The weather outside has well and truly changed for the worst and the ‘Baking for Idiots’ household has been struck down by a severe case of man-flu. This next bake was a desperate search for a little sunshine to breakthrough the gloom, and the answer came in the form of an Apricot Couronne. This was the obvious answer, with its sunny, apricoty and fruity sweetness. I had no idea how to make one, but again the Great British Bake Off inspired me to try and it seemed a worthy task to round off National Baking Week. I had never made anything even vaguely similar, so set off equipped simply with Mr Paul Hollywood’s guidance and as always, bags of baking enthusiasm.