Hello and welcome to another bake-off Wednesday! It’s bread week which means Mr Hollywood will be in his element, piercing the souls of the contestants with his deep blue eyes and scaring the pants off them as they venture into his wheelhouse.
Take a drink every time:
- Paul rolls up a ball of bread to demonstrate how (gasp!) undercooked it is
- you hear a bread pun – including but not limited to ‘Rise to the challenge’ ‘Bready, steady, go!’ ‘x contestant is toast’
- Paul surveys the nervous bakers from the sidelines, casting a frowny face over their kneading techniques
- Paul says ‘Good bake’ or ‘good crumb structure’
First up is the first challenge – the bakers must present a collection of perfect rye bread rolls. Paul explains that rye is a difficult flour to work with. Paul’s face when Martha tells him she plans to do an eggwash on her rolls is priceless, and Mary trys to give Diana a little hint that big lumps of cheese in her bread may not be the best idea. There’s lots of strong flavours going on… I wonder who’s rolls will crash and burn.
Nancy is rolling her buns in some kind of pollyfilla paste. Norman and Mel have some flirty thermometer banter! Norman is so sweet!
Judging time rolls around and Chetna’s rolls barely make it out of the oven in time. Nancy, Jordan, Luis and Kate do really well whereas Diana and Martha don’t do so well (that egg wash made the buns look done when they weren’t). Norman’s are again too simple, with Paul and Mary still appreciating his approach… but how long will that last?
Education break! We’re learning about wigs, a spiced bread roll.
Time for the technical challenge – the bakers must produce four perfect ciabatta rolls, to Paul’s own recipe. Paul coaches the bakers to be patient with their ciabattas… but several of the bakers don’t read the instructions properly and pop their ciabattas into the proving draw… GASP!
The ciabattas are full of air bubbles which need to be preserved, cue Diana bashing the hell out of hers. Might she go home this week?
Judging time! Chetna, Jordan and Ian both over-proved their ciabattas (in the drawer!) resulting in them falling flat, and they come bottom in the challenge. Martha, Luis and Kate come top – hooray!
Time for the bread showstopper! A filled loaf is on the cards, and it must be spectacular and tasty. There’s so much creativity on show – and some seriously delicious stuff going into those breads! I absolutely love Mel this episode as she helps Martha smell her breads and sits on the floor with Ian watching his bread cook.
First to be judged is Richard – the pesto – which Richard made himself having no doubt learned from Enwesor’s mistake last week – is delicious! Of the other bakers, Ian and Luis do exceptionally well, Martha, Nancy, Norman and Diana are in the middle of the field, and Chetna, Kate and Jordan’s bakes are very underdone… one of them is definitely heading home.
Luis is crowned star baker, thoroughly deserved! He is doing really well at the moment, could he take the whole thing? The baker going home is Jordan 🙁 We’ll miss you Jordan!
This week’s Recipes
More GBBO links from around the web
- Mary Berry’s shared her top baking tips with Good Food – the tip about baking powder is especially interesting, I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen victim to this once or twice after getting over zealous with the baking powder!
- Radio Times staff come out for Team Norman and Team Martha respectively
See you next week for desserts! Diana talks to herself and Mary proclaims something ‘unacceptable’! What could it be?!