#GBBO – Week Four: Caramel

“Only true Banksy would say he isn’t Banksy”

So I missed bread week (but then I don’t bake bread too often so I’m not fretting too much), but I’m back for caramel week!

Signature: Millionaire Shortbread

Millionaire shortbread for the signature, don’t mind if we do! I do love a little caramel, especially salted. Caramel is a difficult skill to master and you need to constantly watch it. If you leave it for a second, then it can burn or crystallise which doesn’t make a great taste.

Crystallisation = game over!

Soft ball stage is a key technique you can use to tell when your caramel is the perfect temperature. You drop it into water and it forms a ball – does what it says on the tin!

Noel, although I’m not keen on his involvement, certainly added drama to making millionaire shortbread. “If the bakers pour on their chocolate before the caramel is set…” dun, dun, dun! We love the drama.

And the handshake goes to… Liam!

Oh the jokes just aren’t as good as Mel & Sue, Sandi just shouldn’t try so hard and then it might come across as more natural.

The technical: Stroopwaffles

Some of these technicals are a little mean, I know they are meant to have great baking knowledge but some of these are just so random. Not sure I’d be able to make some of the things with the added pressure of the tent too.

I’m finding it more and more difficult to get on with Noel. He isn’t a presenter. Not for bake off. Not for me. His little film of the Stroopwaffle – just not his scene is it?

Anyway, back to the baking – some of those waffles looked very impressive, but clearly didn’t taste any good! And to get the waffle correct and not the caramel is a bit of a faux pas.

Showstopper: Caramel Cake

Caramel cake = one of my faves!

Cakes decorated with caramel/sugar work are amazing – they look so impressive. And if it’s salted caramel, then yummy!

Right, just one little thing. How can you get into the top nine bakers in the country and not be able to make a cake first time? #justsaying

The crown from Steven 👌🏼. Looked amazing and such a shame that it didn’t taste any good. But the real standouts in this week’s showstopper were Yan and Kate – super cool and impressive!

Star baker: Kate! She’s a little bit of a dark horse. And when Pru wants your recipe, you’ve pretty much made it.

And leaving is Tom, the right decision from the judges there! If someone can’t bake a simple cake, then they just shouldn’t be there.

Until next week – puddings!

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