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‘The Humble Biccie can be Tricky’ says Dan on the Great Australian Bake Off Episode 3

Nancy's Gingerbread Carousel

Nancy’s Gingerbread Carousel

It looked like a small earthquake had rumbled it’s way across the Bake Off tent this week as Gingerbread structures started tumbling and crumbling to the floor.  It’s biscuit week and the final challenge this week was to build a Gingerbread Structure.  So we had a Church, a Wintry Village, an Eiffel Tower (which should have won a prize for tallest structure), a Carousel, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a High Country Hut, a Monster Robot, and an Outdoor Dunny.

All very adventurous, but I would have liked to see a traditional gingerbread house.  Many of them lacked finesse in the execution of the structure.  That’s not to say that I could do any better, I can’t – which is why I’m an armchair critic and not on the show, – but I was willing the contestants to do better.   Continue reading

Pies Glorious Pies on Great Australian Bake Off Episode 2

Maria's Beef Pie (photo courtesy of GABO website)

Maria’s Beef Pie (photo courtesy of GABO website)

There were tears and tantrums in the Bake Off tent this week as Pie Week started to heat things up.  Pastry was thrown on the floor, and piping bags were flung across the kitchen.  Who knew that making a Pie was so stressful?!

The challenge for the Signature Bake was to produce a hearty family pie, a good all rounder that the family love.   The pie could be sweet or savoury, and must have a lid.   As most of us just buy ours from the supermarket it was great to see the variations that were dished up, although surprisingly nobody made a sweet pie in this round.  Don’t families like Apple Pie anymore?   Continue reading

On Your Marks, Get Set, BAKE

gaboBrr it’s cold outside, so snuggle up and switch on ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’.  The Channel 9 show started this week and follows 10 home bakers in their bid to be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.  Presented by Shane Jacobson and Anna Gare each episode will target a specific area of baking, such as biscuits, bread, cakes, or pies etc.  Each episode consists of three challenges:  Continue reading