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Which Bakers should go through to the next round?

The Pacific
21
11%
The South Pacific
45
24%
The North Pacific
15
8%
The West Pacific
19
10%
The East Pacific
18
9%
The Rejected Realms
34
18%
Lazarus
11
6%
Osiris
28
15%
 
Total votes : 191

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Todd McCloud
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Postby Todd McCloud » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:58 pm

This is great stuff! If TEP advances to the next round, could I (actually my wife) RP the next round? She's very good at cooking in general, and i am certain she would love a challenge!
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Postby Glen-Rhodes » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:06 am

Coincidentally, lemon poppyseed is my SO’s favorite sweets flavor and I bake it for him all the time :P

Also, pumpkin and cranberry doesn’t sound like a good flavor combination. Balder got the short end of the stick here.

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Postby The Great NationStates Bake Off » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:12 am

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Todd McCloud wrote:This is great stuff! If TEP advances to the next round, could I (actually my wife) RP the next round? She's very good at cooking in general, and i am certain she would love a challenge!

Altinsane wrote:Oh my gosh, who is doing this? I love it! Let me get my chef hat on, I'm bout to bake y'all into a corner!


If your wife (or anyone really) wants to submit their own baking for the next week's challenge, that would be awesome! I can't guarantee that TEP will advance, but they're putting on a good showing so far :P I am just a humble student, robbed of access to an oven, who's been drooling over other people's baking and wants to share that somehow, so it would definitely be amazing if any of those baked goods were actually from NationStates players! (Plus anyone submitting something they've baked will count as a ton of points...)

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Postby Glacikaldr » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:44 am

I believe Kandy's BBQ & Grill, having recently acquired the defunct bakeries across the Rejected Realms' RMB, makes us proud by expressing the rather sophisticated cuisine of True Rejects: enjoyed by all disciplines of Our Lady Zyonn.
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Xoriet
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Postby Xoriet » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:03 am

The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:I am just a humble student, robbed of access to an oven, who's been drooling over other people's baking and wants to share that somehow, so it would definitely be amazing if any of those baked goods were actually from NationStates players! (Plus anyone submitting something they've baked will count as a ton of points...)

All I've made recently is brownies. Cookies I haven't made in a while. :(
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Malphe
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Postby Malphe » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:04 am

Xoriet wrote:
The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:I am just a humble student, robbed of access to an oven, who's been drooling over other people's baking and wants to share that somehow, so it would definitely be amazing if any of those baked goods were actually from NationStates players! (Plus anyone submitting something they've baked will count as a ton of points...)

All I've made recently is brownies. Cookies I haven't made in a while. :(

I haven't baked anything in ages. Shame, my chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven were divine, I should get back into it.
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Postby Glacikaldr » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:20 am

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Sierra Lyricalia
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Postby Sierra Lyricalia » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:26 pm

Glen-Rhodes wrote:Also, pumpkin and cranberry doesn’t sound like a good flavor combination. Balder got the short end of the stick here.


:eyebrow:

While I think those flavors mix better in either a cake or a pie format than they probably would as cookies, they in fact go quite well together. Think of the raisins in carrot cake, except pumpkin instead of carrot and cranberry instead of raisin. Especially if these come out nice and soft (not an English 'biscuit,' a big fat soft cookie). I'm freakin' drooling.
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Postby Aclion » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:48 pm

The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:Tfe (or anyone really) wants to submit their own baking for the next week's challenge, that would be awesome! I can't guarantee that TEP will advance, but they're putting on a good showing so far :P I am just a humble student, robbed of access to an oven, who's been drooling over other people's baking and wants to share that somehow, so it would definitely be amazing if any of those baked goods were actually from NationStates players! (Plus anyone submitting something they've baked will count as a ton of points...)

I might put my oven in service of TEP then, Though I mostly do pies...
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Postby Glen-Rhodes » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:23 am

Sierra Lyricalia wrote:
Glen-Rhodes wrote:Also, pumpkin and cranberry doesn’t sound like a good flavor combination. Balder got the short end of the stick here.


