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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Four Technical: Stroopwafels

I’m not going to lie. I was very intimated by the idea of making Stroopwafels as a part of the technical challenge. I have been in love with stroopwafels for many years, ever since my brother brought them home after traveling around Europe. They are a thin waffle, almost cookie like in thinness, but waffle like in their size, that have been cut in half a filled with a delicious, spiced caramel filling. But the only way to get over being intimated by something is to face it head on. And technical challenges are all about facing the unknown. Continue Reading →

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Spiced Caramel

Caramel week is my favorite bake-off week because I get to showcase another type of caramel! And this time, we’re working with a spiced caramel that to give even more flavor to this rich and sweet topping. I used this caramel as a filling for the stroopwafel technical challenge. Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Four Signature: Millionaires Shortbread

eek four is going to be best week, it’s caramel week!!! The signature challenge for this week is millionaire shortbread which is a British treat consisting of a shortbread biscuit base with caramel and chocolate. I decided to copy Sophie's Millionaire Jaffa Shortbread because I think I would adore a Jaffa cake. Orange is one of my favorite flavors so a caramel, orange, chocolate treat sounds absolutely delightful.  Continue Reading →

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Classic Creamy Caramel

I am addicted to caramel. I could eat nothing but caramel for days if my teeth could handle it (but I think they would kill me). There are many different types of caramel ranging from sauces to hard candies. This recipe lands somewhere in the middle. I made a soft caramel that holds its shape to add onto my millionaire’s shortbread from the GBBO Challenge Week Four: Signature! Continue Reading →

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Orange Ganache

Chocolate Ganache is classical a mixture of chocolate and cream that can be used as a frosting, a spread, a dip, or a topping! Ganache is very versatile as it can have different textures depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream. To stay true to the Jaffa inspired Millionaire’s shortbread, I wanted to have an orange infused chocolate ganache! This ganache is silky smooth without bringing too much sweetness to the dessert which made it perfect to add to my GBBO Challenge Week Four: Signature! Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Three Showstopper: Naturally-Colored Bread Sculpture

I reached the end of bread week!! I did not think I was going to make it to this showstopper. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it through this showstopper. This week’s challenge is a natural-colored bread sculpture. Two things which I have never done before. I don’t normally sculpt bread and natural coloring is not my forte. I’m a plain bread kind of gal. But I never say to no a challenge, so I made a flower centerpiece of pesto bread (green), turmeric bread (yellow), and beetroot bread (red). Not my finest work but I did complete the challenge! (I would get sent home this week, but I was then informed I am already home). Continue Reading →

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Turmeric Bread Roses

As part of the Great British Bake-Off Challenge that I’m doing, I had to make Turmeric bread for the week three bread week showstopper. The turmeric brought a beautiful yellow the naturally colored bread sculpture as well as a deep and earthy flavor. This was one of my favorite breads to work with because it was easy, had great color, and worked well being shaped into a flower! Continue Reading →

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Beetroot Bread Flowers

As part of the Great British Bake-Off Challenge that I’m doing, I had to make Beetroot bread for the week three bread week showstopper. This bread was meant to bring a vibrant reddish pink color to the naturally colored bread sculptures. While the bread itself has a delicious earthy flavor and a stunning color, this bread was temperamental. The added moisture from the beet puree is a very big unknown factor and requires by eye adjustments. Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Three Technical: Cottage Loaf

The technical challenge for bread week is one that I have never seen before: a cottage loaf. After looking at the ingredients, I decided it’s basically a loaf of white bread enriched with butter and shaped in a particular way. I love how a cottage loaf looks like two loaves stacked on top of each other. But even though this is a simple recipe, I found there are a lot of places to go wrong! Let’s get into this delicious technical challenge. Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Three Signature: Teacakes

It's bread week and I cannot be more excited. I love bread. I’m not great at bread but I adore making it. The Signature Challenge for Bread Week is a Teacakes! And I have no idea what a teacake is… and I don’t think I’m alone. It seems that the teacakes made on GBBO is a food specific to Britain. The show defined a teacake as an enriched dough with extra fats, sugar, eggs and fruit. Fruit apparently is a key ingredient. Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Two: Biscuit Board Game

The Showstopper challenge for Biscuit week feels like it was made for me! It’s time to make a biscuit board game! There are so many great board games to choose from. Most contestants chose childhood classics (like shoots and ladders or Monopoly style games) and that disappointed me. Why didn’t anyone go for Twilight Imperium?!? Just kidding… Even I’m not that crazy. I decided to do a simpler game that I think is ever bit as classic: Battle Sheep. I did take inspiration for the recipes from Sophie and the board game she made. Continue Reading →