GBBO Week 4 Round Up

So it was all about pastry last week and you all made some wonderful pies and tarts and the entries were again of a very high standard.

Why not take a look:


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1.  Snaffles Mummy
2. Mummy Makes Cakes
3. Cupcake Mumma
4. Hijacked By Twins
5. BlueBird Sunshine
6. The Crazy Kitchen
7. Pigling Bland


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1.  Pear & Chocolate Pies by Vanilla Stitches
2. Apple & Blackberry Pie by Crazy With Twins
3. Summer Fruit Meringue Pies by Mummy Makes Cakes
4. Coconut Tarts by Guai Shu Shu
5. Mini Lemon Meringue by Johnson Babies
6. Orange Blossom and Poppy Seed Heart Tarts by Capture by Lucy
7. Apple, Strawberry & Elderflower Pie by Mummy Mishaps (me!)
8. Classic Apple Pie by Foodie Laura
9. Apple & Blackberry Pie by Helvetia Handmade
10. Key Lime Cheesecake Pie by Casa Costello
11. Jam Tarts by Sarah’s Wacky World
12. Mini Blueberry (GF) Pies by Cafe Bebe
13. Apple & Blackberry Pie by A Mummy Too
14. White Chocolate & Yogurt Pie with a Beetroot Pasty by Veggie Desserts


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1. French Tomato Tart by The Good LIfe Mum
2. Caramalised Garlic Tart by Delightsome
3. Apple. Stilton & Caramalised Walnut Pie by Instinctive Mum
4. Pork Pies by The Crazy Kitchen
5. Cheesy Lentil Pie by Jennifers Little World
6. Smoked Salmon, Vegetable & Dill Tart by Crumbs & Corkscrews
7. The Ashover Moorland Tart by A Wannabe Foodie
8.  Chicken, Bacon, Spinach, Red Pepper &  Feta Filo Pie by My LIttle Scrap Of LIfe
9. Savoury Tarts by Ramblings of a Crafty Mum
10. Lamb & Rosemary Pies by Wandering Sheila
11.New Zealand Mini Meat Pies by Here Comes The Girls
12. Sausage, Bacon & Egg Pie by Carole Finds Her Wings
13.  New Zealand Steak & Cheese Pie by MummyIsAGadgetGeek
14. Potato & Sweetcorn Pies by Cakes Photos LIfe
15. Beef & Stilton Pie by Mari’s World
16. Italian Chicken & Tomato Pies by White Lily Green
17. Mushroom, Chestnut & Ale Pie  by Wallflower Girl


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Mud Pie by Here Comes The Girls

I think you will agree an amazing array of pastry clad sweet and savoury pies and tarts.

It was another hard week to apppoint a Star Baker because the standard was so high again and I wish we could award more than one! After much deliberating Helen Hollywood and myself, Jenny Berry *ahem* are pleased to annouce that our 4th Star Baker is……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Karin from Cafe Bebe with her Gluten Free Mini Bluberry Pies ! We felt that considering that GF pastry is renowned for being hard to work with, Karin’s pies looked delectable and we loved her styling too.  Well done Karin – let me have your email address so I can send you your badge 🙂

Also we would like to say a huge well done to Helen for making her own puff pastry and all those elements that made up her amazing French Tomato Tart !!!

Well done to you all though – I would have loved to sample some of those savoury pies on a cold day with some buttery mash or chips and gravy , or the sweet ones with custard – yum!

Also a huuuuuge thank you to everyone for joining in x

Next weeks GBBO challenge is all about Traybakes, tuiles and biscuits! Good luck x



Strawberry, Apple & Elderflower Pie (#GBBO week4)


So it is week 4 of the Great British Bake Off which means it is the fourth week of our Great Bloggers Bake Off!!! I was completely taken aback by the entries to the last linky – 39 in total which is amazing and all the desserts were so fantastic too. I love how everyone is continuing to challenge themselves and produce some outstanding results *pats everyone on the back*

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Oreo & Baileys Chocolate Petits Fours (GBBO #week 3)

Oreo & Baileys Chocolate Petits Fours (GBBO #week 3)

So it is week 3 of the Great British Bake Off which means it is the third week of our Great Bloggers Bake Off!!! I was completely taken aback by the entries to the second linky – 40 in total which is amazing and all the bakes were so fantastic too. I love how everyone is continuing to challenge themselves and produce some outstanding bakes *pats everyone on the back*

Our second Star Baker was Bluebird Sunshine for her basic breadsticks and crispbreads – well done to her 🙂

So tonight’s show was all about Trifles, Floating Islands and Petits Fours which means that these are the themes for week 3 of the Great Bloggers Bake Off too.

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Great Bloggers Bake Off #Week 2 Round Up

Once again Helen Hollywood and myself Jenny Berry (*chortle), have been blown away by all the amazing great bloggers who are baking out there and joining in with our linky! Thank you – I am chuffed to bits by your support and enthusiasm for your baking and how adventerous you – and I – are getting. I doubt I would have made bread yet had it not been for this, as I was always too scared!! Now I have made buns and two lots of bread rolls last week! I think bread making may be a little addictive!

