GBBO – Sachertorte

GBBO – Sachertorte

Here we are – at the end of season 2. I really enjoyed a lot of these bakes and I’m excited to continue on! The last recipe is Mary Berry’s Sachertorte. I am all about this. It’s a chocolate cake covered in chocolate. Sounds delicious. I was nervous about the glaze and writing because as we’ve covered I’m not really great at making things look pretty. This challenge is really stretching me there. With that said, I’m really happy with how this turned out! So the ingredients: 140g dark chocolate…

GBBO – Iced Fingers

GBBO – Iced Fingers

Iced Fingers are one of those things on the Great British Bake Off that I have never heard of. They also sound very odd to me. Who puts icing on bread and then fills it with whipped cream? But Paul Hollywood likes it so why not. I naturally used Paul’s recipe over on BBC. First off I made the dough by combining the following in a bowl: 500g bread flour 50g sugar 40g unsalted butter 2 large eggs 14g yeast 2tsp salt 150ml warm milk 140ml water As I’ve mentioned…

GBBOops – Chocolate Roulade

GBBOops – Chocolate Roulade

Today’s recipe is Mary Berry’s chocolate roulade. Going into this I was thinking the fuss they made about rolling being difficult was similar to the fuss made about raising agents on the show. Like, using raising agents is not really a down fall I see frequently in the baking world and on the show they make it into some sort of catastrophic trap. So maybe rolling up a roulade is just being blown out of proportion and isn’t actually that difficult! Well…. I mean, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s…

GBBO – Brandy Snaps

GBBO – Brandy Snaps

It’s bound to happen that a couple of these recipes will be duds in my book. The first 4 recipes for this challenge have been delicious and I’ve loved making and eating them. These brandy snaps though? I feel incredibly apathetic towards them. Making them was kind of fun – I have a soft spot for dough/batter made on the stove top, but the end result is just… fine? I’ve honestly never had a brand snap so I don’t know if I made them correctly or not, but they hardened…

GBBO – Focaccia

GBBO – Focaccia

Guys, I absolutely adore making bread. I used to be terrible at it – I never kneaded it enough, proving it felt like a mystery, things just never turned out correctly. Since watching 8 seasons of Bread Week though, I’ve kind of figured it out and kneading dough is my new favorite thing. So getting to this bread week challenge was exciting for me! BUT let me just say… I followed this recipe by Paul Hollywood. Paul, this recipe is the worst… the method I mean. I felt like I…

GBBO – Tarte Au Citron

GBBO – Tarte Au Citron

Pastry week! So, fun fact – this is the first time I’ve ever made pastry. I wasn’t a big fan of pie growing up and so as I started baking it was never on my list of things to bake. So we’re what? Seven years into me baking regularly and this is my first pastry. Should be a fun challenge! First things first, this is Mary Berry’s recipe. Naturally. I do not own a big tart tin, because like I said, I don’t make pastry so I’m not well supplied….

GBBO – Coffee and Walnut (or almond) Battenberg Cake

GBBO – Coffee and Walnut (or almond) Battenberg Cake

So it begins! For this recipe I used Mary Berry’s of course. That can be found over on BBC. I had to make some adjustments though, because I am allergic to walnuts. So instead of walnut, I made an almond and coffee battenberg. Don’t worry it was still delicious. Cakes are probably the technical I’m most confident with, bake wise, but decoration wise it’s different. It’s no secret that I’m terrible at decoration. Case and point: My motto has basically been, as long as it tastes good, who cares what it…

2018 for Cupcakes for Dinner

2018 for Cupcakes for Dinner

I’ve spent the last year being an incredibly casual baker. Baking once a month – if that – and really just trying to reacquaint myself with baking – in a no-pressure, no-eating-disorder(ish) way. Just baking when I want, what I want and seeing if baking even needs to be a part of my life or if it was even healthy that it was a part of my life. I’ve worked with my therapist to make sure I’m not feeding my eating disorder with my baking, but rather feeding my soul with…

Pistachio Scones

Pistachio Scones

Hi there everyone! It’s been a long while. As I mentioned in my banana bread post, I’ve been dealing with some medical stuff and December was the tipping point where I had to go get some real help. But I’m back, healthy and ready to get baking again! So for my welcome back recipe, I made some amazing Pistachio Scones. Pistachio Scones with a delicious, delicious almond glaze. Scones are 100% my favorite thing to bake. They’re so easy but they seem so much classier and more impressive than a…