Dairy Free Flan

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #11: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 4: Technical Challenge– Flan My next challenge to follow along with is Flan!  I used to eat it sometimes when I was a kid. I haven't had it in quite a while. They of course had to be modified to be dairy free for me, so I looked up some dairy free recipes.  I've read online that it is compared to crème brûlée. Both flan and crème brûlée are types of custards, that involve eggs, milk, and sugar and have caramel on them. The difference would…

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Lemon Blueberry Torte—Gluten Free

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #10: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 4: Signature Challenge– Torte Cake The requirements for this signature challenge was to make a torte cake which has no wheat flour and more than one layer. I decided on a lemon blueberry almond meal torte cake with whipped vanilla cream cheese frosting. I decided on the lemon blueberry flavor because I always gravitate towards chocolate and why not try something different.  I made 2 almond meal torte cakes flavored with lemon zest and vanilla. In between the two cakes is a layer of lemon curd…

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Chocolate Raspberry Orange Tart

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #9: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 3: Showstopper Challenge– Treacle Tart The challenge this time was to bake a fruit tart worthy of a bakery display case. That means presentation is everything with this one! Most bakers in the episode used creme patissiere as their base filling and covered the tart with a variety of fruit. Stuart went for something different and did a Triple Chocolate Raspberry Tart, with layers of chocolate, praline and fruit.  I took some inspiration from him and decided on using chocolate and raspberries as my main flavors.…

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Classic Treacle Tart

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #8: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 3: Technical Challenge– Designer Fruit Tart My next bake was so British I couldn’t even get all my ingredients at the super market, I had to order one ingredient online! You might recall this dessert mentioned in Harry Potter... Treacle Tart! I had no idea what to expect from this, let alone the taste.   Treacle Tart is actually a super easy, yummy recipe that I will turn to if I need to make a dessert on the fly. I even keep Golden Syrup stocked in my…

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Apple Pear Tarte Tatin

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #7: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 3: Signature Challenge– Tarte Tatin I think this might have been my favorite challenge yet so far. I never heard of tarte tatin until I watched it on GBBO and I am so glad I discovered it because it is delicious! This is the first time I’ve made rough puff pastry and caramel sauce from scratch. This tart is three elements: the puff pastry, caramel, and fruit. The traditional tarte tatin is made with apples and according to Wikipedia was named after the French hotel that served…

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Homemade Bagels

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #6: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show , Series 3 (UK) Episode 2: Showstopper Challenge– Sweet & Savory  I thought bagels would be a lot harder to make, but it turns out they really aren't all that difficult. I feel like most people have this preconceived notion that bagels are hard to make for some reason, so no one every tries to make them at home. It’s also really convenient to just go buy a dozen down the road instead of slaving away in the kitchen, but homemade is always better! I did have some pitfalls, but…

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Fancy Plaited Challah Bread

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #5: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK) Episode 2: Technical Challenge– 8-Plait Bread Loaf The technical challenge for this episode is an 8-strand loaf, in other words, a giant 8-piece braid. I think they just did a regular loaf of bread on the show, but I decided to do challah because it’s delicious and I’ve been wanting to make some lately. Let me tell you, I definitely felt accomplished after finishing this fancy plaited challah bread. I ended up using a video from the YouTube channel of one of the GBBO contestants, Mat Riley…

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An Easy Basic Flatbread

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #4: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 2: Signature Challenge– Two Flatbreads: Yeasted & Non-Yeasted Non-Yeasted: I decided to go with a really basic flatbread for the non-yeasted bread. I’m not too experienced in this area, so I wanted basic. I planned on adding some Italian spices to the dough, but of course forgot to so it ended up being completely plain, but the dinner I made to go into the flatbreads made up for the lack of spice. The recipe I found really is an easy basic flatbread with only 4 ingredients…

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Garlic Buttered Naan

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #4: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 2: Signature Challenge– Two Flatbreads: Yeasted & Non-Yeasted Yeasted Bread: My husband and I love Indian food. We especially love naan bread when we eat out, so I decided to try and make some naan at home and smothered in garlic butter for this challenge.  All the contestants on GBBO that made naan bread added a little spice to it like cumin, or coriander. I decided to keep it a little simple since it’s my first time, and we always get garlic naan or keema naan…

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Hidden Design Cake: Chocolate Rainbow Cookie Heart

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #3: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 1: Showstopper Challenge– Hidden Design Cake My first showstopper challenge was definitely a challenge for me! I decided to try and make a chocolate cake with a hidden rainbow cookie heart design inside. There are plenty of things I would do differently next time, but I am definitely very happy with the rainbow heart I saw when I cut into the cake. All that work was worth it!   I decided on this particular cake because I wanted to use the rainbow cookie recipe my grandma just…

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