Baking with the Bake Off- Week 1- Jaffa cakes

Full moon, half moon, total eclipse!

Delighted. That was my reaction to the news of the first technical bake for The Great British Bake Off. Jaffa Cakes! Those spongey, orangey, chocolatey cakes (that some say are biscuits...nutters) have grown up with me. I remember when they had Orangeytangs as prizes and I managed to collect them all. Now, I get the chance to make Jaffa Cakes! Delighted. 

Although that soon turned to horror when I realised some of the Bakers did NOT know what a jaffa cake looked like... SHAME! 

The sponge itself is sort of tricky, making sure you don't lose any air when you whip the egg and sugar together. Then folding in the flour... which I do NOT have a good technique for yet. All I know is, use a metal spoon.

Make the sponge mix, pop it into a flat muffin tin (cupcake tin for me, as I didn't have a flat tin) let rise slightly for 10-15 minutes. Take out leave to cool. 

The jelly was vegetarian for me, as I had the packet and I like working with Agar. It cools quicker than regular gelatine. Add some orange, and some colouring if you like. Leave to cool in a baking tray. Make sure you line it with greaseproof first. I made that mistake and couldn't get it out. Arg.

Once you master the jelly, cut it into circles, place on top of the sponge. Melt some chocolate and pour over. Just before that goes completely solid, use a fork to make a pattern on top. 

Eat and enjoy. I was delighted. I've now made them four times. FOUR! I know, what a legend. It was also my birthday on the 25th of August, some people made me some cakes, including my lovely husband. I felt like a king. A fat king. But a king none the less. SO MUCH CAKE! 

How would you rate me on the technical? Comment below. 

See you next week, for some Viennese Whirls. 

Colin

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  Who doesn't love a bit of nostalgia. Check out the old advert for the full moon action. 

Soufflé and my first ever LIVE broadcast

Baking Live

This week was the Great British Bake Off final, and so far I had been baking along. (Video evidence here) The Semi-Final saw them making chocolate Soufflé for the technical, and I knew this would be tricky to film and bake easily as it had to be done with a lot more grace and care than I normally bake. So I had the idea of doing a LIVE broadcast of my bake on YouTube right before the finale. The trouble was, there would be a 40 minute gap, where the Soufflé would be in the oven, and I worried about resorting to just showing me watching the oven door for the entire time. 

Luckily I invited people round, so then called upon them to play a game, a quiz and make some vegan meringues. So with this concept set in my head, I realised I would need some new video angles, so I hitched up some lovely duct-taped webcams to various angles in my kitchen. The encoder I downloaded to help stream my video allowed me to switch between the cameras... but not as easily as I would have wanted, so I created some 'in between shot' pictures, to entertain the folks watching LIVE at home (if there were any...) 

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The time finally came, Jenny, Phoebe and Sam had arrived to watch (and then eat) and all I had to do was get to it. Luckily during the day I had practiced making the soufflé, I got some quick snaps of the various stages of the bake, but it didnt rise as well as I had hoped. However, that didnt matter as the main event was the LIVE bake itself, so that had to go well. If I am honest, even if it failed, I wouldn't have minded, we all know what happened to my baguettes the first time round. 

An unexpected moment came when Phoebe called her dad to ask a Soufflé question as apparently the man is quite the soufflé king. I got very over excited about the phone call, as you can see in the video. Next time, I will know to put phone calls on speakerphone so everyone can be part of it. Lesson learned. 

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All in all, the bake went very well, my Soufflé came out of the oven risen to perfection and tasted amazingly chocolatey. Aside from the grainy aesthetics the video seemed to work fine (once I remembered to actually put sound on) and my entertainment while the bake was in the oven seemed to go down very well. Though disaster struck in the form of a Nip Slip Wardrobe Malfunction. It was the Superbowl all over again, and I was Janet. What a tragedy. 

My baking with the Bake Off series of bakes has now come to an end. It was great fun, and an insane challenge. Who knows what next year will bring. I will most definitely be doing some more LIVE bakes in future, with more games and more quizzes and special guests. Stay tuned to my channel by Subscribing so you won't miss any new videos. I have some new plans for my channel, and I am changing the way I create content to make for more exciting viewing. Oh, and there will be a return to the musical bakes very, very shortly. Some pictures of my bake are below. 

Thanks for reading, see you soon. 

Colin