It is back… The Great British Bake Off on BBC1… and of course I’m following it…
Gone is the time when I thought I could be a competitor in the Bake Off. The baking standards are so high nowadays, I am sure they prepare all year long.
So I console myself and bake for a very limited audience (Juliette and Philippe, and sometimes friends who happen to come by).
First of all, I think my cookies were a bit too thick, a bit too dry and a bit overcooked, some of them got a nice crisscross with neat little squares in the centre, but others were uneven. The chocolate coating had a nice shine but a tendency to melt fast (OK I baked this during a very hot week here in Florida – up to 100F). I will probably bake these again.
The recipe is from a Beautiful Mess blog. Really nice. Everybody liked the zesty taste. The presentation could have been better, the blueberry juice overflew, I shouldn’t probably have used frozen fruits. This one is a keeper, it will make it to my Black and Red book (I’ll have to speak about this book sometime). Still I will have to work on it in order to avoid getting a case of soggy bottom.
Cardamom infused custard tart
This is a mixed of multiple inspiration sources: the figs tart from one of the GBBO contestant, the smell of cardamom seeds and two more recipes from BBC Good Food (Custard tart with nutmeg pastry and Custard tart).
Presentation wise, it could be better: I’ve forgotten that the pastry will retract in the heat, so my edge is messy and too short in some places. Consequently, I could not pour as much custard as I wanted. The figs are a bit small and moved during baking giving me a not-too-pretty finish. Also, the custard curdled, I think I overheated the milk. Not a success.
Overall, I think I might have been eliminated from the Bake Off long ago… and would have made it to the sister programme An extra slice with Jo Brand, which is so funny.