Welcome once again, my friends, to The Great British Baking Show: Walton Edition! In this episode, we simplify things to make it quick and easy for you, our loyal readers, to bake along with us. Join us as we get creative with Three Ingredients Week!
You know the drill by now: so many bakes to write up, so little time. Let’s get cracking!
Three ingredients week was my idea, and I intended it to be EXREMELY strict. The whole idea was to simplify things so that people at home could bake along with us with a minimum of preparation. I defined an “ingredient” as anything that required only a single scan at the grocery checkout aisle. So a whole veggie tray, for example, would count as one ingredient. I thought this was very generous, but Mark found it to be far too restrictive. After much debate a compromise was reached: salt, black pepper, and water would be free ingredients that would not count against the bakers’ ingredient totals. On with the bake!
Aside from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Mandy made what might be the most well known three ingredient kid food in America: S’mores. She punched up the flavor by oven toasting the marshmallows so everything was perfectly melted.
I grabbed a recipe from the lovely and talented Merle O’Neal for my Nutella Brownies. The only change I made was to add a pinch of kosher salt, which was a free ingredient. These are without a doubt the best brownies I have ever made, and I intend to wow my family with them over the coming holidays.
Dan made two different types of cookies, each batch using only three ingredients. I don’t remember what the ingredients were, nor do I remember what the puffy cookies were. But his chocolate chip cookies are always a welcome sight at any competition.
Mark bucked this week’s sweets trend with his Shredded Beef, which was so savory that it won the day, making Mark this week’s Star Baker! Congratulations Mark, and please join us next time as we celebrate our first year of baking with our Anniversary Week!
Until next time, bon appétit!