Monday, 8 October 2012

Great British Bake Off Bingo and Pistachio and Raspberry Traybake

Today is the Semi-Final of this year's Great British Bake Off.

The penultimate battle in the war of whisks and wooden spoons.

For utmost enjoyment of the final two shows, why not partake in a little game of What Kate Baked Great British Bake Off Bingo?

One point scored for each observation. 

  • Sue comes up with a cheeky baking innuendo
  • Mel trumps Sue with an even cheekier one
  • This week's Technical Challenge you happened, by sheer coincidence, to bake the other day (continue your viewing, feeling terribly smug)
  • A contestant attempts to pretend that their somewhat disastrous Showstopper bake was exactly how they'd planned it to be. All along. Honest
  • Mary Berry tuts 'soggy bottom' and the contestant looks crestfallen
  • At least two members of your family jump up during 'the history bit' to pop the kettle on/nip to the loo/fill in an application form for next year's Bake Off
  • A baker takes his/her eye off the ball resulting in burnt chocolate/caramel/fingers
  • The Great British weather will get blamed for problematic bakes. Along with the oven. And/or lack of time
  • James wears a tank top
  • Mary wears a pink top
  • Paul says 'Good Luck' to a contestant (translated, this means 'Goodbye')
  • Mel and/or Sue show support by eating the baker's ingredients
  • The camera captures a close-up look of utter horror/confusion/terror on a contestants face as the Technical Challenge is announced
  • The '1970s' is mentioned in the same sentence as 'Brendan' on at least two separate occasions 
  • The stress of the show becomes apparent when contestants get terribly, terribly confused (in a very comedy way). See Cathryn: “My strudel’s got a haemorrhage...Do I mean that, or a haemorrhoid?”

Points scored:

1-5: Are you actually watching the Bake Off?! Or did your remote control break on BBC2 when you were channel flicking?

5-10: Not bad... you may want to swot up by watching the Christmas episodes planned.... or even the French version 

10-15: Congratulations  You are a true Bake Off Fanatic! Not to mention terribly observant! Bake yourself a choux swan and fill in an application for next year!

Raspberry and Pistachio Traybake

225g butter, cut into cubes
225g golden caster sugar
275g self-raising flour
2 tsps baking powder
75g ground pistachios
4 eggs, beaten
100g icing sugar 

Raspberries to decorate
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease a line with parchment paper a 8 x 13in roasting tin
3. Pop the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, ground pistachio nuts and eggs in a large bowl and beat until thoroughly combined
4. Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth over the surface with a palette knife or the back of a spoon
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle of the bake comes out clean
6. Cool in the tin for ten minutes before turning out onto a wire rack
7. To make the icing: mix a little water at a time with the icing sugar to create a nice smooth paste and drizzle this over the cooled cake.
8. Decorate with the raspberries and a dusting of icing sugar

Baker's notes...
  • I thought a traybake very appropriate for this Great British Bake Off inspired post as Mary Berry is Queen of the Traybake. And the Aga.
  • She's written over seventy books. Not all about Traybakes and Agas mind.
  • Enjoy the Bake Off- isn't it brilliant? Who do you want to win? I'm with Team Brendan. Or Team James. Or Team John.


  1. Brilliant! We used to play PR bingo in meetings with clients who used the same crap meaningless words all the time (silently of course) Love your tray bake. Very pretty. Loving the show this year but find Brendan a little smug. I like James for the win.

  2. I love anything with pistachio & raspberry is my favorite fruit! Love your food styling! Lovely & very appetizing! :)

  3. Having just watched tonight, I am really impressed by Brendan. But really like James. I think you should enter next year...please! xx

  4. Your posts never fail to make me laugh. Love this post and the recipe. And James to win! :-)

  5. Wasn't it a good show ... no prizes for guessing who I want to win! C'on SCOTLAND!!! Teehee. Love your post and especially love this recipe.


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