One year ago today we finished filming season 2 of @thegreatamericanbakingshow. 24 bakes complete. I'm still so proud! I've had some time to think about this experience, and I am overwhelmed with joy when I think about it. I learned a lot about baking, and it's so fun recalling information I learned in the tent and applying it to my bakes now. The thing I learned that I treasure the most is that sometimes dreams that seem impossible can actually come true! I don't think that winning the show was my "big thing". I think it was the big thing that made me believe I could do big things. It changed the way I see myself. Before the show, my pride and perfectionist nature kept me from trying things when I thought I might fail. I'm not that way any more. Forever thankful. ♥️ Now, I'm just counting down the days to the next season when I can watch some other bakers bake their hearts out! ✌️♥️🍰 (swipe for pictures from the last night at the tent and some randoms, last picture is when I got home and saw my kids ♥️)
Sentimental Photo Dump! 😜 A few more pictures from last year. At this time we were in the thick of filming for The #GreatAmericanBakingShow. Here's the run down... The first picture is of the petit fours that @jmariebakes, @sugarbearbakes, and I made. 😅 Next, a chicken at Windsor Castle. I took the chicken everywhere and took pictures for my kids. The next is me on the first day baking in the tent! 😁 Then, laughing w @drwolfebakes and @jeremiahduartebills. The one with my kids is from the break in the middle of filming when we got to go home. 💕 Next, @chaudhariprachi20 sneaking up on me in London. 💥 Then, it's @johnnyiuzzini sneaking up on @jmariebakes, @sugarbearbakes, and me. 💥 Next to the last is a moment w the judges and @ibgomez. It looks like Mary is concerned about what I'm saying. 😬 Finally, the bakers, judges, and hosts. ♥️ I wish I had a picture of the whole lovely crew! There are so many people that work hard behind the scenes to make this magic happen. Okay, thanks for joining me on my stroll down memory lane. 😘😘
This time a year ago I was in the U.K. getting ready to film the @thegreatamericanbakingshow This is the entremet (layered mousse cake) I brought to the auditions for the show. I'm forever grateful for that experience and especially for the friendships I now have with the other bakers! Swipe ➡️ to see the inside of the cake and what it looked like after the judges were done with it 😳 #entremet #americanbakingshow
Courgette, Walnut and Cinnamon cake done! Sadly no caramelised nuts as it transpires I can't make caramel to save my life (gave up after 4th attempt even after expert advice from @amandaefaber winner of #AmericanbakingShow) Hahaha! #homebaking #sundaybaking #baking #courgettecake #walnuts #i❤️baking #happy
Last year this time i was busy packing my bag full of baking supplies ✈️ heading to London on a baking adventure!! Never had I baked a bundt cake 😉 before prepping for the Great American baking show, coincidentally i baked 2 of these last week!! Eggless chocolate cake flavored with rum, cashews and dates....drizzled with rum, coffee and maple syrup!! #sweettoothbakesbyprachi
Last year I was flying to New York to meet the bakers and some of the production team for The Great American Baking Show. I was sooo nervous to meet the other bakers! I was sooo sad to leave my family (I almost got off the plane before it left the gate). I was sooo excited to see what this experience would be! The next day we flew to London, but that night I was too high on emotions to go straight to bed. @jmariebakes and I went to the top of the @empirestatebldg. It was so peaceful up there. I was able to calm down and be present for a few minutes. It was a moment I'll never forget. 🖤 #americanbakingshow
If I'm honest, I'm not really in to the national food days and months. Too much to keep up w and it kinda stresses me out! 🍑🍑BUT, I do live in the peach state which means it's my duty to celebrate peach month. Also, I can't resist peach pie. Recipe for my whiskey peach pie is on ABC.com if you are feeling hungry. 🍑🍑
Last year at this time I was practicing my recipes for the challenges on The Great American Baking Show. One of the challenges was to make a #millefeuille. I had seen them, but I had never tasted one. I didn't know how to make it...or even say it! 😳 I was super scared! So, I went to @stgermainbakery at @poncecitymarket, bought one for research, and got to work. While I practiced I was too 😅 & 🤐 to post, but now that I've had some time to process, I want to share my experience. I'm going to sprinkle in some sentimental posts over the next few weeks. Thank you for listening. 😘😘 (the picture is of the MF that I made on the show. ☺️) 📷: ABC.com #cake
Working on some puffs for dessert tonight. Once cooled, they are going to be accessorized w sour cherry curd + torched meringue. You only live once.
