In the years that I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off, I have been exposed to the many sweet treats during the many challenges of each series.
While some of the challenges are everyday favourites like doughnut making, crumpets, biscuits etc, its the more intricate delicacies that have me more than curious to try. If only there were bakeries around the country who stocked some of the delights highlighted during each series? I’d be more than happy to travel to sample some of the many things I’ve enjoyed watching the Bake Off contestants make.
Recently a well known social media platform delivered a new page suggestion that lead me to looking up their website. I liked what I saw and I knew that one day I’d visit. Baker Street Cakes in Leicester.
If I hadn’t looked up the location and just happened across the shop, I may have presumed that the establishment was for an exclusive beauty therapist with tables and chairs. It was clean lines, minimalist with a counter that concealed some delicious pastries that required true skill to make. Having watched every series of Bake Off you can appreciate the work that goes into making even the humble Macaron.
As my eyes scanned the goodies before me there were 2 things that stood out and they were instantly recognisable from a Bake Off Technical Challenge.
Firstly a Pistachio Religieuses. A Religieuses is made up of two Choux Pastry Buns filled with Creme Patissiere and decorated with chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Once completed it should resemble a nun, hence it’s name! This was my husbands choice of pastry along with a Raspberry Macaron.
I chose the Paris Brest Tart which is a traditional French pastry named after an old bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany and the salted caramel Macaron wasn’t to be resisted so I didn’t!
I’m no stranger to a slice of cake, but these were special. Having admired them from afar I could appreciate the work that goes into making them, so this was a real treat.
Coffee and cake, what’s not to love?