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The Great British Bake Off Episode 8 - Tudor Week

Tudor week was certainly an interesting one as Bake Off episodes go. The bakers went back in time and were faced with game pies fit for Henry the 8th, jumble biscuits which got the bakers in a knot and grand centre pieces covered in marzipan. The first challenge was to make individual pies in 3 hours. The judges were looking for a tudor theme with beautiful pastry and  a tasty filling. Benjamina took the tudors to Mexico with a spicy filling but Andrew stole the show making his pies in the shape of clogs which actually turned! The technical challenge got the bakers in a jumble, quite literally, as they were tasked with making jumble biscuits. This involved making a biscuit dough which was quite simple but the challenge came when shaping the dough. The contestants had to make two different shapes, the Celtic knot and the ball knot and all they had to help was a simple diagram. After getting in a twist, all the bakers made a good attempt at the shaping and presented the judges with 12 biscuits each. Jane was placed last as her biscuits had lost definition during cooking where as Candice got the top spot with her biscuits staying in shape and being golden brown. dsc_0855 Going into the showstopper, Benjamina, Jane and Selasi were all trailing behind a little with Candice and Andrew out in front. The final challenge was to create a 3D marzipan centrepiece which was entirely edible, with Mary adding the more elaborate the better! Benjamina created a maze with a large tree in the middle but the judges thought that it was a little simplistic for this stage of the competition. Andrew made a scene with jousting knights but there were a few little cracks which Mary wasn't happy with. Candice rightfully stole the show making a 3D peacock out of marzipan and sponge all died blues, greens and yellows. It really did look spectacular and with the judges saying it tasted as good as it looked she was awarded star baker. The unfortunate baker who will not be joining the others in the semi finals was Benjamina. She was very tearful but said she will always keep baking, but not anything Tudor themed ever again! Next week the bakers will be faced with making three different pastries, and the judges will decide which three will be going into the final. dsc_0847 As always we've made one of the recipes from last nights episode. This week we've re-created the Jumbles from Paul's technical challenge. They have a subtle sweet and spicy flavour which we're sure the Tudors would have loved compared to a lot of the food they ate. Jumble Biscuit Recipe Ingredients (makes 8) 100g self-raising flour 100g plain flour 80g caster sugar 1 egg 2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp golden caster sugar Method Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Mix together the flours, caster sugar, egg, spice and vanilla in a bowl and then add 25ml of cold water. mix again until a dough is formed. It should be quite dry so don't be tempted to add more water. dsc_0834 Cut the dough into 8 even pieces and shape by rolling each piece into a long sausage, tying a knot with the dough and then tucking one end over the top into the middle and the other end under the bottom into the middle. dsc_0850 Place on a baking tray, scatter with the golden caster and bake for 20-25minutes. The buns should be golden and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. dsc_0858 If you have a go at making this Tudor teatime treat we would love to see! Tag us in your photos on Instagram using @bakesbox or #bakesbox.

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