Local spices it up in baking show

2017-11-14 06:00
He started baking at a young age, following in the footsteps of his mother who was always busy in the kitchen.

He started baking at a young age, following in the footsteps of his mother who was always busy in the kitchen.

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A Bo-Kaap resident has been baking up a storm as a contestant on the Great South African Bake Off.

Bryan Bergsteedt started baking at a young age, following in the footsteps of his mother who was always busy in the kitchen.

“I entered the TV competition because I have always found it fun to be in the kitchen, baking, and I loved the British version of the show. I have wanted to do something like this for a long time, and I thought I would give it a go and see what happens,” he says.

“The best part about baking is that you get to watch people enjoy dishes that you make; it is just such a nice feeling.

“My girlfriend, Nicola Bruns, actually saw this year’s ad on BBC Lifestyle first and encouraged me to apply.”

The 24-year-old Stellenbosch University lecturer says he brings a bit of his heritage to every dish.

“When baking I am always looking for ways to add different combinations of flavours and spices, similar to what I grew up with. These include spices that are often used to make a delicious pot of curry.

“I also grew up with family that loved to cook, like my grandmother, father and mother, and so there are dishes I just know how to make like roti and milk tart,” he says.

Bergsteedt’s favourite ingredient is ginger – a spice which reminds him of the hours spent in the kitchen with his family.

“This spice brings back so many great memories for me and always reminds me of my childhood and of home. I enjoy using ground ginger in many of the dishes that I cook, and just love that this spice can be used in so many of the dishes I like.

“I love carrot cake and find that there is often not enough of this spice added, and that is why I always make my own carrot cake. This spice is also a great addition in icing used for carrot cakes; it complements the cake so well,” he says.

The Great South African Bake Off airs on BBC Lifestyle and sees contestants spending nine weeks whisking, rolling and piping. However, only one can emerge victorious.

The competition will provide plenty of inspiration and fun as the amateurs go all out to impress the judges, cookbook author and TV personality Zola Nene and private chef Tjaart Walraven.

Bergsteedt says: “I think the best experience about the show would have to be meeting all the bakers.

“We spent so much time together during the filming of the show that we were bound to become great friends. There was always laughter and dancing in the tent, as well as the fact that when times were a bit more stressful then everyone was there to help or encourage one another.”

V Follow Bergsteedt on Instagram at @bryansbakery.

V The Great South African Bake Off airs tonight at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174).

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