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Bake Of Bake Along: Week 4 (Batter Week)

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.  presenting-pancakes

Lacy Pancakes
935 calories
137 g
258 g
32 g
25 g
18 g
380 g
1323 g
32 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 935
Calories from Fat 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g
Saturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 258mg
Sodium 1323mg
Total Carbohydrates 137g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 32g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 135 g flour
  2. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  4. 2 tablespoons of sugar
  5. 130 mL of milk
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Slightly brown both sides. Serve. Repeat. Make a massive stack and enjoy!
Rhyme & Ribbons
sam-prepping-to-bake-pancakes  piping-heart pancakes-design making-pancakes dusting-them-with-sugar stack-of-pancakes pancakes lacy-pancakes paul-judging award-presentation not-star-baker This week, I again have the pleasure of announcing our winner.

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! 

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  • I am 100% Sam’s second most excited fan – though Paul looks like he needs a bit of a shave…

  • Miu

    Oooh, why wasn’t he a star baker? I would have given it to him simply because of the ornaments ๐Ÿ˜€ I already struggle to get a normal round pancake ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Whaaat… how is Sam not star baker? These look AMAZING!! I wouldn’t even have attempted pretty, lacy pancakes. I can’t even draw on paper never mind with batter in a frying pan!

    • Hehe though Paul thought they were mighty tasty, every pancake was a beautiful unique snowflake instead of one standard pattern. x

  • Nice beard, Paul ๐Ÿ˜‰ The “a churros” thing bothered be soooo much as well! Gahh!
    Looks like your contestant did really well – they look nice. Lace pancakes are a fun challenge buuut as an eater of them, they seem more air than cake, ya know?

    • I used the fact that they were mostly air to eat about 10 of them. And then thought that had evened out to a normal pancake. They were pretty, so maybe for a special occasion, otherwise just give me a normal pancake! x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    The pancakes look beautiful!

  • Hehe, love the apron Sam chose ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I think his pancakes looked great! But Paul is always a harsh judge… xxx

  • Ahh why was Sam not Star Baker, they look lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ Paul’s looking mighty handsome too…!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I did the opposite and went full on smoky in the kitchen. I had to wash my entire outfit so I didn’t permanently smell like a combination of yorkshire pudding, steak and hot doughnuts, but it was SO worth it! I loved batter week!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Alice xxx

    • I totally feel you on that smoky outfit! On Sunday we made a Sunday roast and made our Yorkshires from scratch and the combination of hot oil, meat, and smoke made my clothing (and hair!) smell like the kitchen. x

  • haha go Sam for making these amazing pancakes – pretty good job!
    Could you believe I have yet to eat a Yorkshire pudding…which is kind of sad because I feel like they would be a thing I would enjoy eating!
    And agreed it’s ‘a churro’…but you should never only have one! So to ‘churros’!

    • Camila, get thee to a Yorkshire pudding station stat! They are little bites of fluffy delight! x

  • rae

    Loved this post and these photos are hilarious. Those pancakes are so fancy. Also, I recently lernt that perogi is the plural, meaning us english-speakers have been running around turning the plural pierogi into an excessive plural by calling them pierogies. PLURAL INCEPTION. Mind blown.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Eek! So true! We’ve been doing it wrong for years. Perogi stuffed with mashed potatoes get the biggest thumbs up from me. (Though I like dumplings in pretty much any and all incarnations.) x

  • weren’t you a bit harsh on your husband? if mine baked anything, I’d give him a star baker sign:))

    • Hey! It wasn’t me, it was Paul! ๐Ÿ˜‰ While not the best baker, Sam’s a great cook and can definitely whip up a perfect pancake. x

  • Haha this is great, Sam has some impressive skills! I bet you two have so much fun with this:)

  • Kate – Gluten Free Alchemist

    Yay! Sussed the comments problem (had to re-set the disqus thing at my end).

    Thanks so much for featuring my bread! So chuffed to be a winner!

    As for Sam’s pancakes…. they’re fab! reckon there might be ‘sour grapes’ on the judging panel…. he is clearly star baker! And with such a fetching apron too!! x

  • Wow! I love your bake, it looks so clever and I heart pancakes so much! I should really try something like this for pancake day next year!

    • Oohh… that’s such a good idea for pancake day! It didn’t even dawn on me to think it! x

  • I like Paul’s stubble. Not so keen on that pancake, how are you supposed to put a mountain of toppings on if it’s got holes in it?! XD

    • I ate mine by dipping them in a pot of maple syrup and eating them with my hands. Because I’m classy like that. x

  • Can you even call it a churro if it doesn’t have cinnamon sugar on it?!?!?!

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  • I couldn’t believe it when none of them rolled their churros in cinnamon sugar. The horror. You’re right, that really is the best part too! Very pretty lacy pancakes! I so know what you mean about deep frying in the house, I experienced that first hand with my churros and I might not be doing it again for a while! It took so long to get rid of the smell… the things we do for Bake Off! x

  • Angela Entwistle

    Love how you nominated your OH to bake for batter week this week, he made a grand job ๐Ÿ™‚
    Angela x

  • How did Sam not win?! Those fancy pancakes look fabulous!

    Also Dan and I own a deep-fryer. It is glorious.

    • Paul ruled his pancakes too different and not fitting the identical brief, though conceded that they were tasty.

      Since we don’t have a fryer it would be a large pan and copious amounts of oil, and in our tiny kitchen that sounded like a disaster waiting to happen. x

  • Aww he looks so sad to not be star baker!! I’d have said he was – they look lovely!!

    • Hehe he was ๐Ÿ˜‰ Luckily, I still got to devour a stack of pancakes so it was win-win for me! x

  • Good job Sam! They look gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