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Patisserie Week #GBBOBloggers2018 Week 9

It’s not often we go for the showstopper when we’re baking along with The Great British Bake Off, but Ant really wanted to try his hand at Mille-feuille, Chou and Pâté Sucrée pastries on patisserie week and I have to say, he did brilliantly.

I loved the mille-feuille and the chou buns and eclairs were delicious but the strawberry tarts were my absolute favourite.

*Edit* Ant was delighted to win Star Baker for his bakes this week. Thanks, Jenny and Helen, you made his day!

Patisserie week - mille feuille with strawberries and cream, strawberry tarts and chocolate chou buns and eclairs

Great BritishBake Off Bloggers showstopper pastries

Great British Bake Off bloggers showstopper pastries

Ant used Ruby’s Mille-feuille recipe for the pastry.

He made the Chantilly cream by whisking 600ml Double Cream, 50g Caster Sugar and 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract together until stiff.

For the Chou Buns / Eclairs, he used Kim-Joy’s Recipe, filled them with Chantilly Cream and dipped them in melted Milk Chocolate.

The Pâté Sucrée for the Strawberry Tartlets used a recipe from The BBC Food Website, for the Pastry. The filling is just halved Strawberrys and packet Glaze made using Strawberry flavoured water.

So next week it’s the final and I have to say, I’m going to be a bit sad to say goodbye to GBBO for another year!

I’m baking along with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from Casa Costello

Casa Costello

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I’m also taking part in Blogtober18 with Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos

Naan with Garlic Ghee – #GBBOBloggers2018

Ant bakes fresh bread every day so we knew who would be making our entry to #GBBOBloggersBakeOfTheWeek this week! He chose to make Naan because he’d never made it before and he likes trying new things.

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Apple Streusel Traybake – #GBBOBloggers2018

KayCee’s our main baker at the moment. Both Ant and I have been too busy to do any baking so KayCee stepped in. She’s been making cookies (for my Christmas cookie advent recipes!), apple crumble for us and her grandparents and this week’s apple streusel traybake […]

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Ant’s Margherita Pizza – #GBBOBloggers2017

We’ve not been able to join in with the Great British Bake Off Blogger’s 2017 for a couple of weeks. Things have been hectic around here but here’s  Ant’s Margherita pizza that he found time to make yesterday and Ella loved it 🙂
She said the cheese on it was really lovely. It didn’t look very filling but she only had two pieces and she couldn’t eat anymore.

He used Prue’s recipe from the Bake Off website but instead of using 10g of fresh yeast, he used 3g of easy bake yeast.
I didn’t get to try it because of being on Slimming World and using all my syns on a doughnut! It did look delicious, I have to admit.

Ant’s Margherita Pizza

Ant's Margherita Pizza

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Ant’s Cottage Loaf – Great British Bake Off Bloggers 2017

Cottage Loaf

I’m not putting the recipe here for the Cottage Loaf because Ant used Paul Hollywood’s recipe. I can’t comment on how it tastes as I don’t eat white bread at the moment. The fact that it’s now all gone, though, seems to suggest that it was lovely!

Cottage Loaf on a bread board

I have to thank Ella for her help with this blog post. She took the wonderful photos for me because I’ve been so busy this week. I’ve been moving Kaycee’s and Ella’s bedroom around and re-organising. Their room is now looking wonderful but the rest of the house isn’t doing so well! The mess seems to have spread throughout the rest of the house!

Anyway, back to the bread! Ant loves bread week because he makes fresh bread every day for himself and the kids. Ant likes to try different types of bread and new recipes.
He said he could taste the difference with the lard being added in this recipe. He never uses lard in his bread.

Paul Hollywood Cottage Loaf Breat British Bake Off Bloggers 2017

cottage loaf

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Ant was very pleased to get Star Baker last week for his Fortune Cookies 🙂


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Fortune Cookies – Great British Bake Off Bloggers’ 2017

Fortune Cookies

We were going to try making a board game for this week’s bake off challenge. We ran out of time, again, and decided to make fortune cookies instead.
They’re fun and we’ve never made them before so it was more of a challenge.

Last Week Kaycee made Cherry Cake but Ant’s having to make the fortune cookies this week due to time constraints.

Fortune Cookies

Category: Blogger Bake Off

Servings: 15

Fortune cookie


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 100g caster sugar


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment
  2. Write out fortunes on paper that has been cut to 6cm long and 1cm wide
  3. In a bowl, put the egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts, oil and 2 tsps of water and mix with hand mixer until frothy
  4. Put the flour, cornflour, sugar and a pinch of salt into another bowl
  5. Sift into the egg mixture and whisk together until it's smooth
  6. Chill for 1 hour
  7. Preheat the oven to 180/160 fan/Gas 4
  8. Put a tablespoon of the mixture onto the the prepared baking sheet
  9. Oil the back of a spoon and use it to smooth out the mixture until it is around 8-10cm
  10. Repeat so you have 2 cookies on the tray
  11. Make sure to leave plenty of space between them because they will spread
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edge of the cookies turn golden
  13. Remove them one at a time using a palette knife
  14. They need to still be soft so you can shape them. You need to work quickly
  15. Turn the cookie over and place it face down. Put the fortune in the middle
  16. Fold the circle in half and seal the edges by pinching them together
  17. Put the cookie on the rim of a glass or cup and pull down the 2 corners to create the fortune cookie shape
  18. Hold for 10 seconds then put in a muffin tin to help them hold the shape while they cool
  19. Repeat with the remaining cookie mixture

Here are some of the fortunes Ant put in the cookies. I did wonder whether he was going to write out some Tim Vine jokes and put those in. He has a Tim Vine joke book with lots of cheesy jokes that make the girls groan!

Fortunes for the fortune cookies
He decided to Google some fortunes and print them out instead to make life easier. I have to mention that we have a new printer. It’s a wifi printer and he was excited that he was able to print from his phone!

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Cherry Cake Recipe – #GBBOBloggers2017

Cherry Cake

cherry cake

The Great British Bake Off is back and I was totally ok with the new presenters. It’s not the same without Mary but I like Prue so I’m still going to be enjoying watching every week.
Kaycee and Ant are going to be baking every week so we can link up with Jenny’s GBBO Bloggers 2017 linky 🙂

This week I totally forgot to organise something for Kaycee to make and it was only yesterday I remembered. Kaycee really wanted to make a cake that didn’t look like a cake but it was too late.
She’s making a cherry cake instead using fresh cherries.

I’ve told her to watch Bake Off with us on Tuesday and decide that night what she wants to make so we can be better prepared!

Cherry Cake

Category: Blogger Bake Off

Cherry Cake


  • 225g cherries, stones removed and halved - we used a straw to push the stones out then cut them in half
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 160ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven Gas 3/ 170° C
  2. Lightly grease and flour a cake tin of your choice
  3. Place cherries in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons plain flour. Toss the cherries to coat in the flour
  4. In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
  5. Beat together the oil, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sugar in another bowl then stir in the flour until smooth
  6. Add the cheries and gently stir the through the mixture
  7. Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake for about 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack and leave until cold.

Kaycee decorated the cooled cake with the leftover cherries and everyone, except me, enjoyed a piece after dinner!

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Meringue crown fit for a queen! #GBBOBloggers2016

Meringue crown 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 […]

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Perfect Yorkshire puds – hopefully! #GBBOBloggers2016

Ant uses a recipe from The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook to make our perfect Yorkshire puds! He swears by this recipe book and has used it for years. However, yesterday and today, he’s not had the same success that he usually does.

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