These #pavlovas are filled w orange curd, topped w #whippedcream, drizzled w #honey, and sprinkled w #pistachios. I had never made a Pavlova before practicing for The Great American Baking Show. Now it's one of my favorite things to make and eat! If you would like to make these, search "Pavlova" on my blog. You won't be disappointed. 😘
Look 👀 who I had dinner 🍽 with 😍 thank you to Prachi @chaudhariprachi20 for hosting us! I loved ❤️ spending time reminiscing with you all! @amandafaber3 @courtneybaritone222 @drwolfebakes @jmariebakes 📸by @jddear We missed you Steph, Antoinette, Ashlyn and Nancy #americanbakingshow #greatamericanbakingshow
Amanda - winner of the Great #americanbakingshow and my dear friend made my pastéis de nata recipe and blogged about it! I am all kinds of flattered and thankful over here 😍😍😍😍 obrigado Amanda! They look amazing 👏🏽👌🏾😘 #Repost @amandafaber3 with @repostapp ・・・ Pastéis de Nata...these little egg tarts are unassuming in appearance. Don't let them fool you. Total sneak attack! The flavor and textures are so incredible. The delicious recipe is by @jeremiahduartebills! Thank you! Link in profile for more details and the recipe. #pasteisdenata #portuguesefood
Don't blink 🤓 as I make some espécies! These are the same #Azorean 🇵🇹spice #cookies that I made on the Great #AmericanBakingShow A speciality from the island 🌴 of São Jorge they contain a sweet filling of bread 🍞 crumbs, lemon 🍋 and many spices like anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and white pepper. On the show 🎬 I wasn't allowed to use pre-made breadcrumbs. I tried testing all kinds of substitutes at home but nothing tasted right. The only solution was to make bread from scratch which I did on the show! Sadly, they didn't show me making it but I was proud to pull it off ☺️ Aproveite!
#Repost @amandafaber3 with @repostapp ・・・ Wow. Just wow. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for the experience of being a #baker on The Great #AmericanBakingShow. I got to spend time doing what I love so much with the most amazing people. I will treasure this experience my whole life. I'm so thankful to my husband, family, friends, fellow bakers (who are also my friends😘), ABC, production team, Nia, Ian, Mary, Johnny, and everyone who has watched and been so supportive. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
#Repost @thegreatamericanbakingshow with @repostapp ・・・ Meet Antoinette Love: This North Carolina based single mom is sure to bring holiday cheer to you this season not only from her upbeat personality but with her creative and colorful bakes. http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-american-baking-show/cast/antoinette-love @johnnyiuzzini @niavardalos @ibgomez #MaryBerry @abcnetwork @loveprodus #americanbakingshow #abc #holidays #baking
#tbt to my #americanbakingshow background shoot. My students were filmed eating my baked goods. Here's my 🎹student Daniel ready to devour a mousse cake covered in torched 🇮🇹meringue! Inside is almond sponge, 🍯 vanilla mousse, fresh raspberries and 🍑 The recipe was adapted from the great @pierreherme
I have more 🍫 for you today along with a painting by my genius grandmother Joy Bills 👩🏻🎨 @geobills This is my first time making bon bons. They're like the tiny cousins of yesterday's post. I was inspired by @bachour1234 #bachourchocolate and used his delicious passion fruit and milk chocolate ganache recipe to fill the 72% dark chocolate shell painted with gold. The painting is fired 🔥alcohol 🍸inked art. I haven't seen her do this yet but she paints using flaming alcohol! Sounds so exciting! #alcoholart #bonbons
Since the show ended I've gotten a lot of questions about my "BIG PLANS". I'm excited to officially be offering cakes and other bakes in the #Atlanta area! More details in my latest post, link in profile. 🍊🍊🍊Not to be overshadowed...this #cake! It's something special for someone special. A decadent #chocolateorange playground! #americanbakingshow #businessowner
This little petit sweet has become a family favorite! The base is pistachio and cocoa nib #dacquoise which is a baked meringue folded through with ground nuts and powdered sugar. At first it's slightly crunchy but softens with cream. I then piped pistachio pastry cream, added fresh raspberries and a tempered dark chocolate 🍫 disk.
