In my alternative dream life, I would be a Master Baker. I would have a cake shop and spend my days happily baking perfect cakes, pastries and pies. Although real life is a far cry from that, I do manage to bake the odd cake or two and so I am loving the Great British Bake Off that is currently airing on BBC2.
Here in the UK we take afternoon tea, over in Germany it’s Kaffee und Kuchen, either way it seems that tradition dictates hot drinks are the perfect match with cakes. If you fancy something a bit more special, see my perfect cake and wine matches below.
This beautiful Vin de Constance is my perfect partner to the Rhubarb and Ginger cheesecake that was baked by Janet in episode 6. The tangy rhubarb stands up to the sweetness of this wine, but is also matched by its natural acidity. The hot ginger enhances the slight spiciness of the wine and the vanilla matches the creamy base of the cheesecake.
Fancy something a bit different? Try this sauvignon blanc made from botrytised grapes with Mary Berry’s tarte au citron. Whilst the tarte au citron is intensely zingy and fresh, the citrus and melon flavours from the wine complement it beautifully.
The third and final match is one of my all time favourite dessert wines, Pedro Ximenez. This, paired with Mary Berry’s coffee and walnut battenburg is amazing. The toffee and caramel notes from the sherry really enhance the coffee flavour of the cake and the raisin and fig elements complement both the walnut and marzipan aspect.
If you aren’t normally a drinker of dessert wines take this as the perfect opportunity to try something new, with or without cakes they are simply delicious. If you need further inspiration for cakes, watch the grand final tonight, and if you need further inspiration for dessert wines check out our range here.