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Week 6 Botanical Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Seven contestants on The Great British Baking Show took on three very different challenges inspired by nature. All tested technique, creativity and patience. One person made quite the rebound to land Star Baker, despite magnificent creations by the more consistent bakers.

The Great British Baking Show S4E6

Our local bakers took on the botanical challenge with enthusiasm, tapping their gardens, markets, CSAs, farmers markets and friends for fresh ingredients. And, we were pleased to see the Wisconsin state tree and flower be honored in their creations.

Here’s our recap of both the show and all the submissions we received this week in The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge. Read to the bottom to find out who our local featured bakers are for Week 6!

And as always, here’s our spoiler alert!

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WEEK 5 PASTRY RECAP: THE GREAT WISCONSIN BAKING CHALLENGE

We’re halfway through Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show … but at least we have our butter to console us. Lots and lots of butter.

The eight remaining contestants walked into The Tent ready to put their layering skills to the test with pastry week. The mood was upbeat, and many bakers were still hopeful that Star Baker was within grasp. But Mary and Paul had a few challenges up their sleeves …

Read on to see who our Week 5 featured bakers are in The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge, but first, let’s reflect on what we learned from the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show. Spoiler alert! Continue reading WEEK 5 PASTRY RECAP: THE GREAT WISCONSIN BAKING CHALLENGE

Week 4 Batter Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

The nine remaining contestants didn’t know what to expect by the first-ever “batter” challenge, except that it was ripe for new puns.

The episode started in familiar territory with Yorkshire pudding, but then the lace pancakes and churro challenges really set the crew apart. Let’s just say a few of them took “a battering.”

Read on to see who our Week 4 featured bakers are in The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge, but first, let’s reflect on what we learned from the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show. Spoiler alert!

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Week 3 Bread Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bread week: The most gluten-filled time of the year! On the “Bread” episode of The Great British Baking Show, contestants were asked to make three types of bread: Chocolate Bread, Dampfnudel and a Savory Plaited Centerpiece. 

In the style of The Great British Baking Show, we asked our Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge bakers to join in on the fun as well by making one of the aforementioned breads. BUT, while our bakers only needed to choose one, they were also asked to add a Wisconsin twist to their creations.  

Before we unveil our six Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge featured bakers for Week 3, let us quickly recap the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show and see how the contestants fared. If you haven’t watched it yet, this warning is for you: Spoiler alert! Continue reading Week 3 Bread Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Week 2 Cookies Recap: The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

In the second week of Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show, the 11 remaining contestants tackled three very challenging biscuit recipes: Iced Biscuits, Viennese Whirls and a 3-D Gingerbread Story.

Here in Wisconsin, hearing the word “biscuit” reminds us of chicken, glazed ham, gravy and doggie treats. So, we’re calling this week’s challenge what it really is: Cookies.

We put our local bakers to the test, asking them not only to follow suit and select one of these cookie varieties to tackle, but to add a Wisconsin twist to their creations. We know that you’ll be impressed!

Before we unveil our six new featured bakers for Week 2 below, let us quickly recap the latest episode. If you haven’t watched it yet, this warning is for you: Spoiler alert!
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Get Ready for More of ‘The Great British Baking Show’!

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax the bakers through their challenges — and provide comic relief. Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Love The Great British Baking Show or eager to learn what all the fuss is about? Tomorrow’s your day! Get ready for a brand-new season following the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers competing to be named the U.K.’s best when season 2 premieres tomorrow, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

This season, full of good old-fashioned competition, a hearty helping of humor and plenty of delicious treats that we (unfortunately) cannot sample, will welcome a baker’s dozen — with contestants ranging from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will coax the competitors through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. After 10 weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious … who’s it going to be? Begin the baking journey 6 p.m. tomorrow!

Make Fall Sweeter

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle (Photo Courtesy: Taste of Home)
Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle (Photo Courtesy: Taste of Home)

It feels like fall arrived a little early this year. This week’s cooler temperatures and crisper air reminded me that fall is officially just around the corner. For many, the season is an occasion to bring out boots, scarves and of course, pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin spice seems to divide the masses. Whether you’re for it or against it, you’re bound to encounter it in candles, lattes and even yogurt. I identify as pro-pumpkin, in moderation at least. My stance led me to the wonderful world of online recipes, where I found my new favorite holiday dessert: Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle.

Trifles of various varieties always remind me of family gatherings. I remember my grandmother delicately layering kiwis, strawberries, pudding and angel food cake to create a colorful dessert that was as much of an artistic creation as a delicious after-dinner treat. This sentimental attachment to trifle meant that I immediately gravitated toward this trifle that incorporated spiced pumpkin, and I was glad a gave it a try.

Here’s the recipe I use for most Thanksgiving get-togethers, courtesy of Taste of Home. Instead of the homemade whipped cream, I usually use frozen whipped topping. The dessert is delicious, and seems to combine all of the best fall flavors.

If you’re pro-pumpkin like me, PBS Food has a whole collection of recipes just for you! Check them out here.

Do you have a favorite fall recipe you’d like to share? Comment below!