The baking continues amongst the growing bake off controversy and the questionable choice of ‘batter week’.
Pastry week – back where bake off is supposed to be. As I’ve made breakfast pastries before and because I had no idea what I’d do with 48 amuse-bouche Bakewell Tart was the obvious choice.
The finished product was more ‘informal’ than I would have liked, but the whole thing was very straightforward and tasted great. Again I opted for Mary’s official recipe and again I didn’t make the jam (had a jar left over from the whirls). The icing was much more stressful than I expected, the white dries incredibly quickly and the pink just sits there if you don’t get on it immediately. Be warned.
Botanicals Week which happily coincided with my housemates birthday so the floral showstopper was a no-brainer.
And for the first time I just made up my own recipe – Elderflower Eton Meringue Mess – decorated with little help from other housemate. We went for a single tier and a Benjamina-esque naked cake. Full recipe here.
Desserts, a classic. I was planning on a roulade but instead got ill and ended making a frantic tiered mousse cake which was completed seconds before Tudor week began. No my finest work. It’s basically circles of a basic chocolate sponge layered up with white chocolate mousse (recipe here) and raspberries and then white chocolate shavings on top.
To tudor week! Or you can read about weeks 1-4 here.