Today is the Semi-Final of this year's GreatBritishBakeOff. Enjoy the BakeOff- isn't it brilliant. The camera captures a close-up look of utter horror/confusion/terror on a contestants face as the Technical Challenge is announced
Their show-stoppers were amazing, Ian made a carrot cake (like I did) but I don’t think it looked as stunning as Tamal’s sticky toffee cake with lots of sugar work and a huge spider web between the three cakes
'The GreatBritishBakeoff - how to turn everyday bakes into show stoppers', EBury the publishers for BBC books have very kindly sent me two copies one for me and one for my Macmillan Cancer coffee morning recipe book sale
There were many different varieties of Swiss roll including Diana’s version using lemon curd, an orange and aniseed flavoured sponge from Luis with home-made honey and Chetna’s creation using a cardamom, pistachio andcoffee sponge
Recipe - adapted from Home Baking Biscuits and Cookies. It came up much sooner than the past couple of years but I was rather thankful it fell on this week as biscuits take less time than most things and I had a second bake planned since it is the Hubby's birthday this weekend (post to come later this week)
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry set the bakers some rather tough challenges indeed. I will admit - I was rapidly running out of time trying to complete these BEFORE going into work, so I did cheat and used a chocolate digestive biscuit as the case and sealed it in with more chocolate
"You know your life has taken a strange twist and turn when you find yourself asking questions about what's a good edible material that would make a good patch roof on a gingerbread house"he giggled, before explaining to Hollywood his intention to create a "cute, Disney-type setting"