Last year I wrote a whole little blog series on the Great British Bake Off and even tried out some of the bakes myself! Bake Off is now back and so begins my 2019 Bake Off blog series!
The first episode aired last week, 27th of August, so I am a little late posting this, but here is my opinions on last weeks cake episode! This year we have a bakers dozen taking part in the competition, 13 competitors giving their all in the tent at Welford Park!
The episode started off with Noel, Sandi, Paul and Prue all dressed up as the Wizard of Oz characters, I’m not entirely sure why, but it did make me chuckle and wonder what else they are going to get up to this series!
This week was cake week – a chance for the bakers to show off their skills in one of the most common baking topics!
The Signature Challenge – Fruit cake
The bakers were asked to bake a fruit cake, which had to include a significant amount of dried fruit and be beautifully decorated, all within a time limit of 2.5hrs!
Normally I’d list out all the contestants and their bakes, but at this stage in the competition that would be a long list…so here are my chosen bits!
We started to get to know some of the bake off contestants while they were busy mixing their fruit cake batters. There is quite a range of people in this series, although the average age is certainly down with most of the contestants being under 30! Another great range of professions too, Amelia a fashion designer, Rosie a vet from somerset, David working for Yorkshire international health, Alice a geography school teacher and this years youngest contestant, 20yr old Jamie who is on a gap year.
Some of the bakes included Christmas cakes, Grandmas fruit cakes, sunshine cakes, Easter cakes with some exciting flavours such as chai tea, butternut squash, ginger and rum!
We saw our first chopping board waft of the series, which seems to be a bake off tradition when bakers are trying to get their cakes to cool faster! High cake temperatures where a problem for some in this episode as the cakes needed to be cook for the bakers to decorate them! Michael did mange to cut himself many times, but thankfully not fingers were lost to this fruit cake challenge.