Hello and welcome to episode seven of The Great British Bake-Off! It’s pastry week and it looks like the contestants stress levels are reaching boiling point. On a somewhat unrelated note, when are Sue and Mel going to receive their knighthood?
First up, the contestants are tasked to make a suet pudding, and we learn the horrifying truth about where suet comes from. Bloody hell! Christine is making a spotted dick and Beca is making a savoury dish with suet pastry, lamb and vegetables. I have to say, rather than making me want to eat cake (as normal), this episode of the Bake-Off is so far rather putting me off food!
Glenn, Ruby and Frances are up first to be judged, and they all do exceedingly well, as does Beca’s savoury suet pudding. Kimberley and Christine are last, with the only criticism that Christine’s spotted dick is slightly cracked (oh dear), although that doesn’t stop Paul from shovelling it into his gob.
Time for the next challenge, and the contestants are tasked with making religieuse eclairs – a stacked round choux pastry filled with creme patisserie and topped with ganache. This is this week’s technical challenge, and most of the contestants have never made it before, leading as ever to lots of puzzled looks and confusion.
Judging time, and the majority of the contestants haven’t done particularly well – Christine comes last, followed by Frances, Kimberley, Glenn, Ruby and Beca is the winner!
This weeks showstopper involves everything puff pastry – one filled, one iced, one freeform – with a place in the quarter final to play for. I’m thinking Christine will be in the danger zone this week if she doesn’t do well in this third segment!
Glenn is making his puff pastry using a non-traditional method – cue lots of worried looks from Paul and Mary! The contestants are worried about the amount of time they have (or rather, don’t have) to make their puff, although Kimberley seems to be a little smug about her excellent planning abilities… while Ruby is pretty stressed out.
Glenn is making palmiers which look delicious (and massive – I think Paul and Mary may have an issue with their size). We’re down to the last few minutes, and you can FEEL the tension coming off the contestants through the TV screen, bless them. And there’s no way I could keep my cool with Mary watching me from a few feet away!
Judging time, and Glenn is up first with his new method puff pastry, which have not worked out well at all unfortunately. This doesn’t bode well for Glenn…
Beca is up next, with her well risen but poorly presented puff pastry, followed by Frances, whose efforts look gorgeous! I think Frances is in danger of making it into the final or even winning this year. Kimberley is next to be judged, and Paul and Mary love some of her millefeuille, while others are less well cooked.
Ruby’s efforts are a bit messy and overcooked, so a less than stellar week for her, although I still don’t think she’s anywhere near being in danger of going anywhere.
Christine is the final baker, with her eccles cakes and millefeuille – Paul and Mary generally have great things to say about her pastry. Yay for Christine!
Deliberation time, and Paul appears to be threatening to push one of our poorer bakers off a cliff… slightly worrying!
So Frances is this week’s star baker, and Glenn is going home.
With only five LADY (yay!) contestants remaining, who do you think is looking likely to be in the final of three, and do you have any ideas who might win?
Next Tuesday, my lovely friend Trista (of Bakewell Butter fame!) will be recapping episode Eight of the Bake-Off for me as I’ll be on holiday. Enjoy!