Rate My Bake: Batch 3 judges' verdicts

Five top submissions so far, rated by our panel

Rate My Bake: Batch 3 judges' verdicts

As Dubai residents have been spending more and more time in the kitchen, we’ve launched a new baking contest, Rate My Bake, in association with Lurpak, to see what you’ve been up to.

From pies to pizzas, birthday cake to babka, your submissions for Rate My Bake have been brilliant.

As well as posting all the images you’ve sent in in a gallery here, each week we’re sending a selection to the judges to rate.

And here is the third batch to have made it to the judges. Is your bake one of them? See what the judges had to say below.

For more judges' verdicts click here. 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. Don't forget to include a photo of the Lurpak you used to be in with the chance of winning a prize.

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.

Fiona Wishart’s potato, leek and goat’s cheese galette with a pistachio crust


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating 4/5

This is a lovely crisp galette. The rosemary will add aroma and will bring out flavour in the flaky pastry and complement the potato.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 4/5
A gorgeous galette, the thing I like the most about galettes is that they focus solely on the flavour. This has a lovely thick crust, and use of herbs and ingredients.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating: 4/5
This is a creative combination with the pistachio. The leeks will add a sharpness to the potatoes and the pistachios will give it an added nutty flavour. The colour of the potatoes seems a little undercooked, however, the crust is baked beautifully brown.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating: 4/5
This is artisan-style and I like a lot. The pastry looks well baked with a very nice crust. For me the dough is a little too thick, it could have been a little more folded on the edges to create a bit more design since it’s a typical French dish, but it looks delicious.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating: 4/5
This looks very rustic, so while the crust is not uniform in size all the way around, that adds to the homely feel, plus it’s nicely bronzed. And potato and pastry is always a top combination for me.

Savanthie Fernando’s Sri Lankan fish patties


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 3/5

These fish patties with a flaky glazed pastry look moreish.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 3/5
These have a good shape, try to work on crispiness and flakiness of the pastry.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating: 3/5
I like the fact that this is a savoury dish. The pastries look like they are evenly baked and browned and are holding their shape nicely.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating: 3/5
These have a beautiful glazing. They look a little lacking on the forked texture where they are closed, but they look nicely puffed and glazed. I would have loved to see a bit more of the technical steps.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating 3/5
These look like they are nice and light. I imagine they are really fragrant and look packed with fillings. The shiny exteriors look appetising.

Abid Ali’s sourdough


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating: 4/5

Artisanal sourdough bread at its best, perfectly proved and baked to golden brown.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 4/5
Beautiful sourdough, the air-pockets and crust aren’t easy to achieve – well done!

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating: 3.5/5
Beautiful crust, scoring and colour on the bread. Very nicely done. A quarantine kitchen favourite, and a classic.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating: 5/5
The shape, the crust, the colour. Being German I know well baked sourdough and this one has the right Artisan approach.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating 4.5/5
This looks crispy, crunchy and delicious. It has a fantastic crust and a lovely shape.

Fathima Randha’s rasmalai


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating 3/5

A regional favourite with a simple baked saffron sponge soaked in saffron-infused milk with hints of pistachio and rose, this looks delectable

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 3/5
This looks like a nice consistency, the shape and sponge is well maintained.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating: 3.5/5
Very nicely executed. Uniform sizes of the dumplings, nice and simple presentation. A classic.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating: 4/5
A good rasmalai, is served with a sweet cardamom, saffron milk and pistachio as garnish. A fluffy yet soaked little milk protein balls is a bit technical to make them at home from scratch. However those once look delish and the shape is kept round, which is great.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating 4/5
This looks really sweet – in all senses of the word and in the best way. The sponge spheres look light and uniform in size and this is a lovely looking dessert.

Helen Mellor-Mitchell’s banana bread


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating 3/5

Soft and moist banana bread can only be made better with a good helping of Lurpak.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating: 3/5
Banana and chocolate create a nice balance on the palate. Try to work on moisture, so that the loaf tastes lighter.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating: 2/5
Another quarantine kitchen favourite. I can see that there are chunks of something in the banana bread that could have lent itself some creative however it is unclear (walnuts and chocolate?) but kudos for the effort nevertheless. I can see that there might have been a little struggle with the banana bread sticking to the pan that affected the visual aspect but seems like it is a moist cake.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating: 4/5
This banana bread looks well baked, it looks very spongy and soft. I would loved to have seen a little more crust on the top / outside.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating: 3.5/5
Banana bread has become the hero of self-isolation months, but it’s always a classic. I like that this is in a round rather than a loaf, and it looks like it has a good texture. It looks like it would be nicely filling – perfect with a cup of tea.

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