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The Duchess of Cambridge has teamed up with none other than Mary Berry for an exciting new project.

The duo are set to make Christmas even more magical with their very own TV special, that’s right, Kate and the former Great British Bake Off judge are set to star in quite the sweet show.

According to The Mirror, Kate and Mary will ‘create a feast to reward charity workers who are on duty over Christmas and New Year’.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is believed the show will be filmed at a royal venue.

The duo will cook up a storm for the charity workers. Mary will take the lead in the kitchen and mum-of-three will assist.

The Christmas special is bound to melt the nations’ hearts and we truly can’t wait to tune in.

It is understood that the show’s working title is The Mary Berry Royal Christmas Show.

Filming has reportedly started so expect to hear more information very soon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kate is a huge fan of cooking and often gets her children- Prince George and Princess Charlotte- involved in the process.

The mum and her darling children love to make their own pizzas and the youngsters have even made their own cheesy pasta.

We are so excited about Kate and Mary’s Christmas special, which is due to air next month. They’ll certainly make the most charming duo!

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Former Great British Bake Off presenters Mel, Sue and Mary Berry look set to reunite for the first time since the show moved to Channel 4.

The trio will appear together on Mary, Mel and Sue's Big Christmas Thank You, which will air on the BBC over the festive season.

The show follows the ladies as they attempt to organises a Christmas party in the Welsh town of Rhondda Valley.

Mel and Sue will attempt to modernise the local community centre in time for the event, while Mary will be tasked with cooking up a mouth-watering festive feast.

The personalities worked together on The Great British Bake Off for seven series, with all three choosing to stay loyal to the BBC after the much-loved show was snapped up by Channel 4.

Television fans can also look forward to all the usual favourites including Mrs Brown's Boys, Strictly and the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Someone grab the RTÉ Guide – Christmas telly is officially here!

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If you’re looking to lose weight, you might want to consider switching off The Great British Bake Off.

Yes, and as former star baker and Heston Blumentha-in-waiting Tom Gilliford became the seventh competitor to exit the contest, one study has thrown up some rather worrying findings.

Some 1,000 dieters – surveyed by weight loss firm Forza Supplements – were asked to find the ten most effective ways to lose weight.

Respondents were given a list of 50 diet tips and asked to pick the ten best if you want fight the flab quickly.

Coming up tops was weighing yourself every day – being cited as the most effective way to diet.

And after switching off TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off, using smaller plates came third.

In fourth place was taking a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss.

Throwing away your cook books was the fifth most popular option – because you are tempted to make highly calorific dishes you would not normally eat.

Stopping doing a big weekly shop at the supermarket came sixth – if you have lots of food in the house, you tend to eat more.

The likes of eliminating snack drawers, cutting back on alcohol consumption and going to bed earlier were all also short-listed by dieters.

Forza Supplements said in response: "We all think we know the secret to effective dieting, so we thought it would be useful to find the ten tips that really do work.

"Weighing yourself every day was the overwhelming winner – nothing beats the crushing disappointment of standing on the scales and seeing you have nudged up by a 1lb. It motivates dieters to do better.

"It is interesting how destructive popular TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off can be to regular diets.

"It's watched by more than 11 million people a week and it is inevitable they are going to want to try one of those highly calorific recipes at the weekend.

"Dieting is incredibly difficult and people struggling to lose weight need help – it is why diet products like ours have never so popular."

Forza Supplements are available in Ireland at branches of Lloyds Pharmacy.  

The ten most effective ways to lose weight:

  1. Weigh yourself every day
  2. Avoid TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off
  3. Use smaller plates
  4. Do a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss
  5. Throw away your cook books
  6. Stop doing a 'big' weekly shop at the supermarket 
  7. Make sure your partner or a close friend diets with you
  8. Don't have a snack drawer at home 
  9. If you booze, you lose 
  10. Go to bed earlier
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Poor Mary Berry. It seems like things got a little too heated for the Great British Bake-Off star at the National Reality TV Awards during the week. 

According to former WAG Lizzie Cundy who was there on the night, the baker just couldn't handle the drunken behaviour that was going on around her.

