As I have fallen behind on my Great British Bake Off posts I thought i'd share the past two weeks in one post.
For dessert week I made Mary Berry's American Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake. It was straightforward to make but took a while in the fridge to set. The waiting was definitely worth it as it tasted divine! A thin slice with a little single cream was the perfect amount as it was rather rich. I'd really recommend making this as it tastes amazingly luxurious and would be great for any dinner party.
As part of pastry week I baked Mary Berry's Lemon Meringue Pie. I have had no
luck in the past with pastry, it's either always too sticky or completely crumbly. Mary's recipe suggests whizzing up the pastry ingredients in a blender until it comes together. This took mere seconds and made things a lot easier! When I rolled out the pastry it was sticky but constant turning and a little flour helped. I rolled it out as thin as I could and then laid it gently into the pie dish, patching it up where it was a little too thin.
The rest of the recipe again was *easy as pie* and the meringue was such fun to make. Everyone loved the meringue topping, I think piping it on made it look really impressive.
I didn't really enjoy this weeks episode. I'm meant to be baking some sort of European cake this weekend for it but am feeling totally uninspired. Maybe tomorrow i'll feel better.