Steph (top) who was Star Baker on last night’s Great British Bake-Off on Channel 4, watched and reviewed by Vanessa Foran (above)
Heatwave week in the tent; and I can honestly say I was sweating with them. I nearly had the teenager get me a wet tea towel just so I could join in with the bakers.
An unusual look back this week – well unusual to the format ye might have come to expect here on the Bake’Sheet, and in two respects; one the Technical, I thought it was brilliant, whereas I’m normally meh and I’ll leave it up to yourselves about it.
I never heard of the Warka /Brick pastry before, I thought until I started putting this together earlier that it was the Hollywood’s gentle scouser accent for Water pastry.
Before I go on, let me record a bias with ye; I actually do have an personal interest here because I use Filo pastry a fair bit, Frilly’s Chicken Pie is all about it in fact.
As ye well know I follow the word of Mary Berry like a die-hard true believer – I buy my Filo, but you know what? I’ve every intention of giving this a go.
OK, so we saw they had some specialist kit, but both items, the flat pan and the broad flat pastry brush are easily improvised from what we have in the press anyway; most of us that would be glazers probably have a collection of pastry brushes, and shur who doesn’t have some from of pizza tray?
A word of advice about last night’s Moroccan Chicken pie, Paul Hollywood’s recipes must be followed to the exact mill, degree and second, don’t even think about deviating. But I found loads of stuff on YouTube plugging Warka pastry How-To’s that will take you through it so you won’t be alone.
The other element that wouldn’t be the norm for me, was who went home. I wasn’t predisposed to picking out any of the three on that step; Rosie , Alice or Henry the Tie man, whereas I’d normally be more inclined somewhere.
In many ways a case was there for any of the three, and with what has been broadcast so far, Rosie could be considered likely as she is the only one without a Star baker notch, and yet I could never deny that she is as good as any other Baker to reach a Bake Off Semi final.
I didn’t have high hopes for Henry at the start of the season, but he was a great contestant, and full of personality. Last night, even in the heat he didn’t wilt, or fail to be a great addition to the Bake Off alumni.
Nonetheless lads, Henry is leaving with both a Hollywood handshake and a Star Baker, so in keeping with the programming technical conditions applied last week, he is currently second runner up GBBO Season 10.
So what harm to him, besides, I’d say he’s going to be great craic on Friday night’s Extra Slice.
I only land on it occasionally, and the part I like the most are the its meant to be a insert etc cake and they ended up with this. But I will be setting the box for this one. I think a star has been born.
Hon’ the Steph, and wasn’t she there in it again from the Signature. You know what she does so well? She gets the most out of an ingredient. Like last night, she wrung out those shallots for everything they had to offer in her Tarte Tatin.
The girl has a flair for pastry, its so naturally inherent that she doesn’t even recognise it. I don’t for a moment consider her self doubts about her prospects for Pastry week as a blaggard to lower expectations. She’s just naturally gifted, and shur didn’t we see evidence of this hidden talent back twenties week.
This is a good time to chip in a bit about Tarte Tatin, at home here, it’s a use up stuff before it goes off bake, and there’s no work in it. But I never considered a savoury version.
So this is another plug for a bake that any level home baker can accomplish. Buy your puff, and onions which are always included in your shop anyway, come fully loaded with sugar and will naturally caramelise. I’ve done Onion Tarts before but not in a Tatin formation. I will now tho’
Having dumbed down the Tarte Tatin there, let me strut now for a bit; from the intro to the Judges and the fancy drawings, I already had my fingers crossed that Henry’s Crab and Spud recipe would be put up; and it’s our lucky day.
Especially as only two recipes were given away to us this week, the technical is a formality and lucky us, goodbye Henry’s; which I suspect will be hacked by many, and not just the home bakers, but chefs and bakeries up and down this Country will be having it too.
I’m not going to bother pestering ye with commentary about last nights Showstopper, only to say that we’ve seen stacked pies before, and S8 finalist Kate’s recipe for Potato Curry Pie deserves to be plugged again.
David has finally broke his streak with a win at the technical, and yeah, he is an alright semi finalist; but I’ve been with Steph all the way from Cake Week, so it would probably break my heart for it to end.
It looks like a Patisserie Semi Final, and do you know what?
I expect Steph and Rosie to progress while David and Alice rattle those stools with their squeaky bums.
So same time same place; ’till then Bake!