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Let's talk about the time i did the bake off.

Well. Kind of.

I wanna say 4 years ago and in season 9, I had what I thought was an amazing idea. I'd get loads of content from it and it would be really easy to do each week. Bake off is something that I'd recently gotten into and when the new series came around I had this idea and decided to go for it without really thinking about it properly or in full.

I decided that I was gonna recreate all of the technical challenges each week from the Great British Bake Off. And I was gonna make them all gluten free. No pressure.

GBBO describe the technicals as :

“This challenge separates the wheat from the chaff. Take one basic recipe, with the same ingredients and instructions, and ask our bakers to produce the finished product… sound easy? Well, any variation on the finished product will be a result of their own technical knowledge and experience – or lack of. Bakers are laid bare in this task and this is where the pressure’s really on in the Bake Off.”

  • Week 1: Wagon Wheels

First up was wagon wheels. I was super pleased with how these came out. They weren't too tricky, easy enough to make free from and didn't take too long. If anything leading me in easy made me too smug. Next week was a whole different kind of difficult.

Here's the version from GBBO and my version

Week 2: Le Gâteau Vert

The second week was horrendous. I cried multiple times and nearly gave up then. But i'm not capable of giving up on something or letting anything go so we carried on. The recipe said it would only take an hour to make and i'm sure this took me all afternoon.

I had to make my own marzipan to start with which is where it all started to go wrong. I had to make a Genoese sponge which I'd never done before, messed up - no idea how but it was like rubber it was awful and have never done since.

It was covered with pistachios and needed spinach water which my boyfriend thought was just green water in a jug that he threw away. I'd definitely of been kicked off of bake off this week if they were judg


Here's my attempt and what it was actually supposed to look like.

I didn't have any edible flowers and I don't think it would have saved it even if i did.

  • Week 3: Non-Yeasted Garlic Naan Breads

These were the easiest technical overall. I'd never made Naan breads before but i've done it so many times since. Super easy and i'd recommend it for anyone wanting an easy bread based bake. They even worked quite well being gluten free.

  • Week 4: Raspberry Blancmange with Langues du Chat biscuits

This was another one I hated. It wasn't a difficult one i'm just not one for the texture of blancmange. I didn't have time to do the biscuits this week so just wanted to do the main component. I bought the tin specificilly for this and haven't used it since. I also didn't even try it, it wasn't a favourite at home but still was all eaten.

  • Week 5: Ma’amoul

So this one is the only one i didn't recreate because it would have cost so much money for the ingredients.

So I made a version of a ginger cake from one of the contestants that was on Bake Off and adapted that to be gluten free so I'd still made something.

  • Week 6: Puits D’amour

These were super fun to do. I never make pastry free from or otherwise which was quite nice to do something different. This was a choux pastry and a rough puff. I had to do a compote and a creme pat as well. I'd never done any of these things and the time limit was 1 hour and 25 minutes. It took me hours. Theres no way i'd of gotten all of that done in that time at all. These were my favourite to eat over all, plus who doesn't wanna use a blow torch on their bakes.

  • Week 7: Vegan Tropical Fruit Pavlova

I love any kind of baking alternative, we do loads of different ones and i quite enjoy the challenge. This was vegan meringue which was naturally gluten free so i didn't have to worry about that aspect. The meringue was made with aqua faba which is the water chickpeas come in and its one of the worst things I've ever smelt. I couldn't believe that the meringue didn't taste like it after it was baked. Mine did really crack but i was still really pleased with it.

  • Week 8: Æbleskiver,Week 9: Torta Setteveli and Week 10: Campfire Pita Breads

I can't find the photos of these ones! I loved week 9 it was praline overloaded and so many different bits that needed to be made from scratch. If i manage to find them i'll update the blog. Week 10 they cooked on an actual fire pit outside and I was so ready to finish i didn't even attempt it.

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