‘Classic Mary Berry’ kicks off on Monday (February 26) at 8.30pm and runs for six weeks.
In the opening episode, Mary indulges her love of comfort food with homely recipes including eggs Benedict florentine, slow-cooked lamb shanks and rich chocolate truffle pots. She invites Swedish fire-chef Niklas Esktedt to share the joys of ‘caveman cooking’ and heads outside by an open fire to enjoy venison meatballs with blackened celeriac, followed by Swedish doughnuts.
Episode two on Monday March 5 is billed by BBC One as ‘classic Mary at her best, as she returns to school to celebrate her light, easy and delicious cooking’ – from a simple version of kedgeree and breakfast drop scones, to a chicken, avocado and bacon salad and beef burgers.
Mary takes her inspiration from a visit to a primary school in South London that has built a secret garden where students are taught how to grow vegetables and look after a brood of chickens. She then joins two pupils in the teaching kitchen to make fresh food for their school lunch.
Mary’s latest book ‘Classic’, which ties in with this series, is published in hardback on Sunday (January 25). It features all the recipes from Mary’s new show.
Mary said: ‘These are brand-new recipes – timeless classics, simple British dishes and delicious, modern favourites to tempt family and friends. With my trusted tips and techniques for quick, easy and foolproof cooking, in ‘Classic’ I’ll show you how to make the very best food in my own special, no-fuss way.”