Kaycee (11) was adamant that she wanted to do the final bake after winning star baker with her apple and cinnamon filo pastry tarts 🙂
She wanted to do everything from the GBBO final! I thought about it but after careful consideration, I had to break it to her that we just wouldn’t have the time.
We settled on making just the 3 layered meringue crown with a banoffee filling.
For half term last week, we were in a caravan at Mablethorpe and watched the GBBO there. We had a cooker but as you can imagine, a caravan kitchen is not the best place to attempt a lot of cooking. It would have been impossible to make everything they made on the bake off!
She didn’t get the chance to start the meringue until last night and she put it all together as soon as she got in from school tonight. On Sunday she had committed to helping her friends with their horses. Monday was back to school and she’d arranged to go with friends Trick or Treating Monday night.
We’re having it for dessert tonight and I can’t wait!
To make 1 meringue
4 egg whites
250g caster sugar
For the topping
2 large bananas
200ml double creamed, whipped
Toffee sauce ( we were planning on making own but time just got away from us)
Heat the oven to 130° Fan/150°/Gas 2
Beat the egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks are formed.
Turn up the speed and add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time, leaving a few seconds between spoons.
When the mixture looks glossy, turn off the mixer.
Draw round a dinner plate onto a piece of baking parchment and place it on a baking tray. Spread the meringue onto the circle. You can pipe a design around the edge at this stage if you like.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside to cool completely.
Place the meringue on a plate.
Whisk the cream until soft peaks form, or whisk for longer if you want to pipe the cream on.
Spread/pipe the cream over the meringue disc and top with sliced banana and drizzle over the toffee sauce.
She got a bit stressed here, thinking her piping wasn’t good enough. I think she did brilliantly :oD
We, that is, Kaycee, Ant and myself would like to thank Jenny for running this wonderful linky. I’m pleased we’ve managed to join in and link up every week. It’s been great fun and both Kaycee and Ant were delighted to be chosen as star bakers :oD
Kaycee started a baking blog a couple of years ago but didn’t keep up with it. Taking part with #GBBOBloggers2016 has really inspired her and made her want to bake and blog more. She’s even started making her own YouTube recipe videos but she’s still learning how to edit so they’re not uploaded yet.
You never know, you may have inspired the next big YouTube baker, Jenny!