Category Archives: Great British Bake Off

It’s the one we’d all been waiting for, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who shouted at the TV and put the world to rights by saying, ‘well, that simply wasn’t up to scratch!’ or ‘No! Paul! You can’t be serious?!’ – I hope I’m not anyway. Our final 3 contestants: Ruby, Kimberley and Frances – who did you want to win? 

This week we had a few controversial articles and tweets regarding the final, and with those in mind, I was feeling dread and apprehension when I switched obediently onto BBC2 on Tuesday night at 8pm…

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Quarter-final time and right at the start Bezza announces she is going to be “critical” tonight. A statement that, judging from opinions on Twitter last night, is wildly subjective and dependent on the contestant.

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week7Last night brought us suet pudding highs, mille feuille lows and some decapitated nuns. But don’t worry no Sisters were harmed in the making of this weeks pastry episode.  Mel looked extra glam this week, with flicked out hair and plenty of lovely pink lipstick – off to a post filming party Mel? Compared to other years I felt tonight’s episode sounded a little easy, but in reality I think the bakers faced some serious challenges. 

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The competition went up a notch in the GBBO marquee this week as the 7 remaining contestants were challenged to bake with sweet dough. This week they had to create signature sweet tea loaves, a tricky twisty technical bake and finally 2 dozen sweet European inspired buns. There was no major drama but it did get emotional at times. 

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It is amazing how quickly the past five weeks have passed isn’t it? We started off with 13, and now only 7 remain:

  • Frances
  • Beca
  • Howard
  • Ruby
  • Kimberly 
  • Christine 
  • Glenn 

So this week, we saw the contestants battle with the biscuit, some crumbling under the pressure (ahh great pun there), and traybakes. Traybakes are one of my favourite things to bake since it’s just all in one tin and usually quite quick to make; obviously, being Bake Off, nothing is simple is it?!

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pies After all of last week’s faffing about with custards and soggy meringues, it was pie time we got back to proper baking. Having got rid of two people last week, we’re finally at the point where we can actually remember everyone’s names, and of course, pie week is one of the biggest events of the whole series. Why? Because it’s the best opportunity for a GBBO drinking game. My soggy-count reached 12 before I gave up and focused on the filo instead.

As a couple of extra treats, Berry exhibited the most magnificent stink eye (above), and Hollywood’s trademark sarcastic “good luck” was uttered at regular intervals throughout.  We’re still not free of that damn custard though.

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Tiger Bread TigerWhen I’m watching bake off each week I always think about what I would have made for each challenge if I was on the show. The first challenge I find quite easy to plan for. For instance I would have done my lager and lime cake for the sponge, but I always struggle more with decoration, and the show-stoppers would be my hardest. Well I decided to challenge myself and bake a showstopper loaf, as if I was there on week 2. My favourite bread is tiger, so I thought why not make a tiger-shaped tiger loaf. It’s a little deformed, looks more like a cub and really isn’t up to the standard of this year’s contestants, but it tasted great.

I’ve adapted the recipe from my blog, with the paste already loosely based on Lorraine Pascale’s crackle top bread, with added nuttiness from toasted sesame oil and depth of flavour from marmite (which also helps with the tiger stripes).

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It’s week three already folks, is it just me or is it going REALLY quickly? As the Great British Bake Off progresses so does the change of seasons. I’m looking forward to being snuggled with a blanket and a hot chocolate near the end of the series, anyone else? 

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This week it was desserts – or, as I saw one of the contestants tweet, ‘Custard Week’.

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Week 2 brought us bread week and, as Nelly brilliantly put it last week, it tends to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Bread week was an interesting one because those that excelled with the cakes last week didn’t fare as well with good old yeast, flour and water. The pressure of Paul’s judging eyes can prove a little too much for some. I certainly wouldn’t want to mess up bread in front of the master.

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Great British Bake Off series 4 started with a bang last night, the bunting was out in full force and Mel and Sue were on top form.

There was a fair amount of blood (did anyone not cut themselves?!), sweat and even a few tears and if you are anything like me you were nervously glued to your screen hoping that they managed to pull off their ambitious ideas.

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