Blayre Wright, the Manheim-based baker and proprietor of the non-public wedding ceremony cake studio Flouretta Candy, survived the second week of the Meals Community’s “Halloween Baking Championship” baking competitors present.
Wright confronted off in opposition to 10 different bakers on the spooky Lodge Henson. She not solely survived the weekly elimination, however thrived, successful the primary problem often called “The Thriller.”
The second episode featured a tie-in with the upcoming movie “Puss in Boots: The Final Want” and bakers have been tasked with making a boot-shaped croquembouche – a French dessert manufactured from a tower of choux pastry puffs.
In her phase, Wright famous that her cat Poppy resembled the Puss in Boots character and described a number of the selections that have been going into her Mexican scorching chocolate cream croquemboot (host John Henson’s puns have been out in full drive on this episode).
Wright stated she was utilizing a chocolate custard cream puff recipe that she makes for her dad.
“He was the one who actually jazzed up Halloween, so that is for my dad” Wright stated throughout her opening phase.
Wright added some warmth to her croquembouche with some cayenne pepper, Chile de Arbol and a few apple pie spice. She added a crispy layer of craquelin dough for added texture, carmelized sugar and cashew mud to her cream puffs which contained Mexican scorching chocolate pudding.
She introduced her spooky boot-themed croquembouche (describing her ornament as one thing you’d discover “in an previous cat girl’s attic”) to the panel of judges, which included Carla Corridor, Stephanie Boswell and Zac Younger.
The judges have been impressed with Wright’s skills to inform a narrative by way of her decorations, her textures and her silky chocolate pudding.
“To begin with your puffs look improbable,” stated decide Zac Younger, including, “the craquelin offers that previous leather-based really feel to it.”
Stephanie Boswell famous that Wright might have gotten slightly extra rise off the choux dough and praised Wright’s use of spices.
“All of it labored,” stated decide Carla Corridor.
The judges complimented a number of of the opposite bakers’ creations, however when it got here time to announce the winner of “The Thriller” phase, Henson known as Wright’s title. Henson famous the judges have been impressed together with her building of her and her use of the Mexican scorching chocolate taste, “however what blew the judges away was what number of sorts of texture have been packed into the tiny puffs,” Henson stated.
For successful “The Thriller” phase, Wright gained a bonus going into the following and remaining spherical of the night often called “The Killer.”
For “The Killer” the bakers have been requested to create a sachertorte (“or as they name it in Europe, a futboltorte,” Henson punned). The standard dessert featured a chocolate sponge cake with a layer of jam and a contact of rum.
Wright’s prize for successful the primary phase was first choose of the chocolate for her sachertorte. Wright selected darkish chocolate. Not one of the different bakers would have the ability to use darkish chocolate, and Wright famous this was a giant benefit.
“This can be a large benefit, Wright stated. “As a result of darkish chocolate is the standard chocolate used to glaze a sachertorte, so I will have the ability to drive that chocolate taste house extra simply.”
Bakers not solely needed to create a scrumptious sachertorte, however as a result of this can be a Halloween-themed present, they needed to current a dessert depicting completely different causes of loss of life. Wright caught with the “Puss in Boots” cat theme and created a “loss of life by cat scratch” cake.
“I’ve two cats at house and I at all times really feel like they’re secretly plotting my loss of life,” Wright joked.
Wright’s cat-themed sachertorte design featured a chocolate-coated cat face with loopy eyes and a “tainted cat nip” crunch manufactured from hazelnut. She used wealthy flavors together with her de ella darkish chocolate cake with cherry cream, hazelnut crunch and espresso darkish chocolate ganache.
Her dessert as soon as once more impressed the judges and earned her a spot within the subsequent spherical of competitors.
On the finish of the episode a preview for episode three of the “Halloween Baking Championship” confirmed bakers pairing off into groups of two to assemble elaborate 3D hedge mazes made out of cake.
The subsequent episode of “Halloween Baking Championship” airs at 9 pm Monday, Sept. 26, on the Meals Community and is offered to stream on Discovery+