The Great British Bake Off Semi Finals – Sun-dried Tomato, Cheese and Rosemary Palmiers
Can you believe that next week is the final of The Great British Bake Off? What will we all do with our Wednesday evenings after that? Anyway, last nights episode featured patisserie week and we were treated to soggy pastry, yeasty cakes and lots and lots of fondant fancies.
The first task was to make 24 savoury palmiers. The main challenge here was to ensure beautiful layers in the pastry with a nice crisp finish. Selasi, who probably shouldn’t have admitted he hadn’t practiced these, presented very soggy palmiers which didn’t impress the judges at all. The other three had better success with Paul loving the flavours in Andrew’s goats cheese and red pepper ones.
The technical challenge this week was set by Paul and the bakers were asked to make a Savarin. This is a yeasted cake which needs a syrup to soak all the way through the sponge and to be decorated with cream, fresh fruit, chocolate and caramel shards. With the tent being quite hot the bakers struggled to cool their cakes and chocolate decorations but all served up a cake we would have happily had a slice of. Selasi’s sponge was uneven in colour and lacked finesse so unfortunately he came in last place. Jane, who really struggled making her caramel but still managed to grab the top spot.
Coming into the showstopper Selasi admitted he was a little scared for the first time during Bake Off but it was still all to play for. The bakers had to master making fondant fancies and serve up two different flavours. Everyone seemed to be very rushed and quite flustered with a place in the final at stake. No body really managed to create the ‘shear perfection’ Mary had been looking for but Andrew made an impressive display with his fancies with the textures and flavours being really enjoyed. Jane’s had a very crumbly finish but luckily looked very neat when you cut inside.
I think we all knew who had to leave but it was still very sad when Selasi’s name was called. Star baker was announced as Andrew meaning him, Jane and Candice were all through to the final. We are so excited for next week to see who will be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016!
1 roll puff pastry
200g sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
fresh rosemary, chopped
100g cheese, grated
1 egg, beaten
Unroll the pastry and scatter your filling over the top. Roll both the long ends towards each other until they meet in the middle. Seal with a little egg. Place in the fridge for 30minutes to chill.
Preheat the oven to 200C and line 2 trays with greaseproof paper. Take the pastry out the fridge and chop 1cm thick pieces and place these onto the baking trays. Use a pastry brush to wash the palmiers with the remaining egg and bake for 15 minutes until puffed and crispy.
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