Great British Bake Off Challenge: Season 8, Meals

Great British Bake Off Challenge Week 8 Signature: Bedfordshire Clanger

I feel like Week 8 of season 8 had one of the weirdest themes I have ever seen in Bake Off: It was the forgotten bakes week. These are bakes that were made in the past and tended to stay there. I would think for good reason but we’re going to revive them once again! The signature bake for this week is a Bedfordshire clanger. I didn’t have a recipe to go off from the show (probably because they didn’t expect anyone to do something like this) so I created what seemed to be the best recipe for me based on what research I did. A Bedfordshire clanger isn’t difficult to make but has some interest twist to make it a truly unique dish.

Great British Bake Off Challenge: Season 8, Meals

Great British Bake Off Challenge Week 6 Showstopper: Family Sized Hand-Raised Pie

The Showstopping challenge of week 6 has arrived, and it is a family sized hand-raised pie! This little pie started out so small and over years and years it grew. Just kidding. A hand raised pie is one that is wrapped around the outside of a cake tin. It is able to stand due to the structure of the pastry with no outside help! I decided to base my recipe this week off Kate’s Bombay Potato Curry Pie. I can’t help it, when I go savory, I tend to go Indian. Indian cuisine provides so many great options for vegetarian flavors! This potato curry pie is also topped with a delicious spicy and sweet mango salsa! The post below focuses mainly on the pastry, it is pastry week after all.

Desserts, Great British Bake Off Challenge: Season 8, Make

Great British Bake Off Challenge Week 6 Technical: Pasteis de Nata

The Week Six technical is the most intimating challenge that I have faced to date: Pastéis de Nata. This is effectively a pastry tart filled with custard. It doesn’t seem intimidating, but the pastry was originally a puff pastry. Which is something I have never tried before because of the amount of work that goes into make a puff pastry. Luckily, the recipe that Paul Hollywood uses is a rough puff pastry. This means that I got to grate the frozen butter instead of pounding it out into a large slab. While it’s a daunting process, the best way to conquer those fears is to jump right in!

Desserts, Great British Bake Off Challenge: Season 8, Make

Great British Bake Off Challenge Week 6 Signature: Savory Shortcrust Pies

It’s a new week and that means a new theme! This time, it’s pastry week and I am ready to take a break from all the sweet desserts! The signature challenge this week is four shortcrust savory pies. Sounds like the perfect dinner to me! I was inspired by Stacey’s Old Fashioned Minced Beef Pies. Since I’m a pescatarian, I had to make some slight modifications to the pie, but I absolutely loved how they turned out! Even the journey was easy!