Cook up a showstopper
03 October 2017 | Schwartz
Ah, crumbling before crumbles, a Baked Alaska disaster and stunning the nation with an expertly baked… sandwich? There’s only one answer to the source of this culinary chaos – The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens once more. To celebrate, we take a look at the favourite recipes of previous winners – not to mention the revered Prue and Paul! From the perfect flaky pastry to a hearty mac ‘n’ cheese, here are the dishes that would be winning the star prize at the ultimate white tent party!
Apple Crumble has been the go-to dish in Nadiya’s house since the Bake Off winner was still at school. This rustic recipe calls for an oaty topping packed with allspice and cinnamon for an autumnal dessert no-one will be able to resist. We matched Bramley apples with seasonal pears, which together add an extra level of flavour to the sweetness. Serve up with warm, fresh custard and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
When she’s not whipping up sweet windmills in the kitchen, Nancy’s favourite baking challenge is pastry. Indeed, the perfect pastry is an essential skill for any baker, going perfectly with both sweet and savoury dishes. Start off easy with this classic sweet shortcrust filled with lightly spiced apples and blackberries. We love this simple tart and think it’s best enjoyed with a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Understandably, outside the white tent Candice likes to take it a little bit easier in the kitchen. Simple, wholesome food is the staple, with macaroni and cheese winning the prize in her household any day! Just seven ingredients go into making this creamy pasta dish - and with our easy Cheddar Cheese Sauce mix the whole thing can be served from scratch in just over half an hour.
In true Hollywood fashion, Paul’s chosen meal couldn’t be further from the realms of the Great British Bake Off – choosing a main of Mediterranean souvlaki as his star. This mouth-watering lamb wrap is surprisingly easy to throw together – simply set the marinated diced steaks cooking with our perfectly blended Lamb Seasoning, then prepare Greek salad and traditional tzatziki to serve on the side.
The new star of the show has long been a fan of beetroot - Prue admits that her family is now probably sick of her favourite ingredient! But the bright, earthy vegetable does add an extraordinary flavour to salads, quiche or more adventurous sweet bakes, so we’re proud to declare ourselves beetroot fans. We love matching it with dill for this rich soup that’s sure to turn a few heads. Bake up a few cheesy croutons on the side and finish with a swirl of horseradish.