Series 1 · Episode 10
It’s the series finale, with just three bakers. Who will be crowned the winner of The Great Australian Bake Off?
Nine weeks ago, 12 of Australia’s finest home bakers stepped into the Bake Off Shed for the very first time, hoping they had the right ingredients to go all the way. Each week, we said farewell to one baker until our final three – Jasmin, Sian and Suzy.
Jasmin’s creativity and artistic flair has won her Star Baker twice; Sian’s jaw-dropping designs have seen her crowned Star Baker three times and despite winning Star Baker once, Suzy has sparkled throughout the competition.
This week, our bakers will take it to the next level with a Signature of the classic Australian treat Vanilla Slice, an awe-inspiring Technical challenge of Cornucopia Cake and a Showstopper where there are no rules.
Mel and Claire hand down the Signature Challenge of Vanilla Slice, and with judges Maggie and Matt hoping for perfection, have given the bakers more time for this bake than any other previous Signature challenge. The classic vanilla slice first appeared in 17th Century France as the iconic mille-feuille. While the fillings have changed over time, the layers of razor fine puff pastry has remained the same.
Jasmin’s spin on the slice will see three layers of pastry topped with fondant icing and filled with types of custard, one raspberry and one caramelized white chocolate. Suzy will be layering her pastry with vanilla cheesecake and a crème patissiere swirled through with homemade passionfruit jam, topped off with royal icing. Sian will be filling her pastry with mandarin jelly, mandarin curd, salted caramel mousse and a whipped white chocolate ganache.
Next up is the Technical bake, with Maggie sharing her awe-inspiring cake she has made specifically for the Bake Off finale. Called Cornucopia Cake, the ten-layered cake has seven individual elements, including a salted caramel honeycomb and a honeycomb cream.
With just four and a half hours to bake, time management will be their number one priority. The judges blind taste the cakes in front of the bakers and then rank them 3-1.
There’s just one challenge that will help decide who will help decide the winner – the Showstopper. And what better way to celebrate than with a garden party. For their final Showstopper, there are no rules and it’s entirely up to each of the bakers on what they make.
Jasmin is making a red velvet beetroot cake sandwiched between two layers of chocolate mud cake. These will be presented with three types of ganache covered with salted caramel popcorn, meringue, edible flowers and white chocolate shards.
Sian is whipping up a sour cream infused mascarpone cake which will be crowned by a tower of profiteroles, filled with three types of curd – chocolate and Frangelico, limoncello and blood orange and Campari.
Suzy is baking sweet bread buns filled with hazelnut paste and crème patissiere. These will surround an ornate church crafted from a spiced gingerbread biscuit and adorned with toffee windows with a sparkling surprise inside.
Outside in the garden there are friends, family and some familiar faces have arrived for the special day. Who will be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker - and have their recipes featured in Delicious Magazine?
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