation

Claire Harmer’s partner looked equally as impressed with himself as he posed with a towering carrot cake at their home in Lewes, East Sussex.

She quipped: ‘Joe’s turn for a day in the kitchen! He’s made a delicious carrot cake, it’s so a scrummy and so so f****** huge!’

Savvy Katy Thompson created a bundt tin at home by teaming a sponge cake tin with a Pyrex pudding dish fitted in the middle.

The veterinary surgeon whipped up an orange blossom and cardamom spiced Moroccan cake with blossom icing.


Manchester bakery From Abbies Kitchen shared its jam buns baked during isolation (left) while Emma Paveley showed off her home-baked banana bread (right)

Yet another tasty-looking classic jam and cream Victoria Sponge cake, shared by Lee Mason

Sam Murray, who is pictured wearing his apron, showed off his chocolate marble cake in Coltishall, Norfolk.

His partner Ellen Thompson suggested baking could become his new hobby as croquet season is ‘effectively over before it began’.

The Baking Co have also suggested they could help ‘those in need of their chocolate fix’ and shared a picture of their gooey, vegan brownies.

Natalia Barralle, from Winchester, claims her house is running out of food – but she still found enough ingredients to bake these chocolate brownies


Marianne, from Bristol, shared a snap of her posing with utensils mid-baking session (left) while Instagrammer Penny Baked That looked thrilled with her fruit pie (right)

Sam Murray, who is pictured wearing his apron, showed off his chocolate marble cake in Coltishall, Norfolk

Savvy Katy Thompson created a bundt tin at home by teaming a sponge cake tin with a Pyrex pudding dish fitted in the middle


Darren doing his best Great British Bake Off oven-watching as his chocolate cake cooks (left) while Watford-based Naomi Deller’s partner got stuck into making vegan meringues (right)

Meanwhile Mary Sturges seemed disgruntled and dubbed her no-knead sourdough as ‘definitely a learning curve and not for lunch’ in Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

The baking frenzy comes after PM Boris Johnson banned ‘non-essential’ travel during a total lockdown of the UK.

Brits are only allowed to leave their properties for one form of exercise and ‘essential’ shopping trips.

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