Episode Two – Biscuit Week.
It’s week two in the Bake Off tent and it’s time for biscuit week. The bakers had to tackle sandwiched jammy biscuits, delicate brandy snaps, and create interactive 3-D biscuit replicas of their favourite childhood toy. Will our bakers rise to the challenge or snap under the pressure?
Signature Challenge – Brandy Snaps.
Paul and Prue asked the bakers to make twenty four identical brandy snaps, Prue warned the bakers that the biscuits needed to have a nice snap and a delicate lacy finish. Nervous bakers and fragile biscuits, what could go wrong? Last week’s episode saw the battle of the black forest mini rolls, but biscuit week began the battle of the apples. Lizzie hoped to impress the judges with her fast food apple pie brandy snaps whilst Crystelle put a twist on the classic flavour by adding apple cider vinegar. Will Crystelle’s deviation from the sweet apple classic wow the judges, or leave them with a sour taste in their mouths?
Judgement time arrived and the bakers eagerly awaited feedback. Complimented for her lovely snap and delicious flavour combination it was Crystelle who won the battle of the apples; whilst Lizzie was commended for creating a ‘lovely mouthful’, her snaps did not meet the lacy criteria. Although we haven’t seen any Hollywood handshakes this year, Matt Lucas gave one to Jürgen who once again impressed the judges with his ‘A Cup of Chai’ brandy snaps. Unfortunately it was Maggie’s blackcurrant brandy snaps that failed to impress the judges this week; although Maggie achieved a delicious flavour, her brandy snaps were more of a brandy chew as they needed to be cooked for longer. Can Maggie redeem herself and turn up the heat in the technical challenge?
Technical Challenge – Sandwiched Jammy Biscuits.
This week was Paul’s choice for the technical challenge, he prefaced it by telling the bakers “This is pretty straightforward”, but previous seasons tell us that Paul’s version of straightforward can often be the most troublesome. The bakers were asked to bake twelve sandwiched jammy biscuits with consistent colour and the signature swirl on the biscuit’s surface. Paul’s reassurance that the bake was “straightforward” left the bakers in a panic that saw Crystelle drop her biscuits, Rochica burn her jam and made Chigs sacrifice his swirl.
The time flew by and it was time for the bakers to learn their fate. Once again, Jürgen, nicknamed the ‘baking terminator’ by Giuseppe, dominated the challenge and earned himself first place with his delicious and uniform bake. Giuseppe was a strong competitor placing in second, but it was Crystelle this week who failed to impress the judges, falling in tenth place and Rochica placed eleventh.
Showstopper Challenge – 3-D Biscuit Replica of Favourite Childhood Toy with Interactive Element.
Never the people to ask for too much, Paul and Prue asked the bakers for not only a 3-D biscuit replica of their favourite childhood toy, but also asked them to include an interactive element. George decided to make a replica of his toy plane with a motorized stand to propel the plane in circles. Will George’s ‘Paul and Prue Airlines’ showstopper leave the judges on cloud nine, or will George be heading for the departure lounge? Chigs revisited his youth by designing a snooker table made out of spiced gingerbread with marshmallow fondant balls. Both Freya and Amanda made their showstopper based on horses, but which one will Paul and Prue back?
The bakers awaited feedback for the last time in biscuit week, but who will come out on top? Despite the rough decoration of his bake, George impressed the judges with his flavours, design and crisp biscuits. Unfortunately, Amanda’s rocking horse leaned too much into the vintage aesthetic as it fell apart. Whilst deliberating, Prue pointed out that Amanda’s could have been the best had it not been for her structural mishap. Jairzeno was complimented on his blend of flavours but the judges saw his ‘laid back’ approach translate through his rough and ready decoration.
It’s time for the best and worst moment of the week where we find out who will be the star baker, and who will be leaving the tent. Jürgen pulled ahead in week two and earned the title of star baker for the second week in a row, an impressive feat. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to another baker this week, Jairzeno. Jairzeno may not have won The Great British Bake Off but he definitely won the hearts of our viewers with his laid back approach and charm.
Bake Off Kitchen Appliances.
You may have noticed the beautiful appliances in the Bake Off tent, with hidden oven doors and pastel fridges, the tent was designed for beauty and ease. If you are wondering where to purchase these items, you can read more about the appliances here.