The final Showstopper challenge for season 2: a Three-Tiered Wedding Cake. (Note: this was written in mid-November. I forgot to publish.) My first thought, of course, is “WTF? What am I going to do with a 3-tiered wedding cake?” I don’t have a special occasion coming up that I could serve that many people that… Continue reading Second Season Final-Final
I was grouchy about having to throw out so much of my pies and breads, so I’m making a cake for me. Chai Cake. Just have to get some frosting on it and spend the next few days drinking tea and eating cake. I didn’t take any pictures in the making. Just a note to… Continue reading Chai Cake
And this challenge is PRETZELS. It’s hard to believe that these Brits are not pretzel eaters. That *this* is considered a finals technical challenge. It’s not like it’s a new-world food or even a new invention. If you Google “Medieval Pretzels” you end up with dozens of images of 15th century people making and selling… Continue reading A Knotty Final Technical Challenge
Collection 2 Finalists are challenged with making a savory picnic pie with shortcrust pastry and an elaborate design inside…and by this, I guess they mean layers. Since it’s a picnic pie, it needs to be presented out of the tin, so no external support and of course, no soggy bottoms! Maybe a Thanksgiving feast in… Continue reading THE FINALS! Part I
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
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
We have reached the 10th week* of the show–the finals! Down to Nancy, Luis and Richard to determine Britain’s Best Baker in a series of challenges. First up is a pastry challenge, two types of Viennoiserie. Think chocolate croissants. Think puff pastry and fruit. Think…breakfast at a bakery that your doctor would not approve of.… Continue reading FINALS WEEK!