As last week (or last, last week?) on Bake Off was Advanced Dough week, I didn't feel like it was the best one to rush. I'd gotten all the ingredients (how expensive are vanilla pods?!) but Ireland whisked me away and I spent my time discovering potato bread, soda bread, and other equally delightful carbohydrates that fuelled hikes along the Antrim Coast.
It was job #1 when I got back, however, and I went for the technical challenge - a Povitica (guesses on how to pronounce this properly are welcome). As this one was a complete stumble in the dark I used Paul Hollywood's recipe, which can be found here. It reads like a sweet bread and does taste a bit like brioche, with a delicious nutty, chocolatey spread that's rolled into the dough in the 'construction' phase. The filling is a lot like nutella, but even tastier (if that's possible!).
Paul Hollywood drizzles icing over his, but as the bread is quite sweet anyway I don't think it needs it - the golden crust is just as nice to look at.
I have no idea how I'm going to manage next week, it's that time in the series where the challenges are so difficult you'd need a fully equipped patisserie to make a good go of it! It certainly says a lot when a 20 layer cake seems the most achievable!
Alas, I'll be in a new kitchen borrowing pretty much everything, so I guess that is like Bake Off in a way.
What did you think of the bakes? Did you try any yourself?
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