If you are still down in the dumps about the end of GBBO as we know it, you’re not alone.
I miss Mel & Sue, Mazza B and the joy Wednesday night used to bring me. I just don’t think Channel Four will ever rise to the challenge. (eeeey)
But all is not lost.
The masterminds behind the The Big London Bake have launched an IRL Bake Off tent in no other than Tooting (my neck of the woods). It is pretty much GBBO, without the cameras (and Paul Hollywood). Just you ‘n’ your pals, kitted out bake stations and a profesh chef to keep you on track. Oh, and ALL the cake to gobble once your 90 mins is up. The perfect way to spend an afternoon, don’tcha think?
Pop ya apron on gal, let’s get to it.
You will find the tent of Baking wonders at the end of The Castle pub’s garden, so naturally we started with drinks. Y’know, to ease any pre-bake tension and get those creative juices runnin’.
Finish your cider, choose your station.
In teams of two, we were given our brief. Each month, The Big London Bake will launch a new culinary delight – this month was all about the humble genoise.
All ingredients were prepped and measured for us (my least fave part of baking!) so we got straight to work.
My gal Angelaa did a great job of testing the mix each step of the way. lol.
We had the basic recipe, but could pimp our genoise any way we liked. Roll it, ice it, stick marshmallows all over it. The possibilities were endless.
The most entertaining bit was the sheer levels of competition in the tent, I mean… It all got pretty in-tents (sorry, had to be done hehe).
Just look at that concentration! The commitment to the bake was real.
The moment we had all been waiting for…
BAKERS YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES!
All in a flurry, each team brought their genoise up to the table.
It was judging time!
You could cut the atmosphere with a knife…
A second opinion was needed for the all important taste test…
And the winner was announced!
The most beaut genoise roll with chocolate and almond. OOFT.
Maybe I’ll be star baker next time, ay? After all it’s the taking part that counts…
The best bit? Tasting time.
We handed in our aprons and headed out into the sunshine with our bakes.
We spent the rest of the afternoon chillin’ in the sunshine, eating cake and sippin’ pints. Perfect.
I can imagine this would be the most hilarious first date, double date or maybs even a hen/stag do activity?!
If you’re up for the challenge, have a ganders at their website here.