It was another dramatic week in the land of Great British Bake off this week with both Deborah and Mark leaving the show. Deborah was in a flap after mistakenly using Howard's custard in her trifle and Mark just didn't impress with flat meringue islands and oversized macarons. Stress levels were running high with the floating islands, it's not a dish I've ever come across before, I've never poached a meringue either and that looked tricky but Glenn handled it with ease. Crème angliase always comes up on Great British Bake Off I'd put it on my list of essentials to practice for potential Great British Bake Off contestants.
|Swiss roll and orange base|
Ali had a perfect trifle, everyone was impressed with Glenn's islands and Beca's mini macarons were spot on. Star baker went to Christine with her quirky brand snap cornets. Kimberley and Frances were consistently good too. Rob had a bit of a wobble with less precision than we usually see from him but I'm sure he'll pull it back next week.
|Orange jelly layer|
|Top with almond cream|
My chocolate custard was perhaps a little on the thin side but it was really chocolatey. I added a little almond milk to the cream to give it nutty flavour. For a first attempt it was good, my guests certainly enjoyed it but by Bake Off standards it needs some refinement.
Next week is pies and tarts. I do love a good custard tart. I'm not sure what I'll bake yet, perhaps I'll have some inspiration after I watch the show. Do you have any early pie ideas?