Recreate Bake Off Vegan Week At Home

With just half a dozen bakers still standing, the contestant’s sixth week in the Great British Bake Off tent was always going to be a big one. And with one major food group completely off-limits, the heat was most definitely on.

A first for Bake Off - and a topic of conversation that caused quite a stir on social media - Vegan Week provoked a mixed bag of reactions. And while some were happy to see Channel 4 give veganism such a huge platform, others were utterly outraged at the very concept of the dairy-free delights. 

Anyway, last night, as always, we watched on as a series of successes and losses continued to unfold, and while the non-dairy treats of some bakers were a triumph, sadly, other’s hit boiling point and melted under the pressure…

If you still haven’t had chance to catch up on last night’s installment and you’re trying desperately to steer clear of any spoilers, then keep on scrolling until you reach the recipe bit. Alternatively, why not check out my previous vegan-themed post '9 Delicious Vegan Dinner Recipes' ?

If on the other hand, you're keen to catch up on the action, here is my 12-course run-through of what happened during vegan week:

What Happened In Vegan Week

1. Jon was about as unexcited by the prospect of vegan week as judge, Paul Hollywood, going on to confess ‘every meal I eat contains meat’

2. Jon then asked ‘can we have a kebab week soon?’ - needless to say, I’m fairly confident that won’t be happening any time soon…

3. Proving that Vegan Week really wasn’t his thing, Jon spent almost the entirety of the episode in a state of struggle. There were sighs, huffs, eye rolls...I could go on…

4. The signature challenge was revealed and bakers were tasked with creating an assortment of savoury vegan tarts

5. Rahul proved his baking prowess once again, with Prue branding his tarts ‘poetic’ - he really is the gift that keeps on giving…and saying ‘sorry’

6. For the technical, bakers were asked to whisk up a vegan meringue, and, despite her later successes, Kim Joy’s creation was particularly underwhelming. Flat, cracked pavlova, anyone? Nope, didn’t think so...

7. Kim Joy, in the famous words of Paul Hollywood, ‘saved herself and then some’ after creating a fox-themed cake for the all-important showstopper challenge

8. Despite her success, viewers were left confused as to why Kim Joy, who previously stated she wasn’t much of an ‘animal person’ had made yet another animal-themed bake

9. Ruby struggled her way through the showstopper challenge and after recruiting Bryony to help her with her bake, was left in tears when the top tier of the cake toppled off and landed in a messy, creamy heap

10. Ruby’s taste for great flavour saved her from another elimination, with both Paul and Prue equally impressed with her scrumptious cake

11. Jon, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky, and after a series of struggles, was asked to hang up his apron and head home

12. Finishing things on a lighter note, colour-loving Kim Joy scooped the title of ‘Star Baker’ for the second week in a row. Yay!

Savoury Vegan Tarts

1. Cheesy Leek & Broccoli Tartlets - Coconut And Berries

Enjoy a wholesome and satisfying treat as you whip up these delicious Cheesy Leek & broccoli Tartlets from Coconut and Berries. Bursting with flavour and solid proof that eating vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing flavour, these tartlets are completely meat and dairy free, but, thanks to the clever list of ingredients, have a really tasty, cheesy twang!

The addition of broccoli and leek ensures that these tartlets have a high nutritional value and a great vitamin content, meanwhile the crispy, melt-in-the-mouth pastry promises a delicious mouthful everytime. Yummy!

2. Rustic Heirloom Tomato Tart - Well Vegan

If you love nothing more than the flavour of fresh, tangy tomatoes, then this Rustic Heirloom Tomato Tart recipe is definitely the one for you! Brought to you by Well Vegan, this recipe is super simple, but totally effective.

As a serving suggestion and for that all-important finishing touch, why not drizzle your tart with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with freshly ground peppercorns?

3. Vegan Olive And Artichoke Tart - Green Evi

This one’s for all those that love themselves a little antipasti! Bringing together the rich flavour of olives and succulent artichoke, this tart is is guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds.

The delicious, flaky puff pastry base is just mouthwateringly yummy and compliments the piquant taste of the toppings perfectly. Divine!

Vegan Meringue Recipes

1. Vegan Meringue - Loving It Vegan

Sweet, light, airy and super easy to make, this vegan meringue recipe from Loving It Vegan is bound to impress

Traditionally, one of the key ingredients when making meringue is egg, but the vegan method is a little different...

Chickpea water, anyone?!

Yep, while this might sound a little questionable, chickpea water actually makes for the perfect, vegan alternative to eggs, and once baked, all of the chickpea flavour completely diminishes!

This recipe is super easy to follow, and one that’s sure to surprise the skeptics!

2. Vegan Berry Pavlovas - Anna Banana

Pavlova is, without question, one of the most decadent and delicious desserts ever - which is why it would be such a terrible shame if vegans had to miss out!

Fortunately, thanks to the trusty chickpea method, all you dairy-free darlings out there need never feel dissatisfied. And believe me, once you try this amazing Vegan Berry Pavlovas recipe from Anna Banana, you’ll be even more appreciative of the alternative!

Topped with luscious raspberries and blueberries, this dessert is equal parts naughty and equal parts nice. So, before you start calorie counting, be kind to yourself on this one - it’s full of nutrients, after all!

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3. Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie - The Pancake Princess

A dairy-free take on the all-time classic, this vegan lemon meringue pie recipe from The Pancake Princess is, quite simply, heavenly.

Bringing together the sharp flavour of zesty lemon and the sweetness of scrumptious meringue, this is the perfect pud for those nights spend entertaining friends and family.

Vegan Celebration Cake Recipes

1. Best Vegan Birthday Cake Ever - Sweetie Darling

A cute, sparkly cake that’s well-worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake, this birthday cake recipe from Sweetie Darling is a must-try for any keen vegan baker.

Covered in metallic balls and stars (all edible of course!) this cake looks just as good as it tastes.

If you ask me, this cake is best enjoyed with a large cup of tea and a good book or magazine. Perfect!

2. Hillside’s Christmas Cake - Vegan Recipe Club

Christmas is just around the corner, so what better way to get into the festive spirit than with a succulent serving of Christmas cake?!

Entirely vegan, Hillside’s Christmas Cake recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare, and the end product is simply incredible.

These individual Christmas Cake servings pose the perfect alternative to your usual full-sized cake, and they’ll make the ideal finishing touch to your decorated dinner table.

3. Raw Vegan Unicorn Cake (Gluten-Free, Paleo) - Greens Of The Stone Age

The entire world is going completely crazy for unicorns right now, and this show stopping Raw Vegan Unicorn Cake from Greens Of The Stone age is both breathtaking to look at, and full of flavour.

Bursting with beautiful colours and decorated to perfection, this cake would make for the ideal little girl’s birthday cake. And, thanks to the selection of healthier ingredients, it’s fairly guilt-free, too - so there’s no reason why she should be denied a second slice!

If this blog post has inspired you to get creative in the kitchen, be sure to check out our fantastic range of baking essentials. From electric whisks to weighing scales and wooden spoons, you’ll find it all right here at JD Williams.

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Also, for more vegan baking inspiration, why not take a look at Manchester Vegan's blog post 'Vegan Baking Guide: How To Substitute Eggs & Dairy'?This article is full of handy tips & tricks you'll love.

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