Have you ever wanted to bake the perfect moist chocolate brownie or a cheesy olive pizza from scratch, but were left intimidated by the lengthy and convoluted process that had your head spinning? We’ve all been there. Baking can seem like a daunting task due to the hours upon hours of work and precision that goes into it. We’ve all felt that sudden burst of inspiration to bake our favourite dessert ourselves by following a complex recipe online, only to be left despondent and dejected with a gooey, amorphous mass of baking ingredients on our hands.
Many of us have completely given up on baking due to the constant failed-attempts and the inability to find the right ingredients which won’t drill a hole in our wallets. Gemma Stafford is an Irish Chef who is well aware of our baking troubles and debacles and has therefore created her own baking show called ‘Bigger Bolder Baking’ on YouTube to help noobs like us learn the ropes of baking.
Bigger Bolder Baking
Bigger Bolder Baking is her massively popular show where you can learn how to bake a plethora of delicacies with some seemingly simple ingredients you may already have at your disposal. Sometimes finding the right ingredients can be a hassle and so Gemma will set you up with a list of alternative ingredients that you can use to bake your favourite desserts with just a few simple additional modifications to them.
You can go through the videos on her channel to find a profusion of different recipes to satiate all your taste buds. If it’s something chocolaty that you’re craving then Gemma has hundreds of recipes to ease your appetite. Having personally tried her mouth-watering pizza and piquant tarts & bread recipes is a luxury that should not be passed on upon.
Bold Baking Basics
Every skill requires its foundation to be built firm foremost. Just as you don’t go around scuba diving before you learn how to swim, you don’t start baking three-tier cakes before learning the basics either. Gemma has a playlist of around fifty in-depth videos on baking basics where you can learn how to prepare the base of every baked bonne bouche out there. From homemade natural food colours to fondant and frosting, you can learn to make all the pre-required ingredients from scratch so that you don’t have to trouble yourself with the stress of collecting a multitude of expensive ingredients.
What sets her apart?
Gemma Stafford’s ‘Bold Baking’ stands out from the throng of thousands of other cooking channels on YouTube because of her straightforward and effortless recipes which do not require any rare ingredients extracted from the depths of the Himalayas or any of the special and fancy equipment you would see other chefs using on their shows.
Gemma takes numerous bold risks in her recipes by going against the standard instructions for recipes and modifying them to make them as easy as possible so that even beginners can get the hang of them while also making sure that they turn out as good as any baked good that you would find in your local five-star bakery and sometimes even better.
You don’t have to be an experienced cook to follow her instructions as her explanations are always comprehensive along with some golden nuggets of tips & tricks strewn here and there in her videos which she has accumulated through years of working experience in small kitchens across the world and a Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant. Her amiable and charismatic personality is just the cherry on top that makes her videos immensely entertaining to watch.
Link to her channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GemmaStafford