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This café in Dublin bakes and serves the GBBO technical challenge every week

Here’s how you can eat em.
Oct 26th 2016, 6:09 PM 7,759 2

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE Off comes to a close this evening, but it will live on in one Dublin cafe this Friday.

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Annie’s Bakery opened just three months ago on Grand Canal Street Upper, and they specialise in cakes and bakes. Owner Ann de Piero told that they started a fun experiment to bake the technical challenge on every week’s Great British Bake Off and serve it up to their customers.

People come in especially to taste it.

The challenges are done by baker Darina Kelly, who tells us she first got into the Bake Off when she crossed paths with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry during an internship in London at the Little Venice Cake Company.

I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It broadcasts on a Wednesday and I have the bakes ready for Friday.
It’s a challenge for me too, I’m wondering what they’re going to have to make and if it will be hard. I’ve no insight beforehand at all.

Kelly has pretty much served up every challenge since week 1.

Week 1, Cake Week

The technical challenge was to make 12 Jaffa Cakes.

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Nailed it.

Week 2, Biscuits

The challenge: 12 Viennese Whirls.

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Yeah, we’d definitely eat those.

Week 3, Bread

The challenge: Dampfnudel.

That’s a white bread roll or sweet roll eaten in Germany, Austria, and France.

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Week 5, Pastry

The challenge: A bakewell tart.

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They even nailed the icing on top instead of almonds.

Week 6, Botanical

The challenge: A 2 herb fougasse.

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Annie’s to the left, the perfect GBBO model to the right. Sure who’d know?

Week 7, Desserts

The challenge: Marjolaine.

This cake is a fancy layer gateaux with layers of meringue, creme patissiere and ganacheand looks SO HARD to make.

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Week 8, Tudor

The challenge: 12 Jumbles.

Biscuit knots, a lot harder than they look.

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Week 9: Patisserie

The challenge: Savarin.

A ring-shaped yeasted cake that’s drizzled with syrup, according to BBC Food.

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Darina says the hardest thing to make was last week’s savarin.

I’m used to working with yeast, but it was tough to work it into a ring.

The easiest were the Viennese, and it got the best reaction.

Surprisingly it’s mostly men that come in from the offices, commenting that they saw it on the Bake Off or wondering what our take on it is this week.
We’re just trying to do something different, there’s so many cafes around now that just serve the same thing every day.
Tonight’s technical challenge should be ready by Friday, let’s hope it’s a tasty one.

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