How is The Great British Bake Off Dorset contestant doing?
11:43 am September 23, 2022
It’s Biscuit Week on Channel 4 The Great British Bake 2022and Carole de Sherborne is hoping for macaron burger bites and The Phantom of the Opera ginger cookie mask will wow the judges.
Week two in The Great British Bake Off tent saw our brave bakers tackle the cookies. And ‘Compost Carole’ from Dorset was ready to take on the GBBO challenge. The first was to create 18 identical macaroons, decorated to not look like macaroons. As Paul Hollywood told fellow judge Prue Leith, “They’ve got two hours to create something that packs a punch!” Prue was looking for macarons that were: “Light, perfectly formed, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, bursting with taste and color.”
In a small video segment of Carole in her greenhouse in Dorset, there were echoes of Lt. Col. Kilgore’s wistful comment about ‘the smell of napalm’ in Revelation now, as she happily declared, “I love the smell of a greenhouse! Who is not Carole, I am with you there.
As the judges made their way to her cooking station, Carole revealed that her macarons would look like bite-sized burgers, with orange chocolate buttercream, green chocolate lettuce and tender tomatoes. On the other side of the tent, fitness instructor Sandro also got into the burger, with flavors of passion fruit and rum, a salted butter caramel ganache and flakes of fondant. However, it was Dawn’s yo-yo-inspired macaroons that won the award with their sharp strawberry flavors and melty string. She and Maxy, who created daisy-shaped macaroons, received a Hollywood handshake, the first in this series.
The baking technique, an “absolute classic”, consisted of 12 chocolate-covered Garabaldi biscuits. Often referred to as a squashed fly cookie, Carole earned a 4th place finish out of eleven, showing that she can nail a cookie like this with ease.
And so, on the showstopper – to create a 3D cookie mask, using different cookies, which could stand on a frame. The judges were looking for “extravagant and ostentatious creations that combine flavor and texture”.
Carole, clearly reveling in the spectacular challenge, said a love of musicals inspired her The Phantom of the Opera mask, made from ginger cookie. Paul quickly realizes she’s doing this using nothing but lard – her famous brow bones – “I’m not convinced this will work.”
Carole creates her fabulous mask, finishing with free time. “Anyone want help? she asks her fellow bakers. Literally as the words roll out of her mouth, she watches in horror as her beautiful mask slowly crumbles away. Noel tells her to “keep calm” while other bakers gather to see what can be done. “He is completely collapsed,” she sobbed.
And so for the judging… “We had a little problem,” Carole says, as Prue and Paul look at her. The Phantom of the Opera inspired mask. “The piping is nice,” says Prue, “and the flavors are good.” Paul kindly suggests that it was just a bad cookie recipe for work. “Using lard made it too soft.”
Back in their cookie-filled den, the judges debate who will leave the show. Carole, Rebs and Maisam are the three bakers at the bottom of this week’s cookie jar. Carole knows this is the critical moment. “If I succeed, it will be by the skin of my teeth,” she says.
However, it is Maisam, 18, who tearfully says goodbye to his fellow bakers. “It was an emotional ride,” says Carole, “I need to pull up my socks.”
Next week is bread week. I’m sure Carole from Dorset is up to the occasion. I can’t wait to see what this happy, pink-haired baker from Sherborne who loves the smell of a greenhouse creates in this famous cooking tent.
Watch on Channel 4 Tuesday night thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk
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