"Mary was dismayed at the chaos. Her eyes were popping out like the snake from the Jungle Book," Lizzie told the Daily Mirror.

"She didn't know who anyone was. I think she was shocked by all the outfits but she kept on smiling."

Mary won the award for Best Television Chef, but insiders say she made a swift exit after she picked up her gong.

We doubt she'll be back next year!

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With the devastating news of Mary Berry’s departure from Bake Off shaking fans everywhere today, we thought we’d take a look back at some of Mary’s best bits.

Now while there was much to love about the GBBO judge, there was one thing about the 81-year-old that will stand the test of time; those innuendos.

They may not have been intentional but they were the gift that kept on giving and here’s some of our favourites from her six years on the show.

When Mary explained that consistency is everything

When Mary was disappointed about the lack of symmetry

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When Mary spoke to all of us watching from our sofas eating cake

When Mary argued you can have quality AND quantity

When Mary gave some very crucial advice to contestants

When Mary was disappointed by the contestant's soft creations

When Mary was all about indulgence

When Mary explained the importance of consistency to Paul

When Mary was impressed with the sizable baked goods

When Mary was just a delicate little flower

Aw, Mary… you have given us so much over the years. You will be missed.

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It's been confirmed. Mary Berry has QUIT The Great British Bake Off.

The talented lady has followed in the footsteps of Mel and Sue and left the popular baking show.

BBC News has reported that she will stay with the channel for "loyalty."

The show was bought by Channel 4 last week for an incredible sum of €87 MILLION.

Rumour has it that Jamie Oliver will take on the roles of Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in the revamped show.

Here's Mary's statement: 

Ah, Mary. We'll miss you. 

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Yesterday fans of The Great British Bake Off were rocked by the news that the show’s hosts Mel and Sue would not be following the programme to Channel 4.

And now Mary Berry’s husband has hinted that the much loved baking icon could be next to jump ship.

According to the Mail Online, Paul Hunnings has suggested that his 81-year-old wife could be ending her time on the BAFTA winning show once the current series ends.

While Mary has yet to speak out about the show’s controversial £75 million move to Channel 4, her retired hubby has said he did not think she was “signing anything” right now.

Paul commented: “She’s very happy with the BBC, put it that way.”

It is still unclear whether or not Mary’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood will move with the show.

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We've no doubt there's a Mary Berry cookbook lying around somewhere in everyone's house… The woman can do no wrong when it comes to baking.

But one Twitter account is not praising her cakes, it's praising the way she eats them.

Basically, the no-context account is full of pictures from the latest series of GBBO and it's legit just snaps of Mary munching away.

This shouldn't be gas… but it so is. Here's Mary Berry Bites:

SO random, but so good.

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The Great British Bake Off has provided us with some incredible entertainment already, and by far one of the best parts of the show is the legend that is Mary Berry. 

The judge and baking legend herself has already sent Twitter into a meltdown this season after she apparently spoiled one week's elimination when chatting with Chris Evans on Radio 2. 

You also can't deny that her reaction faces are some of the best around. Here's some the absolute best Mary Berry reactions that you can apply to your everyday life. 

When you're 67 weeks deep in a stranger's Instagram and accidentally like a photo:

 

When your SO makes a terrible joke but you're laughing because you're a good person:

 

When it's Wednesday but it's been tough week and the presses are looking a little bare:

 

When you just wanted one Dairy Milk but it turned into something of a midnight feast:

 

When you can see someone has read your message an hour ago but they haven't responded yet:

 

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*No spoilers here… we promise*

We're only three weeks into Great British Bake Off and we've already had our first clanger, courtesy of Mary Berry. The legendary baker and GBBO judge apparently revealed live on BBC radio who was set to leave the Bake Off tent this evening, forgetting that only two episodes had aired so far. 

Chatting to Chris Evans on Radio 2, Mary got flustered when discussing who had been eliminated. 

When Chris said, "You’ve already lost two," the 80-year-old replied "Wait a minute we’ve already lost three!"

