What Dessert Would You Make to Win "The Great British Bake Off"?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

What Dessert Would You Make to Win "The Great British Bake Off"?
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About This Quiz

Are you ready to look Sue Perkins in the eye and tell her what you've made? Step inside the kitchen of "The Great British Baking Show," and walk us through your taste for all things baked goods. Once you've made our mouths water and told us about your style, we'll give you the secret recipe that will win you the prestigious title. 

Baking is a serious business in Britain! Contestants don't necessarily take home a cash prize; instead, they do it for the prestige. Getting an endorsement deal or two after being crowned champion is just the icing on the cake! You know that your desserts can win awards, but what unique creation can earn you the rank of the best in Britain? 

Each of your answers shows us how skilled you are in the kitchen. Having the ability to bake a mug cake doesn't necessarily qualify you to pull off the perfect raspberry tart, and we wouldn't want you to try anything you can't handle. Our job is to get you into the tent and on the winner's podium! Whip up the dessert you get in your result, and it's all but in the piping bag. Which dessert will it be? 

Square tin When a recipe says to grease the pan, how do you do it?
I use cooking spray.
I rub a stick of butter around the pan.
I sing "Summer Nights" to it.
Lard is the perfect way to get a pan oiled up.

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Variety of Mixed Nuts Which one of these nuts is best to keep in the pantry for baking projects?
Pecans
Walnuts
My mother-in-law
Almonds

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Hostess twinkies Which one of these Hostess cakes do you enjoy once in a while?
Twinkies
They are all disgusting!
Ding Dongs
Sno Balls

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Brownies Why would you stick a fork into a pan of brownies while they're baking?
It's like pulling back the corner when you microwave something.
It's for decoration.
You do that so you can see if it's done.
It's so others know you've claimed that piece.

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strawberry shortcake How would you take a simple strawberry shortcake to the next level?
You can't mess with perfection.
Homemade whipped cream adds a nice touch.
I would drizzle it with caramel.
A little lemon zest brightens it up.

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Baked Puff Pastry What would you make from puff pastry?
Strawberry Turnovers
Cream Cheese Danish Puffs
Nutella Pastry Puffs
Puff Pastry Churros

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Marzipan decorations for cakes and biscuits Which do you enjoy working with more, fondant or marzipan?
Each one has a different use.
Fondant tastes like rubber.
I haven't worked with either of them.
I like the way marzipan spreads.

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Bacon bits Which of these fruits pairs best with bacon bits?
Pears
Apples
Persimmons
Blueberries

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Variety of sugar Would you add granulated sugar or powdered sugar to cookie dough?
I would rather use a sugar substitute.
Granulated sugar works best.
Raw sugar is my first choice.
It depends on what the recipe says.

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Creme brulee Have you ever tried to make crème brûlée?
It looks too difficult!
I make a mean crème brûlée!
I would love to have a good recipe for it.
I don't care for it.

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Bundt cake Do you own at least one bundt pan?
I have a couple of them.
I think I have one somewhere in the back of the cupboard.
A what?
I could use one!

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Dinner party What would one of your dinner parties most look like?
Elegant and formal
A serve-yourself buffet
Pizza boxes and soda cans
Hearty and warm

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Chicken Pot Pie If you were making pot pies, what filling would you use?
Mincemeat
Vegetables only
Chicken
Turkey

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Spices and herbs What spice or herb would you use to make a dessert a little more savory?
Rosemary
Cayenne
Basil
Coriander

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Pumpkin pie Do you think pumpkin-based desserts or sweet potato desserts are tastier?
Ewww ... I'll pass on both!
I like pumpkin stuff more.
You can never go wrong with a sweet potato dessert.
It's a toss-up! I like them both.

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Wedding cake How many tiers does a wedding cake need to have to earn your respect?
I like wedding cupcakes more.
It's more than five tiers or nothing!
It's not about the tiers; it's about the decorating.
You only need three.

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Icing roses on cake Do you have any idea how to make icing roses to decorate your cakes?
It's easy!
I would love to learn.
I use real roses.
Icing is not my thing.

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Mixing wiped cream When you bake, do you use a hand mixer or a stand mixer?
I want to marry my stand mixer.
I use a hand mixer.
I use a local bakery.
What's wrong with a spoon?

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Rabbit cupcake What flavor cupcake would you whip up for a local bake sale?
Maple and walnut
Lemon and green tea
Chocolate and cherry
White chocolate and cranberry

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Baking When you bake something, do you stick to a recipe?
I improvise a little.
If you veer from the recipe, it won't turn out right.
I make up the recipes.
Who says I bake things?

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Cream Puffs How would you make a bland cream filling come to life?
Orange zest is all you need!
A dash of whiskey makes things sing.
Apricots make everything better.
Passionfruit syrup can fix anything.

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Oatmeal cookies Should oatmeal cookies come with or without raisins?
Raisins should be banned from the planet.
They need raisins and chocolate chips.
Plain oatmeal cookies are the best.
Leave the raisins out and add chocolate chips.

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Putting dessert into oven What's your favorite way to reduce calories in a dessert?
Replace eggs with apple sauce
Use pumpkin in place of butter
Desserts are not low calorie!
Limit the number of toppings

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Cutting Tiramisu cake Have you ever successfully pulled off a unique version of tiramisu?
It's not difficult!
I don't like tiramisu.
People seem to like it, but I don't think it's authentic.
No one makes better tiramisu than the Italians.

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Chopped Other than "The Great British Baking Show," which cooking show would you like to go on?
"Chopped"
"Nailed It"
"Sugar Rush"
"Cupcake Wars"

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Cream of Tartar Do you have any idea what cream of tartar does?
It builds up on your teeth.
It makes things rise.
It makes cakes soft.
I think it adds a salty flavor.

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Fruitcake What's the best thing to do with fruitcake?
Enjoy it with a cup of coffee.
Hide it under your pillow for luck.
Use it as a doorstop.
Give it to the neighbors.

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Cherry and apple pies If you could only have one of these pies for the rest of your life, which one would you pick?
Turtle pie
Apple pie
Cherry pie
Coconut cream pie

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Baking 2 How do you keep your mouthwatering creations from burning when they're in the oven?
I set an egg timer.
I check them every 15 minutes.
I set an alarm on my phone.
I use my nose.

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Bread Which type of bread do you usually use for sandwiches?
Ciabatta
Wonder Bread
Baguette
Sourdough

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