I must admit I was quite excited when I heard there was going to be a newly introduced batter week in the GBBO; even more so when I saw what the challenges were going to be! I did actually consider doing them all, believe it or not. In the end though I just went with the signature as churros were pointless because we don’t own a deep fat fryer, and the pancakes just looked too technical for me to bother with.
I wanted to be a bit different though, so I went for sweet Yorkshire puddings. It’s getting to autumn now and it’s such a great season for crumbles for pudding! So I went with a lovely sweet apple & blackberry filling with a sprinkle of crumble topping for a bit of crunch. They are absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of custard! (Though admittedly, I didn’t make my own, it was Bird’s!).
I am absolutely loving receiving a Degustabox through my letterbox every month. Well, obviously not through my letterbox, because it wouldn’t actually fit. So yeah, my door actually. I love the element of surprise, though I do hope that I will like everything that’s in it because, well, I adore food. Who doesn’t?
In the Degustabox:
- Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
- Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
- All for much less than you would pay in the shops!
So, what was inside the August Degustabox?
Bread week. I may have mentioned before, but I hate bread week. Me and bread making just do not mix. Nevertheless, I joined in anyway as I want to try and do every week this year! During the show on Wednesday, I decided I must be crazy as I was actually considering doing the technical for the third week in a row. But then chocolate bread won me over so I went with the signature.
I’ve never really made bread from my own recipe so I went searching my old friend Mr Google and came across Paul Hollywood’s chocolate and cherry loaf. I was just going to do this exact recipe, but then I was struck with the idea of adding almonds, and making the loaf into a shape instead. So it’s kind of a showstopper too I suppose, though it doesn’t really look like a showstopper! Here is my chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath.
After reading what each of the challenges would be for biscuit week of The Great British Bake Off, I was still umm-ing and ahh-ing about which one I would do. I ruled out the showstopper immediately though, I couldn’t be bothered with the fuss of a biscuit story construction! After last week’s bake though, I’m surprised I was still considering doing another technical.
After watching the show, I did decide on the technical again – I must be mad! I’ve never made Viennese whirls before so this one was yet another new challenge for me. Once again I used Mary’s Berry’s recipe, but as a guideline this time as I went for a twist on them with these chocolate and salted caramel whirls.
It’s that time of the year again – yes, Great British Bake Off is back! Albeit a little later than usual (sad face). I am of course joining with the #GBBOBloggers2016 bake along again, and I’ll try to join in as many weeks as possible! I have decided I am going to attempt a few more technical challenges this year, and also be a bit more organised.
It started off well with baking on Monday before the show even aired, then I watched it and decided I would attempt the technical instead (so my original bake will be in a future post!). I love jaffa cakes; I could easily eat a whole pack in one sitting. To be fair, I think they looked quite easy. My famous last words, it seems… Read more