Monday, 08 May 2017
The Bolton School Bake Off has seen twenty-three competitors whittled down over four weeks to just four girls. Pupils have baked and decorated holiday-inspired cupcakes, made savoury biscuits and crackers, created pastries with a regional influence, and put a modern twist on traditional desserts to win their place in the final.
The four finalists were Khadijah Ahmed and Francesca Williams-Denton from Year 7, and Yasmin Rose and Genevieve Storey from Year 8.
With just forty minutes to bake their ‘showstopper’ pieces, it was a tense lunchtime for the bakers. An audience of pupils in Years 7 to 9 came to watch their friends perform, and the Food Technology rooms got very crowded as the last few minutes approached and the bakers put the finishing touches to their products!
Francesca made a Magical Melting Chocolate Ball, inspired by one of her favourite chefs, Byron Talbott. Her beautifully presented dessert was a chocolate sphere, which melted when drizzled with the warm caramel sauce to reveal the surprise filling: a warm chocolate brownie with caramelised rum bananas and ice cream.
Genevieve’s showstopper was a Really Raspberry Chocolate Cake, which was a twist on her grandma’s microwave cake recipe, layered with chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream. She decorated the top with chocolate buttercream swirls and raspberries, as well as white chocolate shards and edible gold leaf.
Khadijah created a Supreme Mango and Passion Sponge, making a cake flavoured with fresh pulped mango, layered with a light cream created by whipping crème fraiche and double cream with passion fruit and icing sugar. She decorated her cake with a white chocolate ganache and delicate flowers made from icing and mango pieces.
Yasmin’s final piece for the Bake Off was a Lemon and Blueberry Triple Layer Cake. The sponge was studded with blueberries and flavoured with lemon, and the whole thing was decorated with lemon rings, swirls of buttercream icing, fresh blueberries and edible flowers.
The difficult task of tasting all of the cakes and deciding on a winner fell to Girls’ Division Headmistress Sue Hincks, with assistance from Mrs James and Mrs Smalley. After examining and tasting the four finalists’ showstoppers, they agreed that the girls’ efforts were very closely matched and were impressed with the quality of them all. However, after much deliberation, they marked the showstopper based on skill, presentation and taste and decided upon a winner.
Miss Hincks announced that the winner of the Bake Off this year was Yasmin Rose with her beautiful Lemon and Blueberry Triple Layer Cake. This is the second year that Yasmin has won the competition.
Khadijah was also given a special commendation for the delicious flavour of her Supreme Mango and Passion Sponge.
Miss Hincks and Mrs James both congratulated all four pupils for everything they achieved in the short amount of time they had for the Bake Off Final. The girls were each given a cookery book and set of baking accessories as a prize, with the winner and highly commended baker also receiving Amazon vouchers.
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