This year I’m once again going to be baking the technical challenges in the Great British Bake Off each week. Baking along last year really took me out of my comfort zone and introduced the to some amazing bakes I loved (Savarin! Dampfnudel!) And some which I will never make again (I’m looking at you, Spanische Windtorte).
First I want to weigh in with my opinion on the show itself. Obviously the presenters and a judge have changed, and a lot of people were worried that some of the magic would be lost too. For me, the show still has the old bake off charm, and I’m sure Pru and Sandi and Noel will soon seen as if they’ve always been there. The challenges were pretty hard for a first week, especially the illusion cake, but it really made the most talented bakers stand out. My favourites so far? Yan, Flo and Liam.
Now onto the matter at hand – Chocolate Mini Rolls. First, I think we can all agree that peppermint buttercream is a bit left field. I stuck with it in the spirit of the challenge, but wasn’t convinced it was any better than vanilla would have been.
The first step was to make a super light swiss roll mixture, which involved lots of whisking and folding. My folding technique probably needs work, as my mix was a little uneven. I also don’t own two matching tins of the right size, so had to wing it a bit and do some extra trimming down. Great start!
Making buttercream and rolling was fairly simple, but covering them in chocolate was surprisingly hard. Part of the problem I think was that I used super cheap chocolate (I’m not made of money – there was half a kilo of chocolate needed just for 12 mini rolls!!). It melted down fine but didn’t have a very liquid texture, which meant the coating was a bit uneven. I think I managed to smooth most of the bumps out though.
The final product looked pretty good, and I’m pleased with the swirl as you cut through them. Not sure I’ll be making them again, but it has made me want to experiment with regular size Swiss Rolls and Roulades.
Recipe from the Great British Bake Off.