So it’s week six in the Bake Off Tent and the contestants are faced with a Botanical week. When I was thinking of what I could bake that fitted in with the theme botanical I thought, well, it could be anything really, so long as it contains something that grows.
The three components of this weeks challenges were: Citrus Meringue Pie for the signature challenge, Fougasse for the technical challenge and Floral Cake for the Show Stopper.
I so wanted to make a meringue pie just to show off how well, and peaky, I can make meringue. Unfortunately on baking day I was faced with the nightmare of ‘not enough eggs!’ arrgh!
I didn’t want to make Fougasse because of all the eurrgh! comments from my family members. Shame really because I quite like it and I’ve never made it before so quite a challenge.
The Showstopper was a Floral Cake. I’ve made quite a few of these and really didn’t feel like I was in a floral mood, whatever a floral mood feels like.
The contestants didn’t do too badly this week, we had some flat meringues, undercooked Fugasse and show stoppers that I wouldn’t drool over. Over all it was Tom who won Star Baker and we said goodbye to Rav.
So what do I do for this weeks challenge? I decided that a botanical Cake would suffice, or is that cheating?
Toffee Apple and Pecan Cake.
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Looks scrummy doesn’t it? It really was delicious but I had a little trouble with the filling.
I found the recipe in my BBC Good Food Magazine and just knew I had to make it. You can find the recipe online here. www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/toffee-apple-pecan-cake
The filling I found a bit too runny, it dribbled out of the cake. Which was a shame because it was nice. I didn’t put the filling on while the cake was warm, so I know that was not the problem. If I made it again, and I probably will, I would change the recipe for the filling to this:
100g icing sugar
1 tbs of carnation caramel.
That should make it a little thicker while still having the caramel flavour.
Here is a photo showing my dribbled filling.
Just to try and keep to the Great British Bake Off theme I did make a flower on the top of the cake with my apple slices and pecans.
You can just about see it I hope. Of course it looked completely different once I dribbled over the lovely caramel topping.