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This was more cooking than baking…

Sometimes the stars are set to do anything but align. And so it was as I attempted to make this week’s Great British Bake Off technical challenge. As week eight of the competition rolled into town we were down to five contestants. It was pastry week, the doyenne of the show. Paul Hollywood set the… Continue reading This was more cooking than baking…

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Chocolate and cheese – together? In pastry?

When the dough of a bake has Marsala wine in it you know you’re onto a winner. And so it was with this week’s Great British Bake Off technical challenge. It was festival week. As predicted last week, Paul Hollywood revealed the challenge – Cassatelles – delicate little cornish-pasty-esque pastries, traditional to Sicily, filled with… Continue reading Chocolate and cheese – together? In pastry?

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The key to success? Chill…

It was announced as one of the most difficult technical challenges ever set on The Great British Bake Off. Prue gave us her words of wisdom: “This is all about the detail and precise measurements.” Noel said what we were all thinking: “…so helpful.” It was dessert week and the challenge was set – six… Continue reading The key to success? Chill…

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This was my week to go home…

…Paul would have walked out (no joke). Prue would have reassuringly picked out any positives (there weren’t any). Noel would have been aghast. Sandi would have displaced the tension by saying something witty. It’s fair to say the 1920s week wasn’t my week. What went wrong? Well, what went well – that’s the real question… Continue reading This was my week to go home…

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These little beauties were an honour to make…

This week I studiously sat down at 8pm to watch The Great British Bake Off – in the spirit of a keen student I sat there, notepad and pen in hand. Having decided to bake along with the show this year, I felt that taking notes was a surefire way to success. My previous three… Continue reading These little beauties were an honour to make…

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Will my floury baps rise to the challenge…

Having decided to enthusiastically bake along with this year’s technical challenges on the Great British Bake Off, I psyched myself up ahead of bread week. Now, I like to bake but bread never features very highly on my agenda – partly because I try not to eat too much bread (it goes straight to my… Continue reading Will my floury baps rise to the challenge…

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Little bundles of cakey-biscuity joy…

After completing the first Great British Bake Off technical challenge I tuned into the second episode with trepidation – would biscuit week offer up a technical bake as tricky as the first? The challenge of the angel cake the week before had almost turned me off baking – the cake is made using genoise sponge… Continue reading Little bundles of cakey-biscuity joy…

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This is what happened in my Great British Bake Off interview…

I’ll start at the beginning… Last year I enthusiastically baked my way through every episode of the Great British Bake Off, tackling each and every technical challenge with glee. Some bakes were easy and some were not, some I’d heard of while others baffled even the most seasoned cooks. I made Wagon Wheels (the ultimate… Continue reading This is what happened in my Great British Bake Off interview…