This week’s Bake Off challenge was a first – they’ve never done a batter challenge in the tent before which was very exciting. Although there was one thing that kept winding me up in this week’s episode. You wouldn’t say “a churros”, it would be “a churro”. Churro. As in one. Paul, you were the worst offender in the use of a singular article with a plural noun.
With three things that I love to eat on offer to be baked this week, it was so hard to choose. Yorkshire puddings are glorious and should be celebrated. Pancakes are one of the finest foods known to man (I’d never be team waffles). And churros are a gift from the Gods. But I’d never deep fry something in my house, so churros were out.
Side note: none of the contestants rolled their churros in cinnamon and sugar. What gives guys? That’s so tasty. You’re missing out.
However, this week I thought I’d give the spotlight over to contestant #4, Sam, as batter is his speciality. What Yorkshireman doesn’t like a good batter? Mary was out this week, but luckily Paul was able to step in and pick up her slack.
- 135 g flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 130 mL of milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- Sift your flour and put it into a large mixing bowl along with the caster sugar, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the milk and the egg, then whisk in the melted butter or olive oil.
- Combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture and beat together until you have a smooth batter without any lumps. Leave this to stand for a few minutes.
- Put a non-stick frying pan onto a medium heat - once it is quite hot, add in a small knob of butter. Put your batter into a squeezy bottle or into a piping bag and get ready to be creative! Pipe your batter into a lace design in your hot pan. You should flip or toss your lace pancake once it is slightly brown underneath - you can usually tell when the top develops little bubbles.
- Slightly brown both sides. Serve. Repeat. Make a massive stack and enjoy!
The Gluten Free Alchemist is our Bake Off Bake Along bread week winner! Her oat, teff and millet bread looked gorgeous. The fact that it actually looks like a bouquet is just the cherry on the sundae. Congrats, Kate!
Now link up this week’s batter creations below!