Great British Bake Off Returns

With this season’s Game of Thrones almost over we need some great TV in our lives! Hoorah! The Great British Bake off is back!

They’re talented. They are passionate. They are scared of soggy bottoms. Say Hello to this year’s Bakers

star bakers

With the change to CH4 , Will it be the same without the Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry? Can the new hosts really match Mel and Sue?

new bake off presenter

We can’t wait to see who our favourite will be!

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The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday 29th August at 8pm. Follow our weekly review on our favourite bakers and creations!

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Great British Bake Off – Dessert Week

Each week we invite some of the UK’s top baking bloggers to review the show. This week blogger Anne from Raisie Bay reveals all about last night’s episode (Dessert Week)

It’s week four of the Great British Bake off and who can resist a great dessert?
Showing off the typical British weather the pouring rain beats down on the tent while the bakers get set to show us what they can do.
First up it’s the signature dish and twelve identical creme brulees are what are required from the bakers. Who can come up with a delicate little wobble to please the judges?

creme brullee

We have a whole range of flavourings going on, from Sandy’s pontefract cake and lemon, to Mat’s coconut and lime. The custards are made and flavourings added then it’s off into the oven under watchful eyes. Sandy demonstrates to Sue just how the brulees should wobble, but will her desserts do the same?

Sandy, Flora and Mat all had unset custard, Paul and Alvin ended up with more of a scrambled egg desert while nadiya’s custard separated. Ian, Tamal and Ugne had good custard but it was Tamal who had the best brulees over all.

Spanische Windtorte

Onto the Dessert Wee technical challenge which was a Spanische Windtorte….a famous Austrian dessert.   Two different types of meringue, French and Swiss, piled up with a filling of cream and fruit and a decoration of delicate fondant violets.

The bakers seem to know what they are doing when it comes to the meringue but they each have slightly different ideas about how the creations all go together. There are not too many mistakes though.

Nadiya’s is undercooked, Alvins is over cooked, but it’s Paul who comes in first place with Ugne close behind in second.

Finally it’s Show Stopper time and it’s Cheesecake. Three cheesecakes in fact, built up in a tower.

Time for the bakers to get creative again. Ian goes for spicy and herby cheesecakes featuring tarragon and rosemary. Most of the others go for fruit. We have a mixture of bases, some biscuit some pastry. Flora is the only baker to use the same recipe for all three cheesecakes and starts to panic that she’s not doing enough.


Ian gets the most compliments from the judges, stunning, beautiful flavours, exceptional, fantastic, yes I think both Paul and Mary are impressed.

Flora, while worried about all her cheesecakes being the same flavour also gets slated for them being over baked and the base being too thick.

Tamal did really well with his mango hazelnut and rosemary cheesecakes and got some lovely comments.

Ugne was told hers was over sweet and looked a bit of a mess.

Sandy knew she was in trouble when her third cheesecake would not stay on and she had to present it separately. She was also told that they were undercooked.

Nadiya’s creation of a can of pop flowing over her three cheesecakes was complimented for being genius and great fun and the flavour was good too.

There was a lot of stunned faces when Ian was announced Star Baker for the third week running for his experimenting in a professor type way….Ianginuity!

It was a very teary eyed Sandy that was sent home, although I do believe there are others hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

sandy great british bake off


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Great British Bake Off – Biscuit Week

Each week we invite some of the UK’s top baking bloggers to review the show. This week blogger  Chrissy Cleator reveals all about last night’s episode (Biscuit Week)

So here we are on to episode 2 of the Great British Bake Off… After losing Stu last week, this week the bakers face Biscuits, I mean what can go wrong with baking a few biscuits?!

The first challenge of the day is 24 IDENTICAL Crunchy Biscotti, which is a Italian twice baked biscuit. With a lot of different ingredients being used, including Jack Fruit, Rosemary and goji berries, can anything go wrong, or will these brilliant bakers all pull it out the bag!

All of the bakers biscotti’s seem to be smooth sailing, with none of the judges having an overly bad thing to say about them.


The second challenge is really a challenge! Set by Paul, the bakers have got to make Arlette biscuits, which is very similar to puff pastry but very thin and sugary. The only advice coming from Paul was “Don’t Rush It”. The contestants are given a very basic recipe to follow, who is going to get it right?

Ian is the first to discover the link to puff pastry, while Flora really seems to know what she is talking about while closely following the recipe.

Slowly all of the bakers biscuits seem to beginning to come together, but disaster strikes when Marie discovers she hasn’t had the oven on the correct setting with moments left to go until the judges appear!

There are a lot of positive comments across the board but after her poor start last week and top the top of the class in the first challenge Dorret came first with Flora following closely behind!

The third and final challenge is to make 36 biscuits, but they must be presented in a biscuit box of another kind of biscuit mix.

All of the bakers seem to have some fantastic idea and plans for their biscuit boxes, but how long will the plans go to plan!

Dorret is the first to disappoint when the judges visit her counter to find she is using a frog biscuit cutter to make her biscuits. Mary herself confirms it is “too easy”. Next issue is actually Sue’s fault after her manages to break Nadiya’s biscuit bowl, before then end of the baking challenge.

Time’s up but who will finish with the title Star Baker?!


This weeks star baker is Ian! After a great start in the biscotti challenge with adding rosemary to his biscuits and then a good following of the recipe challenge, his third and final challenge gave him the star title with gorgeous pink macarons and a lovely cylinder shaped box! We know how tricky our French macarons can be and Ian beat Paul hands down at these.

Star Baker

He may not be able to win the best male baker’s prize in his home village but he has made GBBO Star Baker!


But this week we actually said goodbye to last weeks star baker, Marie! This week just wasn’t her week after missing a few of her biscotti biscuits, and her oven disaster during the second challenge. Her biscuit box was told to be bland and unimpressive.

I can’t wait to see how our bakers get on next week during…Bread week!


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