Happy wednesday and happy bake-off day! I’m munching on chocolate porridge and typing furiously! Let’s go!
First up to break the contestants in is a classic tart. Norman is sticking to a safe Tarte au Citron, though Paul cautions him that it needs to be perfect in every way. Martha isn’t confident about making pastry, (not like some older people!) and Nancy is making a chocolate pastry – mmm!
There’s lots of tense standing around in the tent as the contestants watch their tarts in the oven nervously. Richard drinks some of his leftover custard from the jug – I like a man who treats the bake off tent like his own kitchen! Martha’s tart also gets stuck and Nancy helps her out to unstick it – yay for comraderie in the tent!
Paul and Mary scrutinise the tarts, and Paul calls Norman’s tarte ‘a mess’ – he’s chucked icing sugar over it and even though it tastes great, it’s not good enough. Nancy does really well with her passion fruit tart, while Chetna gets some constructive criticism. Kate’s rhubarb and custard tart gets good reviews, while Martha’s tart is a tad underbaked – one of Martha’s first misteps. The judges love Luis’s tart, and the camera pans over to Martha shedding a few tears after her first (very mildly) poor review. Bless!
Educational interlude time – let’s learn about bride pies! These were apparently full of aphrodisacs… including some highly disgusting ones. Blurgh! I think I’ll stick with regular wedding cake.
Technical challenge time! It’s one of Paul’s recipes – mini pear pies. It’s a poached pear surrounded by circles of puff pastry, and it sounds pretty difficult…
They start by making a ruff puff pastry, with lots of folding, turning and rolling. Don’t they know you can get this stuff from the tesco chiller aisle?
Poaching a pear seems to be pretty stressful, and of course, particularly when you’re on the bake-off. None of the contestants are quite sure of the order to do things in… tensions run high as they start to run out of time! But I must say they all look great despite that…. except Norman’s and Richard’s.
It’s the moment of truth, and Norman fares surprisingly well, though his pastry is uncooked. Richard is next, and in addition to his pastry disaster, the pear is undercooked. Chetna does well, as does Kate whose pears are deemed ‘acceptable’ by Mary! Nancy’s and Luis’s are okay, and Martha does really well – hurrah! Her pears are the best.
Showstopper time – it’s a three tiered pie! A bit like a wedding cake I guess but in pie form! They can be sweet or savoury and the pastry must be strong and tasty. An unusual challenge!
The contestants share what they’re up to, and Norman is finally responding to the feedback about needing to take it up a notch to stay in the tent… Hmm. Moment of truth time, and Martha’s pie appears to be leaking its contents (its also HUGE!) while Richard’s are pretty burnt on top. His pie tower topples over causing me to gasp dramatically, ironically Luis reacts less than I do!
Paul and Mary scrutinise the pies, starting with Kate’s – they’re decorate with flowers and look beautiful! And the bake is good! Is Kate turning into a real contender?
Next up is Richard, and his burnt tops don’t go unnoticed. His pies get mixed reviews, with his steak and ale described as stunning by Paul. Chetna goes next – great feedback from Paul!
Luis is next, and his pastry is too thick which has let the bake down, followed by Nancy, whose pies look good but are dry. Interesting that they’ve both done poorly on this challenge after being frontrunners for some long.
Norman is last, and his meringue is undercooked and overpoweringly lavender – y.
Deliberations, then Kate is crowned star baker – well done Kate! She seemed a bit ditzy at first but she’s really proving herself.
Norman goes home, and he definitely did well considering! What a brilliant character though! Richard knows he’s had a lucky escape, hopefully he does better next week.
Recipes from this weeks episode!
- Tropical Manchester Tart
- Rhubarb and Custard Tart
- Mini Pear Pies
- Indian Hot Water Crust Pie
- Rhubarb, prune and apple pork pie
Great British Bake Off links from around the web
- This years GBBO recipe book is now on sale! The Big Book of Baking is only £8 right now
- Paul Hollywood says the response to bincident on Twitter was ‘naughty and rubbish‘ but doesn’t address the editing that caused the issue
See you next week for european cakes – There’s princess cake, bundts, and a ridiculous looking showstopper – yum!