The last challenge this week is to sculpt a showstopper out of bread. Well, dough…then you bake it into a magnificent loaf! Contestants did a braid with “corn” (looked like wheat to me), a tear and share flower, a sweet peacock, yin and yang bread, 5-strand wreath, and a giant soccer-playing cephalopod (so if you’re… Continue reading Sculpting with Bread
What could be more English than an English Muffin? Of course, Americans say, “That’s not a muffin. THIS is a muffin.” We won’t even get started on the biscuits argument again! Most of us know what an English Muffin is, though. I have eaten my fair share of these–all pre-packaged, of course. I prefer the… Continue reading English Muffins
Welcome to bread week! The first challenge is making breadsticks! This has been pretty fun since it’s NOT sweet. Having a little bit of savory is nice. I started with a Betty Crocker recipe here, which is easy and basic. A good place to start. This is a basic breadstick with olive oil and coarse… Continue reading Breadsticks!
This next challenge is to make a chocolate cake using two or more types of chocolate. This includes decoration, so you don’t have to have a white chocolate cake batter *and* a dark chocolate batter. I’ll just have to make some white chocolate decorations to put on the top. The recipe I chose is from… Continue reading Matilda Cake
SEASON TWO! That’s right–even though I jumped ahead to make the Super American Angel Food Cake, I finally am fully into season two of The British Bake Off, and we start off the episode with any kind of sandwich cake that is NOT a traditional Victoria Sandwich. It wasn’t until watching this show that I… Continue reading Not Victoria’s Sandwich Cakes
The third and final challenge in the basics triple-challenge is scones. I grabbed the recipe from BBC Food. There are lots of ways you can customize this simple recipe by adding dried fruit or spices or adding jams and clotted cream. Really is simple! Mix flour, a pinch of salt and butter and crumble together.… Continue reading Scones!
The three basics that were part of the skills section of the final episode of season 1 is seeming to take me the longest! I got the Disappointing Victoria Sammies done, and now, finally, the Tarte au Citron! Just the scones to go…maybe I’ll make those tomorrow. In the show, they made lots of little… Continue reading Tarte au Citron
Since my son had a birthday a few days ago, but chaos reigned with the play, visiting relatives, doctor’s appointments, hand injury (still recovering) and driver’s ed for the older kid, things got postponed. The chocolate roulade is his favorite, so I said I would make him one. After starting this process, I realized that… Continue reading Homemade Caramel
OK, this is not a very successful attempt. The recipe I was using was WRONG. It said very clearly to prepare TWO swiss roll tins, then it had you make the batter and put it into the pan. Singular–pan. I missed that little detail but never did figure out what the second tin was for! … Continue reading Victoria Sandwiches
Oo la la! French desserts! That sounds fancy! What could that be? Don’t get too excited. It’s apple turnovers. Mine aren’t too pretty but I’m a little lame at the moment. First I made rough puff pastry. The butter was a little soft because it was room temperature, but I didn’t want to do all… Continue reading Chaussons Aux Pommes