Baking our way through lockdown
Home baking has probably never been more popular in Britain since the 1940s. In April 2020, as the lockdowns began, sales of flour and yeast soared [https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/04/08/home-baking-is-on-the-rise-thanks-to-coronavirus-lockdowns] as millions of people turned to the twin advantages of not having to rely on supermarket supplies while at the same time finding a very satisfying and practical way to fill some of the long lockdown hours.
Sourdough mixtures blobbed and bubbled in countless kitchens across the country. Social media channels exploded with recipes and hundreds of thousands of photos of proud results, still hot from the oven. The nation had rediscovered home baking - and we found we liked it very much indeed. And it was far from being only about bread.