This week’s Great British Bake Off saw some utter disasters; ice cream dripping from serving plates is never what you’re hoping to present when you get to the judging table. However, some bakers really excelled during 80s Week. And finally, there was a Star Baker badge for Hermine!
There are only five bakers left now – I can’t believe it’s gone so quickly! It’s so hard to call how the rest of the series will pan out, because, as we all know, it just takes one tiny mistake and it’s all over.
The unpredictable heat in the tent
Although the series was filmed later than usual this year, the bakers still couldn't escape the curse of the British heatwave. And naturally, that heatwave had to fall on the week they were making ice cream cakes! The microclimate of the tent means that it could be freezing cold in the morning, and within a few hours, it would be over 30 degrees. And when that happens, there is very little you can do to save your bakes.
The crew do what they can to make things easier – fans, frozen towels to wrap around the bakers’ necks, and ice-cold marble slabs to help keep your pastry cool, but sometimes that just isn’t enough and you’re fighting a losing battle.
We were faced with a heatwave on Pastry Week last year, so that didn’t made things easy for us, but it was nowhere near as disastrous as a melting ice cream cake that had to be mopped up off the floor…
Paul's quiche lunch
This week, Hermine was so excited to see Paul take one of her quiches with him for his lunch, and this isn’t unusual. The catered food you get on set is, well, fine, but it’s never going to be as lovingly baked as something the bakers have spent weeks tweaking and developing. The judges are picky mind you, but when they come across something as delicious as a quiche like Hermine's, it’s going to be hard to accept the less-appealing fish and chips from the canteen. Last year I remember Henry’s face when Prue took a slice of his tarte tatin for her lunch. It’s a great compliment!
A Deep Fat Frying Technical Challenge
To be honest, I’m surprised the bakers got all the way to Week 7 without seeing a deep fat fryer. It feels like we had so many Technicals that involved them last year. But using them inevitably means at least one baker burns their bakes. And last year, that baker was me!
With this Technical, at least the bakers could imagine what a finger doughnut looks like, even if they’d never had one. Or worse, if they weren’t even alive in the 80s when they were in every bakery window across the land (*cough* Peter *cough*). The hardest Technicals are when you’re taking a stab in the dark as you've never seen or heard of what you’re making! Last year we had to make Maid Of Honours, which are tarts that were popular in King Henry VIII’s time. I mean…
My favourite bake of the week
I really can’t choose between Hermine's and Marc’s showstoppers, as they both looked utterly incredible; so unique and technical, and both tasted amazing apparently.
The bake that need the most improvement
It won’t come as much of a surprise that I think the bake that needed the most improvement this week was Lottie’s un-set ice cream cassette tape, which ultimately made her the latest casualty of the tent.
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