Oreo Brownie & Malteser Baked Alaska (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2104 #Week4 – Desserts)

Oreo Brownie & Malteser Baked Alaska (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2104 #Week4 – Desserts)

Welcome to Week 4 of the Great Bloggers Bake Off, which goes hand in hand with week 4 of the TV Show. This weeks episode was all about another of my favourite meals, desserts! Yum! The three categories are:

Siganature – Saucy Puddings
Technical – Tiramisu Cake
Showstopper – Baked Alaska

This means that for this weeks bloggers bake along, I think there is enough scope here to stick to the bakes given, I will accept a tiramisu pudding aswell as the cake, if you have a recipe which is worthy of linking up.  Oooh I am excited already at drooling over all of your delectable desserts next week 😉

As much as I wanted to make a sticky toffee pudding, a dessert I often choose when I have eaten out for Sunday dinner but have not yet made myself, I HAD to make a baked alaska in the end because it is a dessert I have wanted to make for well most of my life! It all stems back to one mouthful of it when my Mum made one many years ago when I was much younger, and I thought it was scrumptious. Sadly, I have never eaten any since and this seems hard to believe because we are talking ooooh maybe 30 years ago!!! Anbytway, that lingering mouthful has been with me ever since, and either I have never been brave enough to tackle making one myself, or it has never crossed my mind at times when I needed to make a posh pud!

So at finally last weekend, I made my first Baked Alaska and it was not as terrifying as I had imagined and I will be making it again for sure, in fact I am thinking that a Christmas one could work well for Christmas Day. My Oreo Brownie and Malteser Baked Alaska is my own take on this 1970’s dessert classic , and I hope that the GBBO will bring this pud back because it is ruddy delicious! My only self made complaint is that the meringue does not look very attractive – I should have piped it or forked it up and I did not!! Also, having now seen tonights episode of the GBBO, I should have frozen the ice cream in a bowl and not a flat tin! #bakedalaskafail BUT I will know for next time! I might have left mine in the oven a minute more than I should but as I say, ’twas my first time at making an alaska!

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Oreo Brownie & Malteser Baked Alaska (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2104 #Week4 – Desserts)
 
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Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • *FOR THE MALTESER ICE CREAM*
  • 300ml double cream
  • ½ tin of condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp chocolate spread
  • 1 large (grab) bag of Maltesers
  • *FOR THE BROWNE*
  • 1 small jar of Nutella chocolate spread
  • 100g self riaisng flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ pack of oreo cookies
  • *FOR THE MERINGUE*
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar

Instructions
  1. *TO MAKE THE ICE CREAM*
  2. Place the cream and condensed milk in a bowl and whisk until the mixture becomes firmer but not stiff
  3. Then add the chocolate spread and whisk again for a couple more minutes
  4. Fold in the Maltesers
  5. Line an 8inch cake tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture. Cover with another disk of greaseproof paper and then wrap the tin in tin foil and freeze over night
  6. *TO MAKE THE BROWNIE*
  7. Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
  8. LIne an 8 inch round baking tin
  9. Place all of the ingredients except for the Oreo cookies, into a bowl and beat together for a few minutes until a batter is formed.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, and then push Oreo cookies into the batter (as per the photo)
  11. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes – the top will be brown and spring back when touched
  12. Leave to cool
  13. *TO MAKE THE MERINGUE*
  14. Seperate the eggs and place the egg whites in a clean bowl
  15. Whisk until the meringue is firm enough to make soft peaks whrn the whisk is removed
  16. Then add ½ sugar slowly in about 4 lots while whisking on a moderate speed until peaks are resumed again
  17. Then carefully and lightly fold in the remaining sugar using a large metal spoon
  18. * TO ASSEMBLE *
  19. Pre heat the oven to 200oC (fan)
  20. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  21. Place the brownie on the paper
  22. Carefully place the ice cream on top of the brownie
  23. Then working quickly, spread the meringue over the ice cream right down to the base of the brownie – my meringe does not look that attractive as I did not make it inot peaks but if you have had more experience, please do this! Or you could pipe it on of course!
  24. Pop into the oven until the meringue is glazed and brown – about 5 minutes depending on your oven I would imagine.
  25. Then serve and enjoy!
  26. Although nicest served on the day it is made, this did keep ok in the fridge and was eaten the second day too.

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Still, it tasted mighty fine so as Norman said tonight, it may not look all that on the outside but the flavour was amazing!

So now over to you, on your marks get set……….BAKE!!!!!!!!

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** A reminder of the Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 rules**

So if you would like to join in this year or you are back again for some more baking fun, then here is what it entails:

**the Wednesday night following each episode of the GBBO a linky will open, and you need to bake a recipe inspired by one which was featured in the show. It can be an exact copy, one you have created yourself or a mix! As long as it can be connected to the themes used in that episode it can be linked up.

**the linky will remain open until the following Monday at 12pm. I will NOT accept any late entries this year unlike I did last year, simply because I am giving you an extra 12 hours!!!

