Coffee and Walnut Battenberg – The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Recipe
This is the short version of the Coffee and Walnut Battenberg recipe that the bakers had to follow in the first episode of the Season 2 of the Great British Bake Off. As they say in the episode, this is the “queen” Mary Berry’s recipe – the full recipe can be found here.
Some More Insights to the Challenge
The expectation here is to have “a perfect sponge which holds its form, a perfect symmetry, distinctive flavours, and also a very lovely, smooth exterior.”
It’s mentioned that all bakers have a full list of ingredients and measurements and a basic method – however, some details are missing. Even though the total time is not mentioned at the very beginning, we do get to know later that the time given to them was 2 hours.
This time there was not much discussion about what kind of instructions the bakers had and what kind they didn’t. We see some glimpses of their instruction sheets but nothing legible. So the instructions in the recipe are again my own interpretation – however, I tried to make the sentences the same length as seen from the recipe glimpses.
P.S. I haven’t added any pictures of the expected result for these challenge posts on purpose. It will be a lot more fun if someone finds the challenge and doesn’t know what the end result has to look like! For the list of all Technical Challenge recipes I’ve added so far, go see this post here.
If you decide to do this challenge – good luck! Don’t forget to share some pictures of your end result with me afterwards!
- A 20cm square, shallow cake tin.
- Greaseproof baking paper
- A few bowls
- A (stand) mixer
- Gather the ingredients
- Set the timer to 2 hours.
On your marks, get set… BAKE!