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Week Two – Biscuit Week

Warning: there are spoilers in this blog - who won star baker, who left the show, who received a handshake from Paul, what necklace was Prue wearing, things along those lines.

First of all, can I apologise for Xing out Tom, but I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. But unfortunately this will befall all our bakers, except for one of them of course!

Signature Dish: 24 Brandy Snaps

Perfectly baked lace biscuits, identical and have to have a good snap! Any shape but have to be coated, dipped or filled – two hour baking time.

Lizzie’s dog, Pru, has her own Instagram account and seemingly doing quite well with 1,779 followers. When Matt asked Lizzie if she had practiced in the tent yesterday, she admitted that she didn’t but watched Harry Potter instead!

Baking, I wouldn’t say it was rocket science, but…

Jürgen went to University in Germany and gained a Masters Degree in Physics

Freya’s “Brandy Snapuccinos”:
Scrumptious, look quite dark, nice lace and a good snap, too strong coffee flavour. Overall a decent job.

Amanda’s “Open Sesame” Brandy Snaps: Very thin so falling apart. Delicious flavour,

Jairzeno’s “Chocolate, Passion Fruit & Pineapple Brandy Snaps:
Messy. Flavours too strong. Not well executed.

Rochica’s Coffee Brandy Snaps:
Massive variety in size, delicious flavour.

George’s Cypriot Brandy Snaps:
Irregular in size, flavours work well together, but looks a mess. Original and sensational.

Crystelle’s “Apple of my P-eye” Brandy Snaps:
Lovely snap, beautiful flavour combination, done well with the textures.

Lizzie’s, Fast-Food Apple Pie Brandy Snaps:
Very little lace, delicious, nice creme diplomat, lovely mouthful.

Guiseppe’s Gianduja Snaps:
Really pretty, elegant and uniform in colour, nice lace, delicious, crisp, nicely flavoured. Chocolate doesn’t come through very much.

Chigs’ “Espresso Martini” Brandy Snaps:
Nice and lacey, chocolate comes through well, nice snap, right amount of sweetness, coffee flavour a bit weak.

Maggie’s Blackcurrant Brandy Snaps:
Very small and could have a bit more colour, not quite baked enough so are really chewy, but delicious.

Jürgen’s “A Cup of Chai” Brandy Snaps:
Overall look pretty good, nice and even, lovely and thin, blend of spices work beautifully well. Texture-wise done well. Creme pat perfect.

Jürgen received a handshake from Matt Lucas, which Matt admitted that it meant nothing getting a handshake from him.

Technical Challenge set by Paul – Sandwiched Jammie Biscuit

Words of advice from Paul: “This is pretty straight forward, but read your recipe, we want perfection.”

I wonder how many takes they had to redo when Jammie Dodgers was said instead of Jammie Biscuits!

Position in Technical Challenge:

1st – Jürgen
2nd – Guiseppe
3rd – Freya
4th – Amanda
5th – Maggie
6th – Lizzie
7th – Chig
8th – George
9th – Jairzeno
10th – Crystelle
11th – Rochica

Jürgen, the Baking Terminator as named by Guiseppe! Hasta La Biscuit baby!

Picture pinched from Twitter!

Those in trouble before going into the Showstopper Round:

Those in line for Star Baker:

Showstopper Challenge – 3D Biscuit Replica of Favourite Childhood Toy

It has to be delicious but also have an interactive element.

Love this Tweet from Innocent drinks!

George’s “Paul and Prue Airlines”:
Interactive: airplane flies around in a circle
Great design. Not too hard, but very crisp. Well done.

Rochica’s Gingerbread Pinball Game:
Interactive: moving parts
Delicate and thin, texture spot on.

Guiseppe’s Reversi Board Game:
Interactive: you can play the game
Classic gingerbread. Properly engineered. Beautiful.

Chigs’ Snooker Table:
Interactive: you can play snooker
Very clever, a little bit cakey, but if it’s thick you don’t want it to be too hard. Perfect.

Lizzie’s “Paint a Truck”:
Interactive: you can paint the car
Interesting concept. Gingerbread and chocolate together – too strong. Tones down with icing and is delicious.

