Series 1 · Episode 2
It is the second week in the Bake Off Shed and there is a sweet surprise waiting for our 11 remaining bakers, with biscuit week set to challenge all our amateur bakers. Last week saw Angela surprise judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran with her mint and chocolate checkerboard cake and crowned Star Baker. But Pete’s Red Cross Showstopper cake couldn’t be revived and he was the first to leave the series.
This week, the bakers will get stuck into filled biscuits, a tricky Technical of Italian biscuit cannoli and a Showstopper fit for bakers and builders alike. Hosts Claire and Mel hand down the Signature challenge – the bakers must bake 12 identical filled biscuits within 90 minutes.
Maggie is looking for the crunch of a beautiful biscuit, a little nostalgia and a fruity filling not just sugary. Matt is looking for 12 identical biscuits that display consistency and taste.
Mariana has swapped her busy Country Women’s Association baking schedule for the challenges of the Bake Off Shed. She is baking her all time favourite biscuit – a lemon shortbread filled with lemon butter icing and decorated with royal icing dots made from egg whites, icing sugar and lemon juice. But the conditions inside the Shed are a bit cold and Mariana’s royal icing is setting before she can put it on her biscuit. Will she be able to work quickly enough?
Ben is baking a peach and bourbon sandwich biscuit filled with marshmallow and a fresh peach and bourbon jam, dipped in chocolate ganache. But the temperature inside the Shed has played havoc with the ganache and Ben is worried his biscuits don’t look as good as they normally do.
Food historian James is spicing up the classic orange cream by adding cardamom, filled with a mixture of orange zest and sour cream.
Time is up and Maggie and Matt judge the 11 bakers’ biscuits.
Next up is the Technical Bake, with Matt setting down the challenge with his cannoli, an Italian dessert. The bakers each need to make 12 of Matt’s cannoli filled with pistachio cremeux in two hours. The highly difficult recipe is missing one element, ensuring each baker is kept on their toes. The recipe calls for tiny details to be followed, with the oil precisely 180 degrees or the cannoli will burn and the iconic bubbles in the dough won’t occur. Matt is looking for 12 identical cannoli that are easy to snap, have a bubbly texture on the outside and a smooth pistachio cremeux on the inside. The judges blind taste the cakes in front of the bakers and then rank them 11-1.
There’s just one challenge left for biscuit week before Maggie and Matt have to decide who will be Star Baker and who will be leaving the Bake Off Shed. The Showstopper will see the bakers making a work of art biscuit scene where they need to tell a story through biscuits.
Nathan is baking a cranberry and gingerbread 3D tea cup and Meg is baking a Moulin Rouge windmill, while Brendan is going to paint his own face using macarons onto gingerbread. The inspirations for the scenes for some of the bakers are personal, such as Mariana whose gingerbread house is an emotional tribute to her late father and his childhood home in Montenegro. Sian, meanwhile, is crafting a Victorian-era cuckoo clock because she loves that era. The clock will be build in treacle gingerbread and decorated with cherries.
It’s time for the Maggie and Matt to taste the 11 wild inventions, deciding who will be this week’s Star Baker and who will be leaving the Bake Off Shed.
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