Great British Bake Off returned with another first last night, as the bakers got stuck into 80s Week.
Last week saw project manager Mark was eliminated from the programme after falling short during Japanese Week, and now the competition is really hotting up.
Here’s what happened.
Signature Challenge: Quiche Lorraine
First up, the contestants had to come up with two types of quiche for the signature bake.
Lottie and Dave both opted for full English breakfast versions, while Hermine presented a mushroom and spinach quiche and another with salmon and leak.
Hermine’s effort was praised by the judges despite the fact she had to rush to finish by turning her oven up to a high temperature as she was running the risk of not finishing on time.
Prue said she had created ‘such a classic combination, and such a good one.’
After the challenge, Hermine said: ‘I can’t believe the comments, I genuinely thought I have booked my ticket home.’
Technical Challenge: Finger doughnuts
For the technical, judges Prue and Paul asked for six identical custard and jam finger doughnuts and were given deep fat fryers to make them in.
‘This is the classic watch the colour of the end product,’ Paul advised, before walking off.
Hermine finished first in first place, while Dave finished last.
‘It burnt in the fryer. It’s underproved,’ Paul said, commenting on Dave’s bakes. ‘Overall it’s the wrong colour, underproved and it doesn’t taste extremely good.’
Showstopper Challenge: Ice cream cake
Lastly, the contestants faced the difficult task of making ice cream cakes in the scorching hot tent.
Many viewers hit out at the challenge and branded it ‘unfair’, as the bakers battled the sweltering summer temperatures, but judge Paul defended his decision.
Many of the remaining bakers had problems in this round, including Laura, whose ice cream cake melted right before it was time to present her work.
Meanwhile, Lottie failed to get an ice cream coating for her cake to set and said her efforts were ‘quite frankly an embarrassment’.
‘I think it looks terrible,’ Paul told her. ‘If it tasted good then you sort of hang something on that, but besides the puff rice down the bottom, I’m just not getting anything from it all. Nothing.’
Who went home and who was star baker?
Star baker was awarded to Hermine this week after she excelled in all three challenges.
Meanwhile, fan-favourite Lottie was eliminated during 80s Week after failing to impress the judges with her ice cream cake.
After being axed from the programme, she said: ‘It is just a massive relief but also I’m gutted to not be with everyone every day.
‘Honestly, it has been amazing. I literally packed two outfits and I’m here in week seven wearing everyone else’s clothes.
‘I can’t believe the stuff I have done, I got a handshake, I got star baker, I’m so chuffed with myself and maybe I can bake.’
What is Bake Off’s theme next week?
Next week, it’s Dessert Week on Bake Off.
The bakers will face a runaway signature, a technical that takes us back in time, and and they inject some artistic flair into their showstopper.
The episode will see which bakers will make it into the final four.
Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.
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