The Bake Off Bake Along || Patisserie Week – Les Miserables

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Semi Finals a-go-go and another technical for me this week – Les Miserables!

However, rather than making me les miserables, as I somewhat expected, instead I was l’heureuse.

What to say about the show this week? Without Liam it seemed a little redundant, though I was really hoping that Sophie would come into her own, especially as she’d mentioned she loved making patisseries. What a turn out for the books! Though as you know I am not keen on Stacey’s baking style, I must say she didn’t really deserve to go home this week, usually it’s based on a week by week performance and if it had been, another baker would have gone in the semis. Still, the judges rule, and actually of all the bakers left, it should make an interesting final.

They really didn’t give much away about what we’ll be baking this week though did they?!

However, this week is not about the final, it was instead the return of one of my favourites – patisseries! In the past I’ve made mockatines and fondant fancies, so for this cheeky patisserie I went for another technical that just so happened to fall nicely in line with our Macmillan coffee morning at work – Les Miserables.

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Thin layers of jaconde sponge in lemon and pistachio flavours, sandwiched between vanilla and raspberry french buttercream and decorated with a chocolate curl.

Sounds pretty complex right?!

I think the overall look is really impressive, and yes, although it is fiddly to bring every component together, overall the sponge is naked, which makes assembly easier, and the buttercream is just flavoured differently rather than being two completely different components. We had had a pretty stressful time servicing both our cars (which then went a bit wrong….don’t ask…) so coming back in on a Sunday evening to bake my penultimate #bakeoffbakealong 2017 bake left me praying it would go well. And it did. Phew.

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The sponges were light and spongy (if a little lopsided from my wonky tray), the buttercream was creamy and not too sweet (despite not having quite enough hands to get the sugar syrup off at the perfect softball stage), and though I ended up assembling the tops whilst at work before our bake sale this morning, they actually turned out alright. Not immaculate, not semi-final standard, but pretty damn tasty and one I would actually consider making again.

Well, that might be pushing it for a technical, but I can now say I enjoy a Les Miserables patisserie and have semi-successfully completed another bake off challenge!

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  • They look gorgeous, Alice! Better than any of them from the episode! x

    • Thanks Amanda, although in the episode they described them as the hardest technical yet, I actually found them easier than some years as they were naked, and realistically the same sponge in two flavours and the same buttercream in two flavours! xxx

  • They look sooo good, I’m well impressed!! x

  • these look absolutely incredible!! i don’t think i have the patience for something so beautiful, i’m more of a chuck it in and hope for the best kinda gal – though i really wish i wasn’t!

    looking forward to the final this week :) who are you backing!?

    katie. xx

    • Hha usually I am, but for the bake off bake along I have to follow a recipe each week else they’d never turn out as they should! haha xxx

    • Interesting question about who I’m backing too- hmmmm I’m not sure. Stephen is probably mostly the best baker, but I prefer Sophie, so I’d be happy with either I think! xxx

  • These definitely look impressive!! Such neat and bright layers too! x

    • Thanks Kathryn! I didn’t want to go as dayglo as Stacey’s! xxx

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    You’re putting me to shame EVERY WEEK!!

    • Shhhhh you, I love your bakes every week! You wait, I just know you’re going to crazily pull it out of the bag for the final! 😉 xxxx

  • Bloody hell these are impressive! Well done xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

  • These look fab! You should apply for next year’s Bake Off 😀

    • I’ll let you in on a secret…I’ve already started filling in the application form! We’ll see what happens ehh?? xxxx

  • Will definitely make you some soon, you can choose all the flavours you want! xxx

  • So impressive as always! I think you beat all the bakers on the actual show 😉

    • You’re such a babe, thanks! Who knows, you may even see me on there next year, fingers crossed!! xxx