Proof, if any further proof were needed, that bakery is in vogue was witnessed at the book retailer Waterstones recently. An eagle-eyed British Baker reader snapped this corner of a store in West Sussex, devoted completely to the topic of home baking.

She said: "I know it’s home baking, but it shows just how hot the topic is at the moment, what with the Great British Bake Off riding high in the TV ratings."