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The Great British Bake Off: Dessert Time With Crème Brûlées And Spanische Windtortes

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It’s time for lots of scrummy desserts this week in the bakers’ tent and during the episode 144 desserts are going to be made….that’s a lot of pudding!

bruleeSignature Bake – For the first task of the day Paul and Mary have asked the contestants to each make 12 identical crème brûlées. These can be of any flavour but must be brûléed under a grill – no blow torches allowed! There’s a fine line between the perfectly set brûlée and an undercooked brûlée. You don’t want a scrambly soup but neither do you want a brûlée that doesn’t have that certain amount of ‘wobble’. Very tricky! All contestants did a pretty good job of producing some lovely looking brûlées but unfortunately Mat ran out of time so ended up with a bit of a soup and no caramel on the top. Sandy also struggled with the consistency of her brûlée.

spanische_windtorteTechnical Challenge – Mary was very particular with her advice for this week’s technical challenge. Read the recipe very carefully and then visualise what the finished article should look like. What was she talking about? Spanische Windtorte of course. What?! Well it involves two types of meringue (French and Swiss), piped whipped cream, strawberries and raspberries. It’s also Austrian in origin and is very complicated to build. Those poor contestants! The winner of this challenge was the very deserving Paul.

cheesecakeSignature Challenge – The contestants have been asked this week to make a tower of sweet baked cheesecakes. They have to be at least three tiers but can be different flavours, any shape and decorated in any way. Most of the bakers are making their cheesecakes with a biscuit base but three of them are making pastry bases. Flora did have a minor panic that she was the only baker to use the same flavour for each cheesecake tier. The amount of work that went into the decorating of all the cheesecakes was amazing. However, if the cheesecakes aren’t cool enough when being stacked and decorated then…well, just ask Sandy about that. She had a very unfortunate slippage problem with five minutes to go and ended up with an undecorated two tiered cheesecake. Such a shame. So who came out on top of this challenge? Ian – for the third week running! Well done Ian.

So who left this week? Sadly it was Sandy. I liked Sandy. She had a good sense of humour but her cheesecake slippage was just too much to get through to another week. Next week it’s ‘free from’ baking. Should be an interesting one.

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2 Responses to 'The Great British Bake Off: Dessert Time With Crème Brûlées And Spanische Windtortes'

  1. I love the GBBO! I have to watch it on YouTube, though, and I can’t find one of the recent episodes. It might turn up eventually.
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    • Bob Toovey says:

      Hi Jean, thanks for the comment – I’m in France and I have to rely on YouTube too! It’s a great program and I hate missing episodes,..