Rate My Bake: Batch 1 judges' verdicts

Five top submissions so far, rated by our panel

Rate My Bake: Batch 1 judges' verdicts

Home bakers in Dubai have been hard at work, sending in entries to Time Out Dubai’s new online baking contest, Rate My Bake, in association with Lurpak.

Our inbox has been flooded with superb looking cakes, breads, pizzas, pies and more. 

And each week we’re sending a selection to the judges to rate. Here’s the first batch, with the judges' verdicts. Stay tuned for more ratings over the next three weeks. 

Are you a pro baker in the making? Or just want to show off your skills? Send us pictures of your creation, to bake@timeoutdubai.com, or tag us at @timeoutdubai_food on Instagram.

Entered the contest? We have a rolling gallery that will be updated frequently so have a scroll here to see what you're up against. 

Romy Backus’ apple and raspberry pie


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 4.5/5
The crust on this pie looks exceptional, crisp, golden and beautifully glazed. The Lurpak graphic is a nice touch.

Sahar Parham, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Rating: 4/5
A beautiful pie! The latticing on the pie is beautifully done with precision. The top is evenly baked with a uniform colour, and barely any filling overflow. It would have been nice to see a cross section of the slice with the filling, too. 

Alex Stumpf, BB Social Dining
Rating: 5/5
Wow, this looks like someone has had some practise in baking pies. A very professional and creative looking puff pastry garnish, with a nice egg-wash glazing.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 4/5
I love the creativity and attention to detail on the topping.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating: 4.5/5
What an excellent looking pie. Absolutely loads of effort has been put in when it comes to representing Lurpak and the Rate My Bake competition, from the decoration to the photo styling. But not only that, the pastry looks beautifully bronzed and precisely latticed. The question is, is it just a pie lid, or pastry all the way around?

Anisha Mathew’s chocolate banana bread


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating 3/5
A good banana bread is one of my favourite snacks, and what better way to elevate it than with some chocolate?

Sahar Parham, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Rating: 2/5
This is a lovely attempt at banana bread. From the cross section, it seems that it ticks the box for moisture, which is key for a good banana bread. However, it lacks a little creativity in terms of recipe and decoration.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social Dining
Rating: 3/5
This looks a little bit crumbly to me. I would have loved to have seen a bit more of a marbled texture, instead of just chocolate chips inside the cake, which are melting away.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 3/5
This has a nice texture and use of ingredients. Try to evenly distribute the chocolate so that you get the full flavour in every bite.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating: 3.5/5
Banana bread is the standout bake of the past few months of Time In. It's nicely cracked on the top and there are some good, gooey spots of chocolate.

Marsha Jarin’s pain au chocolat


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 4/5
An very ambitious bake, this is one of the hardest doughs to master. Marsha deserves praise for this, the shape is spot-on. The dough is crispy outside while the gooey chocolate centre looks very appetising.

Sahar Parham, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Rating: 2/5
The key to a good croissant is lots of layers, air pockets that give it a light buttery interior and a flaky exterior. Both might be lacking in this one. However, it is a lengthy and complicated process to make croissants so A for the effort.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social Dining
Rating: 3/5
The puff pastry isn’t as light and puffy as it could do, but still good effort. A croissant should be very airy and you should see a lot of layers of crispy puff pastry in between.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine

Rating: 2/5
The art of the croissant is in its texture, work on creating flaky layers that shatter when you take a bite.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai 
Rating: 4/5
An impressive attempt, and the top looks flaky and bronzed. It looks like it could be lighter, but it looks like a tasty breakfast treat. 

Michel Abi Saab’s sourdough babka with cinnamon and raw sugar


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 5/5
This babka is absolutely indulgent, with a crisp shell and beautifully glazed, I can almost smell the cinnamon.

Sahar Parham, Burj Al Arab Jumierah
Rating: 4/5
Replacing yeast with sourdough is never an easy task so I am initially impressed with that. The loaf seems to have risen a good amount and held its shape which means it’s cooked through properly. Perhaps a little work needs to be done on cleaner layers and wrapping of the babka so that the cross-section layers are more visible.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social Dining
Rating: 4/5
What a glazing, it looks very delicious. I would have loved to see the inside to see how well it has risen and the softness of the bread. But considering the look, it is well balanced.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 3/5
Good swirl! The trick with sourdough is to make sure you give it time to form so that the gluten develops properly.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai 
Rating: 4/5
This has lashings of cinnamon and looks sticky and moreish. The crust looks crisp and it’s risen nicely.

Bassam Harfouche’s French artisanal bread


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 3/5
Baguettes are not easy and it takes experience to get it right. These look amazing, I love the rustic homemade feel.

Sahar Parham, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Rating: 4/5
This is very good looking bread, the crumb shot I can tell that the recipe has been executed successfully with a good amount of water and precise leavening. Dough has proofed. Perhaps the consistency in shape needs a little more work. Overall great effort.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social Dining
Rating: 5/5
That looks like a well-baked French baguette. It's well proven but could have slightly more air bubbles. It has a nice crust with a touch of flour like you'd get traditionally in France and the shape has also kept well. Thumbs up for a real Artisan touch.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 4/5
Very good texture, the crust and air-pockets are the sign of a well-made artisan bread.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating: 4.5/5
This bread looks crunchy, crusty and nicely chewy, with plenty of textures to it.

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