Bake Fail no more!

By Naomi Biltcliffe | 23/09/2015 | Posted in Kitchen

The Great British Bake Off contestants know a thing or two about the unforgiving business of baking, but if even they’re getting things wrong, we know it might feel more than a little daunting. 

Fear not! Although baking is an exact science, there are some easy tips and tricks that you can learn from the GBBO fails to help you with your next batch of biscuits or lovely loaf. Our Together We’ll Make It surgery is always open and on hand to help with some of your queries and questions, so make sure you have a gander at our Facebook page.

So get ready to reminisce on some famous GBBO disasters and how you can avoid them. 

1. Unset desserts

A common mistake committed not only in the Bake Off tent but also at home, is not allowing yourself enough time to ensure your custards, jellies and trifles are entirely set, leaving you with a soupy consistency, similar to Dorrett’s Black Forest Gateau disaster in week one! A simple way to avoid such a catastrophe is to plan ahead – make sure you allow enough time for every element of the recipe to be entirely completed and finished before starting the next step. 



Over-baking cookies and biscuits

Over-baking is a common issue, especially when it comes to baking cookies and biscuits. It’s much better for cookies to be slightly under-baked than over-baked. No one likes a hard, dry cookie that resembles cardboard! Avoid this by remaining vigilant while you bake, don’t get distracted and forget about them and always check them after the minimum cooking time has been reached.




Dough is supposed to be mixed, right? Right! But over-mixing dough over-activates the gluten in the flour and results in a thick, stringy and stodgy consistency, not ideal for a light, fluffy bread. To avoid this, try using the

Total Control Stand Mixer, which uses Smart Response Technology and six different programmed settings to ensure you achieve perfect dough every time.


4. Not preheating the oven correctly

The beginning of every recipe usually states a preheated oven temperature – don’t ignore this, but do get to know your own oven. Unfortunately GBBO contestant Marie was caught short in week 2, after she forgot to turn the oven on completely…oops! Her bake was obviously totally uncooked! Don’t let this be you, when you first embark on a recipe make sure the oven is turned on (!) and correctly preheated. 


5. Over-beating egg whites

Mixing egg whites can be an art in itself. Over-beating your egg whites will end in complete separation. Not ideal. To avoid this, try using the Total Control Hand Blender Pro Set which offers eight different speed settings with Smart Response Technology for ultimate control and to guarantee fluffy, light egg whites.


6. Forgetting to soften the butter

It’s all in the planning. Butter needs to be softened at room temperature before creaming with sugar, otherwise the ultimate creamy consistency won’t be achieved. If you forget to pre-soften the butter then either of these simple tips will help you. Option one: chop the butter into smaller chunks and rest by a warm oven. Option two: put the butter in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until it becomes soft.


After remembering these famous errors, you may be less likely to make your own baking mistakes. Why not share your perfect bakes or unfortunate mistakes on Facebook and Twitter during the next live episode of GBBO? You could even be in with the chance of winning an innovative product from the Total Control range to help you on your way.

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