WEEK 10! THE FINAL!
Sort of. (Just pretend this is 3 weeks ago! Kthnx.)
Ok, so I know that with all the recent US election stuff it feels like GBBO ended about 25 years ago but… I FINALLY got around to doing my FINAL Showstopper Challenge post! *pats self on back*
Tbh, I knew from the get go that I wasn’t going to bake the showstopper that very weekend… what with the final episode falling in half term… and it being the Halloween weekend… and whilst I had my cousin Vanessa visiting. Priorities. However, after watching the episode and realising the extent of what I was actually going to have to make, I wasn’t really looking forward to the task and may have put it off a little longer than intended. I’m sure you can understand why though…
A WHOLE FLIPPIN’ PICNIC?!
49 INDIVIDUAL THINGS?!
IN 5 HOURS?!
Yup, for the final the bakers were asked to make a picnic feast containing the following:
- 12 sausage rolls, with homemade puff pastry
- 12 mini quiches, with homemade shortcrust pastry
- 12 fruit and custard tarts, with homemade sweetcrust pastry
- 12 savoury scones
- 1 chocolate celebration cake
In 5 hours. Sigh.
So yeah, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Especially when faced with the fact that I was going to be spending lots of time/energy/money making a tonne of food for no real reason other than a personal challenge! It just felt a bit ridiculous. I mean, my family probably could have polished it all off no problem… but it still felt like a waste.
That was until I had the bright idea of doing something productive with the food I was going to make (instead of just fattening up my family!) …
Why not sell it for charity?
Then suddenly I’d found the inspiration and motivation to finally get the showstopper done! *flexed bicep emoji* And with Children In Need falling in November (specifically yesterday, Friday 18th Nov 2016), I thought that would be the perfect charity! Therefore, last Sunday I spent most of my day in the kitchen baking a feast, to bring everything in to sell to my colleagues on the Monday.
I must have spent about 7 hours in my kitchen (I gave up keeping count after I’d gone over the 5) but it was so worth it because everything sold out and we managed to raise a whopping £100!!! Result!Continue reading “A Picnic Feast – Final GBBO Showstopper Challenge (Week 10)”