To sum up: There was lots of flour, LOTS of butter and not too many tears. In fact, I had fun.
Here are the seven recipes I tackled, culled from a mix of signature, technical and showstopper creations. Any or all of them would be quite suitable for a weekend finale viewing party.
Mary Berry’s Frosted Walnut Layer Cake: This was the first technical challenge of Season 3, and it’s quite the looker.
Coconut, Fennel and Pistachio Biscotti: The fennel in these treats from Nadiya really works. We promise.
Mango Cheesecake With Caramelized Hazelnuts: Thank Tamal for this elegant dessert with a light, airy texture and tropical flavor.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Alvin’s “alternative bake” that uses agave nectar instead of granulated sugar will feed a crowd.
Mocha Hazelnut Cream Horns: Curious about “rough puff” pastry? Try it in Nadiya’s entry.
Hot Chocolate Souffle: Rich and sophisticated; no, we’re not talking about Paul Hollywood. This Mary Berry recipe, a technical challenge from the semifinals, will satisfy any chocoholic.
Caramel Sticky Toffee Cake: Tamal turns a classic British dessert into a showstopper.