This fucking cake.
Actually, attempt number...3...4? I've lost track....came out correctly. Fraisier cake is still a fiddly fucking cake, and I'm not sure that I was impressed enough with the final result to want to fuck with it in the future.
But it DID give me some useful skills for tackling future GBBO bakes.
As you may well remember, my first real "fail blog post" was about this cake. And I still stand by that post. Fuck this cake.
But maybe it's not as bad as I originally thought it was.
It's been a little longer than usual between posts. I promise I'm not quitting this blog! Not yet, at the very least. Between Memorial Day weekend and life generally trending back toward a semblance of normal, I just haven't had any time to sit down and write a post. But here I am and here it is, the next post! BURGER BAPS.
Burger baps - or buns - are one of those things that I didn't really think of as a major technical challenge. And admittedly I still don't, necessarily. But I always have the benefit of looking at these technical challenges from the perspective of someone with limitless time.
Paul's floury burger baps with veggie burgers appeared on series 10 (Netflix Collection 7), episode 3 - Bread Week. As the technical challenge of the week, bakers were given Paul's pared down recipe and a limited amount of time to put it all together.
Molten Puddings. I don't hate this as much as I currently hate fraisier cake but...ugh.
You know. This recipe isn't complicated. But it has given me hell. I have made this...well okay not this recipe exactly...but a variant of this recipe four times now.
The first time I made the recipe, I made it as written. I changed the flavors and fillings because the recipe as written is very rich, to the point that I knew if I was going to make it multiple times I really needed to have something a little lighter.
Anyway. I have made, essentially, this recipe four times. I've gotten a little closer EVERY time, but I still haven't really mastered it. At this point I suspect I need to use a different type of baking dish to get the bake to work.
After the hot mess that was my last bake, I needed something a little easier to tackle. The fraisier cake has shaken my confidence, left me wondering if this was a good decision - maybe I should call it quits.
Who am I kidding? I love baking. A difficult bake isn't going to make me stop loving the adventure of baking.
This is the post some of you have probably been waiting for - the post where I swear. A lot.
Fraisier Cake can go fuck itself.
The lemon tart. One of my favorite desserts.
Really, I love a lot of lemon desserts. Lemon tarts. Lemon bars. Lemon cake. Give me something lemon-y and sweet and I'm probably going to love it.
The lemon tart, frequently referred to as a tarte au citron on GBBO, is really not a very difficult dessert in my opinion. This isn't the first time I've made a lemon tart - this is just the first time I've made this particular crust with this particular variant on the filling.
Lemon tarts are technically a custard tart, so this particular bake fits in a lot of different challenges over the seasons.
Ah the delicious chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, jam-y Wagon Wheel. Wagon Wheels are a snack cake in the UK, Australia, Canada, and other commonwealth countries. They are most similar to the US's Moon Pies - but I'll be honest, I like these a hell of a lot more. The jam works very nicely with the other flavors at play, and making these from scratch has resulted in a really delicious overall treat that I will most likely make again.