In a series which will be the last as we know it (although no one knew that at the time of filming) we had yet another first in the Bake Off tent as the bakers were asked to take inspiration from nature in Botanical Week.
As a gardener by trade, Jane was feeling very optimistic, and along with Selasi decided to fully embrace the theme by wearing a floral shirt. Meanwhile, Tom put his best foot forward stating ‘anything that grows goes’.
In the same way a well-baked pastry has many layers, so does the story of the future of The Great British Bake Off. Following the news that the show would be moving to Channel 4 without its pun-loving presenters Mel and Sue, yesterday it was confirmed that Mary Berry would also not be continuing her role as judge, while Paul Hollywood has signed up for the next three series.
It certainly will not be the same show, but until then we still have the Bake Off we all know and love to enjoy for the next few weeks. And on the menu this week was pastry, and for seasoned viewers, we finally saw the return of the soggy bottom…
I tuned into this week’s Bake Off with a somewhat heavy heart following the news that the much loved show would be moving to Channel 4 after the current series and that Mel and Sue would not be going with it. It will be all change next year, and at the minute I don’t know if that will be a good thing.
However, one change I was intrigued by was the introduction of Batter Week to the Bake Off tent, and I was certainly looking forward to seeing what challenges the judges would set and how the bakers would cope.
Bread week. The week when Paul Hollywood truly reigns supreme, casting his beading eye very critically over the bakers and their creations.
And he certainly wasn’t accepting anything less than perfection from the ten bakers remaining in the Bake Off tent. He also pointed out that the star baker from bread week had gone on to the final three of the programme, so with that in mind I was eager to see who would rise to the challenge and who would fall flat…
Okay, so technically it was biscuit week for the second episode of The Great British Bake Off, but ‘The Way the Biscuit Crumbles’ just doesn’t really have the same ring does it?
And there was certainly a great deal of crumbling going on in the Bake Off tent, with biscuits and bakers alike crumbling under the pressure…