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Bake Off Bake Along | The Final

Well, that’s it, it’s all over. I thought it might be nice to sew up this series with something more conversational instead of attempting one last bake, because it feels as though there’s a lot to talk about, and I don’t want to distract from it all with another bloody baking fail. The Final Something bizarre happened this year: I didn’t cry. I didn’t cry when Sophie won, I didn’t cry when Sandi cried, I just didn’t cry. This, from a girl who cries at every televisual opportunity she can. Tears stream down my face at McDonalds adverts, I don’t even attempt to watch nature programmes anymore, and don’t get me started on One Born Every Minute. For me to remain dry eyed throughout all the should-be tear jerking content of the last episode of GBBO can mean one thing, and one thing only.. I was not that engaged this year I don’t know why. It might be because I’m crazy busy all round this year and I just haven’t had the energy to be …

Bake Off Bake Along | Patisserie Week

It really has become hard to root for anybody now that Liam is no longer present. Does anyone else feel that way? I love Kate, she’d probably be my champion just cause she’s really sweet, but I feel like she hasn’t quite been strong enough throughout to be here now. I dunno, I kind of feel like I’m not hugely invested in anybody winning at this point. I say that, but I put good money on me bawling my way through the final episode. It’s everyone’s family being there, does me in every time. Contestants aside, I was not up for trying any of the challenges this week. Choux pastry can sod right off, I’m not attempting that again for at least three years. I was absolutely not about to sign myself up for making a meringue sculpture, especially not taking into consideration my sizeable hangover on Saturday. I figured that, in true Cate in the Kitchen style, I might as well just half arse one of the challenges. By which I mean I decided …

Bake Off Bake Along | Forgotten Bakes Week

At last, something edible has come out of the kitchen for my bake along blog post. After almost a solid month of churning out bad, bad bakes (see: shudderingly awful attempt at trifle, pissed up attempt at pie, crimes against pizza), I was about ready to give up. Thankfully, having a crack at a Bedfordshire clanger has taken me back up into the more comfortable “passable” territory. Thanks to it being a forgotten bake, it wasn’t particularly easy to get hold of a recipe for the Bedfordshire clanger. I had a little skim of this one from GoodtoKnow, took a screenshot of the exact measurements of the pastry and then winged the rest – I hate constantly looking at my phone while I’m baking and my laptop is currently out of action, so I was on my own out there. The pastry is easy enough: flour, suet, cold grated butter, water and one egg. For the filling I boiled thin slices of potato and parsnip and mixed them with creme fraiche, salt and pepper. The …