Developer: Random House
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

As someone embarking on a healthy eating drive, The Great British Bake Off is a dangerous app to consult. It’s a recipe app based around the popular UK cookery show of the same name and its entire focus is centered around delicious treats rather than every day meals. Even the few savory recipes here are full of unhealthiness but tastiness, such as a beef and red wine pie.

Its interface is as appealing as the recipes within. Everything is very light, simple and clear with each option clearly laid out. Consult one of the recipes and a far too attractive photo appears, along with an explanation of what’s involved as well as a clear ingredients list and step by step instructions. Skill levels are also available with items such as Aztec cookies taking hardly any effort to bake, while a triple layer Caramel cake involves some more work.

Somewhat understandably for such indulgent recipes, there’s no information detailing nutritional information. To an extent, this is a blessing given it’s quite obvious that nothing within The Great British Bake Off is healthy.

Typical recipe app features such as a shopping list feature, favorites section and touch-free functionality are all there. I didn’t find the touch-free controls worked very responsively but other than that, The Great British Bake Off does precisely what could be expected of it.

For the price, I’d have appreciated more recipes. While there are 50 different recipes, some categories feel a little sparse as there’s so much ground to cover within such limitations. To an extent, The Great British Bake Off is merely advertising the tie-in book rather than offering a comprehensive selection of recipe ideas.

What is there, though, is great quality with every recipe looking quite tantalizing. These aren’t recipes to be made all the time but for family occasions or when friends are visiting, there’s some great inspiration to be gained and there’s a lovely taste of British baking here.

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