The 1 Thing Paul Hollywood Most Relies on to Achieve the Perfect Christmas Bake

Paul Hollywood is a fan-favorite judge on the hugely popular TV show The Great British Bake Off and an acclaimed celebrity chef. He is widely recognized for his ability to keep the focus on the contestant’s final products, always staying professional and calm. He is an incredible baker who has curated an exclusive line of recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. Recently, Hollywood opened up in an interview with the U.K.’s Good Housekeeping, revealing his secrets for the perfect Christmas bake. 

How did Paul Hollywood become famous?

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Born in England in 1966, Hollywood went to art school to study sculpture before turning his attention to baking. His father worked as a baker, so Hollywood cut his teeth by initially working in his father’s bakery before gaining experience at a number of other bakeries throughout England.

After earning a solid reputation, Hollywood became the head baker at top-of-the-line hotels. Hollywood has appeared as a guest on a wide variety of TV shows, including The Generation Game and The Alan Titchmarsh Show before ultimately finding a place on The Great British Bake Off. He has written several bestselling books, including the 2005 bestseller, 100 Great Breads, which detailed the steps necessary to make the perfect loaf of bread.

While Hollywood is known as an expert on making bread, he is also renowned for his ability to make pastries and other types of sweet treats, making him the perfect judge for The Great British Baking Show. The chef also has an active interest in motor racing and has competed multiple times since 2015. 

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Hollywood has been a fan-favorite on The Great British Bake Off since 2010 and has even appeared on the spinoff show, The Great American Baking Show. The show has become a cult classic in the years since it’s initial debut and even thousands of American fans tune in to watch Hollywood, as well as his fellow judges Mary Berry (a renowned celebrity chef in her own right) and Prue Leith provide guidance and advice to aspiring bakers.

The show is based around a series of challenges, including the “Signature Bake, “Technical Bake,” and “Showstopper Bake.” Hollywood’s cheerful demeanor and supportive attitude are often looked at as a direct contrast to other famous judges like Simon Cowell, who seems to thrive on being slightly more sarcastic and demeaning. 

What are Paul Hollywood’s baking secrets?

Recently, Hollywood revealed a few of his best baking secrets to Good Housekeeping UK. Hollywood offered advice for a few of the UK’s top holiday treats such as mince pie, Christmas pudding, a Yule log, and stollen. Hollywood stated that the best way to make the perfect mince pie is to slightly chill the dough for the crust before rolling it out and to definitely not overwork the dough.

When making a Yule log, which looks impressive but can be intimidating, Hollywood recommends to use only the best quality ingredients and possibly even make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. For Christmas puddings, Hollywood reveals that even if it doesn’t all get eaten right away, it is just as good when stored in the fridge or freezer, then reheated in some butter for subsequent snacking.

All in all, for those who plan on doing some serious holiday baking, it is best to have a lot of refrigerator space. With space, good ingredients, and Hollywood’s expert tips, there’s no reason why you can’t rule the kitchen this season. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for all the latest celebrity chef news!