Monday, 29 October 2012

The Great Office Bake Off

Not content with being addicted to The Great British Bake Off, here in the delicious. office we have decided to host our own. The rules are simple: three people compete each week, using delicious. recipes of their choice, and bring their masterpieces in on Monday morning for the rest of the office to judge. The bakers are anonymous, the scoring is secret, and each bake is given a mark out of 10. The winner goes through to the next round and the contestants are gradually whittled down to one proud (though flour covered) winner.

Since the clocks have gone back and the mornings have become dark and chilly, this sugar rush first thing on a Monday is providing a much-needed reason to get out of bed. Today marked the first heat, and a close run competition it was. 

Three very different bakes graced our table – a pear and blueberry upside down cake, a gaggle of chocolate cake pops and a salted caramel yule log (from our Christmas issue, out 2nd November). The skill of the bakers has left us in the food team slightly ambivalent. On the one hand, we’re pleased that the delicious. recipes work so well, but on the other, if the rest of the office can bake with such prowess, should we be scared for our jobs?! 

Congratulations must go to our (no longer anonymous) winner, our Editor Karen Barnes, whose pear and blueberry cake tipped the scales to win the heat. Her cake was moist, light and perfectly sweet – with a lovely complexity from the almonds and cinnamon. 

The bar has certainly been set high for next week’s contestants... We’ll be keeping you updated with what they come up with, so if you’re looking for some baking inspiration over the next few weeks, this is the place to be.