:eyebrow:

While I think those flavors mix better in either a cake or a pie format than they probably would as cookies, they in fact go quite well together. Think of the raisins in carrot cake, except pumpkin instead of carrot and cranberry instead of raisin. Especially if these come out nice and soft (not an English 'biscuit,' a big fat soft cookie). I'm freakin' drooling.


Raisins in a carrot cake? Gross.

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Postby Xoriet » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:39 am

Glen-Rhodes wrote:Raisins in a carrot cake? Gross.

Going to have to agree with Glen here. A perfect carrot cake is not studded with raisins. Raisins are good for some baking, but carrot cake must be left pure and delicious with perfect cream cheese icing.
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Postby Sierra Lyricalia » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:31 am

Xoriet wrote:
Glen-Rhodes wrote:Raisins in a carrot cake? Gross.

Going to have to agree with Glen here. A perfect carrot cake is not studded with raisins. Raisins are good for some baking, but carrot cake must be left pure and delicious with perfect cream cheese icing.



It's just about the only thing they're good in. Soak 'em in apple cider for a couple hours before incorporation in the batter. Between them and the chopped pecans you toasted and then also put in, you've got some actual texture there.

Philistines :p
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Postby Auphelia » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:36 am

TSP must win! We must become Star Baker! I WANT THAT CAKE STAND!
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Postby The Great NationStates Bake Off » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:20 pm

Sierra Lyricalia wrote:
Xoriet wrote:Going to have to agree with Glen here. A perfect carrot cake is not studded with raisins. Raisins are good for some baking, but carrot cake must be left pure and delicious with perfect cream cheese icing.



It's just about the only thing they're good in. Soak 'em in apple cider for a couple hours before incorporation in the batter. Between them and the chopped pecans you toasted and then also put in, you've got some actual texture there.

Philistines :p


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Postby Weed » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:56 pm

The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:
Tune in next Tuesday for Cupcakes and Muffins Week!

>waits for brownie week
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Postby Xoriet » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:05 pm

Weed wrote:
The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:
Tune in next Tuesday for Cupcakes and Muffins Week!

>waits for brownie week

You just had to post with this nation about brownies, Topid. :p
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Postby Pot » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:09 pm

Xoriet wrote:
Weed wrote:>waits for brownie week

You just had to post with this nation about brownies, Topid. :p

Actually sometimes it is hard to pick...

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Postby The Great NationStates Bake Off » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:56 am

An hourglass has been constructed, using last week's cookies instead of sand, and for the past six days it has been steadily depositing baked goods into various mouths. But now there are just a few cookies left, and they're getting a bit stale. The voting window is nearly closed...

For simplicity's sake, votes will close at 8pm British time (when the actual Great British Bake Off starts), and the next episode will be released as soon as possible after 9pm tonight. Thank you to everyone who's voted so far - your complimentary cookies are currently being shipped. If anyone hasn't voted so far and wants to, there are still some crumbs left!

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“Right, Warzone Airspace, I’ve got a good one for you this week. What do you get when you use a paper muffin case to hold a drink?”

“Let me guess. A cupcake.”

“No. You get a waste of good coffee, and second degree burns.”

"..."

"Welcome to the Great NationStates Bake Off!"

Last week, each region baked a batch of cookies for the entertainment of NSGP. Seven days and almost three hundred votes later, it's time to find out the results.

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"This week," Warzone Sandbox begins, "I have the great job of saying who's won Star Baker. It was close between the salted caramel and the sweet swirls, but in the end... The Star Baker this week is... The East Pacific!"

Several GCRs immediately wrap the East Pacific in a hug.

Warzone Airspace steps forwards, looking a bit grim. "And I have the sadder job. I have to tell you who'll be the first baker out of the tent. We would love to keep all of you, but it's really hard to come up with the amount of puns required. Going out this week is... Balder."

"Oh, I'm so sorry, my love," Warzone Sandbox says, in such a British way that you can't tell if it's patronising or genuine sympathy. More hugs are delivered.

The camera cuts to Balder, standing alone in a field, explaining that this is why you need a monarchy - you can't trust uninformed voters to make a good decision, and pumpkin and cranberry is amazing.

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Balder is escorted out of the tent, and the rest of the Bakers watch in horror as they witness what could be their own imminent fate. The East Pacific, however, is still smiling. It's gone through some changes in the past week, and it's really validating to know that they're still appreciated for what really matters - the cookie that some random puppet assigned to them.

