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Everything You Need To Know About Week Three Of GBBO

13/09/2017 09:12 BST | Updated 13/09/2017 09:49 BST

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WARNING: This is jam-packed with The Great British Bake Off spoilers because, well, it's all about The Great British Bake Off.

During vast swooping shots of our 'country home garden' set, it appears our little 'country home' is more a 'massive church with a spire'.

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The show has officially gone up a notch on the ol' unrelatable chart.

The judges were taking their role very seriously, going all up in the bakes' grills and getting a good sniff.

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And for those of you playing Kooky Noel Bingo at home, you can scratch off your 'smiley-faced polka dot shirt dress' square.

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Prue and Paul were getting their chirps on a little bit, with chat of Paul flouring and oiling his finger to test a loaf.

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One sec while I flour and oil my throat. Minus the flour or oil.

It's time for the Superbowl of Bake Off - bread week!

The bakers had hours to kill while their loaves proved themselves. I'd like to see more of these uncut Christmas party-esque awkward conversations.

Signature - teacakes. 'A rich dough containing extra fats...' Stop ruining food! I don't need to know these things. I don't want to know about fat in my favourite food.

Technical - cottage loaf...huh?

Showstopper - naturally-coloured bread scultpture

'The toughest bread sculpture challenge... ever set on the Bake Off'

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Paul actually took it one step further and said it was the best bread week he'd ever see. He's clearly lion.

Steven

I live for the moments when a contestant says something and you can feel the audience turn. Kind of like an 'oop, they're not going to like that' thought.

'I hope I haven't peaked... because I really would like star baker again. It's kind of addictive.'

You what?

You're 'addicted' to the honour of being named star baker? Like it's an on-tap thrill you get as and when? This tent stands for no such cockiness.

Our star boy didn't seem to have such a smooth sail to begin with though, with severely sunken teacakes.

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He knew he had to bring it back in the showstopper, and that he did. His bag sculpture was insane, made even better when you think back to Stacey's hilarious handbag attempt in the first ep.

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Paul even sat at Steven's bench and pointed at the back saying it was ridiculous(ly good).

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The Hollywood Handshake is officially worthless.

Shall we just call this series a day?

Whoever has Steven in the work sweepstake must be an unbearably-smug bastard right now.

Stacey

'This is my chance to show them, that I can bake bread.' Yes. Yes it is.

She bakes every week for her fam, yet interestingly washes with milk?

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I have no idea why this is so outrageous, but I'm incredibly outraged nonetheless. This must be what it feels like to be a Daily Mail reader.

This lady continues to put herself under so much pressure, this week more than ever. There was a lot of huffing and blinking and shouting. Not pleasant viewing.

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She was in her element during the technical, knowing to have a baking tray of water below the loaf 'for steamaage'. She even knew Paul's flour finger trick, so good on her.

Although, at the same time, seeing her stick two fingers into dough made me wheeze a little bit.

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She ended up being a clear technical round winner, and was an oh-so gracious victor.

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Kate

I hate to be The Sun to her Theresa May, but she was a bit raunchy in her low-cut leopard print top. And I hate chokers. God do I hate them. So much. She's ruined forevermore.

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'Back in Liverpool she often bakes bread and cakes for a local homeless charity.'

And I'm back on board. Love her. I plan on bulk ordering 60 chokers from a suspect Chinese eBay shop, please, thanks.

Everyone was panicking about not having enough time to bake their teacakes, and this girl managed to overbake. She impressed with her octopus bread sculpture at the end, so it was quite a roller coaster week for this one.

Liam

First, he's never had a fortune cookie, now he's never had a teacake. He's basically Oliver Twist.

He's also never heard of Google. Not bothering to find a teacake recipe and just thinking of something similar his nan makes instead.

Yet another cutting narration from Noel, this time attacking sweet Liam: 'with a stout he's just old enough to drink'. You leave Liam alone you goth monster, for all we know, he's never had a scone before, so think about that kind of childhood, ok?

He's the series' struggler. His teacakes were inedibly (that's a word) raw and he was middle of the pack in the technical. He managed to claw it back in the showstopper, impressing the judges with his flavours (which he loved).

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His ice cream bread sculpture was one of my faves, plus he called it Kneadopoliton, like neapolitan. So, he's a winner in my eyes.

James

Bold words against the humble teacake, claiming they're 'the poor cousin of the hot cross bun'. Mate. People barely want to eat hot cross buns when it's Easter, teacakes are in demand all year. The hot cross bun is the turkey of the sweet bread world.

Yet even with this disdain he nailed the prove and bake.

The technical didn't go as well, resulting in a cowpat kinda cottage.

Julia

When she was saying she didn't want to take her anger out on her dough because of how much she loves it (followed by a few enthusiastic gasps of 'I love you!'), you thought to yourself 'well, that was the most inappropriately intimate thing for me to witness this episode.'

And then...

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Seemed fairly relaxed throughout the ep, doing well in all three rounds, from flavours to concepts.

Then there was the penis/poo snail loaf, but we'll get to that later.

Sophie

Looked like she was casually crusting a bra chicken fillet or placenta at home.

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Had a pretty rubbish week, not particularly impressing in any of the rounds. In fact, she was god awful.

Yan

So much love for Noel completely ripping the shit out of her for riding a children's scooter.

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Scooting adults is a movement. I don't understand and I don't think I ever will.

Tom

Seems like a lovely fellow. His montage included a glorious shot of him swimming in a loch, followed by a Bond-esque walk out of the water. Tom then promptly squealed and screamed from the cold.

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Did well in the signature, serving up the closest thing to a teacake Paul up until that point in the judging. Not the best statement, but he can definitely misquote this moment for a good few decades by leaving out the end.

Big fan of his flower arrangement showstopper.

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Flo

This lady is proper old skool. Doesn't even time her bakes.

She knew her demise was imminent from the get-go, her bakes were not doing her proud.

And she was right as...

Flo is out!

Julia is star baker!

Classic editing

Teacakes

  • Tom 'I hate it when you have fruit on the edge, like cranberry, and it tastes like a bullet.'
  • Stacey 'I actually think it looks like a good teacake when you've got a bit of fruit on the top, personally.'

Cottage loaf

  • All the bakers are chatting about how worried they are about the top collapsing to one side.
  • Cut to Kate:

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Best of Noel and Sandi

  • 'You can serve them with accompaniments, maybe a jazz singer' - Noel

Innuendos of the week

  • 'I like the feel of it, when it changes' - Stacey
  • 'It's definitely growing' - James
  • 'You don't want wonky balls' - Liam
  • 'This didn't get a finger treatment at all' - Prue

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The ridiculous statement more fitting of a Scorsese film

  • 'Oh my god, I'm dying inside' Kate

'Next time, a Bake Off first... caramel week.'

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Until next time...