All posts tagged: gbbo

Bake Off Bake Along | Caramel Week

I’m gonna level with you guys: as I write this it’s Sunday night, I’m super hungover¬†and I’ve been half arseing around the house all day trying to get the housework done so that I don’t have to do it after work tomorrow. Therefore, I’m in no fit state to try and construct an actually coherent piece of writing for your Monday bake off bake along fix. I will, if you don’t mind, keep it brief, so that I can wander off to bed hours earlier than is socially acceptable.. maybe taking a few Kit Kats with me. I’ve done the signature bake again this week. I’d have loved to try my hand at Stroopwaffles but they’re not the sort of thing you can get done on a whim. There are a couple of pieces of equipment (namely a flat waffle maker) that you need to buy before you can get started, and as invested as I might be in this blog series and keeping it varied, I’d get told off if I brought another waffle …

Bake Off Bake Along | I Baked Buns Hun

I hate bread week. I hate it with a fiery passion. I’ve tried a few times in my short adult life so far to be a bread baking person, and each time I’ve eventually given up. I don’t know what my problem is exactly. It’s possible that I’m lacking patience at the kneading stage, that nowhere in my old house was warm enough to prove dough, that I was probably using out of date yeast half the time, or even that all of these things are true. I can’t know for sure what the exact snag was, but whatever it was really did me in. Loaves were misshapen or they didn’t rise or they were doughy and raw in the middle. I’m sure you understand, therefore, that I tend to give bread of the home baked variety a wide berth. As I’m sure you can guess, I didn’t even consider attempting the showstopper this week. If I can’t manage a single loaf of bread, I don’t fancy my chances plaiting three different kinds around one …

Bake Off Bake Along | It’s That Thyme Again

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to write this post. After Love Productions ditched the BBC and Mel, Sue and Bezza jumped ship from Love Productions, I thought that’d be it for me in terms of at-home interaction. I figured I’d still watch it from time to time, occasionally tweet along with the show, but I’d said my goodbyes to active participation. Alas, here we are. Turns out I can’t resist. On Wednesday (we’re always gonna be a day behind because we don’t have a TV license) I settled in to watch the first episode of the brand spanking new series in its new home expecting to freak out. What actually happened? A pretty standard episode of GBBO as we know and love it, I’d say. Yes, Noel seemed super nervous throughout and he and Sandi might take a little more time to gel – bear in mind that Mel and Sue had been a comedy duo for years before they joined Bake Off – but I loved having him back on my telly, and …