Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let's Get Technical Great British Bake Off Series 5 Advanced Dough Week

As I sit and wait to watch the Great British Bake Off Final and see what my last technical challenge will be,  I managed to do a quick recap of advanced dough week.

Yep, I said quick, so that's it for me.....enjoy!

But make sure to tune into twitter @dbtsauce this Sunday at 3pm Melbourne time to witness the last technical challenge....and see if I am crowned the winner of my own competition??

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Let's Get Technical - Great British Bake Off Series 5 Pastry Week

We arrived for pastry week to a pastry no one had heard of and many still can not pronounce, Kouign amann.

The lovely Howard Middleton coined them "Queeny Men" on an Extra Slice and sadly that name has stuck. People have loved the kouign amann so much they have suggested I sell them, but I'm not sure I want to be the face of Queeny Men???

The bakers seemed to have a lot of down time in this technical challenge which is positively unheard of so prone to a little touch of over enthusiasm I decided to complete all of the pastry week's challenges in the 3.5hours!

The challenge was 12 chicken and asparagus pasties, 12 blackberry and custard éclairs, 12 Kouign amann, and hissy fit with a touch of crying....well not too much crying!

This is how the 3.5 hours played out over twitter, you will have to imagine your own bake off soundtrack...

I'm not sure who Lucy is but if you are Lucy and you need to put your shoes on, well this one is for you

Crisis prevented, lucky tweet

This is where I did chuck a little tanty! I'd worked so bloody hard and by missing that 1 tiny step I'd ruined the bake. The good thing that came out of it was that I learnt not to rearrange the oven shelf just so the light is better, the grill tray is to protect the food from the no foil is needed...

A much better batch
I've been experimenting with different flavours, lavender, bacon-maple-pecan and chocolate, what is your favourite flavour combo?