So that’s it. It really happened.
I’m not going to wang on about how fast the last 10 weeks have gone because, frankly, it terrifies me.
I am sad that the show, as we know it, is over but I’m SO happy we all existed at the same time as The Great British Bake Off.
I’ve included an affiliate link for the GBBO book further down, which helps to prolong the feeling that it’s not completely over.
Shall we move on before I start saying “It’s been an honour” like we’re part of the orchestra on the sinking Titanic?
Yes, let’s talk challenges.
This week’s signature was a filled meringue crown suitable for the royal family! I have gone slightly less regal than a crown.. with Meringue Unicorn Horns.
Bet the Queen would love ’em 😉
The recipe for my Meringue Unicorn Horns is below.
The technical challenge was to make a Victoria Sandwich. What a lush challenge! I think this is probably the only challenge I’d have a chance to do well at!
Wow. What a showstopper! A picnic fit for the Queen including 1 chocolate celebration cake, 12 puff pastry sausage rolls, 12 quiches, 12 savoury scones, and 12 fruit and custard tarts.
My God! Baking stress to the max.
After all of that, a huge well done must be said to Candice. That wasn’t an easy series to come out the champion of and she nailed it!
I don’t want to teach you to suck egg whites but a clean, grease-free bowl is essential for top-notch meringues.
When first whisking egg whites, start slow until bubbles form. This is building the structure of the meringue, which will yield a more stable mix.
Add your sugar very gradually and let each tablespoon combine before adding the next. It’s worth the extra time to have lovely smooth meringue unicorn horns.
How low can you go? Go that low. You’re basically drying meringues out rather than actually cooking them so it takes a while but again, worth it.
If you want your Unicorn Horn Meringues to be lollies, don’t be tempted to bake your meringue with your lollipop sticks already underneath the meringues. The sticks will yellow in the oven and won’t look anywhere near as pretty overall. Attach the sticks afterwards using royal icing.
I actually use paper straws as my lollipop sticks. These pastel pink straws would look go perfectly with Meringue Unicorn Horns!
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Don’t forget you can get this year’s GBBO accompanying recipe book right here. It’s full of the judge’s and baker’s recipes we’ve seen through the series as well as some extras that look luuuuush.