Yan excites with Flavours in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 3

Signature Challenge

The first challenge of Bread Week is 12 Fruity Teacakes. As always, they should be of identical sizes and shapes. And whatever the bakers’ choice of fruits are, they should be evenly distributed in each teacake.

However, this proves to be least of their worry, as the most crucial step is to prove their dough for long and well enough, so that they won’t be serving raw or overbaked doughs to the judges!

Yan’s Masala Chai Spiced Teacakes are slightly doughy, but definitely impress Paul and Prue with the exciting flavours (cardomom, chilli, cumin) in the accompanying chutneys.

Technical Challenge

Great British Bake Off Week 3For the second challenge, Paul wants the bakers to make a Cottage Loaf. Apart from Flo and Stacey, no one has made this traditional English bread skilfully made up of two layers before.

After a lot of kneading, proving and waiting, some bakers including Yan manage to present something that closely resembles a Cottage Loaf, while others like Kate and James lose all control of their doughs.

Yan places eighth, while Stacey comes first with a crusty and well-shaped Cottage Loaf.


To find the bread king/queen from the 10 bakers, the judges decide they want to see a coloured bread sculpture using natural ingredients.

Yan hopes to wow the judges with her Basil the Vegetarian Dragon & his Pumpkin Hoard. A dragon-shaped bread made with basil and spinach sits atop a garlic-flavoured foccacia bread. It is also beautifully decorated with ‘wild mushrooms’ and ‘pumpkin’.

Flavours are undoubtedly her strong suit. The judges enjoy the design of her showstopper, too.

Great British Bake Off Week 3Star Baker belongs to Julia with Snail under a Mushroom. Other highlight bakes include Tom’s Rose Centrepiece and two-timer Star Baker Steven’s meticulously-designed and flavourful handbag.

Great British Bake Off Week 3

Leaving the white tent in Week 3 is the lovely Flo, whose ambition and optimism will be dearly missed.

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 19th September on Channel 4.


Yan bags a Fortune in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 2

Signature Challenge
First on the menu is 12 Sandwich Biscuits. Yan opts for peanut butter and banana buttercream cookies. She names them Mrs Marion’s PB ‘n’ B Biscuits and dedicates them to her partner of 16 years.

Fully aware that the key to success is to create all 12 biscuits in identical shapes, sizes and colours, Yan even uses a scale to measure each cream filling, ready to impress with that extra precision.

Although the judges feel the filling could benefit from more time to set, they like Yan’s biscuits. There are also some incredibly creative displays from Stacey’s sparkling biscuits and Julia’s middle Eastern-inspired biscuits with a jelly filling.

Great British Bake Off Week 2Technical Challenge
With a little bit of luck, our bakers may just figure out how to make 12 fortune cookies – 6 almond and 6 orange flavoured – from a cryptic recipe.

The level of frustration is high in the tent, as the contestants attempt to create the unique shape of fortune cookies and snap more in halves than they can remember!

Yan wins her first challenge, serving fortune cookies with a cracking flavour and texture. Sophie comes a close second.

Great British Bake Off Week 2Showstopper
This week’s showstopper is an all-round creativity challenge for the bakers. They need to bake a board game that is both playable and edible – a Biscuit Board Game.

Yan comes up with Adventures in Bakeland which uses matcha powder, lemon zest, orange and cardamom to give the judges’ palate one hell of a ride.

Baking multiple pieces that require different levels of attention and skills, this challenge truly pushes the bakers to reach new heights – from piping their biscuits beautifully to executing impeccable timing.

Yan finishes making her board game on time and presents them in appealing flavours, but the judges feel the biscuits’ texture is too rubbery.

Star Baker belongs to Stephen again, whose Check Bake emerges as the board game champion, with delicate pieces punching with flavour.

Great British Bake Off Week 2Leaving the white tent in Week 2 is Chris, who falls short in his technical delivery despite delighting the judges with his wonderfully creative spirit.

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 12th September on Channel 4.

Yan enjoys Sweet Start in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 1

On the first week of the Great British Bake Off 2017, Yan has proven that growing up in a Chinese household where steaming and frying are the default cooking methods, does not hinder her baking skills even when she is up against some of the best bakers in the country!

Signature Challenge
For this fruity challenge, she makes a classic Apple Crumble Cake, but forgets one key element – turning on the oven! But she keeps calm, quickly whips up a second batch and bakes on. The judges love the sponge, but it is clear Steven’s Bonfire Night Cake has won their hearts in this challenge.

Technical Challenge
Who would have thought making 12 Chocolate Mini Rolls can be so complicated? But Yan pulls it off, placing fourth out of 12 with her evenly-shaped rolls, each filled with a beautiful and creamy swirl. Winner is Kate from Merseyside.

Yan in GBBO 2017 Week 1

Yan’s idea of an illusion cake is a Banana-Ramen Cake, with such delicate details like the Salmon roe and noodles, it totally fools the judges’ eyes. Paul Hollywood calls it ‘a work of art’.

Yan in GBBO 2017 Week 1Star Baker belongs to Steven who stuns with a simple yet surprisingly realistic BLT Sandwich illusion cake, made with a delicious chocolate hazelnut sponge and peanut butter frosting.

Yan in GBBO 2017 Week 1

Leaving the white tent in Week 1 is Peter, whose coconut cake and showstopper with a broken knife fail to impress. Placing 10th in the technical challenge has not helped.

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 5th September on Channel 4.