#Audiencias USA: vamos con las clasificaciones finales del jueves 12 de enero de 2017: #Audiencias #LegendsOfTomorrow (R) (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 0,3 de rating y baja a 1.070.000 espectadores #DCLegends. #Audiencias #Supernatural (R) (9-10 p.m.) mantiene el 0,2 de rating y baja a los 790.000 espectadores. #Audiencias "The Great #AmericanBakingShow" (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y sube a los 5.190.000 espectadores. #Audiencias "Taking the Stage: African American Music & Stories that Changed America" (Special) (9-11 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y sube a los 5.340.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #HellsKitchen (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y sube a los 3.970.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #MyKitchenRules (9-10 p.m.) mantiene el 0,9 de rating y baja a los 2.510.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Superstore (8-8:30 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y sube a los 4.330.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGoodPlace (8:30-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,1 de rating y sube a los 3.640.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #ChicagoMed (9-10 p.m.) sube a los 1,3 de rating y a los 6.870.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheBlacklist (10-11 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y sube a los 5.340.000 espectadores. #Audiencias The #BigBangTheory (R) (8-8:30 p.m.) mantiene el 1,9 de rating y sube a 10.260.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGreatIndoors (8:30-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,4 de rating y baja a los 7.150.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Mom (9-9:30 p.m.) mantiene el 1,3 de rating y sube a los 7.390.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #LifeInPieces (9:30-10 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y sube a los 5.950.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #PureGenius (10-11 p.m.) mantiene el 0,9 de rating y baja a los 5.150.000 espectadores.
Recipe for Dim Sum Beef Curry Puffs available on the blog! I'm thankful to have made it to the final Signature Challenge so I could share these yummy puffs with Johnny and Mary. ☺️Link for the blog in my profile!
Recently I've been practicing and refining my #pavlova recipes from episode 6. Even though they sent me home I love them and I want to improve. Here is my latest #raspberry, #rose 🌹 and #lychee Pavlova. The meringue is flavored with rose water and freeze dried raspberries. Inside is a @stgermaindrinks liqueur and vanilla cream topped with fresh raspberries and #lychee jellies made with agar agar. After leaving the show I have been determined to discover how to bake the meringues perfectly. I discovered the answer thanks to the recipes of @sugarbearbakes @jmariebakes and @amandafaber3 on the ABC website. These bakers know their meringues and I love learning from them! #americanbakingshow
This little #entremet is my #California backyard #citrus 🍊mousse cake! Inside there is an #orange and olive oil sponge topped with a 🍋 #caramel a #meyerlemon and vanilla jelly insert, surrounded by a #mandarin and #beirão liqueur mousse and glazed with @valrhonausa #chocolate glaze. A big description for such a little cake! The garnish is mandarin caviar inspired by Amanda's 🍾 caviar from episode 6. Recipe inspired by @savourschool #americanbakingshow
Vamos con las #Audiencias del jueves 12 de enero de 2017 de los Estados Unidos: #Audiencias #LegendsOfTomorrow (R) (8-9 p.m.) anota un 0,3 de rating y 1.120.000 espectadores #DCLegends. #Audiencias #Supernatural (R) (9-10 p.m.) anota un 0,2 de rating y 810.000 espectadores. #Audiencias "The Great #AmericanBakingShow" (8-9 p.m.) finaliza temporada con un 1,0 de rating y 5.140.000 espectadores. #Audiencias "Taking the Stage: African American Music & Stories that Changed America" (Special) (9-11 p.m.) (1,0/5.320.000) #Audiencias #HellsKitchen (8-9 p.m.) subió al 1,2 de rating y a los 3.900.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #MyKitchenRules (9-10 p.m.) se estrena con un con 0,9 de rating y 2.570.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Superstore (8-8:30 p.m.) mantuvo el 1,2 de rating y bajó a los 4.310.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGoodPlace (8:30-9 p.m.) subió al 1,1 de rating y a los 3.630.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #ChicagoMed (9-10 p.m.) mantuvo el 1,2 de rating y subió a los 6.750.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheBlacklist (10-11 p.m.) mantuvo el 1,0 de rating y subió a los 5.280.000 espectadores. #Audiencias The #BigBangTheory (R) (8-8:30 p.m.) anota un 1,9 de rating y 10.190.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGreatIndoors (8:30-9 p.m.) bajó al 1,4 de rating y a los 7.250.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Mom (9-9:30 p.m.) bajó al 1,3 de rating y a los 7.330.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #LifeInPieces (9:30-10 p.m.) bajó al 1,2 de rating y a los 5.930.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #PureGenius (10-11 p.m.) subió al 0,9 de rating y bajó a los 5.200.000 espectadores.
