Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Let's Get Technical Great British Bake Off 2016 - Batter week

Week 4 in the (not) tent saw a Great British Bake Off first with Batter week.

Social media was a buzz with home bakers boycotting this week's challenge due to the simplicity of batter. I actually found this the most challenging of all the technical challenges in the history of bake off. 

There is a try skill in achieving the perfect pancake especially mastering the right cooking temperature. 

You can see from my 12 lacy pancakes it is not a skill I have mastered and if I were in the real tent I would have been served a Mel and Sue sandwich. (eliminated for those not as familiar with bake off)

I had seen lacy pancakes previously in the excellent book Great British Bakes by Mary-Anne Boermans (GBBO 2011) and will have to study up to improve my skills. If you have the chance to check out Mary-Anne's book I highly recommend it as all the recipes I have tried have worked perfectly. (not sponsored)

If you'd like to give lacy pancakes a try here is the recipe

Let's Get Technical Great British Bake Off 2016 - Bread week

For week three our lone baker had to tackle bread week without an oven! What is this madness??

The technical challenge looked to Germany and the "feed an army" steamy bun, the Dampfnudeln.
Served with plum sauce and custard  the dampfnudel is a soft bun steamed in milk.

While I am almost certain I will never make a dampfnudel again I'm sure the plum sauce will be a repeat guest star. Delicious! 

If you are keen to give them a go yourself here is the recipe