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BONUS! Great British Bake Off (8) Dessert Week

Hello, Coven!

We’re at week eight of Great British Bake Off, and where did the time go!? This week, it’s all things desserts, and a very unusual technical. Who do you think is making it to the final?

Just a few notes:

  • compote is “a dessert originating from medieval Europe, made of whole or pieces of fruit in sugar syrup. Whole fruits are cooked in water with sugar and spices. The syrup may be seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks or powder, cloves, other spices, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit or raisins. The compote is served either warm or cold.” –  Wikipedia entry for compote
  • coulis is “is a form of thin sauce made from puréed and strained vegetables or fruits”  -Wikipedia entry for coulis
  • apricots are in season in the US from May to July – Food Network
  • Reasons you cheesecake might crack from Bake From Scratch and why it might have a well from The Spruce Eats
  • J called it Surrey Pond Pudding, but it is Sussex Pond Pudding, and here is a recipe from Prue herself (a vegetarian version)
  • Prue also writes books that are not cookbooks!

Oh No Disaster GIF by The Great British Bake Off

^ this is how I was feeling through the whole episode [gif of Prue looking exasperated and raising her hands to her temples like “wtf are you doing?!”]

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