27 Sep 2016

Bakewell Tart | Bake Off Bake Along

Bakewell Tart | Bake Off Bake Along Week 5 | Hungry Little Bear

Another week in that glorious white tent and a pretty disastrous week for Val. I was so gutted to see her and her dancing self be sent home this week.

We all knew she wasn't the best baker in tent but she was one of my favourites. Her speech at the end just made me love her even more... 

"When you bake, you always bake for a reason. You’re giving it to people, so you make it the best you can and you make it with love. And whenever I make anything, I stir love into it, I knead love into it, so when I present it, it’s special."


20 Sep 2016

Apple Cinnamon Churros with Salted Caramel | Bake Off Bake Along

Well this week of Bake Off was tense. I've never felt so protective over a Yorkshire pudding and never cringed so much during a challenge. How can so many people get Yorkshire puddings so wrong?

Also lace pancakes, why? Where's the rest of the pancake? You can't coat that lace in Nutella.

But ah that showstopper of churros. You just can't go wrong. I remember so fondly of the first time I had tried churros on a family holiday to Spain. We had sat down to an entire plate (to share) of the delicious cinnamon sugar covered doughnut treats and we were hooked. They were gone in minutes.

13 Sep 2016

Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka | Bake Off Bake Along

Bake Off Bake Along - Week 3: Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka
Bread week has tested me. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and I dreaded this week at the start, but it pretty much confirmed why I hate working with yeast. It also reaffirmed my love for cakes. 

There were a lot of uncooked breads on GBBO this week and I feel their pain. Although mine wasn’t uncooked, it didn’t rise correctly in its proving. It probably wasn’t helped by me trying to do a 5 hour babka in just 2 and half hours.

And that I only gave it one prove. Yeah, that was probably a bit stupid.

6 Sep 2016

Iced Doughnut Biscuits | Bake Off Bake Along

Bake Off Bake Along - Week 2: Iced Biscuits

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love doughnuts.

So when it came to picking from one of the challenge from this weeks Bake Off and having already made Viennese Swirls and nearly died from a sugar coma from them, I picked out the signature challenge of 24 iced biscuits. 

That and I couldn’t face the idea of doing a gingerbread story scene just yet. 

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