… so about 2 months ago the wonderful Edd Kimber alerted us all to the fact that the BBC are now looking for contestants for The Great British Bake-Off 2011 and he suggested that we apply… and with my ongoing plan for world domination, the fool that I am, applied… and have now been invited to round one of auditions, which takes place next Friday in London…
… let’s start with the tart (ooh err!)
beetroot and chocolate cake
250g plain chocolate broken up
3 large free range eggs
200g light muscovado sugar
100ml sunflower oil
1tsp vanilla extract
100g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
250g raw beetroot (finely grated)
– melt the chocolate (i did it in a microwave but a double boiler is the traditional way)
– whisk together the egg, sugar and oil until smooth and creamy, stir in the vanilla extract then fold in the flour, bicarb, baking powder and ground almonds
– grate the raw beetroot, squeeze out the liquid and fold it into the cake mix along with the cooled melted chocolate
pour the mixture into you cake tin (I used a 20cm square tin) and bake on 170 for 50 mins – 1hr.
– cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack
… this cake will make my mini square Lamingtons
mini victoria sponge Lamingtons with flaked almond coating
this is positively the lightest sponge i’ve ever made!
240g caster sugar
240g self raising flour
3 large eggs (separated)
2 tsp vanilla extract
– cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then fold in the vanilla and the egg yolks
– whisk the egg whites till soft peaks and gently fold into the mixture
– pour into a 20cm round cake tin and bake in oven for roughly 25 mins
Good luck – three original and delicious recipes here (I want to eat that tart right now and – oh my – a Lincolnshire Poacher crust!). World domination must surely follow x
best of luck mate, rooting for ya.
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes says
Wow, wow, wow! These look delicious! I'd really like to pop over for lunch about now . . . LOL! If only we had “scratch & sniff” computer screens! Wishing you all the best in the contest and for world domination, naturally! Have a great weekend!
If you freeze this lot you wont need to make a mess in my kitchen!
They all look great
Good luck! All three dishes look fantastic
How To Be Perfect says
I could not be more excited!!!! I love the show and it would be fantastic to see you on it. I have my fingers crossed for you, all your bakes look fantastic. Good Luck super baker. X
Good luck! The tart and lamingtons look really good!
I love those little lamingtons you made. You've got skill. I hope you'll be joining me again this week for Sweets for a Saturday #2.
Good luck with the auditions. I wasn't brave enough to enter the first series, even though someone from the production team contacted me. When I saw the standards and range of the show, I was glad I hadn't tried out.
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
Well your food certainly looks delicious. I especially like the look of the tart. The recipes sound easy enough yet with complex flavors. I can't imagine the judges not loving them. Best wishes and Good Luck Dom, please keep us posted.
Holy sh@* ! You are amazing! You've earned that cuppa! Best of luck next week! Everything you put together today looks wonderful! I do want that tart! Lamingtons! never heard of them until a couple weeks ago! So very cool!
Tess Kincaid says
Gosh, I just gained five pounds visiting your blog! Best of luck. I just might have to make your cheese tart. wow!
Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) says
Look at all this yummy food! Your lamingtons are refreshingly unique!
don't forget about us when you take over the world!! 🙂
Those look like great ideas!
Knock 'em dead!
Good luck! Very exciting. I think I like the almond covered Lamingtons the best but it is a close call. And your tart looks delish. I'm an Aussie and love Lamingtons, so have also entered Mr P's comp. Can't wait for the round up to see all the entries in one place!
The kitchen princess diaries says
Good luck, all those look fantastic. I'd happily volunteer as a taster.
Well done Dom. I applied last year and got short listed but never made it any further than that ;0(
Best of luck, with these babies on offer though I am sure you'll knock their socks off!!!
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
Good luck! Brilliant you get to submit some food as I think only the last 50 or so people get asked to do that. Either that or the people in the production company office decided they wanted to trough on the goodies even earlier!!!
Can't wait to sit down to watch the new series, hopefully with you in it.
PS beautiful pics! LOL
Good luck – everything crossed for you and we want a detail by detail account of all they put you through!
Blimey, you've gone Lamington mad. But, oh, how exciting – I do so want you to get on that programme. It would be great to really have someone to root for. I do hope that beetroot cake comes up to scratch – it would be so cool to be associated (however loosely) with your renown. Good Luck.
Michael Toa says
Dom, that is so cool!! Good luck with the audition. I have my fingers crossed for you. If you need me to volunteer as a taster, I'll get the train down now… 🙂
Mr. P says
Good luck Dom! I so want you to be in it.
Brownieville Girl says
Oh I'm so excited – I'll be able to shout at the telly “That's my friend”!!!!!!! I'll be claiming fame by association!!
Everything looks wonderful (the only comment I'd make is that the judges were very cutting about a guy who made a cake with some sort of vegetable (could have been beetroot) in it …. just in case) might be worth you tubeing it.
Dom at Belleau Kitchen says
well thank you all for the support… i will feel all your love behind me on Friday… after much tasting today i've decided not to go with the beetroot cake, amazing though it was I didn't feel right with it… i feel I should stick to something I know and be more authentic… I may go with the victoria cake one… or may do something a bit more me like the banana bread and butter pudding I made last summer… needs thought
Please Do Not Feed The Animals. says
Wow Dom! So exciting. And you really are busy just now!
They look amazing. Everything crossed for you here – it would be wonderful to see you on the programme – you really deserve to be there.
Hey Dom….there is an award waiting for you on my blog if you are interested 🙂 I know I do not get to comment very often but I love to see what you are up to on your cooking journey 🙂
Thanks for sharing your love of food with us all!!
Good luck, see you on the telly soon then…
Good luck! I'm so impressed! The tart looks delicious – I love Lincolnshire poacher cheese and that you are championing Lincolnshire – it's about time that people know where it is! You've also inspired me to try making lamingtons. Let us know how it all goes on fri. MCB
debby emadian says
Good luck….will definitely be rooting for you….way to go…..
Phil in the Kitchen says
Best of luck – one day I feel sure that you will dominate the world. I hope you don't mind but I poured myself a large glass of wine rather than a cup of tea.
Oh, good luck! The recipes look great and I hope you wow their socks off. 🙂 Let us know what happens.
WOW! Congratulations and good luck! Please keep us updated about your progress 🙂
Red Shoe Artist says
Holy Moly, I've stumbled onto paradise on blogger. They all look awesome and I want to eat them NOW. Yummy
Wishing you the very best of Irish luck Dom, fantastic looking recipes. Hope you fly through it.
Yum! These look delicious!