Best British Bake Off Faves

Four years after they competed on Series 7 of “The Great British Bake Off,” fan favourites Benjamina Ebuehi and Selasi Gbormittah are as popular as ever.

The two friends – so close during the show that they were often mentioned as #Benjalasi – still celebrate each other’s successes, including Ebuehi’s cookbook, “The New thanks to Cake,” and Gbormittah’s partnership with @vitacocoeu.

They also champion their fellow bakers and are happy to share their recommendations for the simplest desserts in London.

In their own words, here are the bakeries that these beloved GBBO contestants call their favourites (or, rather, favourites).

Benjamina: Luminary Bakery

The carrot cake at Luminary Bakery is one among my favourites in London; not too sweet, many spice, and perfectly moist.

Luminary Bakery may be a social enterprise that supports disadvantaged women, meaning that your purchases within the cafe go towards an excellent cause!

BBQ and Hog Roast buffet catering Rayleigh

Benjamina: Ottolenghi

The cake counter at Ottolenghi is pretty iconic and it is often difficult to make a decision what to travel for.

One of the cakes i really like the foremost , though, is that the Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Cream. Incredibly rich with a smooth and creamy centre, it’s perfect for any chocolate lovers.

Benjamina: Miel Bakery

For a touch slice of France, there’s no place like Miel Bakery. it is a tiny little bakery that produces fresh bakes and classic patisserie throughout the day.

My go-tos are the palmiers. So simple but they’re incredibly buttery with just the proper amount of chew and caramelisation. The caneles also are a requirement .

Benjamina: Crosstown Doughnuts

Doughnuts are always an honest idea and therefore the matcha cake doughnut from Crosstown may be a winner. It’s covered during a matcha & chocolate ganache that completely balances sweetness and therefore the slight bitterness from the tea.

Benjamina: Bao

This Taiwanese restaurant serves a number of the simplest bao buns in London.

They only have one dessert on the menu – the Fried Horlicks frozen dessert Bao – and it’s the sole one you would like . The frozen dessert is silky smooth with a deep malty flavour that i really like . It sits inside a soft, deep fried bun and is so moreish you will be tempted to order another.

Selasi: Lily Vanilli Bakery

This gem is found tucked away during a courtyard in East London, just yards faraway from Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s faraway from home on behalf of me but always well worth the visit.

Self-taught wonder, Lily Jones, has built a reputation for herself by creating bespoke cakes to order. Thankfully, her bakery is hospitable the general public on Sundays, so everyone can enjoy her freshly-baked delights.

My favourite from her savoury range is certainly the sausage rolls: crispy, flaky pastry with a really generous meat and bacon filling. it’s to die for. As a sweet treat, you want to try Lily’s Einkorn chocolate chip cookies. Gooey, sweet and salty – I 100% recommend them.

Selasi: Happy Endings London

For a man who favours West London such a lot , I tend to seek out myself in East London very often because I’m happy to travel for food.

And who can resist soft serve frozen dessert sandwiches? Not me – especially those at Happy Endings.

You can choose the Malty One, the Naughty One, Tres Leches or Negroni, but my personal favourite is that the Strawberry Shorty. It’s strawberry cheesecake parfait with vanilla marshmallow, strawberry preserves and bittersweet chocolate inside a sweet sugar biscuit. Say no more.

Selasi: Pophams

This cosy bakery at Islington and Hackney has become widely known – deservedly – for its amazing artisan hand-crafted pastries.

The PBJ may be a must: layers of flaky puff pastry, spread and jam topped with banana. What’s to not love about this classic? These flavours are an old favorite, and Pophams presents them so well and with such pride. For those that favour the savoury side of things, I even have to recommend the rosemary and sea salt twist. Mmmmm.

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