THE 2020 STAR BAKER IS…

Cooks, Confectioner, Children'S, Sweets

The suspense has been hard to endure! After the amazing display of BAKING and PICNIC creations we saw from THE GREAT BLOGGERS of WordPress, we have awaited with breathless anticipation for the announcement of the 2020 STAR BAKER!

Cook, Confectioner, Food, Desserts

At last our wonderful judge Jeanne, the creator of A Jeanne in the Kitchen, has had chance to peruse all of the gorgeous photos she received and has made her decision!

Scroll down to discover who THE GREAT BLOGGERS BAKE-OFF 2020 STAR BAKER is…

Please give a huge cheer to this year’s STAR BAKER…

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…and to find out who it is…click the link below to read Jeanne’s post where she makes the announcement!!!

The Results Are In

Thank You For A Perfect Weekend!

gvfaddvdIt has been a hard year for so many of us. In one way or another, we have all been anxious, stressed, confused and afraid by the events of this year.

That’s why this weekend has been an absolute joy for us! Thank you all for a perfect perfect weekend! WordPress bloggers and writers and all those who joined us for the weekend have made us forget so many of our worries and look forward to great times ahead.

For our final post, we are featuring the PICNIC creations of our 2019 STAR BAKER, Sheree, the creator of View from the Back. Sheree certainly knows how to picnic!!! This is the post she published sharing with us the contents of her PICNIC basket:

The Great Bloggers’ Bake-Off 2020: Part II

shesAnd you really do need to visit Sheree’s post…there are so many amazing PICNIC snacks…I did not know which to show in this post! I hope you had chance to see Sheree’s STAR BAKER (2019) interview. If not, head on over, it is great!

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/catching-up-with-sheree-our-star-baker-from-2019/

What a great day! What amazing BAKES and PICNIC creations. We have seen some outstanding talent and we have drooled throughout the parade of photos sent in by our superb bloggers.

I want to say a few THANK YOUS to some very special bloggers who behind the scenes have been supporting THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC to make it something very special. The first person I would like to thank is:

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…to all of the GREAT BLOGGERS who were busy in their kitchens BAKING and making PICNIC treats! We are absolutely thrilled with the array of photos we received, and totally stoked that so many of you took part! You are all THE BEST!!! I know some of you have had huge health challenges of your own recently. I also know from your own blogging posts that many of you have lost loved ones during this year’s pandemic and may have been anxious and stressed about finances and the safety of your family during recent months. We are so glad you took some time out to get involved in THE BAKE-OFF…it is overwhelming to see the PICNIC FEAST you all helped put together.

Thank you for making THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC such a spectacular weekend!!!!!!! We are so proud of you! Remember this important rule essential in blogging and in life in general:

“IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE ANYTHING YOU WANT – BE KIND!!!”

Sorry about all the teasing Gary!! You are awesome!!!

A Sweet Note From Sa

We are almost reaching the end of the BAKING submissions from our truly wonderful WordPress bloggers. It’s time to return to a sweet note.

We have two delicious sweets from  theresaly520 theresaly520, the creator of the beautiful website Culture Shocks, who has been very busy in her kitchen, making a stunning Glazed Fruit Tart (this is something I really want to make, so thank you for supllying the recipes you followed Sa!) and some delicious Melt-In-Your-Mouth Butter Cookies – yummy!

This is Sa’s gorgeous post where she shares with us her fabulous baking and the great recipes she followed:

https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/the-great-bloggers-bake-off-2020-summer-picnic-3-tempting-dishes/

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I mentioned yesterday that Sa produces very beautiful posts, so I wanted beautiful music videos to go with her bakes. I also wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you to Sa for her gorgeous baking and to all of other brilliant bloggers who have made THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC such a fantastic party!

Thank you to everyone for putting up with the musical choices of the weekend – that was a big responsibility and I know it may have been testing to some of you. On that note…here is another famous ABBA song!!! Yayyyyyy!

What Is A Picnic Without Coleslaw?

