Can you believe we are on week six already? This week was pastry week and one of my favourites because I love making pastry. I think I get it from my nan who was the best at making pies, especially mince pies at Christmas time, everybody loved them.
Back to this weeks show and we had Frangipane Tarts for the Signature Dish, Flaounas for the Technical Challenge and for the Show Stopper…Vol-au-vents.
Like the contestants I’d never heard of Flaounas which were a cheese filled pastry from Cyprus. I really didn’t fancy trying to make these.
I’ve made vol-au-vents many times before, with my favourite ones being filled with prawn cocktail or chicken curry. Or maybe even strawberries and cream.
I have never made a frangipane before and I quite fancied a go but with time running out and not a lot of ingredients to choose from I had to opt for an apple one. Maybe not exciting, but very tasty.
Meanwhile, back in the tent, I really thought it might be time to be saying goodbye to Nadiya this week but she got through on the strength of her vol-au-vent fillings despite them not actually being in the vol-au-vent cases. It was Alvin who was sent home.
Star Baker this week was awarded for the first time to Mat.