Rate My Bake: Batch 4 judges' verdicts

Five top submissions so far, rated by our panel

Rate My Bake: Batch 4 judges' verdicts

If you've been spending more time in the kitchen recently, you're not alone. That's why we've launched Rate My Bake, in association with Lurpak, to see what you’ve been up to.

And 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 fourth 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.

Lotfi Bencheikh’s sourdough


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating:
4/5
Good sourdough takes time, great sourdough takes patience and skill. This example shows a great deal of patience. The air pockets indicate nice fermentation from the homemade starter and enough time to proof. The only thing left to do now is to toast it, spread on some Lurpak and enjoy.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating:
4/5
Beautiful air-pockets, crust and texture. Well done!

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating:
4/5
A beautifully baked sourdough loaf. This has wonderful air pockets that are a result of a good proofing process and an evenly browned crust.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating:
5/5
The crust is beautiful, crunchy and nicely coloured and the air-pockets are beautifully large. Now if you've managed to get the taste right you can open a bakery!

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating:
4.5/5
This has marvellous air pockets and a crunchy looking crust. It looks delicious.

Christy Aprilia’s Lapis Legit/Spekkoek


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating:
4/5
Spekkoek is not that easy to bake, even though there are only a few ingredients and lots of butter they usually dry out quickly. This one looks moist and has more than 18 layers, bravo.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating:
3/5
Excellent layers! The texture looks a little dense in areas, strive for consistency with moisture and ingredients.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating:
4/5
This cake requires quite some patience and precision. I can see that the layers are even in size but perhaps a little inconsistent in the cooking time / colour. However the cake is holding and cut quite well. Well done on the effort and creativity.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating:
5/5
This cake looks like it’s been done well. It reminds me of baumkuchen from Germany or Japan, I’m not sure who claims to have made it first, ours is round but made in a very similar way. This one has many layers, which look very even and nicely coloured.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating:
4.5/5
This looks like it took some serious effort! It looks expertly done, with heaps of patience and accuracy.

Kiran Bhavsar’s peach and apple crumble


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating:
3/5
There’s nothing better than a good stone fruit crumble with some whipped cream. The crumble topping could have been more uniform, however.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating:
3/5
A creative take on the classic crumble, and it looks great.Try to break down the topping in future so that it melts in your mouth.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating:
4/5
This looks like a delicious, well cooked and buttery crumble bar. I appreciate the use of seasonal ingredients. The addition of apples adds texture to the soft peach compôte, as does the crumble.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating:
5/5
A classic fruit crumble is perfect for summer time. The crumble topping looks nice and large, while the base of the cake is not too thick so it can easily absorb the juice from the fruits, making it indulgent.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating:
4/5
These have sizeable topping lumps, which look very crumbly indeed. There’s a decent layer of fruit, too. It looks like it would be quite rich and filling.

Simran Nath’s madeleines


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating:
4/5
A picture-perfect madeleine example, a cup of tea would complete this image.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating:
4/5
Excellent shape, consistency and moisture. Try to ensure they cook evenly on both sides.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating:
3/5
I love a good madeleine and these look great. Sometimes a classic is what you need.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating:
5/5
Very good madeleines have to have a hump risen in the middle of it, just the like it is in this picture. Both the shape and colour are nicely done.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating:
4/5
These have a wonderful shape. They look light and tasty, and nicely browned.

Adina Bogdan’s profiteroles


Marc Hayes, Lurpak
Rating:
3/5
Very good use of butter, and these are a lovely golden colour. The profiteroles look a little deflated though.

Izu Ani, GAIA and carine
Rating:
3/5
These look nice and light. Maybe add some chocolate or honey next time to add a new dimension to the flavour.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi
Rating:
2/5
It seems like the profiteroles did not rise and hold their shape as they should. Perhaps a little more baking time was needed.

Alex Stumpf, BB Social & Dining
Rating:
2/3
These are yummy looking little weekend snacks. The dough, unfortunately by the looks of it, has not been piped properly therefore the shape and rising of the dough has been affected. It has failed to become nice fluffy air filled profiterole. In southern Germany we eat giant ones filled with many different flavours.

Amy Mathieson, Time Out Dubai
Rating:
3/5
These look tasty and would lovely with some melted chocolate. They perhaps aren't as pillowly as they could be though.

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