Announcement time! If you've got keen eyes, you'll notice there's a new link in the header at the top of this page titled "The Wedding Cake Project." Pretty self-explanatory, but I made my own wedding cake for when Jeremy and I got married in October, and because it was such an experience (mostly good, but very stressful -- the cake-making, not the wedding; he wedding was fabulous, though I guess that was stressful, too, to be honest. you married folks know what I'm talking about. Newfound respect for party planners, seriously), I wanted to document all the preparation, designing, baking, and decorating in creating such a cake.
So, if you need tips, tricks, or just want some great recipes and pictures, click through and re-live the experience with me.
BAKING THE BAKE OFF | The Wedding Cake Project: In which I dare to make my own wedding cake
I'm going to blame Mercury being retrograde for the events of the past 48 hours, but the fact doesn't change that they happened. Fans of GBBO, the show has officially been sold to Channel 4 and has a new home. And will have new judge(s). And new hosts.
I hate to shock you like that, but I was shocked, too. I'm American, so I don't know the ins and outs of British television broadcasting politics, but from what I read on the Guardian and the Daily Mail, the change between BBC and Channel 4 would be if Antiques Roadshow went from PBS to Bravo in the US (in short, the appraisers would all be having affairs with each other, passive-aggressively insinuate all the other appraisers are drunk, and the hurl priceless historical artifacts at one another 17 minutes through the program).
Because of this move, beloved hosts Mel and Sue have said they are leaving the show, which, to say the least, is a travesty. Their ever-increasing innuendo-laden banter is half of the reason we all watch the show. Their irreverent British banter adds yet another layer of ridiculousness onto a competition that is already ridiculous (there's no prize! they're all so polite to one another! they say "soggy bottom," for godssakes). And nobody (except maybe Cat Deely -- also British... is that a conspiracy?) can comfort the broken hearts of contestants better than Mel and Sue.
And to add insult to injury, Mary Berry and Paul are also on the fence about staying. I'm all for idealistic solidarity and fighting against The Man and standing up for your beliefs etc. etc. but (and I'm sorry, Stan Lee) these are my Fantastic Four. The Great British Bake Off without Mel, Sue, Mary, and Paul is just a tent with ovens.
And so, even though I literally have not even baked the first dish in this challenge, I feel compelled to hold myself accountable to Baking the Bake Off -- if not for me (and my taste buds), then for the principle of it. For the legacy of the GBBO. For posterity! For liberty! fraternity! equality! THE QUEEN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
Okay, maybe I got carried away, but I have been in shambles for two days over this. Consider my resolve strengthened, and be ready to witness the first technical challenge within the next few days: The Victoria Sandwich.
Like many, I am an avid fan of The Great British Bake Off (or, in 'Murika, The Great British Baking Show). I guess there are many reasons for that: 1) I love Mary Berry, 2) I love baking, 3) I have an insatiable sweet tooth, 4) I love Mary Berry, 5) they are all so polite!, and 6) I love Mary Berry.
I don't think I'm alone in feeling a spark of inspiration every time I watch an episode of GBBO. And along with that spark, a whole slew of emotions -- everything from "Ooo that looks delicious!" to "Good but I would have..." and, of course, "Did she really just remove his ice cream from the freezer??!!" ("bingate" -- in all ways, the antithesis of being polite. Still love ya, Diana and Iain!!)
It's about time I stopped just sitting back with my commentary and the inklings of inspiration and actually do something about it. So here's my game plan: starting with season 1, episode 1, I will bake each technical challenge, and select signature bakes, one per week, and document my trials and tribulations in doing that here, at bakingthebakeoff.weebly.com.
Can't wait to get started :)
A personal challenge to conquer every technical challenge, and select signature bakes, from The Great British Bake Off
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