We didn’t intend to have a “B-theme” day for our annual Christmas Dusted Doo this week, however this happy coincidence set us up for a wonderfully alliterated article title.
With a visit to The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of LEGO® sculptures by Nathan Sawaya, a cocktail masterclass at Mixology and a protein rich meal at The Tramshed it was a bumper day. The highlight (for some) was our bake-off – a tradition that has seen the Dusted staffers lose more than a bag of flour over.
This was our fourth year of the Christmas bake-off and to be honest, picking the theme of what to make is getting tougher. We put four options to a vote and, as a result, this year’s faire was giant biscuits. The idea was to recreate a classic biscuit but on a ridiculously large scale.
The criteria for the voting this year were;
- Structural integrity
- Relative size
Each of these categories were scored out of 10 but taste counted as double, so the final scores were out of 60. With 18 judges this year (thanks to guest judge Maggie from Babble Voices), this gave a total possible score of 1,080.
So without further ado, here are the results.
|Aziz||Scottish Empire Biscuit||714.0|
|Riccardo||Chocolate Chip Cookie||633.0|
|Keith||Chocolate Chip Cookie||626.0|
For the first time in bake-off history, David stepped up to the top of the podium with his impressive stack of over-sized Hobnobs. His score of 794 saw him crowned bake-off champion and meant he fairly comprehensively beat last year’s winner Emma, who took second spot (meaning she was less jammy than her Dodger). Stewart with his gargantuan Garibaldi took a well-deserved third place.
In celebration (and commiseration) of such high-pressure (but hugely high-standard) competition, our man Aziz kindly brought in a crate of his own homebrew beer: Bakers’ Brew. A light midday ale we all enjoyed before heading out to the next “B-based” event!