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The Final of The Great British Bake Off - Royal Week

Last night was the final episode of The Great British Bake Off and it was fit for the Queen, quite literally as it was royal week! The bakers were tasked with making meringue crowns, Victoria sandwich cakes with no recipe and finally filling a picnic hamper with lots of yummy baked goods. For the final signature challenge the contestants were asked to make a meringue crown. They could interpret this however they wanted and they all went for something slightly different. Andrew created a real crown to sit on top of his meringues, Candice a beautiful meringue tower full of flavour and Jane a red, white and blue meringue stack. Both Candice and Jane received handshakes off Paul which seemed to fluster Andrew a little but he soon pulled himself together. For the technical challenge the bakers were told they would be very familiar with what was to come. The contestants were asked to make a Victoria Sandwich cake filled with jam and buttercream. Sounds easy enough? Of course there was a catch, there was no recipe provided at all! All the bakers got busy making their sponges, jams and buttercream and all served up cakes that looked pretty similar. With the judges looking for perfection, Jane came in third with her buttercream being too soft and her sponge a little dark. Candice had grainy buttercream so got second place and Andrew revived himself coming first with a nice coloured sponge, a good jam and lovely flavour. img_7718 With the bakers families and friends gathering outside the tent, along with the past contestants, the 3 finalists had just their showstoppers to complete. They were challenged with making a picnic fit for the queen. Think pastries, tarts, celebration cakes and quiches. Our personal favourites had to be Candice's piggy sausage rolls which really did look like little piggies! The judges were impressed with all of their efforts and Mary even said it had been a 'humdinger' of a showstopper. The finalists gathered outside with everyone else whilst the judges deliberated over who should be crowned the winner of Bake Off 2016 (stop reading now if you don't want to know). The 3 bakers came forward and it was announced that Candice was the winner. She throughly deserved it as she has made some lovely looking bakes whilst being in the tent. She was very tearful talking to the camera and you could see how grateful she was, we can't wait to see what she gets up to next! Our final recipe form the Bake Off series will be for Cheese and Rosemary Scones, the perfect picnic treat! img_7715 Cheese and Rosemary Scones Ingredients (makes x10) 225g self raising flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 55g butter 100g cheese, grated 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped 100ml milk + extra for glazing Method Place the flour and bicarb. into a bowl and rub in the butter using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the rosemary and cheese and then make a well in the middle of the mixture. Pour in the milk and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll until about 2cm thick. Use a scone cutter to stamp out as many scones as you can (we used a small one rather then a large). Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 10-15minutes or until golden and risen. img_7716 If you've been inspired by watching Bake Off why not have a look at our monthly baking subscription box. We package up and send you all the dry ingredients to make a new recipe every month! You can then tag us in your photos of your bakes on Instagram and we'll share our favourite ones!  

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