App review: In Mary We Trust

It's National Baking Week, so let's celebrate with an app from the Bake Off Queen, Mary Berry.
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App review: In Mary We Trust

It’s over. Gone. Done and dusted with icing sugar.

Wednesday evenings are now a barren, bake-free wasteland. Switch on BBC1 at 8pm tonight and you’ll be treated to Nick Knowles’ gurning face on DIY SOS, rather than Paul Hollywood’s steely blue-eyed gaze.

Because this year’s The Great British Bake Off (or Bake Off to us fans) is no more. The grand final was last week, with Nadiya Hussein the deserved winner despite the ramblings of some belligerent tabloid commentators. We’ve got two words for the haters - chocolate peacock.

There’ll be another Bake Off series along next August surely, but that still begs the question, what are you going to do tonight at 8pm to get your baking fix?

Why not use your smartphone to get you through the night? We’ve had a good look through the world of baking apps for you, and a couple stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for more baking recipes than you can shake a spatula at, then Perfect Bake (free on iOS and Android) could be worth a download. It’s got loads of baking categories, from cakes and cookies to frostings and fillings. And it’s packed with great sounding recipes. We especially like the sound of their Man Cave Cookies, with crushed up crisps as the secret ingredient. Genius.

Our app of choice this week though, has got to be this one. We all love Bake Off, but at the end of the day, it’s in Mary we trust.

In Mary We Trust
iOS (£3.99) / Android (£1.99)

In Mary We Trust features over 50 of Mary Berry’s recipes. Why do we trust Mary? Because her dishes are delicious and reliable.

Each recipe comes with a clear, step-by-step guide written in Mary’s comforting style. For example: “This really is the most simple soufflé to make and it is just wonderful to eat.” You wouldn’t get Gordon Ramsay being that welcoming.

Bake Off fans will find much to love here. There’s apricot bread and butter pudding, blackberry soufflé, classic lemon tart and an awesome looking whole orange spice cake for wannabe 2016 Bake Off entrants to try their hand at.

This app isn’t just about baking though. Mary also covers the classics we all know and love, including lasagne, fishcakes and beef wellington. And with Christmas fast approaching, there’s a whole festive section that has everything from pigs in blankets (yes please) and brussel sprouts (no thanks) to a traditional roast turkey for the whole family.

We’re not going to lie to you. It’s going to be a long wait until the next series of Bake Off kicks off in August 2016. But at least you can have a slice of Mary Berry on your smartphone every day until then.

And finally, feel free to let us know if you've heard of any other Bake Off inspired apps that you think are worth a sniff...

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