** all entries must carry the Great Bloggers Bake Off badge if possible please and a link to my blog

**when you tweet your bake off recipe, please @JennyPaulin with the #greatbloggersbakeoff2014 hashtag and I will RT for you and add it to the pinboard.

**each week a blogger or bloggers will be selected as a Star Baker and will recieve a special badge to wear with pride on their blog.

**the next linky will open the following Wednesday as before but obviously with a new theme based on that evenings episode.

**the recipe linked up must not be one already posted on your blog – this is a bake along

This is not a serious linky at all (unless you make it so of course!). It is just for fun and any blogger is welcome to enter whatever their baking skills are and don’t be afraid to link up any disasters – credit will be given for effort too!

And finally……

Regular Great Bloggers  who bake will recall that last year there was a prize draw for the finale of the GBBO – well I am very much working on doing the same again this year, and I can confirm that so far I am able to offer a bakeware pack from Viners worth £30

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and hopefully some more prizes will be available as the bake along continues 🙂

See you next week for the round up xx


Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up #Week 2 – Biscuits

Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up #Week 2 – Biscuits

Welcome to the second Great Bloggers Bake Off Round Up for 2014 and very soon, a few scrolls further down this page, I will reveal this weeks Star Baker or Bakers.

This weeks biscuit categories were

Signature Bake – Savoury Biscuits
Technical Bake – Florentines
Show Stopper Round – 3D Biscuits

and because so many of you, including myself, opted to bake a biscuit or cookie there are 4 categories in total.

Thank you to everyone that linked up – including my own post there were 42 of you who baked along in total which is amazing!!! Well done and may I just say as a big fan of sweet biscuits, I have enjoyed seeing all your scrummy looking bakes. And I am loving all of the junior bakers who are helping with some of the bakes – it would be great to see more enter too.

Anyway, back to the round up and here are all of the wonderful biscuits that were linked up

**SAVOURY BISCUITS**
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GF Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cheese Biscuits
Cheddar and Herb Biscuits
Spinach & Cheese Crackers
Parmesan & Basil Thins
Olive Oil, Rosemary and Sea Salt

**FLORENTINES**

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The Beesley Buzz
Johnsons Babies
This Is Not My Home
Pigling Bland
The Crazy Kitchen
Baking Queen 74
Hijacked By Twins
NMCakes
Bluebird Sunshine
Jo’s Kitchen

**3D BISCUITS**

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Dalek Biscuits
Harry Potter
Hansel and Gretal Cottage
GF Beach Scene

**BISCUITS & COOKIES**

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Chocolate Vienese Fingers
GF Almond and Chocolate Cookies
Linzer Cookies
Neopolitan Biscuits
Lemon Filled Butter Biscuits
Pistachio Shortbread
Strawberry Jam Drop Biscuits
Simply Sweet Cookies
Mum’s Foolproof Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Oaty Biscuits
Anzac Biscuits
Lemon and White Chocolate Biscuits
Ginger,Lemon & Chocolate Biscuits
Banana & Peanut Butter Biscuits
Almond Cookies
Traditional Bickies
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Birthday Lemon & White Chocolate Biscuits
Biscuits
Walnut & Sultana Cookies
Double Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Smarties Cookies
Cinnamon Sugar Stamped Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think you will agree this is a fantastic collection of biscuit recipes all in one place.

I loved reading some of the stories behind the bakes and it has been a hard once again to pick a favourite/favourites.

And so lets move on to Star Baker for week 2

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I was going to choose a baker from each of the categories BUT having spent most of the night looking back over all of the entries, I have decided that the bakers who put in the most effort, creativity and baking work were those who entered with their 3D biscuits. I hope all of you who entered will agree that all 4 entries were really well done and clever.

After much deliberating I am awarding  this weeks Star Baker to Jenny and her Hansel and Gretal Cottage

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It is so well made and I love that Jenny even made her own tempered chocolate tiles for the house, after the thought of what Mary Berry would say if she has just stuck white chocolate buttons on!!! So well done Jenny 🙂

Special mentions also to Meg for her GF seaside scene – I am amazed by how well her biscuits were as they were gluten free and I like the fact she used honeycombe for the sand. Well done also to Carole with her Daleks – the decorations were so good and you could see they took a while to complete.

And finally, I have to say well done to J for his Harry Potter 3D scene

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– he designed it all himself and did a lot of the cutting and decorating too, and I think it looks wonderful and I cannot wait to see what you come up with next week. So especially for you, I am creating a Junior Star Baker badge , and this week it goes to you. Well done and keep up your baking passion.

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If any other youngsters want to join in, please do encourage them to bake and join in , it is lovely to see kids in the kitchen.

If anyone of the winners would like a badge to display on their blog (and for last week too) please let me know and I can email one over.

A BIG thank you again to all of you who entered and see you all again on Wednesday when it will be BREAD week

xx