She then went on to list the names of the bakers who'd been kicked off so far, saying, "Marie, ******, and on the first week it was the lovely chap with the little hat on [Stuart]." 

Poor Stu obviously didn't make much of an impression with his beetroot cake in Week One if the judges have already forgotten his name…

Twitter soon went into overdrive with listeners cringing on poor Mary's behalf after what appeared to be one hell of a spoiler.

Well, some cringed. Others were not so sympathetic:

If you REALLY can't wait until tonight to find out who is reportedly leaving (you party pooper), you can find out on Twitter here or here.

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With the latest series of The Great British Bake Off now upon us (it starts on BBC1 on Wednesday!) our lives are about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Still, while we enjoy very much eating cake – actually making it ourselves can be less than delicious.

Weighing, measuring, folding and separating: in short, baking seems like a lot of hard work.

Fear not, however! We’ve stumbled across the PERFECT solution for the lazy baker: cake in a mug.

A handful of ingredients, a large mug, your microwave – and hey presto! in minutes you’ve whipped up a yummy, moist cake without even a hint of a soggy bottom.

Yes, you will basically be Mary Berry meets Cake Boss… on a good day.

Here, we round up our three absolute favourites for you to try right now.

 

The classic:

  • 4 tbsp self raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Vanilla or almond essence (just a few drops)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips/nuts/raisins (or all three!)
  1. Use the absolute largest mug you have.
  2. Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder to the mug and mix with a fork.
  3. Add the egg to the mixture and mix again.
  4. Add all the other ingredients apart from the chocolate chips, nuts or raisins and combine until smooth.
  5. Finally, add the chocolate chips, nuts, and/or raisins.
  6. Depending on the size of your mug, you might want to tip out some excess mix if it looks like it’s going to overflow.
  7. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on high for 4-5 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.
  8. Remove and tip onto a plate before devouring.

Oreo chocolate:

  • 30g butter
  • 15g of milk chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp single cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 broken Oreo biscuits – plus one for decoration
  1. Get your giant mug and in it melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds
  2. Beat the mixture until smooth and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. One by one, whisk in the egg, cream, vanilla extract, flour and baking powder.
  4. Add the broken Oreos without stirring too much.
  5. Cook in the microwave for about 90 seconds.
  6. Remove and decorate with the broken Oreo.
  7. Allow to cool for a minute before eating and enjoying.

Peanut butter chocolate:

  • 30g butter
  • 30g of dark chocolate
  • 1½ tsp peanut butter – plus 1 tsp extra
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  1. Get your giant mug and melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30–40 seconds.
  2. Beat the mixture until smooth, then allow it to cool slightly.
  3. One by one, whisk in the peanut butter, egg, sugar, flour and baking powder.
  4. Cook in the microwave for around 50 seconds.
  5. Push the additional spoonful of peanut butter into the middle and cook for a further 40 seconds.
  6. Allow to cool for one minute before eating.
  7. Repeat as hunger dictates! 

 

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Baking fans, we have good news for you… GBBO is set to return for a sixth series in just two weeks.

Mary, Paul, Sue and Mel will be back with a new cast of aspiring bakers from Wednesday August 5th on BBC One. We love the trailer, featuring Mary Berry as a Sound Of Music-era Julie Andrews:

No news on the contestants has been revealed yet, but they should be announced in the next week or two.

In the meantime, Paul Hollywood has been keeping fans updated with a few sneak peeks inside this year's tent in Welford Park, Berkshire:

 

Not long now

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Exciting!

After moving over to BBC One last year, ratings for the series shot up to around 10.4 million per episode, from an average of 7.35 on its previous home, BBC Two. Some might say it was the channel change that made the difference, but last year's series made for pretty gripping viewing, as did the Comic Relief celebrity version earlier this year.

After all, we had #BinGate, where a disgraced Iain threw his Baked Alaska in the bin after someone took it out of the freezer too early…

And adorable Norman getting to grips with delicacies like meringues and…pesto

Plus, who can forget Dame Edna gracefully flinging butter into her bowl?

In fact, any moment involving Dame Edna was downright amazing:

Roll on series 6!

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