The Bake Off (#GBBO for Twitter followers) has added baking terminology to the everyday British lexicon, as well as sparking in-depth discussions about the merits or pitfalls "creme pat" (creme patisserie), soggy bottoms and how to avoid them, or the difference between a short-crust or a hot-water crust. Five years ago not many people knew how to spell choux pastry much less how to pipe it. There are even Bake Off scandals discussed on morning television, the most recent being 'freezergate'. One of the contestants took someone's ice cream out of the refrigerator, on a very hot day, making his show-stopper challenge a complete disaster. Words flew, hackles were raised, and Tweets raged--just what the producers where hoping for, and it's made for some great TV. Who knew watching 12 people bake Florentines could be so much fun?!
|Our supplies laid in for tonight's doughnut challenge|
|The mixing bowl used for my first cake|
and my first and only rolling pin.
|If you're not British but you've seen the|
movie 'Calender Girls', you'll know just
what a Victoria Sponge is.
If you'd like to try baking a Victoria Sponge, here's the BBC's own recipe. American's can just use plain sugar rather than the British castor sugar, which is finer and used for baking. Good luck, enjoy, and I'll let you know how the doughnuts turned out!
The American version of 'sponge', which
is a type of cake that uses air beat into
it to give it it's structure.
GBBO UPDATE: ADVANCED DOUGH
|Nancy under the watchful and|
highly disapproving steely blue
eyes of Paul Hollywood.
|Luis' "cocktail doughnuts" featured|
a shot of Bailey's in each one, and changed the
landscape of the doughnut world forever.
Beside Stuart and I making ourselves thoroughly ill on our own doughnuts, the best part of the episode for me was Richard's 'signature bake', a Swedish Tea Ring. I've been eating Swedish Tea Rings at Christmas since I was about two, when my mom made them every Christmas by the dozens. I started baking them myself about thirty-eight years ago, so you might say it's my signature bake as well.
|Our original recipe from the 1950's, and yes it is spectacular.|
|Betty Crocker's Swedish Tea Ring|
We were so sad to see 17 year old Martha leave the tent last night--her doughnut dough had over-proved and her technical challenge was raw as Paul Hollywood's 'thumb of doom' proved. An entire nation was rooting for this tender, young baker and we're all sad to see her leave the GBBO tent. There are only two more episodes to go, so stay tuned, and now if you'll excuse me I think it's time to bake a Swedish Tea Ring of my own.
|Our family's classic Swedish Tea Ring|