A Humble Bake Challenge

2013 is the year of my very own GBBO challenge!

In an attempt to teach myself all there is to know about baking, I am going to work my way through three seasons of Great British Bake Off technical challenges. As the challenges have become progressively more difficult as each season continues, I’m hoping that I’ll learn more skills, become a better all-round baker, put on a few pounds and hear some more of those “yums” that I long to hear!

There are 23 bakes in total.  So I’m giving myself the year to complete them.  Will aim for roughly 1 bake per fortnight, give or take some for holidays or other events that may occur.

But look at the delights we have coming up . . . I’m so excited, yet also a little bit scared.  I remember watching the donut episode for example and thinking what nutter would make their own donuts?  Well, it looks like I will be!  I am that nut!

I also need to buy some serious equipment.  I need a pastry dolly!  That’s serious.  But for me, exciting!

Wish me luck . . .

Here’s what we have coming up:

Season One

season one

  1. Victoria Sponge Cake
  2. Scones
  3. Cobs
  4. Hot Lemon Souffle
  5. Crimping

season 1

Season Two

season2

  1. Coffee and Walnut Battenberg
  2. Tarte au Citron
  3. Foccacia
  4. Brandy Snaps
  5. Miniature Pork Pies
  6. Chocolate Roulade
  7. Iced Fingers
  8. Sachertorte

season 2

Season Three

season 3

  1. Rum Babas
  2. Eight Plaited Loaf
  3. Treacle Tart
  4. Creme Caramel
  5. Hand-raised pies
  6. Queen of Puddings
  7. Jam Doughnuts
  8. Chocolate Teacakes
  9. Fraisier Cake
  10. Fondant Fancies

season 3

I would also like to hear from all of those who have attempted these GBBO recipes themselves.

Any tips greatly appreciated and any photos of your own achievements. I would love to create a little gallery of my readers’ attempts, let’s see if we can get some comments from Paul and Mary directly on our (not) soggy bottoms.

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13 thoughts on “A Humble Bake Challenge

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  2. SHAKA! You can do this bird! This is going to be LEGENDARY! I believe in you and it is going to be so much fun! x

  3. I’ve made a few of these and I think they are hard in the technical challenge on TV because of the time limit and omission of specific steps, but if you find the original recipe and follow them, they are actually not too bad. Good luck

    • Hi Xi. I think you’re right. I’m an avid believer that if you can read a recipe, you can cook or bake. But I am nervous about, as well as excited about some of the more challenging bakes. As I work my way through, I’d love to hear about your own experiences with the recipes. Or any tips you may have picked up.

      • I’ve put the recipes for some of those on my blog with my own spin for some of them.There are also little tips from the times I messed up, but most are easy as long as you have a large mixing bowl, an electric whisk and an oven.

      • Check, check and check. Have all of the above. Would be interested to try baking without an oven. Maybe that could be your next challenge for your blog? I will be sure to let you know how I get on and will also peruse your tips. Thanks Xi

  4. Will take a look at some of them when I get back home. Obviously I don’t have the level of equipment as you do so will try the ones I have the bits to do for sure. Good luck. 🙂

    • Some of them use really simple equipment. That reminds me, I’ll be sure to list out the equipment clearly. And give links to reasonably priced necessities on good ol’ amazon. But some of them are really easy. Would love to see how you get on. Hope you’re having a wonderful time in oz.

      • That’s a good idea, Claire. Will be sure to let you know. 🙂 thanks yes lovely time. Thinking of all you guys back home. See you soon 🙂

    • Thank you for the well wishes. I have baked a few now, just need to get them on the blog. So far, so good. But I have started with the easy ones. Let me know how you get on with the 8-plaited loaf, the plaiting looks a bit scary! I might, just might, try the Queen of Puddings this week. OR. Treacle Tart. I’m not sure which yet . . . if it’s the Queen, I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on!

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