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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.
Originally posted on The Bake Off Update.
Signature - roulade
Technical - marjoulaine - a mille-feuille wannabe taking three hours to bake (dramatised by a cut to Benjamina whispering 'three hours!', because obviously three hours is an insane amount of time (an insanity completely bypassed for us as we experience two days in 60 minutes...))
Showstopper - mini mousse cakes - not a fan of seeing gelatin in sheets. I am definitely one of the shallow, ignorant people who want to see their mousse or meat or moose meat on their plate, without any detail of how it was made. And proud of it.
Our much-loved lesson was back, this week on the thrilling life of praline.
2) Praliniers are the only tribe in the world to record time starting by century, e.g.: 'One century and 10 years'
Paul was thoughtful enough to bring some technical baking lingo down to a level us mere peasants could understand:
Paul: Think of a roulade like a sandwich.
Mel and Sue were their usual fine selves.
Apologies if I mention their appearance too much, I just think they don't need to treat the presenters and judges like The Simpsons. We can deal with costume changes people.
He aced the technical despite messing up a bit, managing to completely hide it. He was so excited about winning the week by about 9.35pm, which is cute and all, but also let's not get too big for our boots here.
And finally: 'I've got confidence in dad's curd'. I don't think this is/ hope this isn't an innuendo... but it's a weird phrase to hear none the less and worth a mention.
And her mousses were just perfect cubes. There's everyone else flailing about with collapsing mounds of fluff, and Candice calmly whacks out perfect bakes.
There's only one rule of being a hipster, and that's that you don't call yourself a hipster.
He was one of the weakest links from the start and, even from last week, you knew he was in trouble. And then he goes and admits to never having made caramel before. Sweet Jesus.
Paul tried to be kind of supportive: 'If this was a challenge for a picnic theme, you'd be top of the class.' Yes Paul, and what a shit theme that would be.
Where others cry over underfilled curd, Selasi simply looks forward to having it on toast (and I completely agree with him, any more curd and it would've been a state, oozing everywhere (love the way he says ooze)).
This guy is increasingly chilled and increasingly gifted with an icing pipe in his hands.
Continues to struggle during technicals so needs to up his game if he wants to survive much longer. (How one can up their game when it comes to surprise rounds, I do not know.)
She decided to roll her roulade width-ways, rather than length-ways, which is wrong (as any sane person knows).
But at home she finds it's better for getting more slices out of the 'lade. So it makes total sense for her to follow this when she's baking for two people, and those two people are judging her based on the norm, and (again) it's wrong.
You always know you're in for a decorative treat with Jane, and this week's showstopper didn't disappoint. I don't know what the technique is called. I don't know how she does it. But I do know it looks like wallpaper. And I know that's always a good thing.
Benny has become our own little Val with comforting gems like: 'If [the roulade] does crack, it's all part of the charm.'
Her showstopping mousse suffered under the pressure and she had some major collapsing, but her flavours pulled her through.
The Beeb have never bothered with reality show tension:
Mel: is Benjamina safe, Paul?
Paul: yeah, I think she is
- 'That is a lovely, lovely, lovely sight. A man. Spreading cream. Onto sponge. I'm getting giddy!' Mel
- 'Of the many Bake Off secrets I've held close to my bosom' Mel
- 'Good enough is not good enough anymore' Tom
- 'I'm hoping there'll be no crack whatsover' Mary
- 'Tom, tell us about your roulade' Mary
- 'This is always so hard' Benjamina
- 'He has a very good finish' Mary
Until next time...