Great British Baking - Week Six
Hi everyone! It's time for another episode of Great British Bake Off and the week I've been waiting for- JAPAN WEEK! To be honest, the episode was kind of a let down..the only strong Japanese flavor highlighted was matcha which isn't my favorite. I was hoping for something with mochi or a Japanese style cheesecake or omelet. There were also a lot of complaints online about the poor Japanese influence in this week, and I sadly have to agree. With a Signature Challenge of a steamed bun, and a Show Stopper of a Kawaii Cake (basically just means cute/adorable), there wasn't a ton to distinguish the challenges from any other week.
But- I had a job to do, and this week the Technical was a Matcha Crepe cake. Judging from the pictures in the recipe, I knew this would be a tough challenge but I was really excited. I made crepes for the first time this year (during the week Dan and I were supposed to be in France and I made a French-inspired brunch), and it was really fun! The batter was basically the same for this recipe, with the addition of matcha. Once that was made, I had to make the filling, which pretty much combined a buttercream frosting, white chocolate ganache, and meringue. These all get folding gently together, which made a delicious and fluffy filling.
All of the crepes were finished, so it was time to stack and build the cake! Between each layer I added some of the filling, then added thinly sliced strawberries every other layer. I continued this all the way up until the last crepe, then transferred the stack to a plastic wrap-lined bowl. This sat for a few hours, then was flipped upside down and dusted with more matcha. I added chopped fruit and coconut, and the cake was done!
- Like I mentioned, I'm not a huge fan of matcha- but the flavor was perfectly balanced with the fruit and cream filling. I shared it with some friends and family, and everyone agreed that it would be a perfect summer dessert.
- I got enough crepes out of my batter! This seemed to be an issue with the bakers so I was happy to have all of them.
- The cake itself looked good- the layers were pretty even and the dome was intact.
The "Needs Improvement"
- My decorations could have been a little better- I should have blended up the coconut to make it more fine and thinly sliced the mango instead of cubing it.
- The outside was also a little damp when I sprinkled the matcha on, which made it soak in a little (which you can see above). Again this didn't affect the taste, but didn't look as good as it could have. I also used a "sweet matcha", so I wonder if there was more sugar than the traditional kind and made it soak in? I do prefer the taste of that..less grassy and more mild.