Last night’s GBBO involved my favourite type of cake and that is millefeuille.
I used to buy these as a treat when I was a teenager. All that lightness and cream and icing… and in those days all for less than a pound. Which is amazing when you bear in mind all that’s involved in it – making the filling, the icing, the puff pastry, assembling it and then drizzling the top with some decorative pattern.
The GBBO has reached the point when I start to enjoy it properly – we’re down to a bunch of really, really skilled bakers pushing themselves right up to the wire with timing as they create these elaborate concoctions. I know they say they’re panicking, but really, whether they were winding puff pastry around cylinders to make cream horns, to rolling puff pastry down to the perfect thickness the first time round, to stencilling designs over cake tops, they looked surgically focused.
Lovely Daughter #2 and I laughed like mad when Glenn’s “ugly bunch of nuns” collapsed. Also when he took a blowtorch to one of his creations in an attempt to improve its appearance. Poor Glenn.
I’d quite like Kimberley to win. I think she might not get that much coverage because she approaches things in a very undramatic way, but she obviously has a lot of experience behind her, and a love of baking. I like Frances’ creations too. This week she was in her element making a musical themed selection as her show stopper: French cream horns, piano key millefeuille and bass clef shaped curly things. Very pretty & good enough to eat.
There’s a picture and also another very enjoyable review of the bake off here
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