The Great Isolation Bake Off: Families across the region get mixing bowls at the ready to create tasty treats
It's the Great Isolation Bake Off!
Creating cakes is the perfect way to bond with your children. And many are also creating sweet delights to say thank you to some of the key workers, in the NHS and elsewhere, who are helping us all to keep going during the lockdown.
Take a look at our gallery of star bakers across the region:
Cupcakes, brownies and banana bread are among favourite baking challenges being taken on. Breadmaking has also seen a massive surge in popularity since the coronavirus outbreak confined millions of shoppers to their homes.
Both regular bulk buyers and shoppers 'have been purchasing much more than normal', using up existing stocks and leaving shelves bare, said National Association of British and Irish Millers director general, Alex Waugh. Tesco was this week listing 500g and 1.5kg packs of plain flour, as well as 1.5kg packs of self raising and strong white, as out of stock – though brown, wholemeal and alternative flour SKUs were still available.
On Asda’s website, some Homepride, McDougalls and Be-Ro SKUs were out of stock.
Shoppers are 'reconnecting with home baking out of both need and pleasure during this challenging time', according to the founder of flour firm Doves Farm Clare Marriage.
Meanwhile, millers are working around the clock to up flour production, producing 3.5 to four million bags weekly by running lines at maximum capacity.