For most of my life, I was not particularly keen on coleslaw. That was only because as a kiddo, I ate a lot of shop-bought coleslaw, and I began to loathe the site of it. But when you taste homemade coleslaw, it’s a different experience. I started making coleslaw a couple of years ago when I realized my food processor could make easy work of the vegetable preparation.

When I saw Margot’s pulled pork sandwiches post, it reminded me that I had these photographs in my drafts folder and it seemed like a fitting addition for our 2020 SUMMER PICNIC.

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There are two elements to a good coleslaw, the vegetables and the dressing. These are the main ingredients that go into my home made coleslaw:

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  • One white cabbage
  • One onion – finely chopped
  • Two carrots
  • Three sticks of celery (Jack says it looks like there are only two in the picture but I promise you there are three)
  • 60 g Sultanas
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 90ml Mayonnaise

The first step is tackling that cabbage. I cut it into quarters lengthwise and then removed the core.

Then I set up my food processor with the slicer. I love that in seconds the cabbage is slashed to fine ribbons. I finely chopped the onion, but to be honest, I probably should have added that to the food processor as well!

I put the shredded cabbage and chopped onion in a bowl with plenty of salt and pepper.

The second important part of a coleslaw is the dressing, and here are the ingredients I use:

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  • 6 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • Salt and Pepper

After mixing the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing I pour it over the cabbage and onion and mix thoroughly. Then I put it into the fridge and allow it to marinate overnight (at least eight hours).

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The following day, I slice the celery finely and grate the carrots before adding them to the marinated cabbage, along with the sultanas and the mayonnaise. After another good mix I put the coleslaw back into the fridge for a good hour before serving.

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Coleslaw never seemed very special to me, but now I have requests to take a bowl of my homemade coleslaw along to barbeques and garden parties. It’s a winner! It goes together with all sorts of al fresco dishes.

I have had to reshuffle the scheduling for posts to be published so many times this weekend But I wanted this post to follow Margot’s so much, so that we could continue the Grease theme…with “We Go Together“!

 

 

We Can’t Neglect The Meat Eaters

Jack mentioned to me yesterday that our picnic so far a vegetarian event. I just happen to be a vegetarian, so there are no complaints from me about that! However, I can assure you that one of our fantastic bloggers has brought some meat to the picnic!

If you like meat, I am sure you will be very glad to see that Margot Hamilton Margot Hamilton, the creator of Margot Dreams of Baking, has brought along to the PICNIC these amazing pulled pork sandwiches on homemade buns with coleslaw.

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Margot please forgive me…the BAKING and PICNIC creations are testing my ability to make a musical connection. I chose this song because I was struggling to think of a song, but I am not saying pulled pork is greasy…or is it? I have no idea!

But it is such a fun track for a SUMMER PICNIC – don’t you think!!!

Gary’s Signature Dishes

Gary, aka bereavedandbeingasingleparent, is clearly growing in his baking prowess! He is taking on more and more ambitious BAKING challenges and pioneering new flavour combinations. Gary is pushing through all baking boundaries and forging together fantastical fusion food!

I believe these two exclusive and unique dishes are the result of Gary’s LIVE BAKING CHALLENGE over the course of this weekend. After today, we will be taking Gary’s pioneering fusion modern cooking combined with contemporary art on tour. You will be able to pay a fortune for overpriced tickets to see exclusive showings at his enigmatic exhibitions. We have a great ambitions for Gary’s pioneering pizza and pudding productions.

Look out Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal!!! Gary has created two signature dishes which have already made a sensation amongst WordPress bloggers!!! I loved reading through the comments Gary received on his post:

Signature Dish

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And this is Gary’s signature dessert, Strawberry, Blueberry and Marshmallow Cheesecake,

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I have been teasing Gary all weekend…this song is my apology. We love you Gary!

Almost Angelic Baking

I mentioned earlier how chuffed I was when I saw that Suze, the creator of suziland too or obsolete childhood, has been busy in her kitchen despite the having one super scary visit to hospital recently.

