GBBO Vegan

Guess what? I’m making all the Great British Bakeoff recipes vegan.

Starting way back at the hard-to-find first season in 2010, I’m going through all the signature bakes, technical challenges, and showstoppers as if I were a contestant on the show, but making everything out of plant-based ingredients.

I find big challenges very fun, so I’m having a great time!

The hardest part for me is making things look fancy. I’m definitely learning some decorating skills as I go.

Here are the recipes I’ve made so far. Feel free to follow along!

Season 1, Episode 1: Cake Week

Signature cake: Chocolate Peach Cake with Fudgy Ganache

Technical challenge: Victoria Sandwich Cake

Showstopper: Mocha Almond Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Praline

Season 1, Episode 2: Biscuit Week

Signature cookie: Mom’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Technical challenge: Scones with Fruit and Cream

Showstopper: Petit Fours – Amaretti and Macarons with Lemon Curd and Chocolate Orange Profiteroles

Season 1, Episode 3: Bread Week

Signature bread: Soft, Sweet Challah

Technical challenge: Crusty Cob Loaf

Signature bread: Mini-bread Basket – Pesto-Feta SwirlsChana Curry BunsMini PizzasSweet Coconut RollsBlueberry Buns, and Chocolate Babkas.

Season 1, Episode 4: Pudding Week

Signature pudding: Sticky Date Pudding

Technical challenge: Lemon Souffles. This was my first attempt at a vegan souffle – tasted good but the texture was all wrong. No recipe to share yet!

Showstopper pudding trio part 1: Peach-Blueberry Bread Pudding

Showstopper pudding trio part 2: Blueberry Maple Grunt

Showstopper pudding trio part 3: Strawberry Rhubarb or Apple Pluot Crumble

Season 1, Episode 5: Pastry Week

Signature savoury pie: Chick’n Leek and Potato Pie

Technical challenge: Miso Mushroom Pasties

Showstopper pastry platters part 1 – sweet tarts: Butter TartsFruit Custard Tarts with sliced plums and a peach glaze, and Mini Chocolate Cream Pies.

Showstopper pastry platters part 2 – savory canapes: Lentil Sausage Rolls with garden herbs, Stuffed Mushrooms in rough puff pastry, and Hummus twirls.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Final Tea Party

Signature professional mini-cakes: Triple Threat Chocolate Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

Showstopper tea party platters: Chocolate Blueberry TartsLemon Raisin SconesMushroom + Choux Bites and Baked Tofu Kale Caesar Finger Sandwiches

Season 2, Episode 1: Cake Week

Signature cake part 1: Pistachio Raspberry Cupcakes

Signature cake part 2: Matcha Clementine Cupcakes

Technical cake: Coffee Walnut Battenberg Cake

Showstopper celebration cake – chocolate chip cookie, brownie, and mango mousse layers with chocolate buttercream and fondant flowers

Season 2, Episode 2: Tart Week

Signature savoury quiche: Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Technical tart: Tarte au Citron (still perfecting the veganized version of Mary Berry’s recipe, stay tuned!)

Showstopper miniature sweet tarts: 12 raw chocolate mint cream tarts and 12 raw cherry chocolate mousse tarts, both with a chocolate macadamia crust. Inspired by the cookbook The Art of Raw Desserts by Crystal Bonnet.

Season 2, Episode 3: Bread Week

Signature flavored free-form loaf: Za’atar and Buckwheat Garlic Bread

Technical challenge: Foccaccia

Showstopper: Bread basket with two kinds of rolls (coming soon)

Season 2, Episode 4: Biscuit Week

Signature biscuit: Grandma’s Fudgy Brownie Cookies, Two Ways