The Bake Off Bake Along Week 8 Roundup & Week 9 | Patisserie

Oh hi. OK... so I missed a week and I feel really bad about it. I'm sorry, it's the first time I've ACTUALLY missed a week of baking in three years. I have no excuse other than I just started a new job, moved house and was away the weekend I was supposed to do the Tudor bake. Had I have attempted, I would have loved to have made the pie, but probably only one big one. I was mega sad that Benjamina was booted out - I genuinely had her pipped to be in the final but alas, Selasi clung on for another week. I do love him but how he managed to cling on will always be a mystery.

Without further ado, it is my turn to announce the winner of the Tudor week bake - a big round of applause to EVERYONE involved, these weeks can be such a pain. Amanda and I were totally bowled over by Laura's Gluten Free Peacock! It looks totally fab, well done such a strong effort!

I normally get quite excited for patisserie week but this year, not much tickled my fancy. In all honesty I would have loved to have tried the Savarin, but I just didn't have the time to get everything I needed, otherwise I woulda been ALL OVER IT. Instead I decided to go for the Fondant Fancies, which in all honesty were a bit of a disaster - due to lack of equipment, I didn't have my piping bags and I accidentally bought icing sugar and not fondant. Eejit.

Anyway, I did think the sponge tasted lovely, even though it definitely wasn't my best ever bake. I also ATTEMPTED a buttercream crumb coat, with not much success but ho hum, it's all about the learning process isn't it? I am determined to get good at it, I expect I'm not using the correct consistency, if anyone knows of any good tutorials to do this, let me know!