Dessert Week – Great British Bake Off

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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