Bake Off 2019, Desserts, Pastry

Butternut Squash Pie

The eighth showstopper of Bake Off 2019 was to make a vertical pie. We saw Steph wow with a carousel pie meanwhile Henry attempted to make a chandelier out of his pie but unfortunately Pastry Week turned out to be his demise! The challenges are getting harder and harder and that means I am also… Continue reading Butternut Squash Pie

Bake Off 2019, Bread, Chinese Recipes and Content

Sweet Potato and Taro Tangzhong Buns

The seventh signature of Bake Off 2019 was to make 24 Festival Buns, buns that take on the theme of a festival or holiday from around the world. Henry got his tongue in a twist with his Kardemummabullar and we saw the grills being turned back on for the Sarawak showstopper challenge! I’m continuing to… Continue reading Sweet Potato and Taro Tangzhong Buns

Bake Off 2019, Biscuits, Confectionery

Millionaire’s Coconut Ice Shortbread

The fourth showstopper of Bake Off 2019 was to make 36 mishti or Indian milk sweets, 12 each of three different flavours. We saw Steph wow the judges with her pink and pretty mishti and unfortunately we saw Phil disappointed the judges with his 'A Corner of My Garden' mishti. I decided to my take… Continue reading Millionaire’s Coconut Ice Shortbread

Bake Off 2019, Bread, Chinese Recipes and Content

Tangzhong Chinese Tear and Share Buns

The third signature challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make a filled tear-and-share loaf. We saw Michael receive the first Hollywood Handshake with his Keralan Star Bread, which was inspired by his Indian roots. I have also been inspired by my roots and decided to combine some traditional Chinese bakery items with some Western… Continue reading Tangzhong Chinese Tear and Share Buns

Bake Off 2019, Biscuits, Confectionery

Rum and Raisin Chocolate Biscuit Bars

The second Signature Challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make 12 decorated chocolate biscuit bars. We saw many delicious looking creations on the show, my personal favourites were Michelle’s Bakewell Bars, Rosie’s Virgin Mojito Bars and Helena’s Witchy Fingers (mainly because they had matcha!!). I took inspiration from my favourite ice cream flavour, rum… Continue reading Rum and Raisin Chocolate Biscuit Bars

Bake Off 2019, Cakes

Black Sesame and Matcha Angel Cake Slices

The first Technical Challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make 6 of Prue’s Angel Cake Slices, a retro English cake.  Prue’s Angel Cake Slices consist of 3 layers of genoise sponge flavoured with lemon, raspberry and vanilla, sandwiched together with an Italian meringue buttercream and topped with feathered fondant icing. In my typical style,… Continue reading Black Sesame and Matcha Angel Cake Slices

Bake Off 2019

My Bake Off Predictions 2019

Bake Off is only two days away and I’m going to do something that I’ve not done for a while which is write some predictions for the series! In the past when I have done this, I have been completely wrong so let’s see if I can do better this year! Seeing as we’ve not… Continue reading My Bake Off Predictions 2019

Desserts

White Chocolate and Black Sesame Blancmange

Dessert Week hit the Bake Off tent with meringue roulades rolling around the tent, the blancmange technical giving each baker a bit of a wobble and showstopping melting chocolate ball desserts. I took inspiration from the technical challenge for my Bake Off inspired recipes this week. Blancmange is a very retro and kitsch dessert to… Continue reading White Chocolate and Black Sesame Blancmange

Bread

Flapjack Chelsea Buns

This week saw Bread Week hit the Bake Off tent! With the Technical challenge to make 8 non-yeasted naan breads with garlic ghee cooked using the grill in 1 hour and the Showstopper challenge to make a tiered korovai cake, the bakers had it tough in Bread Week. We saw Rahul claim his second Star… Continue reading Flapjack Chelsea Buns

Cakes, Desserts

Hazelnut and Coffee Traybake

We’re already two weeks into this year’s series of Bake Off and we’ve already had 3 Hollywood handshakes! This week was Cake Week which saw the first time that spinach made an appearance in a cake in the tent in the form of Prue’s Le Gateau Vert technical challenge as well as spectacular chocolate collar… Continue reading Hazelnut and Coffee Traybake

Biscuits

Homemade Wagon Wheels

We’ve seen the first episode of the ninth series of The Great British Bake Off already which means it’s time for me to bake along with the show. The first episode of the series was Biscuit Week and the challenge I chose to attempt was the Technical which was Wagon Wheels. I chose to invent… Continue reading Homemade Wagon Wheels

Biscuits, Food on Youtube

Matcha Cookies

The Great British Bake Off is back for another year and again I am not on it! That’s not going to stop me from baking however. This series begins with Biscuit Week for the first time in Bake Off history. Why this decision, honestly who knows but I’m not complaining because it gives me a… Continue reading Matcha Cookies

Bread, Cakes

Salted Caramel White Chocolate and Lemon Savarin

It was Caramel Week on Bake Off and I chose to make a large version of my Salted Caramel, White Chocolate and Lemon Savarins which I made last year when the Bake Off Technical challenge was a savarin. We saw the bakers struggle with making the caramel for the stroopwafel technical with all of their… Continue reading Salted Caramel White Chocolate and Lemon Savarin

Bread

Classic Sultana and Apricot Teacakes

Teacakes always remind me of my primary school days when me and my mum used to go to the breakfast club before school and have a toasted teacake for 30p. Times have changed and the teacakes in the supermarket just don’t compare to freshly baked homemade teacakes, warm from the oven and with lots of… Continue reading Classic Sultana and Apricot Teacakes

Biscuits

Giant Linzer Cookie and Linzer Sandwich Cookies

Named after the city of Linz in Austria, Linzertorte is said to be the oldest cake in the world dating back to a Veronese recipe from 1653. Its popularity rose after being taken over to Milwaukee by an Austrian traveller. The linzer cookie is a derivative of the linzertorte made by cutting out shapes of… Continue reading Giant Linzer Cookie and Linzer Sandwich Cookies