Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Alison. Hammond and Noel Fielding on The Great British Bake Off
We couldn’t be more ready (Picture: Channel 4)

It’s time to pop your aprons back on and get baking – because The Great British Bake Off is back!

The return date for the 2023 series has officially been confirmed, with the new season set to introduce national treasure Alison Hammond as a brand new presenter alongside Noel Fielding.

In a post shared on Instagram featuring a picture of Alison, Noel and judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith, the caption read: ‘Bake a date in your diaries.

‘Join Paul, Prue, Noel and Alison on Tuesday 26th September at 8pm for the return of The Great British Bake Off. #GBBO.’

That means that Bake Off is on its way back in less than two weeks. Yep, that’s right!

As can be expected, fans of the beloved show couldn’t be more excited that it’s just around the corner.

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Alison. Hammond and Noel Fielding on The Great British Bake Off
Could this quartet be any more wholesome? (Picture: Channel 4)
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‘It’s that time of the year again 🎂😊,’ one fan commented on Instagram, while another added: ‘There’s not one show we get more excited about! GBBO BABY!’

Meanwhile, several viewers who watch the programme religiously in the US asked when it will be premiering with the 2023 series on Netflix.

Alison’s debut on Bake Off comes after Matt Lucas stepped away from his role as co-host after three series.

The This Morning presenter was confirmed as his replacement in March this year, saying in a teaser at the time: ‘I’m just absolutely thrilled, I’m gonna be meeting the bakers very soon and joining the Great British Bake Off.

‘I’m so very excited! As you can see, all my colleagues are absolutely speechless… Yep, yep, just speechless. We’re so very happy and we can’t wait to get started.’

Speaking of Alison joining the show, Dame Prue told ‘I think it’ll be fantastic, not only because of her character and her personality, but I like the fact she’s a woman.

‘I love Matt Lucas and I’m sure we’ll be friends for life, but the fact is, when there were three men and me, because there were numbers of them, they just got sillier and sillier and I never understand the jokes.

‘They can go into hysterics about the word sausage. They’re like four years olds. So, I’m looking forward to having a woman around.’

The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday September 26 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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