Does Jennifer Garner Have a Cooking Show?

You might have come across a Pretend Cooking Show video of Jennifer Garner on social media lately. She often shares videos of her preparing delicious baked goods such as bagels and English muffins in her kitchen. Does Garner have an actual cooking show?

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 Jennifer Garner began posting ‘Pretend Cooking Show’ videos in 2017

On December 20, 2017, Garner shared her first Pretend Cooking Show video of her baking honey white bread from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. She tagged Ina Garten, asking the author what she should try next. The video went viral, garnishing over 1 million views to date. 

Since that first attempt, the Peppermint actress has posted another video once or twice a month. In each Pretend Cooking Show, Garner includes the full recipe and additional tips and tricks. Garner loves that the videos are always less than four minutes long. 

She makes recipes such as bagels, English muffins, soft pretzels, and even chicken chili. The videos are full of laughs — often Garner making fun of herself. 

Does Jennifer Garner have a real cooking show? 

While Garner has been actively sharing cooking videos on her social media accounts for several years, she does not have an actual cooking show. The actress has no intention of ever becoming a Food Network sensation, either. 

The Rachael Ray Show recently posted a YouTube video of an interview between Rachael Ray and Garner. The cooking show host asked the actress if she would ever have a real cooking show.

“I am a geeky fan of cooking shows,” Garner answered Rachael Ray. “I don’t know enough to have my own cooking show. I really don’t. I like a three and a half minute cooking show that I do with my friend in my kitchen and an iPhone, and it’s done.”

It looks like fans will have to be content with the three to four-minute videos on social media for now. 

Fans are always begging for more ‘Pretend Cooking Shows’ with Jennifer Garner

“They look absolutely delicious,” one fan wrote about Garner’s latest English muffins repost. “You’re so strong. I could not bake and not eat. LOL! By the way, I love your Pretend Cooking Show. The first time I saw you, I watched you make bread. I said ‘If Jen can do it, I can do it.’ I have not bought bread since then. Thank you for the inspiration.”

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At the top of the comfort food list around here: @huckcafe’s Homemade English Muffins. There is a fresh batch quickly disappearing from my counter and I thought you might like them, too. I am reposting my own #PretendCookingShow (is that even allowed?) I was thinner then, but am happier now. (Quarantine note: if your pantry looks sketchy— milk with vinegar/lemon juice = buttermilk. And All-Purpose flour works A-OK here.) XXX P.S. why the obsession with protecting yeast? I’m so sorry. ♥️ . Huckleberry Cafe’s English Muffins recipe (by @zoenathanloeb): 3 cups buttermilk 2 Tbsp active dry yeast 3 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 Tbsp honey 6 cups bread flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup cornmeal . 1. Warm 1 1/2 cups buttermilk in saucepan, but do not boil. Place remaining 1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk in bowl of stand mixer with yeast and whisk to combine. Add warm buttermilk to cold buttermilk mixture and whisk to blend. Add butter, honey, bread flour, sugar, and salt and mix on low speed with dough hook for 1 min, until dough comes together. Increase speed to med-high and work dough for about 2 mins until smooth. . 2. Transfer dough to greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour. . 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cornmeal on a clean work surface and dump dough onto it. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cornmeal on top of dough and flatten into a disk with 1 inch thickness. . 4. Sprinkle last 1/4 cup cornmeal onto a sheet pan. Cut English muffins from the dough with 3 inch round cutter. Cut them as closely as possible, minimizing the amount of scraps — you cannot combine and reroll this dough. . 5. Arrange muffins, 1 inch apart, on sheet pan. Allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, or refrigerate overnight and allow to rise for 1 hour in the AM. ‍♀️ . 6. Preheat oven to 350°F. When oven is hot, heat ungreased griddle or large cast-iron pan over med-high heat. Jen tip: 275°F for the temperature of your griddle! . 7. Drop muffins onto griddle for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. . 8. Return muffins to sheet pan and immediately bake for 8-10 minutes (I find closer to 12 mins for me! ‍♀️), until they feel light. . 9. Yum! So yum.

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Garner is inspiring people who would not usually make bread at home to do it.

“I need more Pretend Cooking Shows to fill my quarantine days,” wrote another fan on Garner’s latest post.

Fans are continually raving about the various cooking show videos. We hope Garner posts another one soon.