What is the Great British Bake Along, you ask?
Well, last term, my bf and I got addicted to watching the Great British Bake Off. I think we went through 3 seasons in four months. Season 10 is the first season we will be watching live! (Technically, a day late because we have to wait a bit for it to be available here in Canada.) We have been watching each episode as they get released, and since the whole reason we got into this series was because I love baking, I figured why not attempt the technical challenges at home for my own mini Great British Bake Along?
As you’ve noticed if you follow the show closely, this year’s lineup of bakers is a lot younger as well, which is another inspiration for me. After all, if Henry, the youngest contestant this year, can do these bakes, so can I! Of course, I’m not nearly as talented as anyone on the cast, but the only way to get better is to practice.
I’m hoping to be challenged beyond my usual rotation of plain bread loaves, chocolate chip cookies, and one-bowl muffin batters and to be introduced to some new baking techniques. Wish me luck ♡
Episode 1: Cake
The first week’s technical challenge for the bakers and for me is a little intimidating, featuring three separate cake layers that rely on egg whites to stay light and fluffy. I’ve never made genoise sponge before, or used fondant, so it should be a good learning opportunity for me!
Episode 2: Biscuits
The issue with the second Bake Along challenge (fig rolls) is I don’t usually have figs randomly lying around the house. And they are kinda difficult to find in the stores here (not to mention expensive). I will have to think of a substitute for them when I get to this challenge.
Episode 3: Bread
Vegan burger buns (or as Paul Hollywood calls them, baps) are this season’s challenge for the infamous Bread Week, complete with a vegan black bean patty! I’m pretty excited for this one—I’ve made a pretty good batch of buns before, but have also had less success with them at other times—and I want to put Paul’s recipe to the test with these other ones I’ve made.
I’m not too sure that I’ll make the black bean patty to go along with these, though. I still have some of the okara crab cakes from last week that would be perfect inside these buns. Plus, since Kevin our resident bean-hater is here to visit for the weekend, I will probably just make some traditional ground beef patties for him.
Episode 4: Dairy
I’ve gone about two months without buying dairy milk at this point and I really don’t want to break my streak. But this week’s challenge, frankly, will be pretty impossible to complete without milk. It’s obvious from the title, right?! So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this one yet.
Episode 5: The Roaring Twenties
Like David, I’ve never made choux pastry before, never mind sabayon, so this will be another great learning experience for me. The beignets remind me of cream puffs, which were a favourite treat of my childhood. I will probably make these together with some other deep-fried stuff, like doughnuts, since I don’t fry things very often and might as well make the most of the frying oil.
Results to be posted soon!
Episode 6: Desserts
I’m very apprehensive about this week’s dessert because I’m not exactly into the fruity flavours of Prue’s verrines. Basically this dessert seems like a lot of work for not much to eat. However, I committed myself to attempting every GBBO challenge, so that’s that.
Results to be posted soon!