Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.
To bake: to cook food in an oven, like bread or cakes.
A baker: person who makes bread in a bakery.
This month, while scientists race to find a cure for Covid-19, the world focused on their own antidote: baking.
The results: brownies, cookies, tarts, and some pioneering research on muffins.
Half-baked: Badly conceived or poorly developed. This plan to reopen the country seems half-baked.
A baker’s dozen: 13. Bakers sometimes add an extra cake. Unlucky for those on a diet.
Baked beans: Haricot beans cooked in tomato sauce. Britain’s gift to world cuisine.
Know your baking terms
Dough: Mix of flour and water needed for bread. Also slang for “money”. At least the bread-based economy is thriving.
Yeast: Fungus causing bread to rise. Who knew a fungus would help combat a virus?
Loaf (plural: loaves): A unit of bread, sometimes sliced. As John Lennon said: “All you need is loaves”.