This weeks Great British Bake Off was Dessert Week.
The Signature Dish was creme brulee, gorgeous pots of baked custard with a caramel topping..but no blow torches allowed.
We saw quite a few problems amongst the bakers in the tent with only Ian and Tamal having perfect custard. The others either had scrambled eggs or runny custards.
Onto the technical challenge and Mary set them the task of making a Spanische Windtorte, which despite it’s name is a combination of Swiss and French meringues with a fruit and cream filling and decorated with tiny fondant violets.
Most of the bakers knew their meringues and there were not to many problems. There were a few, however, that had no idea what a violet looked like.
It was Paul and Ugne who came out on top with first and second place.
The Showstopper was three tiers of cheesecake.
Ian wowed the judges with his flavours, using tarragon and apple, pecan and rosemary.
Tamal also did really well with his mango, hazelnut and rosemary.
Sandy, however, had a really difficult week and her cheesecakes refused to stand on top of each other. She was told they were raw on the bottom and not cooked through and the fruit was too clumpy. Sadly, it was Sandy’s last stand and she was sent home.
The Star Baker for the third week running was Ian for experimenting in a professor type way!
I am a huge fan of cheesecake, it is one of my favourite desserts. I’ve made them in so many different flavours..but…I’ve never made a baked cheesecake! So that is what I chose for my Bake With Bake Off Challenge this week set by Silver Mushroom.