The American Baking Competition Review

So I want to apologize I missed my update on the semi finals for The American Baking Competition.  I was on vacation with my family 🙂  We had a fabulous time…thank you for asking.  Now onto the Finals.

This week was the Finals for The American Baking Competition!  The final three bakers left in the competition are Brian, Francine and Darlene.  All the bakers will still be asked to complete three bakes.

The first bake is the signature bake and the bakers can make anything that they want, as long as they use Georgia’s state crop, the peanut.  Darlene makes a peanut cake roll, Brian makes a peanut vanilla chiffon roll and Francine makes a spiced peanut peanut butter torte.   Brain and Darlene’s cake roll go over nicely with the judges but Francine’s crazy peanut torte is not loved by the judges.

The technical bake for the finale is a dozen Boston cream donuts, which is judge’s Paul Hollywood’s recipe. Francine redeems herself by making good donuts, though Darlene gets the best donuts.  Brian’s are a flat dud!

The showstopper bake is to make 72 miniature desserts (24 of three different kinds, meringue, pastry and cake) inspired by the American flag. Yikes.

Darlene goes with coconut mini-cakes, peach & grit tartlets and firework meringues. Brian makes raspberry white chocolate mini-cakes, mascarpone & berry tartlets and white chocolate popcorn meringues. And Francine makes coconut mini-cakes, peaches & cream choux puffs and blueberry cream meringues.

While the judges are deciding the winner of The American Baking Competition, the three bakers are led outside for a patriotic barbecue and they are joined by family, friends and the bakers who had been eliminated.

I will tell you I was very disappointed with who won the competition.  I think the competition should have been judged over the course of the whole show but it seems the judges only judged on the final show.  Oh well!  So the winner of The American Baking Competition was Brian.   He is the winner of $250,000 and a cook book deal.  I really wanted Francine or Darlene to win:(

This series was definitely a very short series and the semi finals and finals really snuck up on us.  I feel we didn’t really get to know the bakers and their families and I really think the show would be better if there was a little conflict in the show.  I mean it is a reality show!

The one thing we did get out of the show was the list of recipes.  The recipes are list here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/american-baking-competition/recipe-blog/.

Happy Baking!

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