Truly my biggest achievement on the show... my Black Sesame Macarons. ☺️ Get the recipe and read what inspired me to make these for Johnny and Mary on my blog. Link in profile!
Ok so about Thursday night!!! First congratulations to @sugarbearbakes and @amandafaber3 . Amazing job ladies!!! Being apart of this show was so life changing. I want to first thank my amazing family and friends for cheering me on and always being there for me. Thank you for always believing in me. To my baking family. The nine of you will always be special to me. Even though we were in a competition it became so much more than that. The moment I sat with each of you that became very clear. In the middle of an intense baking battle you made sure to stop and reach for me. I will never forget it! From the cards to the personal messages sent thank you. I can truly say I have gained nine friends. To the whole @thegreatamericanbakingshow production team and staff thank you!! When I got back there wasn't a person who didn't give me a warm greeting and a huge hug. You really cared and to see and feel that meant the world to me and my family. Even though my time on the show was brief. My life has forever been changed because of my time with all of you. Thank you!!! #bakingshow #cltbakes #thegreatamericanbakingshow #greatamericanbakingshow #americanbakingshow #baking #charlottenc #northcarolina #antwineantoinette
#Audiencias USA: vamos con las clasificaciones finales del jueves 5 de enero de 2017: #Audiencias #LegendsOfTomorrow (R) (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 0,3 de rating y baja a los 980.000 espectadores #DCLegends. #Audiencias #Supernatural (R) (9-10 p.m.) mantiene el 0,2 de rating y los 800.000 espectadores. #Audiencias "The Great #AmericanBakingShow" (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y baja a los 5.000.000 de espectadores. #Audiencias "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" (Special) (9-11 p.m.) sube al 1,7 de rating y a los 7.050.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #HellsKitchen (8-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y baja a los 3.660.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #HellsKitchen (9-10 p.m.) mantiene el 1,1 de rating y sube a los 3.490.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Superstore (8-8:30 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y baja a los 4.430.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGoodPlace (8:30-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y baja a los 3.530.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #ChicagoMed (9-10 p.m.) mantiene el 1,2 de rating y sube a los 6.230.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheBlacklist (10-11 p.m.) mantiene el 1,0 de rating y sube a los 5.210.000 espectadores. #Audiencias The #BigBangTheory (8-8:30 p.m.) mantiene el 3,6 de rating y sube a los 16.800.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #TheGreatIndoors (8:30-9 p.m.) mantiene el 1,9 de rating y baja a los 9.460.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #Mom (9-9:30 p.m.) mantiene el 1,7 de rating y sube a los 8.500.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #LifeInPieces (9:30-10 p.m.) mantiene el 1,4 de rating y los 6.710.000 espectadores. #Audiencias #PureGenius (10-11 p.m.) mantiene el 0,8 de rating y baja a los 5.240.000 espectadores.
Sorry in advance for the looong post but I'm feeling really all the warm and fuzzies right now... 💞🤗 Thanks all for the overwhelming response from the finale!! It was quite the battle to end all battles and I'm just overjoyed that I was able to see this to the end. Congrats to @amandafaber3 for an amazing performance in the finals and throughout the season! I was so happy we were able to share those last 3 bakes together. 👯 I also can't wait to make your opera cake at home. YUM! Thank you @johnnyiuzzini and #MaryBerry for all the little moments especially off camera to teach and encourage us. I will forever feel honored to have baked for you. Thank you @niavardalos and @ibgomez for being possibly the NICEST and most encouraging people when I felt the most stressed and anxious. Huge THANK YOU to the entire @thegreatamericanbakingshow Love Productions Crew. How RARE is it that you find a show and producers that are about putting good into the world vs. more negativity and cattiness? Thank you for telling my story truthfully and with respect. I also want to thank alllll my fellow bakers... You guys were the family I never knew I had! The best prize was 9 new friends who also like to bake!! Jackpot!!! 🎉👏🏼☺️ I really couldn't have done any of this without the unyielding support of my friends and family cheering for me through all my many obstacles and baking panic attacks. (Ah hem.. Mousse Cake Meltdown 2016) And of course... my wonderful husband, Kelvin. Kelvin has been my rock and my best friend not just through this journey but since the day we met. He even flew on a RED-EYE to the UK and then waited for 4+ hours in the freezing cold just to be with me that night. #husbandgoals In the famous words of Julia, "You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life." Ok, they're playing me off the stage now! Thanks again all for watching and I'm so excited to continue my baking adventures in 2017!! #AmericanBakingShow #TheGreatAmericanBakingShow #TGABS
