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The Great British Bake Off Survival Guide – Semi-Final

The Great British Bake Off Survival Guide – Semi-Final

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The end of Bake Off is fast approaching and the judges have turned up the heat for the semi finals, letting the contestants sweat under the pressure of creating complex confections and fiddly fancies.

This week saw the creative contenders attempting to perfect their patisserie, with a baffling technical challenge in the form of Schichttorte – a multi layered German cake featuring 20 perfectly formed layers – enough to reduce the bakers to tiers.

The contestants also showcased their skill in the showstopper, crafting delicate mini mouthfuls, artfully arranged demonstrate their abilities. We loved Richard’s polka dot grapefruit confection and Luis’ elegant entremets.

It was the Baklava that caught our eye this week. The Greek syrupy delicacy features chopped nuts sandwiched between layers of filo pastry. We asked out Nutritional Therapists to give us a recipe that missed out dairy and they didn’t disappoint.

Butter Free Baklava

Make the baklava:

Why not try a combination of different nuts with dried fruit and currants or sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds over the top for a different twist on the classic treat?

For the syrup:


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