Great British Bake Off bakers rise to the challenge of bread week

Last week was the dreaded bread week on Great British Bake Off – I found simply watching the show stressful, I don’t know how the bakers managed it, but ironically despite the fact they found themselves facing the toughest tasks in the series to date, they collectively got the best feedback from the judges. Yes, their buns and baps went down rather well, and even baker Iain who’s been struggling since day one, seems to have turned a corner.

Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for Jordan, who after a rough couple of weeks left the competition, whilst the lovely Norman who was scorned for being simple, was narrowly spared. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Norm, but I thought Mary’s farewell speech praising Jordan’s innovation was somewhat hypocritical, when he ultimately ended up leaving the tent in favour of a baker who’s chosen to play it safe – early on in the competition the judges are already showing signs of undermining themselves and the Great British Bake Off.

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Ooh I say Norm, you do get my temperature rising!

The real shockers of last week’s episode for me though came courtesy of Diana who 1, admitted that despite having joined the Women’s Institute at 14, she had only baked bread a couple of times, and 2, decided to bake her loaf in a rather fetching skirt and trainer combo – who knew the WI had such a casual dress code?!

I’ll admit that for a split second, the fabulous filled loaves, jam packed with cheese, vegetables and meat were so moorish, that I considered giving the challenge a go, but a couple of slices of marmite on toast brought me to my senses and I decided to give the bake along a miss this week – don’t say I didn’t warn you!

With dessert week looming tonight though, something tells me I’m going to be busy in the kitchen this weekend ;)

The Burly Baker x