Brandy Snaps with Cannoli Cream

Week 2 of Bake Off saw biscuits take over the tent with the bakers doing signature brandy snaps, technically challenging jam sandwich biscuits (which are absolutely NOT called Jammie Dodgers) and showstopping biscuit toys! It’s been a while since I’ve made brandy snaps, the last time was probably the time I went to An Extra…

Andrew’s Tottenham Cupcakes

The Tottenham Cake is a classic British sponge cake topped with a pink icing, sometimes sprinkled with desiccated coconut. And I have put my usual twist on the classic cake by turning them into fairy cakes (or cupcakes) and upgrading the flavour of the sponge. These are my Tottenham Cupcakes! The icing was originally coloured…

Andrew’s Perfect Chocolate Brownies

I’ve often been asked to share my brownie recipe and I noticed that I have never actually posted the basic recipe that I use now and it’s confusing sending links to other posts with a list of changes. So I thought it made sense to finally post my Perfect Chocolate Brownie recipe! This is a…

Brown Sugar Custard Doughnuts

Week 7 of Bake Off saw the tent transport back to the 1980s for 80s week with the bakers showing their signature quiches, technically delicious and demanding finger doughnuts and showstopping ice cream cakes! I decided to make my own version of the Technical Challenge and I came up with these Brown Sugar Custard Doughnuts!…

Butternut Squash Pie

The eighth showstopper of Bake Off 2019 was to make a vertical pie. We saw Steph wow with a carousel pie meanwhile Henry attempted to make a chandelier out of his pie but unfortunately Pastry Week turned out to be his demise! The challenges are getting harder and harder and that means I am also…

Sweet Potato and Taro Tangzhong Buns

The seventh signature of Bake Off 2019 was to make 24 Festival Buns, buns that take on the theme of a festival or holiday from around the world. Henry got his tongue in a twist with his Kardemummabullar and we saw the grills being turned back on for the Sarawak showstopper challenge! I’m continuing to…

Millionaire’s Coconut Ice Shortbread

The fourth showstopper of Bake Off 2019 was to make 36 mishti or Indian milk sweets, 12 each of three different flavours. We saw Steph wow the judges with her pink and pretty mishti and unfortunately we saw Phil disappointed the judges with his ‘A Corner of My Garden’ mishti. I decided to my take…

Tangzhong Chinese Tear and Share Buns

The third signature challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make a filled tear-and-share loaf. We saw Michael receive the first Hollywood Handshake with his Keralan Star Bread, which was inspired by his Indian roots. I have also been inspired by my roots and decided to combine some traditional Chinese bakery items with some Western…

Rum and Raisin Chocolate Biscuit Bars

The second Signature Challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make 12 decorated chocolate biscuit bars. We saw many delicious looking creations on the show, my personal favourites were Michelle’s Bakewell Bars, Rosie’s Virgin Mojito Bars and Helena’s Witchy Fingers (mainly because they had matcha!!). I took inspiration from my favourite ice cream flavour, rum…

Black Sesame and Matcha Angel Cake Slices

The first Technical Challenge of Bake Off 2019 was to make 6 of Prue’s Angel Cake Slices, a retro English cake.  Prue’s Angel Cake Slices consist of 3 layers of genoise sponge flavoured with lemon, raspberry and vanilla, sandwiched together with an Italian meringue buttercream and topped with feathered fondant icing. In my typical style,…

My Bake Off Predictions 2019

Bake Off is only two days away and I’m going to do something that I’ve not done for a while which is write some predictions for the series! In the past when I have done this, I have been completely wrong so let’s see if I can do better this year! Seeing as we’ve not…

White Chocolate and Black Sesame Blancmange

Dessert Week hit the Bake Off tent with meringue roulades rolling around the tent, the blancmange technical giving each baker a bit of a wobble and showstopping melting chocolate ball desserts. I took inspiration from the technical challenge for my Bake Off inspired recipes this week. Blancmange is a very retro and kitsch dessert to…

Flapjack Chelsea Buns

This week saw Bread Week hit the Bake Off tent! With the Technical challenge to make 8 non-yeasted naan breads with garlic ghee cooked using the grill in 1 hour and the Showstopper challenge to make a tiered korovai cake, the bakers had it tough in Bread Week. We saw Rahul claim his second Star…

Hazelnut and Coffee Traybake

We’re already two weeks into this year’s series of Bake Off and we’ve already had 3 Hollywood handshakes! This week was Cake Week which saw the first time that spinach made an appearance in a cake in the tent in the form of Prue’s Le Gateau Vert technical challenge as well as spectacular chocolate collar…

Homemade Wagon Wheels

We’ve seen the first episode of the ninth series of The Great British Bake Off already which means it’s time for me to bake along with the show. The first episode of the series was Biscuit Week and the challenge I chose to attempt was the Technical which was Wagon Wheels. I chose to invent…