Great British Bake Off – Episode 2

I meant to write a post last week about my experiences of the show and of the cotswolds but never quite got around to it so this week I was prepared. I loved filming this weeks episode, the weather was so much better than the previous week. You couldn’t tell on the show but it rained almost the whole weekend and it was bitterly cold as well. Scotland was warm and sunny and when we were not filming we were out enjoying the sun. I also felt very comfortable in the kitchen compared to the week before, I was relaxed and excited to be there doing what I love.

For the first challenge we had to make biscuits and yes my definiton of biscuits includes cookies! I went with my oatmeal raisin cookies which were inspired by and adapted from a recipe from a New York bakery called Momofuku Milk Bar (original recipe here). The really interesting thing about the recipe is that they used milk powder to make crumbs to add a creaminess which I loved. So I played around and came up with a recipe using the same idea. For the show I adapted it further and changed the way I make them to make simpler and more straight forward. The recipe I used on the show isnt on the BBC website but my original adaption is here.

The Second Challenge was scones and, well… yeah I didnt do great on the challenge. I grew up on my mum’s wonderful scones and holidays in devon with real cream teas, but the ones my mum taught me to make are slightly more rustic so maybe ill just brush over this challenge…

The third and final challenge was the big one, macarons, meringues and choux buns. I make macarons a lot but not so much choux pastry and meringue but i wasn’t uncomfortable with them either. My macarons were filled with raspberry jam and a rose flavoured French buttercream. If you want to look at the recipes I use most often take a look at this post here.

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5 responses to “Great British Bake Off – Episode 2

  1. I *wish* I could see this show!!!!

  2. Mardi,

    You can find the first two episodes on the internet – ask a geeky computer friend about torrents. 😉

    Ed – really enjoying watching you compete!

  3. I am so glad I am back in the country in time to see this! I caught the tail end of the episode 2 and I saw today’s. Well done you on winning the technical bread challenge.

    You’re going to win the whole darn thing, aren’t you?!

  4. Whoaaa, totally never realised who’s blog this is till I came across this post! I actually really want to be on Great British Bake Off. But I’m nowhere near the skills of the bakers on it!

  5. Finally catching up… you could see in their faces how seriously impressed they were with your macarons!!

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