The Great British Baking Show

'The Great British Baking Show' Season 5, Episode 7 Recap: Sweet Dough Week

Seven bakers returned to face this seventh round of The Great British Baking Show  and its challenges, all, no doubt, with the same question on their minds. Would their culinary creations be good enough to protect them from the forthcoming double elimination promised by Paul and Mary?

As you likely recall from last week’s competition - I mean could you ever un-see all that blood? - John’s food processor accident during the showstopper round led to an unprecedented decision not to send anyone packing. That meant that John, Sarah-Jane and James, who were all on the short list for potential ouster, survived to bake another day. Fortunately, recognition for excellence was not suspended and the experienced, clever, slightly old-fashioned but ever consistent Brendan was named Star Baker for a second time.

So it was with great resolve to make the most of their reprieve that our bakers entered the tent ready to demonstrate what they could accomplish with enriched dough.

‘The Great British Baking Show’ Season 5, Episode 5 Recap: Pie Week

Ryan's Key Lime Pie Showstopper (Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions, worldwide, all media in perpetuity)

Eight bakers arrived back in The Great British Baking Show marquee to take on the newest trilogy of Berry-Hollywood challenges. (Mel Giedroyc also made a welcome return.) At the half way point of the competition, things were getting serious for Pie Week. Not to be confused, of course, with pi week which celebrates the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Though if you think about it many pies are round… 

But I digress. Our octet of amateur bakers was handed three pie challenges, created for the purpose of separating the upper crust from those who would be eating humble pie.

'The Great British Baking Show' Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: Bread Week

The queen and king of baking, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions, worldwide, all media in perpetuity)

A man named Paul Hollywood once said, “Understand bread, understand baking.” And in the second round of The Great British Baking Show, all the contestants were willing and “bagel” to demonstrate their bread making skills.

This week eleven bakers tackled the challenges of flavored flatbread, a complicated plaited loaf and a bevy of bagels in hopes of being named Star Baker or, at the very least, avoiding being sent home by Paul and Mary.

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