I’m in mourning. It’s been 10 days since the end of the Great British Bake Off 2015, and I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms. What a series, in my opinion the best and closest competition yet. I miss everything about it: Mel and Sue, Paul Holywood’s eyes and Mary Berry’s positive slant on absolutely everything.
For those of you who don’t know, The Great British Bake Off is a television baking competition for amateur bakers that takes place over the course of 10 hour long episodes. The series starts with 12 competitors and each week they complete 3 bakes designed to test their baking skills. At the end of each programme, the competitor judged the weakest leaves, and the series finishes with a Grand Final featuring the three best bakers. It is compelling television, not least because the whole thing takes place in a giant marquee, often during the course of the torrential downpours that inevitably mark the great British summer! You try making choux pastry in a tent, in the middle of a field, in a monsoon.
Anyhow, to mark the finish of GBBO 2015, I have made what I feel was the showstopper bake to stop all showstoppers, Tamal’s sticky toffee cake. The original recipe, including the instructions for sugar work to recreate your own ‘abandoned Chinese fishing village’, can be found here.