Happy Wednesday! It’s the season five quarter final. This week is ‘advanced dough week’, which isn’t the catchiest name for the challenge but hey ho!
First up, the contestants make an enriched yeasted dough, which is a loaf with added egg, sugar and often milk too. Martha makes a giant round plum bread and Richard makes a traditional Swedish tea ring. All the bakers do well, although Nancy makes an enemy for life of Paul by microwaving her dough to help it prove as Luis looks on nervously.
The technical challenge is up, and it turns out Povitica – a slightly strange looking walnut and chocolate bread (mmm nutella style!) is pretty much the same type of eastern European bread that Chetna chose to make this morning!
Only Chetna knows the secret of the long cooking time of the long-snake like bread, and the other contestants are too busy watching Nancy for clues for what to do. Nancy, alas, has no idea.
Judgement time on the weird chocolate and walnut bread – Luis is judged first, and Paul calls out his chunky filling and underbaking. Nancy’s bread is completely raw (she’s going home, surely??). Chetna’s up for judging next and her bread is pronounced ‘good’ by the judges. Martha’s bread is raw too – oh no! Richard’s is last to be judged, and his bread it underdone too. Chetna comes out on top!
Showstopper time, and the contestants are making doughnuts! All of the flavour combinations sound absolutely delicious! Disaster strikes along the way for Martha, who overproves her cupcakes, leaving them flat. Richard injects his doughnuts with jam like an expert surgeon, and Nancy draws incredibly cute little faces on her (also very flat looking) doughnuts.
Judging time for Richard, who’s made Toffee apple and rhubarb custard doughnuts. Paul calls them ‘cracking’ and ‘professional’. Nancy is up next with her limoncello and chocolate doughnuts, which are a bit overcooked. She once again talks back to Paul – I can understand her point of view but I’m not sure being lippy will get her anywhere.
Martha is completely honest with the judges that her doughnuts are overproved – they still look pretty delicious! They taste really good, but they’ve fallen short in other ways. Chetna’s doughnuts are also a bit too thin, but taste good.
Luis is last to be judged, and he wins Mary over with his Bailey’s doughnuts whereas Paul love the mojito and raspberry version!
Richard is crowned star baker for the FOURTH time (is that a record? Does Richard have the whole series in the bag?) and going home is…Martha! I felt really confident it would be Nancy – She’s been far patchier and less consistent all along. Martha is incredibly gracious and lovely about going home but it’s definitely not the decision I would have made!
Recipes from this week’s episode
- Luis’s Black Forest Rolls
- Richard’s Toffee Apple Doughnuts
- Swedish Tea Ring
- Raspberry Mojito Doughnuts
Great British Bake Off links from around the web
- People are complaining that bake-off has become too innuendo – packed
- Jordan did an interview right here on this blog, talking about his time in the Bake-off!
See you next week!