Posts From October, 2014

Great British Bake Off Final 

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We at Buffets By Design are all feeling sad today that the Great British Bake Off is over but what a series it has been! We’ve seen some incredible bakes and we’re all feeling inspired.

It was a close competition this year but we were all pleased to see the lovely Nancy win. This week we learned that the posh word for croissants and other buttery, breakfast bakes is ‘viennoiserie’ and we were taken back to basics with a technical challenge to make mini scones, mini Victoria Sandwiches and mini tart au citron’s - all at the same time! We know too well the pressure of preparing multiple dishes at once when we put our party buffets together but to make three bakes from scratch, in a competition! We were impressed!

The show stopper was an amazing ‘piece montee’ which was a sculpture made up of sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petit fours. We loved Nancy’s Moulin Rouge with the moving red caramel sales.

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Posted by Marie Winter October 09, 2014 Categories: cake Catering Croydon Recipe

Great British Bake Advanced Dough 

Last night the Buffets By Design team enjoyed another fantastic episode of The Great British Bake Off  It was ‘Advanced Dough Week’ this week. Sounded a bit like an exam to us but it turned out to be all about enriched dough, such as sweet breads and doughnuts. We were gutted to see Martha go but her technical bake, the Povitica, was so raw it was inedible. In fact everyone, except Chetna who just happened to make a variant of the Povitica in the signature challenge, presented inedible, raw dough. Patience is the key when baking enriched dough. It needs to dry out in a long bake at a low temperature.

Of course, cooking doughnuts is much quicker with a quick deep fry and over cooking was more of a problem here. We loved Luis’ cocktail inspired doughnuts, especially his Baileys ones served in cocktail glasses with a shot of the drink itself. What a fantastic idea for a party buffet.

We have lots of fantastic sponges and cream cakes on our buffet catering menu If you fancy something a bit special for a party in Croydon or Surrey and feel inspired but Luis’ cocktail bakes then do get in touch and have a chat with us. We’ll see what we can do.

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Posted by Marie Winter October 01, 2014 Categories: Catering Party Pastry