Great British Baking Show Bake-Along Wrap Up

I can’t even believe how quickly this Bake-Along went for us. Or maybe that was me? I don’t know, but it feels like it’s suddenly over. This is the wrap-up post for our FIRST Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. We had some failures, but we had a lot more wins. And no matter how the bakes went down we always had fun, supported each other and learned new techniques. Let’s look back at the Bake-Along shall we?

Great British Baking Show Bake-Along

Bake-Along Beginnings

I was watching the Great British Baking Show one night, and there was a bake that I wanted to make. I didn’t just WANT to bake it; I wanted to make it with friends cheering me on. I wanted to bake for people who would appreciate the hard work and tenacity it takes to stick with something even when it’s hard. My husband is wonderful and very supportive, but at the end of the day I’m baking and cooking for him and out teen sons. They want food. Yes, they would like it to be excellent tasting, but mainly they want to eat. I wanted more though; I wanted bakers to join me in trying new things. And when I couldn’t think of how to weasel my way on to the show, I decided to make my own bake along.

By the way, the recipe that inspired the Bake-ALong was for Clangers, a Bedfordshire Hand Pie.

Full photo of Clangers a Bedfordshire Hand Pie-savory and sweet filling make an all in one dinner pie

 

The Bake-Along Was Meant To Be

I didn’t ask friends. I didn’t tell anybody because, in the beginning, I didn’t know what I was creating. I just started writing about what I wanted, and the spark multiplied into the Bake-Along. I set up a Facebook group while simultaneously writing the intro post here and honestly it fell together so quickly I knew it was meant to be. Once the post went live, I shared it with friends who jumped right in to support it. Maybe they didn’t get to bake as much as they’d like but they shared with friends and added friends, and now the group is almost 200 bakers strong. The idea was of the Bake-Along at its core was to bring together bakers, to inspire them to learn new techniques and make friends on social media. We didn’t want anyone excluded because they couldn’t buy the right pan or their cookies weren’t perfect, so all of our bakes were super flexible.

A clean shot of the Steamed Pumpkin Pudding with Vanilla Hard Sauce on a wooden background with plates and towels

Great British Baking Show Star(Bucks) Bakers

While we don’t have  Mary and Paul or even Pru and Paul, we do have a Star Baker! Each week we have a random winner who becomes our Star(Bucks) Baker of the week. They win a 10 dollar gift card for their bake. How do we decide who wins? We load up the post where completed bakes are shared, close our eyes, scroll bake and forth, and the baker we stop on is the winner. Very very simple.

A whole Pizza Margherita American Measurements with one slice cut out and laying on a plate

The Bakes

We followed what WAS the newest Great British Baking SHow on Netflix for our bakes each week. What a lot of great baked goods we produced.

Bake-Along Bakes:

  1. Cake Week-Make a Fruity Cake
  2. Biscuit Week-24 filled crispy cookie sandwiches
  3. Bread Week-Paul Hollywood Cottage Loaf a technical bake
  4. Caramel Week-Millionaire Bars, any flavor minimum of three layers
  5. Pudding Week-A Steamed School Pudding with a Sauce
  6. Pastry Week-Family Sized Handraised Pie must use hot water crust
  7. Italian-Pizza Margherita
  8. Forgotten Bakes-Clanger, a Bedfordshire Hand Pie
  9. Patisserie-12 Choux Buns, must be filled, glaze and craquelin optional
  10. Final Week-12 Crispy Ginger Biscuits with frosting

We had a lot of bloggers joining on the fun. Here are the posts they wrote about the Great British Baking Show Bake-Along:

Did you join the fun? Why not join us for the next round? We’re going to start again with the newest Great British Baking Show featured on netflix. If you haven’t seen it don’t worry each bake is described in full and we’re flexible on how you execute. Join us! Or invite your friend who loves to bake. Heck, invite all your friends who love to bake to join our friendly baking competition. One of the best parts of the Bake-Along is being part of an inclusive and friendly community on social media. I needed a place to be on social media where it wasn’t about being better than everyone else, I couldn’t find it, so I made it. And I kind of love it.

 

If you were part of the facebook group and joined in the bakes please enter to win the final prize. A cake plate! I had thought I’d give away a box of baking goodies but then I remembered the big winners get a cake plate. So that’s what our big winner will get too. I’ll be going through the entries before I draw a winner and removing any entries from people who didn’t participate in the bakes. So please only enter if you meet any of the entry criteria. There are several ways to enter, you don’t need to prove them to me. Just clicking the enter button will get you in. Right, Good Luck!

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