Last week I loved making the lemon drizzle cake but this week the thought of biscuits scared me! I have never really made biscuits that had to look like a piece of art, but I have wanted to start practicing icing for a while. So this week I decided to try the signature bake again with a little inspiration from dear old Val's Sunday teated ice cream cone biscuits.
The task for the signature bake this week was to create 24 identical, crisp, iced biscuits. The bakers biscuit making credentials were really put to the test and once again the pressure got all too much for some. Why did Candice create more work for herself? Does this woman like stress as much as her lipstick? She decided to try and be teachers pet and create 48 biscuits but like Val ended up not being able to finish.
It was in this task where my baking quote of the week came from, courtesy of Mel:
The technical challenge came from Mary again with Viennese Whirls and it seemed my fave from last week Salasi had a bit of a downfall as his whirls were deemed oily and at the bottom of the heap.
Mary also raised a problem I am sure many people are faced with on a regular basis when it's far too stiff to get it in, but won't get it out... She was talking about her whirls of course.
Now to the showstopper challenge... A couple of years back I bought a gingerbread house kit from Morrisons. I was so ready to create something that in my head looked magnificent, but in reality it was a complete and utter disaster. It just collapsed and icing was all smeared and my God it would have been what Mary would refer to as looking "rather informal."
Too be far it's easy to sit here and laugh at some of the disasters but when it comes down to it I cannot imagine how stressed the bakers must be! I would hate to be in an unfamiliar kitchen, knowing that my baking was going to be aired on TV, being judged by two of the most famous bakers in the UK. I have sweaty palms just thinking about Mary and Paul eyeing up one of my disasters that represents something even Oliver Twist wouldn't eat...
Let's talk who faced a bit of an conundrum when it came to the construction of their gingerbread scenes. Val... Oh Val, she is really all over the show but she reminds me of a typical grandma that is completely nuts but you love her anyway. Her statue of liberty just gave up right as time was called but I think she took one look at Louise's scene and thought, YUP I am okay for another week.
I think Louise knew it was game over well before she even begun the showstopper, the pressure to really impress the judges and save her place for another week might just have been too much for her and in the end resulted in well let's just say it... a complete and utter disaster. I did feel sorry for her because I think with baking there is no guarantee that it will always go the way you envisioned it and to have to then present it to the countries biggest bakers, well that must just be awful. But it was crunch time for her as she bid farewell to Britain's most famous tent. But could Val be in danger next week?! I HOPE NOT! #ValFanClub
Signature Bake: Cherry Bakewell Sweet Treat Ice Cream Cones
I have dabbled in the biscuit world before but only dipping my toes in. I decided to use a recipe I had that had been tried and tested before and seemed liked; it was my cherry bakewell inspired biscuits. Making dough scares me! I don't know why, it seems to be hit or miss, but I am still so new to this baking world that I have to allow myself some errors, right? I am such a perfectionist and I expect everything to look like Mary has just whipped it up. This is something I am working on!
Now let me tell you, these professionals make icing look easy. But to get a good amount of detail on your biscuits is hard! I found getting the consistency of the icing for lining the biscuits before flooding them (basically you do an outline, let it set then with a runnier icing flood the area you want to colour) easy, but when it came to being able to add detail I was a bit overwhelmed! Although with the overall result I decided to give myself a slight pat on the back as practice, practice, practice can only mean improvements right?
Now time from my very own Mary Berry (AKA Mum) to judge them:
Would you like to see a recipe for the cherry bakewell biscuits? And what did you think of this weeks episode? Let me know in the comments below!
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