Victorian Bakers at Christmas follows on from the successful Victorian Bakers show that aired on BBC2 in January. Now the same four bakers are back to find out how the festive season changed when Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and how, over her long reign, customs and celebrations emerged that we now regard as a traditional British Christmas.
The four bakers, who took up residency in the Victorian Bakery at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, include John Swift, from Clee Hill, whose family have been bakers for six generations; Duncan Glendinning, an artisan baker from Bath; John Foster, whose industrial bakery in Barnsley is turning out 400,000 mince pies this year, and Harpreet Baura, a high-end cake baker from London.
They were set a number of festive baking challenges from the mid-19th century when Twelfth Night was the big day, not December 25. The traditional bakes tackled in the one-hour show include a Twelfth Cake, a spiced, yeasted fruit cake, mince pies and an enormous game pie stuffed with pheasant, partridge and turkey.
As well as using the Victorian Town’s Bakery as the setting for the programme’s Bakehouse, the show will also feature two cottages, the Duke of Sutherland Cottage and the Tollhouse, as the setting for a Christmas dinner celebration. It will be shown at 9.30pm.
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