Well, it’s certainly all hotting up in the GBBO* tent ahead of this year’s final…
Hopefully there won’t be a soggy bottom in sight!
The art of baking covers a wide range of culinary delights, from bread, cakes and biscuits to pies, tarts and puds.
And like many popular pastimes, it’s produced an abundance of baking-related metaphors, phrases and sayings in English.
So, seeing as I’m a big fan of the show, I guess it was inevitable that baking idioms should be the next in my series.
Without further ado then, here’s a selection of the finest baking idioms grouped by food type. As you’ll see, few of them actually have anything to do with baking!
Caught with your hand in the cookie jar = caught stealing from your employer
Cookie cutter = characterising a lack of originality
Take the biscuit (or cake) = take the prize, often associated with surprise at a particular outcome
That’s the way the cookie crumbles = c’est la vie
Best (or greatest) thing since sliced bread = best innovation for some time
Know which side your bread is buttered on = be careful not to upset people who you know can help you
Someone’s bread and butter = routine work to provide an income
Want one’s bread buttered on both sides = want more than is practical or reasonable to expect
A piece of cake = something that’s easily achieved
A slice of the cake = share of the benefits or profits
Have a bun in the oven = be pregnant
Have one’s cake and eat it = have it both ways, usually expressed in the negative
Icing on the cake = attractive but non-essential extra
Sell (or go) like hot cakes = be sold quickly and in large quantities
As easy as pie = very easy
As nice (or sweet) as pie = extremely nice or agreeable
Eat humble pie = admit one’s fault and accept humiliation
Have a finger in every pie = play a part in various activities; be interfering
In apple-pie order = everything neatly arranged
Pie in the sky = unrealistic dream, ambition or goal
In the pudding club = pregnant
Over-egg the pudding (or cake) = exaggerate grossly
The proof of the pudding (is in the eating) = to fully test something you need to experience it yourself
Miscellaneous baking idioms
A baker’s dozen = not twelve but thirteen
Get (or take) a rise out of someone = provoke an angry or irritated response from someone, usually by teasing
If you’ve enjoyed this collection of baking idioms, you’ll also like my recent post on cooking idioms that was inspired by Master Chef.
Have I missed out your favourite baking idiom? Do please share it below.
*The Great British Bake Off
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