The most recent week on Bake Off was week 9, however I am now a week behind with my baking as we went 10 days without a kitchen. Salads and take-outs only, but we are now the proud owners of a brilliant new kitchen, with plenty of space for baking. It is very exciting.
I will be honest and say that cheesecake is probably my favourite pudding, so when the bakers were tasked with baked cheesecake for their signature bake in week 8 it was an obvious choice for me. I have made a non baked cheesecake a couple of times in the past, so once again this is another first for me.
A quick search online and Delicious Magazine had 20 recipes to chose from. Trying to keep it simple I went with blueberry. The ingredients were fairly simple; mascarpone, cream cheese, blueberries, sugar, zest of an orange, three eggs and then crushed biscuits with melted butter for the base.
I have to say that this was one of the easiest bakes I’ve done. Put everything into a bowl and let the food mixer do its thing. Once the mix is nice and smooth add most of the berries. Pour into the springform cake tin on top of the biscuit base, add the last few berries and bake in the oven on a medium/low heat for 50 minutes.
It didn’t look too bad and the good quality arty photo was taken by my amazing wife. Thank you Helen.
How did it taste? Bloomin’ amazing! It was still nice and light inside and the orange zest complimented the sweetness. Possibly it could have done with a couple more minutes in the oven, but I was worried that it might burn. Another success.
Week 8 also saw the departure of Lottie, our favourite baker. Sad but it was the right decision after her ice cream cake collapsed.
Week 9 was patisserie week and the signature bake was to make six savarins, which are a light cake made with yeast and soaked in liquer-flavoured syrup, or just use some alcohol. I have a love for rum, so next weekend I will have an attempt at a Rum Baba.
All of my previous bakes can be found here. Who else is looking forward to the final on Tuesday?