I'm with Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz) on this one (actually I have a bit of a soft spot for Henry Winkler and would probably be with him on most things really). He was on Something for the Weekend a while ago and was invited to make the dessert. His reply was 'Pudding? We have pudding? I love pudding'. So I was really looking forward to this episode. And isn't it funny how there is always room for pudding.
The signature challenge this week was a Baked Cheesecake, the technical challenge a Chocolate Roulade and the show stopper a Croquembouche.
Well, there was no way I would be making this was there
so that's the showstopper out of the way.
I know a roulade and swiss roll are different but they both need to be rolled and, again going back to school days, my only attempt at a swiss roll ended up with a perfectly square one. Also I don't have the right size tin for a roulade. So I shall be making a Baked Cheesecake then.
Janet made a Rhubarb and Ginger one, Mary-Anne's was Tutti Frutti Curd Baked Cheesecake, Jo's was Rum and Raisin and Yasmin's Amaretto while Holly made a Father Christmas Baked Cheesecake. They all looked lovely but I wanted to make Jo's Rum and Raisin Baked Cheesecake and I so hoped the recipe would be on the website and, oh joy, it was.
I have to say nothing went wrong with the buying of the ingredients. The actual preparation went according to plan. I somehow managed to actually follow the recipe without incident so the making of it went well and it's time in the oven seemed to agree with it although it was slightly overcooked at the edge and it did crack. I did add more butter to the biscuit mixture because it seemed a bit dry and to my everlasting surprise when I went back to look at the episode (again after I had made the cheesecake!!!) Paul Hollywood told Jo that she should have added more butter to hers as it wasn't packed enough - yay me!
This is Jo's Rum and Raisin Cheesecake
and this is mine.
The crack looks a bit like the one on Amy Pond's bedroom wall doesn't it (a Dr Who reference for non-aficionados). Oooops you can see where my oven gloves went into the sauce on the top.
It's still in the tin because of transporting to MO's for Sunday dinner where I forgot to photograph it when we took it out of the tin until it was sliced and served and JT, bless him, said 'have we taken a photo?' I dashed for the camera and here it is sans tin.
I am so chuffed to say my cheesecake was very much liked and I was given 10 out of 10 for it. The taste of rum was especially appreciated although I don't think I would have won points from Paul Hollywood for it as he felt Jo's was nicely delicate and not overwhelmed with the alcohol. I soaked my raisins overnight in the rum. I like overwhelming alcohol and so did the MO and JT household. I'm going to make it again definitely.
Sadly The Great British Bake Off has now ended. The finalists were Holly, Jo and Mary-Anne, Yasmin having been eliminated this episode and Janet in the patisserie round. They all did so well but Jo was the winner. And now my Tuesday nights will be a little bit empty but I have Nigel Slater on Fridays and Lorraine Pascale on Mondays to watch, plan and cook from. I got so behind with my self imposed Bake Off challenge that I'm two episodes behind but I'm still going to make something from both although I don't know when. LP, a lovely member of my family, is giving me the book of the series for an early Christmas present so I might be able to get different recipes to try. Exciting baking times ahead methinks.