Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

The Not So British Bake Off: Week 10 (The Finale)

I’m a bit saddened to write my last Not So British Bake Off post. For this finale, the challenge was to go back to the basics and perfect them. To make perfect mini scones, mini lemon tarts, and mini victoria sponge cakes. On the program we saw front runner Richard really trip up making the three in the time span of 2 hours.

I set myself the challenging of doing the same thing. But in all honesty, it took me 2 hours and 45 minutes. Not too bad, especially since I wasn’t rushing at all, and I had to stop and do the washing up in between each item due to limited kitchen space and the fact that I only have one mixing bowl. Plus I made my own raspberry jam for the first time which was quite exciting!

As you can see, the finale was quite dramatic and a bit traumatising!

Mini Scones, Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes and Lemon Tartlets
cover shot
For Mini Victoria Sponge

Ingredients:
(For the jam)
225g of raspberries, chopped
150 g of sugar

(For the sponge)
112g of self-raising flour
2 large eggs
112g of caster sugar
112 g of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

(For the buttercream)

125 g of icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
32 g butter
1/2 tablespoon of milk

Preheat the oven to 190C (375F). Line one baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Start by making the jam. Place the raspberries and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.

Now start your sponge, by beating all of the ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy. Spread the mixture out onto the baking tray, and then smooth evenly. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden-brown and cooked through.

Carefully remove sponge cake to a wire rack and set aside to cool.

For the buttercream, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the butter and milk and beat until smooth. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle.

Cut out 12 small circles from the sponges. Spread 6 halves with the strawberry jam and pipe on a little buttercream. Sandwich together with the remaining sponge circles. Decorate with the remaining buttercream if you desire.

For the Scones

(Ingredients):
250g of self-raising flour
1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder
40g of softened butter
25g of caster sugar
1 large free-range egg
about 100ml of milk

Preheat the oven to 220C (425F).

Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Beat the egg in a measuring jug. Make up to 100ml/3½fl oz with the milk, then set aside a tablespoon for glazing the scones later.

Gradually add the egg and milk to the dry ingredients, stirring it in until you have a sticky dough

Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and pat out until it is about ¾ an inch thick. Use a small fluted cutter to cut out the scones.  Keep all the trimmings, roll them up and pat the dough out again to cut more scones

Arrange the scones on the greased baking trays and brush the tops with the remaining milk. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until well risen and golden-brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Lemon Tartlets

Ingredients:
(For the pastry)
88 g of plain flour
50 g of  butter, cut into small cubes
12 g of icing sugar
1 egg yolk

(For the filling)
2 large free-range eggs
50 ml/double cream
75g/ caster sugar
1 1/2 lemons, juice and zest
icing sugar, for dusting

(For the decoration)
50g of chocolate, chopped

Start by making your pastry. Place the flour, butter and icing sugar into a food processor. Pulse briefly until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add the egg yolk and one tablespoon of cold water. Mix again until the dough starts to form clumps. Then dump it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a ball. Knead the pastry two or three times and then to make it into a smooth ball, again. Wrap it in cling film and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Grease your tart tins.

Roll the pastry dough out onto your floured surface until it’s about  ¼inch thick. Cut out circles with a  round cutter and use to line the tins, re-rolling the pastry as necessary. Put the tart cases in the fridge to chill.

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). Cover the base of the tartlets with foil and fill with a few baking beans. (Like I’ve mentioned before, I literally have  a box of dried beans that I use for this.) Bake for seven minutes then remove the beans and foil.

Return the pastry  to the oven for another 5 minutes or until they are light golden-brown and completely dry. Set aside to cool while you make the filling. Reduce the oven temperature to 170C (325F).

While the tarts are cooling make the filling by breaking the eggs into a large bowl and whisking them together . Then add the rest of the filling ingredients and whisk again until they are all well-combined. Pour the filling mixture into a jug, then into the cooled baked pastry cases. Bake for about seven minutes, or until just set.

