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Great British Bake Off kitchen schemes for care-free baking

On your marks, get set... As The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens this month, we celebrate with a pick of our favourite Bake Off ready kitchens. Where better to try out the favourite recipes of national treasure Mary Berry and blue-eyed master baker Paul Hollywood?

This will be the seventh glorious year of GBBO but will it rise - like one of Mary's faultless souffles - to the dizzying heights set by previous series? Will the Mel/Sue banter be the icing on the cake - or fall flat as a pancake?

And what of the Great British Bake Off contestants? Will anyone ever be as wondrous as last year's winner Nadiya Hussein, who stole our hearts and tickled our taste buds with that Showstopper wedding cake? Will there be a Great British Bake Off recipe to rival 2012 winner John Whaite's Heaven and Hell chocolate cake? Every series brings those brilliant past contestants to mind - Brendan who was never without his slide rule, James who knew how to wear a Fair Isle tank top or two and Ruby who spent her time in the Bake Off tent sobbing into the creme patissiere...

Let's hope this series has its share of intrigue and incident, too. Who can forget the Great Baked Alaska Catastrophe of 2014 when beardy Iain slid his warm ice cream dessert - like a weasel off a rock - into the Brabantia Touch Bin. And The Curious Custard Calamity of 2013 when poor Howard had his creme anglais swiped from that rather nice looking Gorenje fridge while his back was turned?

It's 10 episodes to the Great British Bake Off 2016 final so, in the meantime, enjoy these fabulous kitchen spaces, designed to meet the challenge of whatever is thrown at them - whether Signature, Technical or Showstopper...

Well organised kitchen with adjacent breakout area (pictured)

Perfect for playing to an audience, this smart kitchen in soothing deep blue, white and grey features a central marble-topped island lit from above with low-hung pendants that supply perfect task lighting. Guests can admire your skills with a Fig Roly Poly Pudding from the bank of smart wooden island-side stools, or enjoy the comfort of the nearby living area.

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Photograph by Veronica Rodriguez