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
Season 1, Episode 3: Bread Week
Signature bread: Soft, Sweet Challah
Technical challenge: Crusty Cob Loaf
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
Season 1, Episode 6: The Final Tea Party
Signature professional mini-cakes: Triple Threat Chocolate Brownie Surprise Cupcakes
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