Leave to cool slightly then carefully ease the tartlets from their tins an place on a wire rack to cool completely. For the decoration, melt the chocolate bain marie. Spoon the melted chocolate into a small piping bag. Snip off the end and pipe the word ‘citron’ or a decoration of your choice on top of the tarts.

cutting scones
Cutting out the scones.

oven
Checking the colour of my scones.

cupboardsmaking jam
My first ever jam in the making!

tart pastryassembling victoria spongebuttercream pipingsconesdusting sugarscone platetartslonely as a cloud abovemary judges
Mary’s last taste of this year’s Bake Off!

presentation
But just as she’s about to present me the last Star Baker award, naming me the overall winner…..

paul hollywood says no
…Paul Hollywood swoops in with the unexpected news that my American-ness came as a shock and a Great British Bake Off contestant has to be…well…British.

ripping up star baker
Mary could have broken the news to me a bit more gently!

my precious
My precious!!!!

sad
My Great British Bake Off dreams are over for this year, hopefully they’ll sort those rules out next year! 😉

Sadly the series won’t be back until next summer, but if you enjoyed this baking series what food related series would you like to see next?

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  • lol – not to worry – they look like star baker material to me!

    Have really enjoyed your bake-off posts along with the show!

  • Haha! Amanda, these last few photos were hysterical! You are so creative! It’s a really good thing I don’t bake because all of these desserts look REALLY tempting.

    • Hehe thanks Sarah! Although if you did learn, you could throw tea parties for yourself…. not that I’d even think of doing such a thing… x

  • Haha, this is seriously adorable. The ending = perfect!

  • haha loved that ended, you look so heartbroken in front of the beautiful pastries! I’m really impressed you did all that in less than 3 hours, it looks very delicious! Your Victoria Sponge looks absolutely amazing – my boyfriend made some for my birthday earlier this year and I decorated them, but they were certainly not that amazing looking! I love your dotted piping!

    • Thanks Camila! A traditionalist would probably tell me I shouldn’t have put buttercream on the top as well, but I had extra and I certainly wasn’t going to waste it! x

  • That’s awesome that you did all of the in 2 hours 45 mins…have you thought of applying to the program?

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • Thank you so much Angie! I have thought about it, but I’m afraid I’d crumble under all that pressure! (Even during the application phase!) x

  • Loved this series, well done! I’m sure you had more good bakes than bad which is a lot better than some of those on the show! I did all the bakes too but haven’t tried the finale yet!
    thefoxandfurrow.blogspot.co.uk
    x

  • Such a sad sad ending! I loved this reading this series though and would love to see more recipes I can tempt Fredrik to make me!

  • I think I can get a petition going to appeal their decision because those pastries look amazing. Their deliciousness should trump your Americanness. The photos and captions for this series are always so funny. “My precious!!!!” hahaha!

    • Hahahaha “deliciousness should trump Americanness” might be my new life motto. Thank you so much! x

  • Your mini Victoria sponges are adorable 😀 And I need one of those cake satnd thingies… why do I not own such a thing?

    • I got mine from the Swedish(“) chain store “Tiger” for under a £5. Not bad value for money, right?!And thank you so much! x

  • Ala

    These look amazing, well done! I’d probably fail at this one because shock horror, I’ve never made scones before – talk about taking it back to basics. You did awesome though! So sad it’s over 🙁 xxx

    • Thanks Ala! I now have a void on Wednesday nights that I need to fill! What to do?! I’d never made scones before this but they were really similar to American biscuits so I had a bit of a leg-up in that way! x

  • Too funny!! And your treats look amazing!!

  • thisandthatblog

    I’m so impressed that you didn’t take much longer than the two hour limit – well done! I had no idea that making jam was achievable so quickly, I might have to give it a whirl myself. I’ve loved this series of posts and I’ll miss them hugely! Thanks for such great recipes. Fi xx

    • Thank you so much Fi! I know some jam recipes add in a thickener, but my jam set up fine without it (surprising me to be honest!). I actually had no idea that making jam was so do-able either! x

  • Kate Mitchell

    I’m so impressed by your skills!

  • I think you should host your own high tea! Teach us how to make fancy sandwiches along with all the fancy desserts you featured here.
    Also, this series has been SO much fun. I’ve been totally blown away by your creativity. You found a way to engage even your readers who skip your recipe posts. 😉 (They all look delicious, but I’m married to a picky eater, and all home cooking must suit both of us).

