Great British Bake Off
6th Aug 2015

Great British Bake Off, Episode 1: On your marks, get set, BAKE!

‘On your marks, get set, BAKE!’ The klaxon call we have all been waiting to hear since Nancy’s Moulin Rouge themed Pièce montée stole the show (and Paul Hollywood’s heart). Tensions were as high as ever as this show kicked off last night.

First up we were introduced to the contestants, a refreshingly mixed bunch. We had the hipster musician, Stu, who brought an ambitiously slap-dash and out-of-the-box approach to his bakes. Adding everything from chocolate to a Madeira cake to beetroot to a Black Forest Gateaux. Another contestant that caught our eye from the get-go was the “quite random” Sandy, who boldly announced “You know, I can be making a cake and you have a meat pie by the time I’m finished.”… We weren’t sure if that was a great start from Sandy, but we were willing to give her a shot anyway. 

We had our favourites from before the tent was pitched and the ovens preheated, we had heard great things about Flora and her impressive portfolio of dishes in her food blog, and we’re pleased to say she didn’t disappoint!

This year’s eclectic bunch of bakers treated us to intriguing, daring flavours. With flavour inspiration from Lithuania, the UK, Bangladesh, France and more, we are set for an exciting and inspiring series.

The first bake was the high-pressure signature challenge: the Madeira cake. Many of the bakers thought outside the box, adding figs, cardamom and even injecting cakes with syringes full of rosewater syrup, with fantastic results. Others pushed the boundaries just that little bit too far, much to the dismay of the judges (we’re looking at you, Stu).

We also loved the showstopper round, a 70s throwback revival. This could only be described as a rollercoaster round, from macaron bases, to spectacular tempered collars, to spirits collapsing as quickly as a mousse layered Black Forest Gateaux. 

So far, the group seems split down the middle. A strong set of front-runners is striding out ahead, but we think some of the stragglers at the back need to pull up their socks. Our eyes are on Star Baker, Marie, but we also think trainee anaesthetist, Tamal, is one to watch. Finally, we’re intrigued to see Paul and Paul lock horns again, and we wonder how Dorret will fare after her mousse debacle shook her confidence this week. 

Who is your favourite to win? Is it too early to tell? Let us know in the comments below, or chat to us @Palmerstores


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