It’s here: The Great British Bake Off 2014

I am feeling just a teeny bit excited about this year’s Great British Bake Off. Well maybe a LOT excited. I love that show! As with last year, I’ve decided to do a Bake Off challenge for the blog, so each week I’ll be making one of the dishes the bakers have to make. Last […]

GBBO challenge week 9 – savoury canapes

I can’t believe there’s only one episode of the Bake Off left! I have really been enjoying my challenges (except the evil choux nuns) and I have even managed to get to my Weightwatchers goal weight – I am pretty impressed with myself considering the amount of cake and pies I have been eating over […]

GBBO challenge week 8 – vegetable cake

Find out more about by Great British Bake Off challenge. Okay, I admit it, this week is a complete cop-out. The technical challenge during week 8’s GBBO was a dacquoise – a layered cake of hazelnut meringue, coffee cream, chocolate ganache and crushed hazelnuts. I did seriously plan to make this cake, until my lovely […]

GBBO challenge week 7 – Religieuse

Find out more about my Great British Bake Off challenge. If I wasn’t already an athiest, making Religieuse this week would have turned me into one. ¬†These little choux bun towers, named for the nuns they are supposed to resemble (you’d have to be on drugs to mistake mine for nuns), represent what I dislike […]

GBBO challenge week 6 – apricot couronne

Find out more about by Great British Bake Off challenge. I fall in love with the bake off a little bit more each week – although when trying to describe the show to others it is hard to explain it’s charm, as it sounds like it must be so boring … watching people bake three […]

GBBO challenge week 5 – millionaire’s shortbread

Find out more about my Great British Bake Off challenge. So, the latest episode of the wonderful Bake Off included a technical tuile challenge, signature traybakes and showstopping biscuit towers. Now, tuiles are lovely and all that, but they probably aren’t the most pleasurable type of biscuit to eat, and they do look like a […]

GBBO challenge week 4 – custard tart

Find out more about my GBBO challenge. Custard tarts! I love them. We used to get them as a treat from the bakers when we were younger, although I haven’t had one for a few years. I have, however, made a custard tart before – Andrew’s nan fancied a sweet treat and I had just […]

GBBO challenge week 3 – trifle

Find out more about my GBBO challenge. Ooooooh, desserts. Well I love them, but Andrew pretty much hates them all … and he has a particular hatred for meringue which meant that week 3’s technical challenge of Iles Flottant was a definite no-no for me. I was tempted by the idea of petit fours, but […]

GBBO challenge week 2 – English breakfast muffins

Find out more about my GBBO challenge. This week’s technical challenge on the wonderful bake-off was to make English breakfast muffins. I first made muffins a couple of years ago when I found a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe for them on the Guardian website. I was amazed at how simple they are to make and cook, […]