Paul is as dashing as ever. Mary is more darling than ever. Mel and Sue? They've grown on me with every series and I'd miss them if they were no longer the cheeky hosts. My bet this year is Ian - probably like most people. Love his understated humble approach to inventiveness in the oven. Personal favourite: Ugne, but she's gone. Loved her, so creative!
Frankly, I love the Bake Off. And so do 9 million other people.
Most of the recipes are pretty challenging, technical and too artistic for me, but contestant Nadiya baked something last week I needed to try: the icing pattern bake (I'm calling it).
The technique Nadiya used to pattern her sponge couldn't be simpler. Draw a pattern in icing on a sheet of baking paper (the more decorative the better), and freeze it in a tray bake or roasting tin. It doesn't take long.
Don't prod it when it comes out the freezer - it'll warm up and smudge.
Now comes the bake. Pour your cake mixture into the tray (I just used a simple tray bake recipe) and bake as normal.
I cut the sponge into 3cm (ish) squares and made a sandwich with them using a plain sponge (same recipe) and a honey mascarpone cream filling. Delish! They really were tasty ... I felt quite sick once the bake had finished, I ate so many off-cuts and smears of icing!
See below - my 'mini Nadiya cakes' are displayed on my new cake stand with a friend's brownies. Who's hungry?!
Thanks to Nadiya for her inspiration!
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