The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens and all is well again in the world.
Last night saw a baker's dozen of amateurs enter the infamous Bake Off tent to try their hand at Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith's cake-based challenges. This latest season marks the series' third on Channel 4 and its 10th overall and to mark the occasion, last night's episode opened with a moving montage of past seasons. Highlights included shots of previous winner Nadiya Hussain's triumphant victory, Candice Brown collapsing with surprise at being named the top baker and more emotional moments. It was enough to bring a tear to even the most cynical viewer's eye, even if our old favourites Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc didn't make an appearance.
The first week was cake-themed with Prue and Paul demanding that the bakers add a substantial amount of dried fruit their Signature fruit cakes, before beautifully decorating their bakes. For some, this request was simple enough, with Michelle and Henry producing very impressive cakes. For some, however, the challenge was too much, with Dan adding too much dried fruit, resulting in a raw cake.
The ominous Technical challenge was as intimidating as in previous seasons, with Prue setting the 13 bakers the challenge of recreating six perfect angel cakes. Requiring Genoise sponge, Italian buttercream and fondant feathering, this challenge certainly wasn't for the faint of heart. While some bakers rose to the occasion, others stumbled at the first hurdle, with Dan and Jamie serving up less-than-stellar cakes complete with rubbery sponge and runny icing.
The Showstopper challenge was as intense as usual, with the judges asking for the bakers' dream childhood birthday cake. The bakers whipped up a variety of amazing cakes, including a space rocket, bright green snake and a fairy garden, which was hilariously misconstrued by Paul and Noel, providing the first classic Bake Off innuendo of the season.
The Showstopper round is the last chance for the bakers to make it through to the next week and while some bakers excelled, others truly struggled. Michelle's cake was lauded as one of the best Prue had ever tasted, which saw her named the first Star Baker of 2019, but unfortunately, Dan and Jamie were bottom of the pack once again. While Jamie's schnauzer cake was unimpressive, Dan's pirate island-themed cake was flavourless, which resulted in him being the first contestant to leave the Bake Off tent in 2019.
Next week will see the bakers tackle biscuits, which is usually quite a challenge, so we're prepared for some quality television. However, as this year saw 13 bakers enter the tent instead of the usual 12, two bakers could be sent home at any point this season, so we're feeling nervous about next week already.
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