Great British Fake Off: Top baking cheats and tips

27/08/2015 | Posted in Recipes

Do you spend every episode of GBBO salivating at the assortment of delicious treats on your television, but have no idea how to make them?

Get your baking apron ready as we’ve compiled a list of top hints and tips that can help even the most inexperienced cook rival Mary and Paul.

These handy hints will help you on your way to becoming a star baker!

  1. In week one of GBBO, the contestants were put through their paces by having to recreate Mary’s Walnut Cake. The BIG problem was the shiny, boiled icing on top of it, which defeated many of the aspiring bakers whose attempts were “grainy”. To avoid this, make sure your icing is perfectly light and marshmellowy by using the whisk function of the Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre, which builds speed gradually to ensure that exactly the right amount of power is used to prevent sudden jerks and splatters while blending. 


  2. When using ingredients like nuts, it’s important to ensure that they’re never too fine or coarse- we’re looking at you, Ian. Try using the chopping function of your Total Control Hand Blender Workcentre for perfectly chopped walnuts. 


  3. Impressed by Paul Jagger’s Cecil the Lion bread on GBBO last week? More of a basic bread baker than a daring dough devil? Keep it simple and classy with the Total Control Plastic Stand Mixer for effortless bread every time. Making the perfect loaf has never been easier! The Total Control Plastic Stand Mixer delivers the right amount of power at the right time, ensuring that your dough will always be knock-out!


  4. If presentation isn’t your strong-point, you can still create beautiful cakes by simply sieving icing sugar through a doyly. The sugar will settle on your cake in a stunning pattern, tricking everyone into thinking that you have slaved over the decoration for hours. Perfect if you are running short of time- it’s just a shame Nadiya didn’t know this trick to spruce up her biscuit box at the last minute.


  5. If you don’t happen to have a piping bag on hand, you can create one using a humble sandwich bag- not as fancy, but a great cost-effective alternative. Simply add your icing to the bag, twist the top end of the bag, cut off one of the bottom corners and use as normal.


  6. Filling your piping bag can be a messy job, why not try folding the top of the bag over a cup to give yourself a stable base and an extra hand to help for an easier filling process?


  7. These hints and tips will help you on your way to creating a 'show stopper', so relax and have fun with your baking!
Now you’re on your way to being a baking pro, why not share your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter, or Tweet us live during the next GBBO episode?

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