Growing up, food was everything. My mum’s an amazing cook – she still makes eight curries a day. My dad used to work front-of-house in restaurants and he introduced me to different cuisines and made me more adventurous in my tastes.
“My husband [pictured with Nadiya, ] entered me into The Great British Bake Off in 2015. I was suffering from a panic disorder, and it was a tough time. He knew I needed to do something to re-discover my confidence. I actually called the producers three times to try and get out of it before it started but I’m glad I didn’t succeed! Winning Bake Off not only boosted my self-esteem, it made me more experimental with my cooking, so I’m willing to take risks.
“Now I get to do my two favourite things for a living: cooking and writing. I’m always coming up with stories to tell my three children [pictured ]. So I thought, why not combine fairytales and kid-friendly recipes in one book? That was where the idea for my new book came from.
“I make this doughnut bread and butter pudding for my children as a treat to cheer up those cold, wet days when all they want to do is cuddle on the sofa under a blanket. They love how the jam from the doughnuts goes really gooey. I think of this recipe as a hug in a dessert.”
Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story is out now (£14.99, Hodder Children’s Books)