So, without further ado, let’s look back at all your wonderful entries for week 2 of the Great Bakers Bake Off

The themes in last weeks GBBO Show were

Breadsticks, Muffins and Bread

and your entries included


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1. Traditional English Muffins by Tales of Pigling Bland
2. Smoked Paprika Muffins by Baking Making and Crafting
3. English Muffins by The Good LIfe Mum
4. English Muffins by Nelly



1. Brioche made into French Toast by Actually Mummy
2.  Chocolate & Orange Brioche by The Crazy Kitchen (obviously not an entry as Helen Hollywood made this!)
3. Strawberry & White Chocolate Brioche by Cakes Photos LIfe


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1. Gluten Free Focaccia by Cupcake Mumma
2. Focaccia by All You Need Is Love & Cake
3. Tomato, Rosemary and Red Onion Focaccia by Mummy Vs Work
4. Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Loaf by Hijacked by Twins
5. Zopf Bread by Jennifer’s Little World
6. Savoury Monkey Bread by Keynko
7. Focaccia by Johnson Babies
8. Egyptian Bread by Here Comes The Girls
9. Walnut & Gruyere Bread by Multi Layer Mummy
10. Sundried Tomato, Feta Cheese & Basil Fougasse by Jujubean
11. Pretend Bread (not edible!!) by Here Comes The Girls
12. Grainy Mustard & Beer Bread by Being Mrs C
13. Gluten Free Focaccia and Pizza by Cafe Bebe
14. Focaccia by Cakes Photos Life



1. Pain Au Chocolates by Being Mrs C
2. Quick Cheese Croissants by Sarah’s Wacky World


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1. Chocolate Chip, Orange & Ginger Tear and Share Bread by Mummy Is a Gadget Geek
2. Orange & Cranberry Bread by Mummy Makes Cake
3. Fruit & Cinnamon Loaf by Helvetia Handmade
4. Swirly Coloured Bread by Superbusy Mum


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1. Raspberry White Chocolate Swirls by Snaffles Mummy
2. Cinammon Finger Buns by Ramblings of a Crafty Mum
3. Chocolate, Coconut & Cherry Buns by me (does not count as an official entry)
4. Chocolate Cinnamon Buns by Cakes and Scribbles 
5. Chocolate & Cinnamon Swirls by The Mini Mes and Me
6. Apple & Cranberry Chelsea Buns by Yellow Days
7. Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Sticky Buns by Little Life Of Scrap



1. Quick & Easy Cheese Buns by Mummy Alarm
2. Pizza Pinwheels by All You Need Is … Love….Is All You Need




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1. Beer & Black Pepper Grissini by Wallflower Girl
2. Marmite & Parmesan Breadsticks by Crazy With Twins
3. Garlic, Parmesan and Parsley Breadsticks by Jo’s Kitchen
4. Basic Breadsticks and Crispbreads by Bluebird Sunshine
5. Cheese & Rosemary Breadsticks by Vanilla Stitches
6. Chocolate Breadsticks by Welcome to the Mummy Madness
7. Parmesan and Sundried Tomato Grissini by LovebyBryony

Seriously, some fantastic entries and the creativity shown, photo styling and flavours have been brilliant! It is making judging that much harder for us both!


However, after much debate Helen and I (apologies to the Hollywood for disturbing her while she was on holiday!) have selected a winner. We decided to go with a breadstick/grissini entry as we felt that these seemed more of a challenge to make and perfect for the linky. In the end it was between two bloggers and it was a close call but we have decided to go with

………… *cue dramatic pause in a Mel and Sue kind of way* ……………


Congratulations to Bluebird Sunshine with her basic breadsticks and crispbreads. The simplicity of the bake and the effort of making not just breadsticks but crispbreads aswell , with the pretty garnish just edged the vote in her direction! As the lady herself said

I was so excited to hear the SNAP when I self-judged that I could sit like a loon tonight with a glass of wine and a slab of cheese and devour the lot with a snap, slather, slap.


Don’t forget to contact me for your Star Baker badge and well done 🙂

You can view all your creations so far in our GBBO Pinterest board

If anyone who is joining in with the linkies, would like to be added to our GBBO FB group please let me know in the messages below.

Thanks again and the new linky will be open Wednesday morning xx

Chocolate, Coconut & Cherry Buns (GBBO #2)

Chocolate, Coconut & Cherry Buns (GBBO #2)

So it is week 2 of the Great British Bake Off which means it is the second week of our Great Bloggers Bake Off!!! I was genuinely over whelmed by the gorgeous cakes that were linked up last week and you all did so well. I think everyone challenged themselves and produced some truely outstanding cakes *pats everyone on the back*

Out first Star Baker was Helen from The Good Life Mum so congratulations to her and for the full round up please take a look at Helen Hollywood’s post.

Last night’s show was all about bread. They made breadsticks, english muffins and showstopping bread. Therefore the theme for this weeks linky is anything made using a bread dough – and yes you can use a bread machine is you wish as long as the recipe is your own and not out of a packet !!

I decided to have a go at making Chelsea Buns – a Paul Hollywood recipe taken from last year’s GBBO recipe book – but I decided to use my own filling of chocolate, coconut and cherry mmmmm!! I have NEVER made my own dough before and here is how I got on


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