The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

When he’s not courteously helping Mary Berry to lift heavy bowls of Christmas pudding mix during this festive baking session, Paul Hollywood behaves like a naughty boy, cheeking his indulgent Auntie Mary or pestering her to lick the spoon.

Mary sails through it all serenely, of course. They’re a marvellous double act, listening attentively to each other’s step-by-step guide to their recipe and then exclaiming with delight at what eventually comes out of the oven. Much of this is traditional fare (a yule log, mince pies, Christmas cake), although they finish with an unconventional treat that Paul likes to serve on Boxing Day: a Chelsea bun containing leftover turkey and stuffing with cranberry sauce.

A word of warning to Hollywomen, though: try to stay calm as Paul, kneading a lump of dough, explains why he likes to use his hands. It’s something about wanting to remember how things feel.

About this programme

Food writer Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood demonstrate how to make a number of festive favourites, including mince pies, Christmas pudding and a traditional yuletide cake. The Great British Bake Off judges also reveal recipes for some tasty new treats for the holiday season.

Cast and crew


Paul Hollywood
Mary Berry


Executive Producer
Kieran Smith
Series Producer
Amanda Westwood