Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 5: Chocolate Fondant Puddings

There are always points in my Great British Bake Off technical challenge bake along where my nut allergy thwarts me. This year the peanut butter molten middle fondants were a pretty big problem. I point blank refuse to make food I can’t eat (what on earth is the point?) so I needed to find something to replace the peanut butter to make that oozy centre.Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 5: Chocolate Fondant Puddings Continue reading

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Chocolate Halloween Cake with Spiced Bat Biscuits

Chocolate Halloween Cake with Spiced Bat Biscuits

Sometimes cake ideas come to me fully formed, sometimes they come from needing to use up leftovers, and sometimes I get a fun new toy I can’t wait to play with. A few weekends ago on a trip to TK Maxx to buy some pretty pots for some of my plant jungle (is 27 plants in the living room too many? If it is I don’t care!), I spied some Halloween cookie cutters. My cookie cutter collection didn’t have anything spooky in it at all, so I decided to buy them as a little treat.Chocolate Halloween Cake with Spiced Bat Biscuits

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Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 6: Pasteis de Nata

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 6: Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts)

The second that I realised that Pasteis de Nata were going to be a technical challenge on The Great British Bake Off I was over the moon. Earlier this year I spent a long weekend in Porto with my two best friends, and we ate a lot of Portuguese Custard Tarts in a quest to find the best in the city, so I really felt prepared for the challenge of making them.Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 6: Pasteis de Nata

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Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 4: Stroopwafels

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 4: Stroopwafels

Stroopwafels are one of my favourite biscuits ever – gooey, crisp, caramel-filled and improved by sitting over a cuppa. Whats not to love? I’ve had the pleasure of many stroopwafels in my time, from the supermarket packets that light up an office when someone decides to splash out, to an incredible fresh honey stroopwafel in a hipster cafe in Amsterdam, but never even considered they they were an achievable dream at home. Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 4: Stroopwafels

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Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 3: Cottage Loaf

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 3: Cottage Loaf

Bread is one of those things that is still slightly mysterious to me. I don’t find kneading relaxing, I’ve never got to know the exact change in texture when dough is just ready, and who knows whether a loaf is over or under proofed. But when bread from scratch goes well it feels like crazy yeast-based magic. This means I tackled bread week on The Great British Bake Off with equal parts excitement and trepidation.

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Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune Cookies

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 2: Fortune Cookies

Week 2 of The Great British Bake Off has come round already, and this week’s technical challenge was Fortune Cookies.

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Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 1: Chocolate Mini Rolls

Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 1: Chocolate Mini Rolls

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).Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Week 1: Chocolate Mini Rolls

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