If You Can Make These 7 Recipes Then It’s Time to Apply for The Great British Bake Off

If You Can Make These 7 Recipes Then It’s Time to Apply for The Great British Bake Off

Cake Week: Frances Quinn’s Coffee Cupcakes Recipe

Mastering cakes is a must on Bake Off, and you need to be scoring highly for flavour and looks if you want to impress the judges. Frances Quinn won the Great British Bake Off back in 2013 and won the Nation over week after week with her creative and quirky bakes that never failed to score full points for presentation. Her recipe for Coffee Cupcakes from her very first cookbook – Quinntessential Baking – is perfect for testing out your creativity and not to mention they look absolutely delicious. Definitely star-baker material if you can pull these off.
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Pie Week: John Whaite’s Chicken, Leek and Cider Mug Pot Pies Recipe

If you’re going to get through Bake Off without falling apart under Paul Hollywood’s steely blue eyed glare, then you’re going to have to know your way around pastry. 2012 winner John Whaite was a dab hand, and his recipe for chicken, leek and cider mug pot pies looks like perfection itself. And if, like John, you decide to cheat and use a packet of ready-rolled puff pastry, then Marry Berry won’t hear about it from us 😉
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Botanical Week: Flora Shedden’s Strawberry and Hibiscus Victoria Sponge Recipe

Botanical week can be a bit of a head-scratcher, but sometimes it just takes a subtle touch to make it work. Despite being season six’s youngest contestant, Flora Shedden made it all the way to the semi-final with her impressive bakes. In this floral recipe she incorporates dried hibiscus flowers, pimms, strawberries and cream to create beautiful fresh flavours. Simple and elegant, it’s ideal for practising the perfect sponge and your decoration skills with icing sugar and flower petals. This is exactly the sort of cake that will put a smile on Mary Berry’s face, and should get you through botanical week stress-free.
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Tarts Week: Nadiya Hussain’s Ploughman’s Cheese and Pickle Tart Recipe

Tarts week is always one of our favourites, because it’s all about getting clever with flavours. Rose, lychee, rhubarb and prunes have all featured in Bake Off tart recipes to varying levels of approval from Mary and Paul, but we think Nadiya’s flavour combination inspired by a ploughman’s sandwich is sure to be a winner. With a hidden layer of pickle inside and Nadiya’s secret ingredient (paprika) dusted over the pastry, this recipe is your secret weapon if you want to impress the judges with your flavours.
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Desserts Week: John Whaite’s Nutella Pudding with Caramelised Pretzels Recipe

Let’s be honest, desserts week is the one we all really look forward to, as this is when we get down to the real drool-inducing dishes. Fondants, baked Alaska’s, crumbles, cheesecakes, meringues and even croquembouches have all set our taste-buds off over the series, but we think John Whaite’s twist on a soufflé is the ultimate drool-inducer. Using nutella, salted pretzels and double cream, these gorgeous puds are the ultimate indulgence, and even though they can look a little rough and rustic, we think Mary and Paul will appreciate that as part of their charm.
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Biscuits Week: Frances Quinn’s Millionaire’s Shortchange Recipe

Frances really is the queen of quirky presentation, and her recipe for Millionaire’s Shortchange cleverly uses gold coins to create a unique twist on millionaire’s shortbread. Requiring you to make your own shortbread and caramel, this recipe requires a bit of technical know-how as well as decoration skills. Serve these up for biscuit week and we’re pretty confident you’ll be walking out of that tent with a star baker to your name.
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Technical Challenge: Mary Berry’s Fruity Scones Recipe

Mary Berry’s technical challenges always felt like the better deal over Paul Hollywood’s, but they were still easy to mess up if you weren’t paying attention. Luckily, in her recipe for fruity scones she’s given plenty of advice on how to handle the dough to achieve perfect results, and suggests serving them split open so that there’s room for plenty of jam and cream. Frankly, they sound like heaven, and if you can make us a batch of these then we would definitely let you have a crack at Bake Off (if it was up to us!).
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