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Easy Tiger!

Jack is a very clever man – he is an exceptional linguist. He is very capable in so many ways, very knowledgeable and experienced. He is calm in a crisis and has a dynamic mind that come up with solutions to all sorts of challenges.

So I do wonder why it all goes up in smoke when he enters the kitchen. This time it was the mushrooms that went up in smoke. The kitchen just seems to scramble his brain. He suddenly starts to panic and become hazardous.

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I love him very much and I am super proud of him, but for his safety and for the sake of my little nest, I am not going to allow him to bake or cook without supervision.

The good news….eventually….Jack was very pleased when his bake for the 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF came out of the oven. I am super pleased for him.

Two Weeks To Go…

…until THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF!!!

15th & 16th October 2022

Thank you to all those who have sent in photographs of bakes past and present that they would like to be featured in the BAKE OFF. There is still time to send in your photos.

Today, we are going to re-cap this year’s special themes and give you some clues about what you can expect in two week’s time. This year’s BAKE OFF has the theme:

The Joy Of Baking

For many 2022 has been a year of multiplying anxieties and concerns. So we are featuring three areas this year that can help us to embrace the joy of baking in a way that works for our budget and is kind to our beautiful planet. These three baking features are:

During the BAKE OFF weekend, we will be sharing some heartwarming examples and experiences from WordPress users who have some wonderful insights to share.

The BAKE OFF weekend is taking shape – and so far it is packed with everything that WordPress delights us with on a daily basis – we have poetry, we have flash fiction, we have real life experiences, we have music, and we have lots and lots and lots of baking!!!

We would love you to be a part of THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or send an email. And of course…please do send in photos of any bake you would like to be included in the BAKE OFF to…

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Make It A Family Affair

The weekend is just around the corner – phew!!! Will you have time this weekend to bake something for THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? We love the team effort baking that is going on. Special mention to the Nyamake family – Jacob you make me smile!

Perhaps you don’t have time to bake something new for the BAKE OFF. As always, we are very happy to include photographs of bakes you made in the past.

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is a celebration of WordPress bloggers and readers – we don’t give you a list of complicated rules. All we ask is that you have fun and enjoy getting to know other bloggers.

Just over two weeks to go!!!

THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF

15th & 16th October 2022

Send your photos in now to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your messages about my email address on the BAKE OFF promotional posts being wrong. Oh deary me!!! This is what happens when you prepare WordPress posts after a long day at work.

A number of you have sent in photos to my correct email address (as in the title above). But if anyone had sent an email which failed, please do try again. My email address is:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Triple-checking I have it right this time!

To those who have already sent photographs in – wow!!! You have truly embrace the themes of BUDGET BAKING, SUSTAINABLE BAKING and SHARING THE JOY of baking. But most of all…I just love the international array of bakes – it is wonderful to see!!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You are filling my heart with joy and I cannot wait to see your photographs featured during BAKE OFF weekend!!

THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF

“The Joy Of Baking”

15th & 16th October 2022

The Joy Of Sharing

By now many of you will have read that THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE -OFF has a marvellous theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Undeniably, the greatest joy that comes with baking is sharing our creations with others.

So this year, we are asking you to share with us who you bake with or who you bake for. It could be your:

  • family
  • friends
  • neighbours
  • co-workers
  • congregation members
  • club members

We would love to hear how you share the joy of baking and who you share it with!

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

We are so excited to be sharing THE JOY OF BAKING with you again for another fabulous GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF!!!

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

How To Bake On A Budget

During 2022 we have heard certain phrases over and over in the media:

  • the cost of living
  • the energy crisis
  • do we eat? or heat?

Horrible – isn’t it! Anybody who has tasted anxiety knows that sometimes mounting worries can eat into our joy of life. The 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF has a special theme:

The Joy Of Baking

Although there is a completely open choice with regards to your baking – bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, sweet or savoury – this year we are going to be drawing attention to three areas that will help us to taste the JOY OF BAKING throughout the dark, cold winter ahead.

