Saturday, 8 October 2011
Weekly Bake-off: Bakewell Bonanza!
This weeks Bake-off challenge was from page 96 of Mary Berry's 100 cakes and bakes; Bakewell Tray Bake.
I am a massive fan of Mr Kipling's bakewell tarts, they are always my go-to cake treat at the supermarket. Unbelievably I have never attempted to make anything bakewell related myself.
Needless to say I was over the moon when this challenge was announced and jumped at the chance to make it....
Turned out pretty good didn't it? The pastry was buttery with a nice bite to it, the sponge was light with a delicate almond flavour, the flaked almonds browned nicely giving the top a lovely crunch.
I used my home-made strawberry and apple jam in the middle, it added a delightful sweetness and the occasional lump of strawberry was a lovely little surprise.
Overall I was really impressed. It was so simple and tasted fantastic.
I want to play with the flavour combination some more though, maybe try a traditional bakewell tart, or Holly's bakewell cupcakes from GBBO.
This will not be the last you see of bakewell on this blog, that's for sure.
I haven't posted the recipe as I stuck to Mary Berry's original recipe this time, and it can be found online here. When I start playing with it and creating my own versions I will post the full recipe.
What have you been baking this week? I am always on the look out for inspiration and ideas for my next bake. I even added a "to-bake list" to this blog to keep track of everything I want to try.
P.s there have been twitter rumours that the lovely Mary-Anne from GBBO might be judging this weeks challenge and crowning a star-baker, wish my little tray bake luck!
And lookie what I got!
Great bit huge thanks to The Weekly Bake Off and the lovely Mary-Anne from The Great British Bake Off for judging and awarding me joint star-baker.