T minus less than 2 hours until these two baking beauties fight it out for the title of America's Best Amateur Baker. Whose sweet structures will "rise" above when the flour settles in the great white tent?! Only one way to find out- TUNE IN at 8pm on @abcnetwork @sugarbearbakes @amandafaber3 @loveprodus @niavardalos @ibgomez #americanbakingshow #maryberry #final
I cant wait to watch the final bake tonight. There is no other way to celebrate than to have cake!!!! Vanilla Bean Sponge cake with banana mousse wrapped in white chocolate. #thegreatamericanbakingshow #americanbakingshow #bakingshow #clt #charlottenc #greatamericanbakingshow #abc #bananamousse #whitechocolatecake #cake #antwineantoinette
The day has finally arrived, its time for the finaleeeeeeee on, The #greatamericanbakingshow make sure to tune in to abc tonight @ 8|7c, immensely proud of Steph and Amanda!! You girls are awesome 💖👏🏻💖#abc #bakingshow #americanbakingshow #greatamericanbakingshow #tgabs #gbbo #baking #celebrations #bakingfamily #reunion #finals #gogirls
It's almost quitting time. So get organized, get packed up, figure out what you are going to make or order in for dinner and fluff those couch pillows because it's The FINALE! That's right- all the glazed sugary roads lead to this night on @thegreatamericanbakingshow . 8pm on @abcnetwork @loveprodus @niavardalos @ibgomez #maryBerry #americanbakingshow
It was wonderful to see everyone again!! It's the final bake. Make plans to join us tonight!!! #Repost @mrjoeyallen1 with @repostapp ・・・ As much as I loved watching @sugarbearbakes and @amandafaber3 bake their hearts out during the finals of @thegreatamericanbakingshow, the highlight for me was seeing our entire baking family together again. You're all Star Bakers to me! Tune in tonight, Thu the 12th, at 8/7C on ABC. #americanbakingshow @johnnyiuzzini @niavardalos @loveprodus
There's nothing better than being back together with my baking family and cheering Steph and Amanda on! Make sure you watch tonight! #Repost @mrjoeyallen1 with @repostapp ・・・ As much as I loved watching @sugarbearbakes and @amandafaber3 bake their hearts out during the finals of @thegreatamericanbakingshow, the highlight for me was seeing our entire baking family together again. You're all Star Bakers to me! Tune in tonight, Thu the 12th, at 8/7C on ABC. #americanbakingshow @johnnyiuzzini @niavardalos @loveprodus
As much as I loved watching @sugarbearbakes and @amandafaber3 bake their hearts out during the finals of @thegreatamericanbakingshow, the highlight for me was seeing our entire baking family together again. You're all Star Bakers to me! Tune in tonight, Thu the 12th, at 8/7C on ABC. #americanbakingshow @johnnyiuzzini @niavardalos @loveprodus
The finals are here!! After these last bakes, I've completed 24 insanely demanding challenges… most of which pushed me to bake things I’ve never made prior to joining this competition. Every meltdown during my practice bakes, every hour of sleep I sacrificed to write recipes, every trip to the store and dollar to buy materials, every 14 hour shoot day, every oven burn, every knife cut…all of it was completely worth it. Tune in TONIGHT at 8pm/7c!! 😘
Tonight's the night! I hope you guys enjoy watching the finals of The #GreatAmericanBakingShow! My showstopper from bread week was a special challenge to me. I baked with more intensity than ever before, and, thankfully, it kept me in the tent. The birds were for my husband and me (#twoturtledoves), but today they can symbolize @sugarbearbakes & me. Two baking #birds! 💕#breadsculpture
Luckily for you there's a lot more where that came from pal.... ;) #Repost @jeremiahduartebills with @repostapp ・・・ So excited for @thegreatamericanbakingshow finale tomorrow night I might eat all my autographed @johnnyiuzzini 🍫! 😜 Can't wait to see what @amandafaber3 and @sugarbearbakes create! #americanbakingshow #johnnyiuzzini #chocolate @abcnetwork @loveprodus
👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 #Repost @thegreatamericanbakingshow ・・・ Meet Stephanie Chen: This Santa Monica based advertising/marketing executive adds a unique surprise to every bake by incorporating flavors from her Chinese heritage to her pop-culture inspired treats. http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-american-baking-show/cast/stephanie-chen @johnnyiuzzini @niavardalos @ibgomez @loveprodus @abcnetwork #abc #americanbakingshow #holidays #baking