Introducing the great 10:10 carbon cutting bake off!
It's Bake Off season. If you’re reading this in a public space, try to contain your excitement.
We want to play along at home, with a carbon-cutting twist. We’re cracking out our best low-carbon bakes, and we’d be simply delighted if you joined in too.
Please send us your photos and recipes for a carbon cutting bake some time before the Bake Off final has been aired (we think that’ll be the last week of October).
What counts as “carbon cutting” food isn’t always easy to pin down. We’ll leave it up to you to decide what approach you’ll take, but here’s some tips:
- Be crafty with leftovers. Did you know that if food waste was a country, it would have a bigger carbon footprint than India? Yep really. You could try Mashed potato chocolate cake (seriously, this is so good…). Or bread with a spoonful of leftover porridge?
- Use seasonal, local produce. If you want to geek out on food miles, Shrink that Footprint has a great explainer. Or roll up your sleeves and get blackberry picking for a lovely crumble, cake or batch of scones.
- Get your protein direct from plants (i.e. go vegan). If you want to read some recent science on the subject, try this on how we could cut food related emissions by 70% if everyone want vegan. There’s also a great Flash Forward podcast imagining a future where meat is banned, which really digs into the debate. Want some ideas? Check out the avocado choc mousse and aquafaba meringue in our vid. Plant based baking can be a lot of fun.
- Be clever about energy use. You could go raw, though this might mean you have to use electric food processors and/ or fridges, or simply be careful about wastage (don’t boil too much water, etc…). And, if you haven’t already, switch to a renewable energy company - it’ll take less time than it does to preheat the oven.
- Build a talking point/ message into the bake. We’re thinking baked alaska complete with a small save the Arctic protest, or a pie shaped like a community hydro project, maybe geothermal mille feuille… Want some inspiration, check out this oil spill cake.
Alternatively, you could just roll your eyes and refuse to participate because cake is unhealthy and it'll only make us all a burden on the very carbon-hungry NHS. But you can’t really send in pictures of that.
If you’re in, get baking and send us your photos and recipes. We’ll feature our faves on the 10:10 site to share with everyone. There’s no prize for this, just the warm happiness of bake well made and shared.