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I’m getting a bit behind with blogging about the Bake Off technicals, but we have been giving them a go! I think I have only made doughnuts a couple of times as I don’t have a deep fat fryer, but these looked so good that it seemed worth the effort of filling a large saucepan with oil and using the thermometer to check the temperature, its definitely much harder to regulate it on the hob. We were all very excited to give these a go! Click here to see how we got on.

I didn’t have any strawberries, but had some of my parents homegrown raspberries in the freezer, so used some of these to make the jam instead. Emily and Chloe helped measure things out and helped with kneading the dough a bit too. Chloe loved poking her fingers in the soft dough! Pauls recipe can be found here.

I fried the doughnuts while the girls were having their tea so we could all have them for pudding. I couldn’t believe how big they got when they were put into the hot oil! They had just enough time to cool down so I could pipe in the filling and the jam. We very much enjoyed eating them! Probably one of the best technical challenges ever, they were so good!

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We were all very excited for chocolate week on the GBBO, its got to be one of our favourite things to bake with in our house. And even better, the babka was a perfect treat for breakfast at the weekend. So on Friday when Emily finished school, we headed home and made the chocolate fill and the dough. Click here to see how we got on.

Once the chocolate filling was made and cooling down in the fridge, we make the dough, it was very sticky, but I kept the mixer running and amazingly it all came together to make a super soft lovely dough. Once done, I rolled it out and Emily helped sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts over the top, before I rolled it up, cut it and plaited it. It was actually relatively easy to do.

I then left it to prove, but even after 3 hours there was barely any change and I was running out of time before going to bed, so I just bake it anyway. Luckily it rose a bit, not as much as I had hoped, but when we cut into it for breakfast on Saturday morning it was beautifully soft and light and the chocolate filling was so super rich and sugary, we all loved it!

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Emily was super excited about making rainbow bagels this week, she loves rainbows and her favourite breakfast is bagels! We eat and bake quite a lot of bagels in our house, so this challenge was perfect for us. Click here to see how we got on.

We planned our bagel making around Sunday lunch time, so they would be fresh out of the oven in time for lunch. Paul’s recipe can be found here. The recipe was straight forward and the girls enjoyed kneading the dough, Chloe kept trying to eat it again, can’t imagine it tasted too good! I managed to knead in the food colouring in while Emily and Chloe kneaded some of the other bits of dough, so luckily avoided getting their hands coloured too.

Once it had proved I rolled it out while the girls watched and then Emily did a little bit of helping to roll and twist them. They both stood and watched eagerly while I boiled them before they went in the oven.

The end result was super and we really enjoyed them with some cream cheese on for our lunch, delicious, warm and chewy, they definitely put a smile on our faces!

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I haven’t made white rolls for ages so I was happy to give the technical challenge a go this week (although some of the showstoppers looked amazing so I might have to scoring bread soon!). Click here to keep reading.

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PB062198.JPGCan’t believe the bake off is over again for another year! It’s been another great series and I’ve really enjoyed watching it. I am quite relieved there are no more technical challenges though! I haven’t enjoyed them as much as previous years as some of them have been a bit obscure and required special equipment which has made trying the recipes at home a bit more challenging. I was tempted to get Rich to have a go at this one on the BBQ, but decided against it! I used the grill and a griddle pan instead. Click here to see how I got on with the final challenge.

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P9140339.JPGI was quite relieved that last weeks challenge looked like something easy enough to make with Emily, as she’s very keen to help out in the kitchen! I probably should have watched the challenge more carefully and read a bit more from other people’s blogs who had already attempted the challenge. The dough was so so sticky! Click here to see how messy we got! 

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Last week I invited over Zahrah from work for a long overdue baking session on Friday, without knowing what the technical challenge would be. So when I discovered it was pizza I was really pleased – it meant we could make it for our dinner! Click here to keep reading.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week was bread week on the Great British Bake Off and it was another great episode! I don’t bake much bread as Rich can’t really have gluten, so I was a bit nervous about doing this weeks technical challenge. I was relieved to see it looked like a simple loaf to make, or so I thought. Click  here to see how I got on.

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Most weekends I bake a loaf of bread. I’m a creature of habit though and always make the same super simple white loaf – it’s one where you mix everything together in a bowl (no kneading required!) and leave for up to 24 hours before shaping and baking. It’s quite a dense loaf but I think it’s perfect freshly baked in the morning and then toasted with scrambled egg on top. I do like trying new breads but often look for reason to try one so I was slightly disappointed with the technical challenge from bread week. However, last week (botanical week), gave us another bread to try and it sounded really good. Click here to keep reading.

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Time for another technical challenge! A slightly unusual one this week, like all the other contestants I hadn’t heard of dampfnudeln either. I love making bread, but I don’t really do it very often as my hubby can’t really eat gluten. Mary Berry said these are a bit like iced buns, so I thought they would probably still be suitable for me to take to the baby group on Thursday morning and rather than making the plum puree and vanilla sauce, I thought I would just put some icing on top instead and hope that the Mums and Dads at the group aren’t too disappointed that they haven’t got any cakes or biscuits this week. Click here to see how I got on.

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