PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SOGGY BOTTOM PUNS!
Episode Four already! Hello there my lovely pies and tarts! Welcome to this weeks Great British Bake-Off recap! Previously, episodes 1,2, and 3, where most of the poor bakers were sent home. Christine, Ruby and Kimberley are riding high… but things change so quickly in the Great British Bake-Off tent… who will come out on top this week?
First up is a delicious fruit pie of the contestants choice. Ali could be at a disadvantage here, as he actually hates fruit pies… can you really be a great baker if you can’t taste what you’re baking? Christine is aiming for perfection and won’t accept anything else.
Ah, Frances grew up in a bookshop, which explains how (delightfully) twee she is. This week, she’s making a peach pie based on James and the Giant Peach. Delightful. The bakers go to extreme lengths to avoid soggy pie bottoms… will they be successful?
Our bakers are all nervous glances and rhyming outside their ovens. Sue schools Glenn on what a burnt pie looks like, and the pies get presented to the judges. First up to the plate is Glenn’s apple and maple pie, which has a bit of a soggy bottom. Even though its ‘quite nice’, Paul and Mary criticise Glenn for not picking a pie that would cook perfectly in the time he had. Kimberley’s turn, and she receives EFFUSIVE praise from Paul and Mary who love her pie. Frances’ pie is visually stunning, but too dry and peach-free so the judges give her a little warning on style over substance.
Beca’s turn, and even though her pie looks stunning, she gets some constructive criticism from the judges on the proportions of her pie. Rob’s apple pie meets with praise (no soggy bottom! firm apple!) , as does Ruby’s delicious looking pie. Howards pie is sadly a bit of a crumbly disaster (Howard looks devastated). Christine also does poorly with her soggy bottomed (and topped pie). Ali’s fares okay, but with a warning from the judges that he needs to be able to taste all of his food in order to get it right.
Time for this weeks technical challenge! This week the bakers are tasked to make 12 individual custard tarts. Sounds simple, right? Let’s see….
Ooh, a little break for a lesson on the history of the custard tart! A recipe book from the 12th century which shows us that tarts similar to custard tarts were baked in the middle ages (interestingly with almond milk rather than cows milk).
Bake in the tent, the bakers are now worriedly staring through the ovens at their custard tarts (or, playing hide and seek, your call). Then its custard tart dsasters as many of the bakers have trouble getting their tarts out of their tins. It seems that Frances’ technique of cooking the custard prior to baking was definitely the correct one after all…
Frances and Beca do well, with most of the other contestants doing very badly, especially Ali, Glenn and Christine.
SHOWSTOPPER Time! The bakers are tasked to create a filo pastry pie with from-scratch made filo pastry. Lots and lots of kneading is required to get a flaky, thin pastry. The contestants pies sound DELICIOUS, but I have to say I would NEVER attempt to make my own filo… insanity!
Plating up time, and lots of the contestants have falling apart issues with their flaky filos… Mel and Sue helpfully help Howard to lift his pastry successfully off its tin.
Kimberley is up for judging first, and Paul and Mary LOVE her African inspired filo ring. Christine, Glenn, Howard and Ruby do really well too, with Beca, Rob, and Frances faring less well. Last to be judged is Ali, who knows if he performs poorly here, he’ll likely be going home (Paul and Mary like his filo).
So who is star baker and who goes home? Kimberley is star baker (again!), but its Ali’s last day in the bake-off tent. The other bakers commiserate and hug him and tell him to ‘Carry on baking’. Aww!
Next week – its biscuit time (mmmm!). AND THERE’S A BISCUIT DALEK. See you this time next week – be there or be square!
This weeks Great British Bake-Off Link Roundup
- Beca from this series has her own blog – Diet starts tomorrow
- Take a look around John’s (winner of series 3) kitchen
- Speaking of series 3, what is James (the hunky Shetlander) up to nowadays?