Bake off is back and regardless of what channel it’s on, plenty of baking has already been done!
Starting in the very familiar territory of cake week, with a very fruity start. As we’ve grown accustomed, we start with our signature this week 1 gave us fruit cakes and Yan did not start off well when she forgot to turn on her oven.
Barring a few mistakes in this challenge, the standard appears to be very high as Paul gave out two handshakes, first to Steven and then to Sophie, maybe his Channel 4 pay packet has made him less grumpy!
On rolled the technical with the bakers tasked to make mini rolls and despite Liam getting his chocolate a bit wrong and some swirls looking more like circles, the field was still pretty close together which meant it all came down the show stopper.
Steven impressed again with a cake that looked exactly like a sandwich! Peter however had a bit of a poor performance in this round and it sealed his fate as the first baker to leave the tent this year. Star baker, deservedly went to Steven though after are really solid few bakes and a cracking, show stopping bake.
The second week came almost as quickly as the first and we were greeted with Biscuit week and I wonder if Steven’s show stopper was still in the judges minds when they decided that the signature challenge was biscuit sandwiches!
I think a lot of bakers saw this challenge as an ode to Mary with particularly boozy bakes with 5 different types of alcohol entering the tent. Yan missed the mark with her sandwich trying something a little bit different but not quite pulling it off and Stacey did her best to try and sabotage Paul’s beard with a lovely glittery marshmallow fluff inspired bake.
Unlike last week the technical absolutely separated the bakers with Yan acing the fortune cookie challenge whilst Liam’s raw cookie wasn’t a hit with the judges. Some bakers also made better fortune writers than others, we saw ‘Today you will poo mostly candyfloss’ from Sophie and Julia ended up repeating hers, thankfully the fortunes weren’t judged though.
The show stopper this week was an interesting one, a board game made of biscuits was the task. Liam had a fairly simple looking bake, but it tasted great and looked like it was fun to play as he managed to beat Paul at a game of noughts and crosses.
Chris managed to make a cool, working compass as a spinner for his game but his biscuits were very overcooked putting him in danger of leaving the tent. Steven, again, produced magic for the showstopper with a chess game with incredible miniature bakes on top of the pieces and it managed to bag him star baker again!
Steven clearly likes a good showstopper challenge although he’s only placed 6th in both technicals so far, a weakness maybe? With Sophie being very consistent across the competition so far she may well be destined for next week’s star baker spot.
The baker to go home this week was very close run, Liam and Flo managed to scrape through but Chris left us! On the balance, a fair decision as he looks like he’s struggled with biscuits.
Next week is bread week, who do you think will be making us so doughy delights or failing to prove themselves under pressure!
P.S. Did you notice the Alan Silverwood baking trays the bakers were using? We did!
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