Jürgen’s “Grandpa’s Windmill”:
Interactive: sails go around
Very good, looks beautiful. Lovely flavour in the mouth, great job again.

Crystelle’s Vanity Playset:
Interactive: you can play with jewellery
Lovely flavour, beautiful, very clever design, flavours spot on.

Freya’s “Winne”:
Interactive: rocking horse
Beautiful, structurally sound.

Amanda’s Carousel Rocking Horse:
Interactive: structure had broken
Wouldn’t have chosen that type of biscuit to use as it’s so delicate.

Maggie’s Beach Playset:
Interactive: you can play with it
Basic, needs to be more elaborate. Should be a bit thinner. School report would say, “Needs to try harder.”

Jairzeno’s Tall Ship:
Interactive: Not sure
Rough and ready. Lovely blend, tastes delicious.

Freya and Amanda’s Rocking Horses – they had varying success!

Star Baker and Who Is Going Home…

Jürgen was able to tell his family this week!


I think Jairzeno was the right choice to go home this week, personally I think he should have gone last week. Maggie didn’t have such a good week as she did last week, but I thought Lizzie and George had much better weeks.

Next week is Bread Week – who will rise to the top and who will knead to improve their baking skills? #sorrynotsorry

Week Two – Biscuit Week

Warning: there are spoliers in this blog – who won star baker, who left the show, who did Paul give a handshake to, which necklace was Prue wearing, things along those lines….


Whilst watching the opening titles of the show this week, a couple of thoughts struck me…. number one – how old would the little girl in the opening titles be now? I would guess she’s in her mid-teens, I wonder if she does any cooking?

Number two was a random thought about the washing up, I’m sure the contestants don’t do their own. Is there a few dishwashers that are put to use? So I looked it up and lo and behold I found out that there is a lady who washes everything up – by hand. Apparently dishwashers are too noisy to use during filming so the tent has two enormous sinks where this lady can spend up to 16 hours a day washing dirty dishes.

Tom Hovey – Great British Bake Off sketcher

Whilst watching GBBO, I have always admired the sketches of the cakes, etc., that the contestants are making and this is the man who does that. He is a Welsh freelance animator has has sketched over 1000 of the bakes since the show began. He receives the pictures from the set after the show is filmed and if a bake has failed he uses his artistic licence to imagine what it should have looked like.

The first round in Biscuit Week is to make a decorated chocolate biscuit bar, a Penguin immediately comes to my mind, but no, the bakers are intent on something a bit more inventive than that! As usual, time runs out and the contestants rally to help Jamie and Priya finish theirs in time, thus showing that the spirit of support is always there in the tent.  Jamie struggles with his chocolate biscuit and I already feel the urge to shout, “Taxi for Jamie,” but not quite yet!

The technical is the fig role, apparently a favourite amongst the Hollywood family, we won’t go into the debate of it is a cake or a biscuit as highlighted by Noel, but this is the formal description of it:

“The fig roll or fig bar is a biscuit consisting of a sweet roll

filled with fig paste in the middle.”

Helena is last in this challenge, mistakenly making 11 instead of the required 12 fig rolls and Jamie is in 11th position, putting egg-wash on his biscuit, for some unknown reason! That taxi is warming up its engine in the taxi rank!  Alice wins this technical and with a favourable verdict on her signature chocolate biscuit, is in line for star baker this week.

Rosie’s quite remarkable chicken

Lastly we have the showstopper challenge, where Henry decides to make an organ, no, not a heart or lung or anything else that comes to mind, but a church organ! Unfortunately Jamie’s biscuits fall apart when he retrieves them from the oven and the taxi driver has engaged first gear, looking in his mirror and pulling out…

Rosie and David’s designs are hits with the judges, but Henry’s organ and Jamie’s guitar underwhelm the judges.  Time for the star baker award, which quite rightly went to Alice, the georgraphy teacher, while I’m afraid it is time for us to all shout out as one, “Taxi for Jamie,” as Jamie makes an almost Apprentice style departure from the tent.

So Jamie is gone – who will be next week?

I’m still sticking to my guns on who I think will be there in the final, Henry, David and Michelle, but with bread week next week, who knows?