Cape Town –This week was bread week on Great SA Bake Off - which saw a rise in punny references, interesting challenges and Andrew Dore's exit from the show.
After getting "sliced" from the BBC Lifestyle show Andrew declared he would lay off baking for a while after bread week finally got the better of him.
The actuary was eliminated after his sweet and savoury rolls failed to impress the judges, Shirley Guy and Chef Tjaart Walraven.
We had a quick chat with Andrew about his out-of-the-box baking methods, his most memorable moments and whether or not he's taken up baking again.
Channel24:Your baking has always been daring and out of the box. Do you think you should have played it safe?
Andrew:No! I never want to play it safe. I said from the start that I wanted to keep it true to myself, and I feel like that is exactly what I did. Channel24:Where does your inspiration for daring combinations stem from? Andrew:My inspiration is found in a multitude of places. I enjoy taking old favourites, shaking things up and producing something that is different, yet so familiar. I also enjoy baking for friends, and so attempting to create something that will put a smile on their faces is an everlasting and ever-rewarding challenge.
Channel24:How confident were you going into the bread week challenge? Andrew:I wasn’t confident at all. I knew I had interesting bakes, something that none of the other bakers were doing, and that excited me. But bread is not something I indulge in too often. I’m a bit of a sweet tooth (hence the raspberry and white chocolate sourdough rolls), and so I knew it would be a challenge going into a week that was predominantly savoury. Channel24:If you could do anything different, what would it be? Andrew:I would win! I was looking forward to showcasing my skills in the future episodes. Some of my favourite bakes are things I didn’t get to produce on the show. But hey, that’s what my recipe book will be for. The world has yet to see what I have to offer. #SweetCheeks Channel24: Have you started baking again? And what’s the first thing you baked? Andrew:Yes! I have started baking. I don’t think it’s something I can avoid. I live by the words; “Mind. Body. Soul.” Baking is for my soul, and without it I wouldn’t feel complete. The first thing I baked were my cupcakes. After seeing them featured in a Sunday newspaper, I had an abundance of requests from friends and family. After that, was my first attempt at a wedding cake for a really good friend of mine. Channel24: What were some of your memorable moments on the show? Andrew:The show was a whirlwind experience filled with many memorable moments. I will truly cherish the friendships I made on the show and look forward to baking with them again soon. The laughs we shared were infinite. Speaking of particular moments, I would have to say my chiffon cake nightmare from episode one. Disasters happen, and they will happen, but I just look at them as opportunities to try again. And hey, I produced some amazing things after that and so can you!
Tune in for more baking drama Tuesdays at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174).
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