The Great British Bake Off is currently in it’s third series airing on BBC2 in the UK. For those not in the UK The Great British Bake Off is a television show which aims to find Great Britain’s best amateur baker. The show has 12 contestants and is judged by UK celebrity bakers, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
The Great British Bake Off Showstoppers is released in conjunction with the show. The book is inspired by the showstoppers and technical challenges in the show and will teach you how to bake desserts that will turn heads and make mouths water. The idea of the book is good straight forward recipes that also look good.
The book has eight chapters that loosely follow the progress of the show. Cake, I made the checkerboard cake from this chapter. It turned out beautiful. The biscuit chapter focuses on simple recipes with standout designs. Breads & Sweet Dough contain a technical challenge for jam filled donuts. I made the Cinnamon Breakfast Loaf from this chapter. Tarts and Pies with a challenge for no soggy bottoms! The Dessert chapter focuses on special occasions and the last chapter is on Puddings .
I’m always a little weary of books that tie in with TV shows. They can sometimes lack quality, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Both of the recipes I tried from the book were very successful and tasted great. A few more photos of the recipes would have been nice since this is a book about learning how to bake. I also liked that it had new ideas considering this is the third book released in conjunction with the series.
Thanks to Ebury for my copy