Now Warzone Airspace and Sandbox get back to business. "This week, Bakers, we'd like you to bake us a batch of cupcakes, or their moderately denser cousins, muffins. Ready, set, BAKE!"

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The bakers spring into action. Warzone Airspace and Sandbox keep visiting the North Pacific, who is using rum in its recipe - unfortunately, by the time the rum needs to be added, Warzone Airspace is slurring its words. However, it apologizes profusely and dashes off to fetch another bottle. There is a brief altercation in which the South Pacific is accused of mixing toxins into their batter, but all is solved when that batch gets a bit burnt anyway. The West Pacific is wearing an eyepatch, but the string gets caught in the mixing stand and whips the eyepatch off, revealing that the West Pacific was actually only wearing it for fashion.

"Bakers!" calls out Warzone Airspace, almost completely incomprehensibly. "The mods have just announced that raiding's going to be made illegal! Right, now that I've got your attention, time's up."




THE WEST PACIFIC - CHOCOLATE CHUNK RELOADED MUFFINS

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"These muffins are dark, rich, and all wickedly good. Once you've finished the lot, you'll be badgering us for more."




OSIRIS - CORMACADAMIA NUT CUPCAKES

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Recipe

"You have to be careful when baking with Cormacadamia nuts. Their flavour unpredictably changes several times as they mature. When I was practising, I got some that were too young, and they tasted of sand and acid. These should be good though!"




THE SOUTH PACIFIC - TIRAMI-TSU CUPCAKES

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"They look innocent, but they're loaded with enough caffeine and kahlua to kill a man. And no, before NSGP goes wild, that wasn't advocating murder."




LAZARUS - STARBERRY & IMKIWI CUPCAKES

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"People have started wars to get just a crumb of these Lazarene coupcakes. We gave them out at a convention not long ago, and had to shut it down because of the riots."




THE NORTH PACIFIC - WALLNUT AND RUM CUPCAKES

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"Did you know that eating these muffins is scientifically proven to increase your mood? They make your brain release endorsphins."




THE REJECTED REALMS - FRATTASTANGERINE CUPCAKES

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"My great-grandmother wrote down this recipe for me just before she CTEd, but she wrote half the ingredients in quote marks. So this may not be the actual recipe but it's "close"."




THE EAST PACIFIC - LEMON MERINGUE MCCLOUD CUPCAKES

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Recipe

"Light, fluffy, zesty. From the outside, this cupcake can look like it's not got much substance, but when you take a bite, it explodes in vibrancy."




THE PACIFIC - PERGALMOND & CARAMELEGARTH CUPCAKES

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"We see baking as a kind of precise chemistry. To get the results you want, you need to have the right pressure, the right heat, and the right Regents."





Who will go home? Who will be Star Baker? The audience decide...

Vote in the thread poll for the regions you think had the tastiest bakes! (Or just the regions you're already biased towards, I guess.)

You can also contribute by submitting recipe ideas, pun suggestions, or your own baked goods for extra points for the region of your choice.

Since it's the final of the Great British Bake Off next week, you could also win points for your region by telegramming me your guess (just one please!) on who's going to win it, along with the region you'd like any points to go to. If your guess is right, you'll win 2 extra votes for your chosen region.

The region with the most votes will become Star Baker. The region with the least will be imprisoned in a fridge for the rest of eternity.

Tune in next Tuesday for Patisserie Week!

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Flabdrassit, you keep giving TWP chocolate ones
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Postby Roavin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:03 pm

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Postby Marilyn Manson Freaks » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:35 pm

They all look delicious but TRR. :)
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Postby Malphe » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:29 pm

Hilarious as usual, though doesn't help my sweet tooth. Mm.
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Postby Unibot III » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:38 pm

The tangerine cupcake is perfect for Rejectmas!

I’ll probably give it a go this weekend if I have some time.
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Postby Cormactopia Prime » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:58 pm

The Great NationStates Bake Off wrote:"You have to be careful when baking with Cormacadamia nuts. Their flavour unpredictably changes several times as they mature. When I was practising, I got some that were too young, and they tasted of sand and acid. These should be good though!"

Love it. :hug:

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