I’m Making All The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Recipes
Hey, everyone! How are you all doing? Today we’re going to be tackling yet another challenge.
(Yup, I love challenges. Cause what better way to make a total fool of yourself on the internet.)
We will begin our journey making all of the technical challenge recipes from “The Great British Bake-Off”!
A little bit of background…
GBBO stands for ‘The Great British Bake-Off’ and it is (citing Wikipedia) ‘a British television baking competition in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds, attempting to impress a group of judges with their baking skills, with a contestant being eliminated in each round, and the winner being selected from the contestants who reach the finals.’
The show has now run for 10 seasons and it is AMAZING if you enjoy baking. And binge-watching stuff. In many countries you can probably find localized versions of this as well, although the original is the best. Every week, the contestants have to do three challenges – a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper. There is a different theme each week that the bakers must focus on, for example, cakes, or breads, or tarts – so you can’t go in every week only making something you’re really good at.
What is so special about the technical challenges? Well, if the bakers are able to practice for the signature bake and the show-stopper, then it is not the case for the technical challenge. In fact, they have no idea what they are making or what it should look like before they start. What’s more, even the recipe they get is missing some steps and exact details, so a lot depends on their previous knowledge and assumptions.
When searching for the technical challenge recipes now, only full recipes are available. Of course, this makes my life a lot easier compared to what the bakers had to go through on the show. I’m still hoping to improve my baking skills by trying all of these out and knowing myself, I don’t expect perfection – you’ll see for yourself with the EXPECTATION vs REALITY pics from my posts.
In addition to talking about my own experience, I will create shortened versions of each recipe so you would have the possibility to do the actual challenge yourself (or, well… my adjusted version of it)! There are about 90 different recipes in total – it should be enough not to be bored for the next few years.
To check out the list of the shorter challenge versions of the recipes, go see this post! I will list all of my own attempts down here.
All GBBO Technical Challenge Attempts
- Week 1: Cakes – Victoria Sandwich
- Week 2: Biscuits – Scones
- Week 3: Breads – White Bread Bloomer
- Week 4: Puddings – Souffle
- Week 5: Pastry – Cornish Pastry