Great British Bake-off: The Final

(513 Posts)
StrangerintheNight Wed 10-Oct-12 14:47:08

Just typed out a very excitable post only to find the previous thread, on which I was an avid lurker, had exceeded it's capacity. So if you don't mind, I'll start the overflow thread in the lead up to the Grand Final.

Kings of Pastry on BBc4 now, you must watch it or catch it on Iplayer

sharmck Wed 31-Oct-12 14:38:41

Thanks Vikingvagine, I'm going with sachertorte (mary's recipe) and just adding raspberries, Ill do the glazing with sieved jam thing they seem to do on the show. Glossy cake her I come!

Jux Sun 28-Oct-12 22:52:44

I think you must be right. I had watched the programme and thought, ah yes, do it the day before. I watched it again a few days ago and thought the same. Clearly I had some sort of brain explosion last night, and forgot that it was only the custard that was done the day before. Mind you, it looked absolutely fine when I put the meringue on. No sign of seepage.

Mine looked exactly the same, right up until I served it, at which point it wasn't! Ah well, learn something new every day.

Bilbobagginstummy Sun 28-Oct-12 20:29:31
Bilbobagginstummy Sun 28-Oct-12 20:29:15

Guessing, but perhaps you shouldn't have put the jam on yesterday as it might have sunk through the custard "skin" and messed it up. I have just watched Mary do this on the masterclass and she said you can do the custard the day before.

It's at 12:50 in this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nm61z/The_Great_British_Bake_Off_Series_3_Masterclass/

Jux Sun 28-Oct-12 20:21:26

Can custard afficionados tell me what I did wrong?

I made QoP - did the custard yesterday, set beautifully, smelt lovely. When it cooled, the jam went on soooo easily. Covered it and fridge overnight. This morning made the meringue. Custard came out of the fridge and sat about for a few hours (so room temperature). Covered it with meringue, and after main course eaten, put it in the oven at 130 C as per recipe for no more than half an hour. Came out looking fine. Served it up, custard had gone completely liquid and mixed with the jam.

Still tasted nice, but not what I'd wanted!

VikingVagine Sun 28-Oct-12 19:05:58

Maybe Mary's Sacher torte?

sharmck Sun 28-Oct-12 17:26:09

Hoping people are still reading this thread, because I need help from GBBO obsessives! I'm trying to track down the recipe for the chocolate shiny ganache like cake covered with fresh raspberries that appears in the credits for the show....my dd dreams over it every week and I want to try and make it for her birthday, but despite roaming for hours across GBBO web pages I can't find it anywhere (even a close substitute would do at this stage!). Any ideas v gratefully received!

Animation Tue 23-Oct-12 07:31:32

Watched this for the first time last week and I was absoltutely enchanted!

I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. Now I know. Beautifully made programme with four lovely natural judges/ cooks/ presenters. Watched it again last night as the cooks were baking - enchanted some more. thanks

drjohnsonscat Mon 22-Oct-12 15:41:53

Queen of PUddings is gorgeous angry

Honestly it's delicious. It's not stodgy like bread pudding. Just a delicious lemon-scented custard with jam and meringue. It's very light and lovely.

I once made it for a dinner party and one of the guests confessed afterwards that she had never heard of Queen of Puddings and assumed I had decided to name my own pudding that in honour of my own amazing cooking grin

mumdebump Sun 21-Oct-12 23:14:03

I wondered if that was that his partner? Sometimes they sit 'celebs' & special guests together rather randomly (i.e. in a place where they can more easily film them)

iklboo Sun 21-Oct-12 17:44:49

John was in the Strictly audience last night with his partner.

awaynboilyurheid Sun 21-Oct-12 17:22:45

Was away on hols for the final and on return could not believe how exciting it was! who thought a baking programme could produce so much debate on mumsnet! Really enjoyable, still a bit shocked John won as although he is excellent I still thought James or Brendan would win, and it was so emotional too when Brendans partner told his story I was in tears, and really take back what I said about him running amok with the palatte knife if he didn't win, that was v bad of me mumsnet sometimes does that to me sad

Jux Sun 21-Oct-12 12:55:28

Just seen the repeat, and on second viewing I do think John's mum was horrid.

flippinada Sun 21-Oct-12 11:36:13

I don't mind nursery style food at all but I'm not keen on bread based puds. Just personal taste, although I do love a good meringue.

bluebird68 Sun 21-Oct-12 10:26:43

its a real nursery pudding. I can really see why it puts people off. I think i'd find it far too sweet these days- even though the meringue is less sweet than usual. Breadcrumbs not that odd when you think of bread pudding or bread and butter pudding. Think its a very old fashioned cooking technique, binding bread with milk and eggs.

flippinada Sat 20-Oct-12 10:51:49

Oh and by the way I have watched all the episodes at least twice grin.

flippinada Sat 20-Oct-12 10:50:22

I'll give it a try ppeat. Thanks for the recommendation!

I've never tried queen of puddings - must admit the breadcrumbs rather put me off.

Agree with Victoria's odd pepper obsession. What was that about?

bluebird68 Sat 20-Oct-12 08:06:49

we made Queen of Puddings in home economics at school! Quite easy to make. I remember liking it- though have not had it again since. The other thing we made at school that they did was Rough Puff Pastry (the way James made it) and treacle tart.

Molehillmountain Sat 20-Oct-12 07:30:45

Was she the duchess from Alice in wonderland in disguise, or was it the cook who had a pepper obsession?!

wintera Fri 19-Oct-12 21:51:34

Well I tell you what I won't be baking any time soon - that Queen of puddings thing. Looks vile!

wintera Fri 19-Oct-12 18:32:09

Ha ha yeah her pepper obsession was strange. She seemed to want to put it in everything. You could see that Mary's face was a picture when she said she was putting pepper in her pastry. The last one I've watched up to now was the one with the cut finger and I'll tell you something, Paul Hollywood seemed to be in a terrible mood that week!

CaseyShraeger Fri 19-Oct-12 12:21:39

I think Victoria was a keen cook but not so much a keen baker - she could make cakes but freely admitted she didn't make bread and didn't seem much more clued-in on the tarts. And she made some strange flavour combinations and seemed obsessed with pepper.

Jins Fri 19-Oct-12 12:17:19

Thanks for that wintera. I didn't remember him being in trouble that week, I was sure Sarah Jane was going.

I think he had a couple of difficult weeks with flashes of brilliance that kept him in the game. I think he developed his skills more than others did as well.

They all seem to put books out but I haven't bought a winners book yet although I do have two of the books to accompany the series.

wintera Fri 19-Oct-12 12:03:50

Actually watching these again is interesting. Some people have said the week John cut his finger he was in trouble. Well I've just watched it again and that week James, Sarah Jane and Ryan were the ones most in danger, John was also mentioned cos he had a dry sponge on his first bake. He was actually in no more danger than those other three. But I think it was between Sarah Jane and Ryan who ended up going the week after.

Also up to now Brendan has won a few of the technical challenges so it turns out he was better at that than most of us remembered!

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