One of our special features this year is:

BUDGET BAKING

We would absolutely love to see your budget friendly recipes. If you have a bake that you know is cost effective, please do send in your photos. We are giving out special accolade badges to any bakers who can show us how to taste the JOY OF BAKING without spending a fortune.

Please send in your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

We are already preparing the posts to feature our GREAT BLOGGERS on WordPress which will be paraded on BAKE OFF weekend:

15th & 16th October 2022

Brightening Up WordPress…

I love how many emails have appeared in my inbox during the past few months asking when are we going to hold THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF? You truly warm my heart!!

I am glad to say that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes…a lot of work! More details to come soon. But put on your aprons, gather your ingredients and make sure your your baking equipment is at the ready. WordPress is about to become the yummiest places on the internet – that’s right THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF is….

Posh Baking

So much to do….so little time. Yet I somehow agreed to bake not one but three posh cakes for my landlord.

It had to fit around my other plans…so late last night I was creaming butter and sugar…. and I delivered my cakes just after midnight. My kitchen is covered in a layer of sugar.

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I did enjoy it….I just wish I had more time to enjoy it. Now….I need to make time to give my kitchen a really good clean.

My Belated Galaktoboureko Recipe

Do you remember I made the rather wonderful Greek dessert to bring an even bigger smile to Jack’s already smiley face. Well, as promised, this is the recipe I followed. It is actually a Rick Stein recipe (no pressure Caramel!) and it was so much fun to make!

The concept – a set custard in filo pastry smothered with syrup – is extravagant and delicious – and Jack loved it!!!

Ingredients

For the custard pastry

  • 100g unsalted butter, melted
  • 3  eggs, separated
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 90g semolina
  • 1 litre pint full-fat milk, warmed
  • 7 sheets filo pastry

For the oranges in syrup

  • 3 oranges
  • 440g caster sugar (which is a lot of sugar)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C Fan/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 20cm springform cake tin.

Use an electric whisk to beat together the egg yolks, golden caster sugar and vanilla extract until you have a pale and creamy mix. Then gradually beat in the semolina and the warmed milk. Put this mixture into a clean pan and stir constantly over a low heat for up to ten minutes until thickened.

In a clean bowl, use the electric whisk to beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry peaks form when the whisk is removed. Loosen the semolina custard with a spoonful of the beaten egg whites, and then fold in the rest.

Brush each sheet of filo pastry with the melted butter. Then and lay six sheets, one at a time, in the springform tin, alternating the direction. (This will make sense when you do it!) The excess will drape over the sides (don’t trim it off).

Pour the custard mixture into the pastry-lined tin and fold the overhanging sheets over the top, tucking in the ends. Place the final sheet of filo, buttered and folded in half, on top. Tuck in the sides and butter the top.

Bake for fifty minutes until the custard mixture has set. Check after half an hour and cover with foil if the top is getting too brown.

To make the orange syrup, first zest the oranges. Then peel them and cut the fruit across into thin slices, removing excess pith.

Heat the caster sugar and 190ml water in a pan. When the sugar has dissolved, add the orange zest and lemon juice. Simmer for ten minutes until you have a thick syrup. (It took more like half an hour for my syrup to thicken!) Remove from the heat and add the orange slices. Leave to cool before putting into a serving jug or dish.

Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before releasing from the tin. Cut into slices using a serrated knife and serve with the oranges in syrup.

Gorgeous Galaktoboureko!

I made galaktoboureko – yes, it is a real thing – it’s Greek and it’s fabulous! I was hoping to make it before the BAKE OFF, but time escaped me, so I made it afterwards.

Now today has been a long day. Work was tough. So I don’t have the energy to prepare a proper post sharing the recipe etc. But here is a photo of the results. Along with the galaktoboureko I made an orange syrup, which was extremely yummy!