All posts tagged: great british bake off

How a Wobble Led to a Meltdown | #bakeoffbakealong

I’m writing this at about 9pm on Saturday night, sitting in front of QI. It’s the only half decent thing on the television but Jeremy Clarkson is on it. It appears I just can’t win today. Lets rewind about 6 hours, shall we? It all started out well. I had selected my creme brûlée recipe from Ramsay’s Best Menus (page 054) and it looked simple enough. The recipe included a rhubarb compote of sorts at the bottom of the ramekins, I happened to have blueberries lying around so thought I’d jam them up a bit and put them in instead (reminiscent of Nigella’s amazing and delicious blueberry maple syrup, have you tried it? You must). All going well so far. Blueberries jammed and divided into ramekins. Egg yolks (all 4 of them) separated successfully. Milk and cream measured out and slowly coming to somewhere just below a boil. Miraculously, I had absolutely no trouble at all with beating the hot milky creamy mixture into the cold egg yolks and sugar to create a custard situation, easy …

The Kitchen Wishlist #6 | The Great British Bake Off

You guys know already how happy GBBO season makes me, it’s second only to Christmas and it makes up 12 whole weeks of the year. Really though, how cool is that? It’s gotten so popular since 2010 that there’s a tonne of paraphernalia out there now, and in a perfect world (one where I had enough money and enough cupboard space) I would already own the majority of it. For now? Let’s get to wishing. Guys, this is my birthday card, I want it on my birthday, my birthday is in February. Write. It. Down. These little flexible spatulas are so perfect for getting the last little bit of cake mix out of the bowl, and the bunting on this? I just can’t. How do I want to watch GBBO in the future? Duh, wearing a Mary Berry and/or Paul Hollywood mask. No, it’s not creepy. Shut up. Last year, someone really awesome bought be the recipe book that was brought out with the 2014 season. Needless to say I want this years one too …

How to Banish the Devil with a Wooden Spoon | #bakeoffbakealong

Did you know that the cross in the top of soda bread isn’t there just to look pretty? No, it has a serious job to do, my friend. It is, in fact, in charge of making sure the devil gets out of the bread while it bakes. I’m both comforted by this, and concerned about how many times I must have accidentally consumed some devil while eating bread that was entirely cross-less. Shall we talk about the show? Let’s talk about the show. This is the first time that I haven’t been sorry to see a baker leave the tent. I may be the coldest person alive, but I feel like if you don’t practise your show stopper, it’s probably time for you to hit the road. I nearly cried tears of sheer, unadulterated joy when I saw Paul’s bread lion, the skills. When it was specially commended, I was very close to spontaneous combustion. All of the emotions. I’m still in love with Tamal. Speaking of Tamal, he’s the baker who really inspired me this week …