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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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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Orange Babas

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #2: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK)  Episode 1: Technical Challenge– Rum Baba      This recipe was definitely a little messy, but really fun to make! Rum babas are a kind of hybrid between a bread and a cake. It requires yeast and rising before it's baked. The dough is super sticky, so it's a little hard to work with, but don't be tempted to add a ton of flour to make it easier. Adding more flour will make the babas too dry. I had scraper in one hand basically the whole time…

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Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Great Baking Challenge Recipe #1: Great British Bake Off/Baking Show, Series 3 (UK) Episode 1: Signature Challenge– Upside Down Cake This first recipe of my challenge went a bit astray from what I wanted to. I was going to try to do something that wasn’t typical, and I had decided I would do David Lebovitz’s recipe for Plum Blueberry Upside Down Cake from his book Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes… but after I had decided and went out to buy the ingredients, I couldn’t find any plums! I should have realized I wouldn’t be able to find fresh plums…

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