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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 | 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 …

Bake Off Bake Along | Pastry Week

So.. I may have consumed around a bottle and a half of wine before attempting this weeks Bake Off Bake Along. In my defence, I was at my Grandmother’s house for a sort of pretend Christmas before my little sister sods of to Canada for two years. When my sister, my Mum and I arrived just after lunchtime, the second half of the family were so drunk that there was nothing to be done but get caught up ASAP. By the time I remembered I was supposed to be making a hand raised pie, I was in absolutely no fit state to be making a hand raised pie. Given the circumstances, I feel that this had potential to go a lot worse. I mean, I have actually turned out something edible this week (a triumph, after last weeks abomination that I’m trying desperately to forget about), and it even looks half decent if captured from the right angle. I’m on the up, if we consider last week as a starting point. Regardless, this is once …