Bake Off is back and, once again, the country is on an emotional roller coaster as we ride the ups and downs of the signature, technical and showstopper challenges!
The signature challenge is a great opportunity for the bakers to show off their tried and tested baking recipes - those bakes that always go down well with family and friends. To be honest, it’s the one and only time I can imagine myself in the tent! What’s your signature dish? For me, it’s got to be Pavlova. I love making it, I love eating it and I love the reaction it always gets. Over the years, I’ve experimented with different fruits and substituted cream for crème patisserie, yoghurt, custards and even crème fresh for a slightly tart flavour. I’ve also tried flavouring and colouring my meringue for very special occasions. But the one thing I don’t experiment with is my bakeware. I always use the best – like Stellar’s award winning Hard Anodised Bakeware range.
I’m not sure that I’d cope with the pressure of the technical challenge, would you? Can you imagine the terror of being presented with only the barest suggestion of a recipe and a pile of ingredients hidden under a tea towel! And on TV! What temperature should the oven be? Should the ingredients be added gradually or all at once? How long should your bake be in the oven? And what’s an ‘arlette’ anyway? The list of questions is as endless as the list of things that could go wrong! The only certainty in the technical challenge is that having the right tools for the job can make the difference between a perfect result and an underbaked disaster! My go-to bakeware is always Judge’s well-established Bakeware Collection which is one of the most comprehensive bakeware ranges around and covers every baking eventuality.
The highlight, of course, has to be the showstopper challenge. Again, quality bakeware is essential for perfect results. Remember John’s Heaven and Hell showstopper? He used 17 different cake tins to create his winning bake! For springforms, I don’t think you can beat the variety of shapes and sizes available in Judge’s Bakeware collection.
This year, we’ve got a challenge for you. We’d like you to share your showstoppers with us. You might not want to try something as complicated as John’s masterpiece but, let’s face it, a showstopper isn’t a showstopper if it doesn’t have the WOW factor! We look forward to seeing your pictures - it’s just a shame that we won’t be able to taste your delicious creations!