The Great Australian Bake Off

The Great Australian Bake Off Star Baker advice: David's best tips for bread-making

Our Star Baker from Bread Week shares some special insights around making that dough!

David wowed the judges in week two, with his savoury and sweet pretzels, as well as his beetroot, feta and caramelised onion scrolls.

So, what was it like in the Shed for him? We went behind the scenes to find out.

How did it feel getting Star Baker in week two, David?

"I shocked myself to be honest! After week one it really drove home just how good everyone was. Even my sister, who was in town last week and saw the promo, asked me ‘how did you get through?’ after she saw all of the amazing bakes from what people put up in the first week.

"Going into week two, I was enjoying it. I felt a little bit more comfortable than in week one – doing all the savoury stuff was great and winning star baker was beyond my wildest dreams.

"It’s an amazing experience just being in the Shed, so when I got star baker in week two... I was actually speechless!"

You make it seem like baking bread is so easy! Can you give us some words of wisdom?

"Bread’s great because you can go have a break while it rises, and then you can come back and do a bit more. It’s not overly labour-intensive!

"What people need to remember is you’re probably not going to get it right the first time, but the thing is to keep trying – because once you do get it right, there's that element of satisfaction about it.

"You’re not going to start your journey making sourdough or something like that, try easier things like focaccia that don’t need to rise as much. Also, pick something you can play around with.

"If you can nail something simple, like a focaccia bread – and start to impress with people with flavour combinations that can be a great way to build your confidence."

Tell us about your pretzels! Was it a fine art coming up with those flavour combinations?

"For me, I hadn’t made traditional pretzels in that manner before. It was trying to find flavour combinations without going over the top. I wanted to get the balance right because if you do too much it can be too much.

"With the banana and caramel, you bite into it and get a caramel flavour, but as you start to chew banana starts to come through. It's all about trialling different amounts and ways of incorporating the flavours."

Read more: See David's winning recipes here.

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