Yan’s Caramel Indulgence in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 4

Signature Challenge

The fourth week of the Great British Bake Off 2017 welcomes the first ever Caramel Week. To mark this special GBBO moment, the judges challenge the remaining nine bakers to make 18 millionaire’s shortbread.

Yan gives the classic bake a ginger and nut twist, topped with a royal touch using gold dusting to create the Queen’s head. As always, she hits the sweet spot with her creative flavours, but disappoints with the texture required for each of the three layers in the shortbread.

Kate, a quirky and brilliant baker from Merseywide, stuns with her Salted Bay Caramel Millionaire’s Shortbread, which cleverly uses bay leaves to create an aromatic flavour.

Another highlight bake comes from 19-year-old Liam and his Tetris-themed shortbread, which earns him a handshake from Paul Hollywood!

Technical Challenge

Great British Bake Off Week 4Just as the bakers regroup themselves and hopes to master the art of making caramel in the next challenge, Prue sends them into a meltdown by asking them to make 12 Stroopwafels – a much more commonly eaten sweet treat in the Netherlands than Britain!

With only a basic recipe and less than two hours to bake these unusual caramel waffles, the bakers give it their best shot and hope for the best.

Surprisingly, all of our bakers are far from mastering the art of making a silky smooth caramel, not even this round’s winner Stacey. Yan places eighth unfortunately, and must pull out all the stops for her caramel showstopper.


The ambitious British Chinese baker presents her Animals of Rainforest Caramel Cake, made up of a cocoa and orange-flavoured sponge filled with orange curd for icing, complete with a caramel waterfall, praline forest floor, and honeycomb rocks.

Though slightly overbaked, both Paul and Prue praise the originality and visually striking presentation of her showstopper.

Great British Bake Off Week 4

Star Baker belongs to Kate, whose Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake is a firm favourite of her family on Bonfire Night, and is now a sensational hit on GBBO.

Leaving the white tent in Week 4 is Tom, who suffers a bad start at the Signature Challenge when he hasn’t left enough time to finish cutting the shortbread into 18 pieces. He also misjudges the proportions of his ingredients for his showstopper caramel cake.

Great British Bake Off Week 4

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 26th September on Channel 4.


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.