Recap: Halloween Baking Championship 1.4: "Haunted House Party"

Oct 27, 2015 by Sarah Moffatt

The first Halloween Baking Championship has come to an end and we have our dark horse champion.

Going into the finale, Ashlee, Scott, Rudy, and Jason were the last bakers standing. Per usual, they were given a pre-heat challenge, which was to create a dessert that looks like a haunted house character they drew out of a jar, however, this challenge was turned into an elimination round.

Ashlee created a mummy-themed crepe cake with bloody buttermilk syrup. She struggled to get the crepes perfect, but the judges loved their crispiness in the end. The cake didn’t look much like a mummy, however, which was a big hit to her chances of making it to the final round.

Scott made a super gross-looking zombie head pastry deconstructed with a brain Bavarian... Read More

Recap: Halloween Baking Championship 1.3 "Field of Screams"

Oct 19, 2015 by Sarah Moffatt

And then there were four.

This week’s Halloween Baking Championship started with five bakers and ended with four heading into next week’s finale.

In the pre-heat challenge, the bakers were asked to create creepy donuts in 75 minutes.

Having attempted donuts last week, Ashlee was wary of this challenge, and I can’t blame her – those donuts were a disaster. She did better this week, with an apple pie-filled yeast donut, which has to have time to rise a couple of times and then bake, but it still wasn’t great. She knew it was risky and probably wouldn’t work, but she charged ahead anyway.

Audrey went outside of the box and created an intestine cruller filled with cream. I personally loved her innovation, but it sort of looked muddled... Read More

Recap: Halloween Baking Championship, 1.2 "Monster Mash"

Oct 13, 2015 by Sarah Moffatt

This week’s Halloween Baking Championship was sort of a take it or leave it episode. The challenges were average compared to last week and all the bakers seemed to be struggling through each challenge.

In the pre-heat challenge, the bakers were asked to make a mash up of two storebought items like pie crust, biscuit dough, and cookie dough. Where’s the pickles or some crazy fruit we’ve never heard of? I have to remind myself this isn’t Chopped sometimes.

All of the bakers made desserts I’d describe as “blah.” Some of the finished products looked like an accident, like Ashlee’s denture mishap (yikes), and some looked ready for a kid’s lunch, like Erin’s Frankenstein’s monster cookie sandwich, which was the only one I thought, “Oh, that’s cute.” Audrey’s witch... Read More

Recap: Halloween Baking Championship 1.1 "Trick or Treats"

Oct 06, 2015 by Sarah Moffatt

With the rising popularity of Food Network’s various baking championship shows, from Kids Baking Championship to Holiday Baking Championship, it was only a matter of time before they introduced the Halloween Baking Championship.

Here’s how it works:

Seven of the best bakers across the nation compete to become the Halloween Baking Champion and take home $25,000. Each week the contestants are given two different tasks – the “pre-heat” and the “main heat” – to impress the panel of judges, including pastry chef Sherry Yard, dessert expert Ron Ben-Israel, and chef and TV host Carla Hall.

This week, the contestants were asked to present their best take on Halloween-inspired cupcakes as well as utilize a classic Halloween candy in their cakes for the pre-heat challenge.

It was a... Read More

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