    • That’s a really good idea! I shall definitely have a brainstorm with more things along that direction! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to do something were I could do recipe posts but in a slightly more personal way. (And to gently mock the show that it’s based on. But only out of love.) x

  • Ashley Angle

    Whaaaat?! Why did they even let your compete. Dumb! You should have won!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  • The presentation photos of these posts have been hilarious. The lemon tarts look so good!

  • uggly muggly

    I have loved these posts … So funny and yet really informative too. The bakes have looked delicious. Thank you! X

    • Thank you so much fore reading along. It makes me really glad that you enjoyed them. My goal was to put a bit of personality back into recipe posts (along with learning some new skills.) x

  • Oh the injustice of it! You were robbed! So now I am a little depressed that not only has the bake off finished but so has your lovely little series 🙁 xx

    • I don’t know what to do with myself on Wednesday evenings anymore. Haha! What should I go back to?! x

  • Loved loved this series…and your end treats looked amazing!

  • Adorable. Can’t believe you made it all the way to the end just to be disqualified!

  • Love, love love love this (except being disqualified – I never liked that bloke…!)

  • I am so sad to see this series go! It looks like you really had a great time making it, and all those treats looked amazing!

    • Thank you so much! It was fun to do because it let me exercise a bit of the old acting muscle as well as getting to bake and do recipes. x

  • Booo – I am sorry you didn’t win owing to American-ness 🙁 what a sad turn of events! When I was young I would always have sparkling wine and a victoria sponge cake to hand, just in case of visitors – it was sort of a trademark.

    • Holly, I think that is the best trademark to ever have. Literally. I’d 100 % always want to hang out at your place! x

      • Well, that’s what I figured I would want when I went to someone’s house! Now I am older it is just tea and cake though!

  • I love these posts! I am sorry that your American-ness got in the way of winning what is rightfully yours. 🙁 Those tarts actually made my mouth water!

    • Damn American-ness! And thank you! The tarts were my favourite part to eat. They definitely went first. x

  • nooooo – I’m not ready to say goodbye! such a surprise ending!

  • Those all look amazing, especially the mini Victorian sponges! Haha, I love the “my precious!” photo!

    • Hahaha I did actually hiss that as I wrapped my arms around all those calories so I knew that I had to make it the caption. Thank you, and thank you for reading along with the series! xx

  • Haha loved this! And I can’t believe you made so many delicious-looking treats in under 3 hours. I could have spent 3 days attempting the same and they wouldn’t have been as good as yours!

    • Ha, I’m sure you could. I bet you’re doing your skills a huge disservice! But thank you so much! xx

  • I’m not going to lie – I have been eating it on just about everything lately! x

  • Oh I’m so sad this is the end of this awesome series 🙁 but on a positive note, I’m totally in awe of those mini goods you baked! I’m always on board with anything mini! P.s. Can’t believe you weren’t allowed the win on account of your American-ness! Gosh those judges are tough meanies!! Xo

  • I’m sad that this series is done! I hope you do it again next year 🙂

  • Your pastries look fantastic! I can’t believe it only took you a little over 2 hours! Impressive!

  • Haha the recipes look great and I love all of the photos you included in this! Perfect!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • Thank you! I’m glad you could tune in and catch the final one in this series that I’ve been doing! xx

  • mark a.

    well it looks delicious! bummer. well at least you get to eat that yummy goodness as a consolation prize!

  • I’m so sad this is over. This series has really cracked me up each week!

  • You. Are. Amazing. You seriously are a SERIOUS baker… even if you’re not british. The BRITISH would be lucky to have you.. oh wait, they DO have you. Good on you for taking all of the challenges on and i love the creativity of these posts. You guys are awesome.

    • Hehehe maybe the British are lucky to have me… but do they want me? I’m not so sure! 😉 Thank you so much Haley! xx

  • Loved this SO much, I’m so sad it’s over! I’ll have a think for ideas for you 🙂

    • Yes, please get to thinking for me. I have a few ideas but none of them really jump out at me yet! x

  • UGH MARY HOW COULD YOU? DID YOU NOT SEE THE PIPING ON THE SPONGES? ARE YOU BLIND? silly old woman. you win in my eyes, Amanda 🙂

    • Since i’m a bit removed from it now, I have more perspective and it doesn’t hurt as much. However, if I compete next year, I shall use your words as part of my official endorsement campaign! x