Many of you know that Suze married the gorgeous George, who she has known since childhood. It’s obvious that they are a fabulous couple, and that Suze and George have a marriage made in heaven! However…when it comes to the heavenly dessert that George loves Angel’s Food, heaven does not seem to be on Suze’s side! Erm…I am trying to be diplomatic about this Suze!

This is Suze’s post, the second half of which contains her candid confession over her battle with what was supposed to be an angelic dessert:

https://suzilandsite.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/the-great-blogging-bakeoff/comment-page-1/#comment-12982

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So…we are looking for volunteers to help clean Suze’s oven…any takers? anybody?

 Despite the mishaps with Angel Food, I am sure that to George, our fantastic Suze is an absolute angel! Which is exactly what we think too Suze!!

A Chocolate Explosion

We have a very indulgent treat from  Atara Atara, the creator of Atara’s Ideas. We have already had some marvellous microwave baking this weekend, but now Atara has sent a photo of her Choco Lava Mug Cake! It looks so decadent and delicious!

Now Atara…this photo has led to a first aid incident in my household. Jack decided that microwave baking was within his reach. He thought that a chocolate lava cake would go perfectly with the red fruits salad he made this weekend. So he googled Choco Lava Mug Cake and he found a recipe. I will tell you what happened after you have seen Atara’s photo…

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…Rather than use a mug, he used one of my ramekins. Jack said the ramekin was only in the microwave for a few seconds when the chocolate began to bubble up. So he opened the microwave door, and next moment I heard him utter a loud yelp and I heard the sound of smashing pottery!

Atara, I had to leave my laptop to come and nurse my poor Jack who had burnt his fingertips! I also had to clear up the chocolate and shards of ramekin that exploded all over half of my kitchenette. Jack can’t play the guitar at the moment Atara, his fingertips are so sore, and he can’t press on the chords without pain!!

Spoilt for choice with chocolate songs…but we have not had any Kylie Minogue this weekend…there is still time to correct that!

Remember…baking is a bit like fireworks. It can be great fun and look spectacular…but always make sure you have a responsible adult with you!!!

If You Like Pizza, You Will Love Pide

One of Jack’s proudest accomplishments is that he may have tried every Turkish restaurant in North London. So he was very enthusiastic about the next delight we have for you.

Margot Hamilton Margot Hamilton, the creator of Margot Dreams of Baking, has proved herself a true Queen in the kitchen, as you can see from her amazing photos this weekend. This is Turkish Pide, which is essentially pizza shaped like a boat. Margot created two delicious different varieties, one with Cheese and Olives (which would be perfect for me Margot!) and one with a Beef Kofte filling.

Margot told us exactly how she created these fabulous pides in her post below:

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Jack has promised to take me to a Turkish restaurant up in Haringey, where he says I can try pide for myself. Jack taking me on a date in Haringey…I must be in love!

Well…even though we are talking Turkish pizza in this case…it was so much easier to find a song with a link to pizza than it was pide! Fast forward to 3:15 to discover the pizza connection!

 

 

Say Cheese!

Wow! THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC has been far more spectacular than we would ever have imagined. It is hard to keep up with all the photos and comments and love that have poured in from our international WordPress community.

I have been glued to my laptop all weekend, with the company of lovely man you know as Jack. It is the perfect time to have a cuppa. We don’t have long left before we pass all the responsibility over to our amazing judge Jeanne, who has the extremely difficult task of deciding who will be the 2020 STAR BAKER!

While Jack puts the kettle on (hint hint Jack) to make me a cuppa, we have another perfect PICNIC snack from robbiesinspiration Robbie, the creator of Robbie’s inspiration. Robbie has given me a whole new take on scones! She made these scrummy Cheese and Olive Scones. Here is one of Robbie’s posts where she shared them with us on her website:

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/oh-my-what-a-week/

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Now…I have to admit Robbie really set me a challenge in another way. She probably did not realize that I make it my mission to find a musical connection to every single BAKING and PICNIC creation, and so far, I think I have done quite well. But searching for songs about olives and scones yielded a disappointing selection of songs. So I went with CHEESE!!! Say “Cheeeeeeeese and Olive Scones“!!!