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The Great British Bake Off Episode 4 - Lacy Heart Pancakes

Four weeks into Bake Off and we were blessed with batter week. A Bake Off first where we saw flat Yorkshire puds, lacy pancakes and lots and lots of churros. The signature challenge was to make 24 identical Yorkshire puddings that were well risen and crispy. Everyone came with individual recipes and had very different ideas for fillings. Tom's idea of including chickpea flour in his batter was certainly something he won't be doing again. After making his first batch which came out the oven flat, his second lot didn't go any better. Val, who comes from Yorkshire, was worried she would never be allowed to return if she didn't produce good puds. Luckily for her they worked out okay and she was complemented with a beautiful texture and a good kick to the filling. img_7504 Everyone looked a little confused when they were asked to make twelve heart shaped lacy pancakes for the technical challenge. No quantities were provided for the batter so it was a bit of a guessing game. The bakers were allowed one test go at making their lacy pancake design and then the next twelve had to be served no matter what. Selasi was told his design looked like an aliens face and Rav had put far too much sugar in meaning his had all burnt! Benjamina really impressed the judges with her intricate pattern and rightfully took the top spot in judging. Ravi and his black pancakes, or should we say caramelised, came in last place. For the showstopper the contestants were asked to make 36 sweet churros. They had 3 hours to do this but as always everything seemed a little rushed. If the dough was too warm before frying, the churros may loose their shape, but as Selasi found out, if they were too cold, or frozen, they would not cook all the way through. Kate created some very strange looking churros bunnies which looked a little sad after frying and had gone very oily. Benjamina, who made coconut churros with a passionfruit sauce, was told by Mary that she had cracked it and that hers were beautiful. Rightfully, Benjamina was awarded star baker but the sad news came to Kate who was told her time in the tent was up. The next episode will be pastry week and we already can't wait to see what it'll deliver. img_7505-1 Heart Shaped Lacy Pancakes Ingredients (makes x12) 135g self raising flour 2 tbsp caster sugar 100ml milk 1 egg 30g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing Method Mix the flour and sugar together in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Beat the milk, egg and melted butter together and pour this into the well. Beat the liquid into the flour mix until the batter is smooth and there are no lumps of flour. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes whilst you decide what pattern to draw inside your heart (we recommend sketching it out). Pour the batter into a piping bag or a plastic bottle with a squeeze tip. Melt a little butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Pipe in a heart shape and then your pattern inside. Leave for 1-2 minutes and then very carefully flip your pancake using a pallet knife. Cook for another minute before serving. img_7502-1 What did you think of batter week and more importantly who is your favourite baker in the tent? We would love to see your lacy pancakes so share your photos with us on Instagram using @bakesbox or #bakesbox.

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