The Great British Bake Off - Episode 9 "Semi-Finals"

Sadly The Great British Bake Off is coming to an end this week. In tomorrow's final Frances, Kimberley and Ruby are going to bake their socks off, in order to be crowned the Great British Bake Off's Best Amateur Baker.


The Semi-Final was a French affair. There were lots of tempting treats baking away in the oven which made it hard to pick a favourite. In the end I decided to try and make something from Frances' beautiful vegetable garden. Her little carrots, tomatoes and cauliflowers were stunning to look at and judging by Mary and Paul's faces they tasted divine too. Go Frances!


So Friday after work I went shopping for mini cauliflowers. The recipe can be found here.


I went for a bigger cutter for the cheese scones (6 cm) and still ended up with 15. I very nearly forgot to add baking powder to the mix, as self raising flour isn't the norm over here. I recall a rainy November afternoon back in Ireland when I had decided to bake some Swiss Christmas cookies but forgot that Irish flour is of the self raising variety. When peeking through the oven door, I was greeted by some blow-up monster cookies which looked like they were about to take off..


It was a lot of fun baking the cauliflowers but it takes quite a bit of time to make the cauliflower puree, bake the scones and assemble everything. So it's not really recommended when you're in a rush. Hats off to Frances, who also made mini tomatoes and carrots last week.


We had our mini cauliflowers for dinner with a side salad and a bowl of homemade pumpkin soup. They taste lovely and the cauliflower flavour, cheese and herbs come through nicely. Maybe it would be nice to bite into them while they're still warm.





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