Week 8 on the Great British Bake Off saw the contestants attempting some traditional Tudor bakes. The bakers tackled Tudor pies for the si...

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Week 8 on the Great British Bake Off saw the contestants attempting some traditional Tudor bakes.

The bakers tackled Tudor pies for the signature bake, 'jumbles' for the technical challenge and 'marchpane' for the showstopper challenge.

For the Great Bloggers Bake Off I have decided to create my own version of the marchpane.

This week my bake was sponsored by Tesco, who have very kindly provided me with the ingredients for this challenge, including a cake modelling tool set and a cake board.



Autumn Marchpane

For the base of my creation I used my Victoria Sponge Recipe but flavoured the sponge mix with a few teaspoons of almond extract.  I then iced the cake with my homemade marzipan and (shop bought) fondant icing.

After icing the cake I then split my marzipan into 4 pieces and coloured them brown, orange, green and red.
With the marzipan I then created the decorations for my Autumn Marchpane.

I looked at several different recipes for marzipan, with some of them seeming unnecessarily complicated.

Wanting to keep things as simple as possible, here is the recipe I used for my marzipan -

Ingrediants

225g ground almonds
125g golden caster sugar
125g icing sugar
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
3-4 tsp almond extract

A little extra icing sugar to knead and roll the marzipan


Method

Mix the ground almonds, caster sugar and icing sugar together in a large bowl.

Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and tip in the egg.

Mix all of the ingredients until they come together to form a dough.

Dust your work surface with icing sugar and knead the dough until smooth.  Using icing sugar on your hands will help stop the dough from sticking to you.

Shape the marzipan into a ball and wrap with clingfilm until you are ready to use it.

Simple!



After making my marzipan I coated my cake in a layer of strawberry jam and rolled out enough of the marzipan to cover the cake.
Then I put another thin coat of jam onto the marzipan, rolled out the fondant icing and covered the cake again before hand crafting my marzipan decorations and placing them on the cake.







I am really pleased with how my Autumn marchpane turned out, especially as I hand cut all of the leaves.

I would love to see your own creations if you have been joining in with the bake off so please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Happy Baking.

Missy x

Mummy Mishaps


**Update**

I am absolutely delighted to have received 'Star Baker' for my Autumn Marchpane!






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