My first very exciting bake was making Filo pastry. I have seen it being made on The Great British Bake Off and with my friend we decided to give it a go. We decided to give our favourite Kimberley's recipe a go and although it was really really hard work, the result was fantastic. I took a picture of making the pastry and one of the final product. If you want something to do in a day, it is very rewarding but it's definitely a once in a lifetime thing!
Chicken, bacon and butternut squash pie:
The next exciting thing I made was a pizza from scratch. This was just like making bread but the result was a lot tastier! I used Jaime Oliver's recipe here: Jaime Oliver's pizza dough. A couple of tips I would give are:
1. Use a bowl instead of doing it straight onto a work surface - it's much less messy.
2. It's important not to keep adding flour so the dough is very wet. This means if you have a standing mixer (a kitchen aid type thing) with a dough hook I would recommend using it instead of trying to knead this very sticky dough. Do persevere though if you do it by hand, it will come together in the end!
I made a margarita pizza with added black olives. I tried to shape the base the 'professional' way. This was a lot of fun but I definitely need more practice! My end shape was more fish/penis shaped than spherical but ah well!
I also made some bread rolls for when my cousins came home. They worked really well, although I need to improve on my 'slashing' technique. I used the recipe from Paul Hollywoods 'How to Bake' book.
And finally I made a coffee cake, which looks a lot nicer than it has photographed. It was from Mary Berry's aga book (a book which I can't live without). It's so quick to make and tastes great.
Have you done any baking this weekend? Share your success below!