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The Great British Bake Off

Premier :: 2010-08-17

Airs :: Wednesday 20:00 on BBC One

Genre :: Food

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The Great British Bake Off sees ten passionate home bakers take part in a bake-off to test every aspect of their baking skills as they battle to be crowned the Great British Bake Off's best amateur baker. Each week the nationwide tour sees keen bakers put through three challenges in a particular discipline. The competition kicks off with cake in the Cotswolds, then moves to Scotland to tackle biscuit baking, then Sandwich in Kent for bread, Bakewell in Derbyshire for puddings, Mousehole in Cornwall for the pastry challenges, and London for the grand final. Judging the baking are renowned baking writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood; presenting the show are Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who trace the very particular history of British baking by visiting local baking landmarks and discovering why people bake what they bake today.

Latest Episode

Series 5 - Episode 4 - Desserts
Aired - 27 August 2014

Episode summary:

It's week four in the tent and the baking is getting serious. Having seen the bakers make cake, biscuits and bread, Mary and Paul up the ante - for the first time, we see how the bakers cope with multi-tasking across several baking skills at once. For their signature challenge the bakers must bake saucy puds - delicate sponges hiding a gooey saucy filling or a saucy surprise at the bottom. If baked for just a fraction too long the sauce won't ooze upon cutting, but they won't know if it has worked until they are judged. Sue explores the origins of the Paignton pudding - a pudding larger than a cow that caused a riot in Paignton in the 19th century. For the technical challenge, Mary sets the bakers her tiramisu cake. It's a new kind of tiramisu requiring the bakers to temper chocolate, bake beautifully thin coffee-soaked sponges and assemble to create perfect layers of sponge, cream and chocolate... but only if they read the recipe properly. For their final flourish the bakers are challenged to bake incredible showstopping baked alaskas made up of cake, meringue and ice cream... on the hottest day of the year so far. In the centre of a field in the middle of the English countryside the bakers have the odds stacked against them, as temperatures soar and tempers fray. There is still everything to bake for... on your marks... get set... bake!

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 5

+ Episode - 11 Aired - 15 October 2014
+ Episode - 10 Aired - 08 October 2014
+ Episode - 9 Aired - 01 October 2014
+ Episode - 8 Aired - 24 September 2014
+ Episode - 7 Aired - 17 September 2014
+ Episode - 6 European Cakes Aired - 10 September 2014
+ Episode - 5 Pies and Tarts Aired - 03 September 2014
+ Episode - 4 Desserts Aired - 27 August 2014
+ Episode - 3 Bread Aired - 20 August 2014
+ Episode - 2 Biscuits Aired - 13 August 2014
+ Episode - 1 Cake Aired - 06 August 2014

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