The Baking Revolution!

The Baking Revolution!

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The Baking Revolution!

What is baking?

Baking is the method of cooking using dry air. Although people usually bake in an oven it is also possible to bake in ash or on hot stones.

What can we bake?

People bake a variety of foods. Probably the most popular is bread, but this method of cooking is also used for cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, scones, to name just a few. These can be baked at home or purchased from a bakery.

How to bake?

Baked products usually contain flour, water and raising agent. Other common ingredients are eggs, oils, milk and sweet ingredients such as sugar. All the ingredients can be mixed to create dough first and this dough should then stand to ensure that the raising agent has time to develop. You will know when this works when you see the dough rising! Often then the dough will need to be shaped, using your hands or special cutters, and then put in the oven.

Historical evidence of baking

People reportedly started baking by soaking wild grass in water and then mashing it into a paste. As there was nothing like an oven available at the time this paste was then placed on a flat hot stone to cook – the product at the end was a bread-like product.

The oven was not invented until centuries later. The oldest oven was discovered in Croatia in 2014. Experts believe that this oven dates back 6,500 years!

The Great British Bake Off

This television programme has become very popular in Britain and 10.87 million people watched the latest series in 2020. The programme has inspired many people to start baking.

Answer the questions in the interactive game to see how much you know about The Great British Bake Off!


A special shop selling baked goods.
The different foods needed to cook a recipe.
Raising agent:
Ingredients that cause the dough to rise by producing air bubbles. Examples of raising agents are yeast, baking powder and baking soda.
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