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The GBBO 2019 round-up: Bread Week

It was Bread Week for episode 3 of The Great British Bake Off, and the bakers had a lot to prove. Read our round-ups of GBBO each week.

Image credit: © Love Productions, Ep3. Michael and Sandi.

11th Sep 2019

It's Bread Week for episode 3 of Bake Off, and the bakers have a lot to prove

Read our round-up of Bread Week – did the bakers rise to the occasion? *WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS* [caption id="attachment_22800" align="aligncenter" width="800"]bread week © Love Productions, Ep3. Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi.[/caption]

The Signature

For the signature, the bakers were asked to bake a 'Tear and Share' bread. Paul's advise was to "keep it simple", but did the bakers listen? Many of the bakers decided to bring the spice for this challenge, with Priya baking a smoky jalapeno and paprika Tear and Share, which she described as "like pizza". David and Helena decided to make cinnamon rolls, but Paul questioned David's decision to add buttercream. As time was running out the struggle to juggle proving versus baking time got to some. But the judges were mostly impressed with the results, with Rosie's chilli and manchego brioche earning a "heaven" from Prue. Amelia's didn't go down well though, literally! As Prue choked on the amount of chorizo, "too much of a kick!" But things then got very exciting as Michael was the recipient of the first Hollywood Handshake of the series!


Moving on to the technical, Paul and Prue asked the bakers to make burger buns. Paul noted that it isn't "as easy as you think" to make burger buns, as you really have to develop the gluten properly or the baps will be cake-like. But not only that, they were asked to make the burgers themselves too – which divided fans watching. The puns innuendos reached their peak, as the bakers rose to the occasion, kneading their dough to make some excellent baps. When it came to judging, many of the baps were not up to par. Amelia made 10% less dough than the recipe asked for, and unfortunately, it made a big difference as her buns ended up being too small. Viewers were confused as to the tasting method, as the judges only poked the burgers with a fork, rather than eating the burger as a whole. Henry's baps were highly praised, as the dough was open all the way through and was the right size for the burger. Considering Henry had admitted he'd only learnt to bake bread 4 days previously, viewers were impressed as he won the Technical Challenge!
[caption id="attachment_22799" align="aligncenter" width="800"]bread week © Love Productions, Ep3. Steph.[/caption]


For the showstopper, the bakers needed to bake "a display of artistically scored decorative loaves. Themed and must have two impressively sized loaves but the important part is the decoration.”  The five-hour challenge would be all about timing, as the longer, they take scoring the design, the more risk of the bread deflating or ripping in the ovens. Helena once again stood out from the crowd, as she decided to make a showstopper titled 'Every Bread is Halloween'. Paul declared that it was "one of the hardest challenges we've set", and the bakers definitely felt the heat. David had a disaster when one of his African masks split. And Henry had problems with his bread sticking to the paper. Michael's Mediterranean campfire also ripped in the oven, but overall Paul thought it was "amazing". Viewers were surprised at Rosie's decision to make a bread safari – including a lion. As the infamous bread lion from series 6 is hard to top! Overall, the scoring for many of the breads turned out well, especially Alice's "clever" globe and compass. Her love of geography continues to shine! Paul was "disappointed" in David's bake, saying it was "all style and not substance". Helena's cauldron creation was deemed "imaginative" but the bread itself was too dense with little flavour. Henry's paper kerfuffle didn't go down well with Paul, and overall his bread was tough and underdone. Amelia's scoring was deemed "clumsy" by Prue. Paul was not happy, asking "why did you bring them out so early?". Her caterpillar bread may have been a great design but the flavour was "terrible". Oh dear. [caption id="attachment_22798" align="aligncenter" width="800"]bread week © Love Productions, Ep3. Sandia and Amelia.[/caption] The episode ended with the announcement of who won Star Baker this week. And of course, the handshake recipient was the clear winner. Unfortunately, another baker had to leave the tent, and this week it was Amelia.

Next week is a Bake Off first – Dairy Week!? We shall have to wait and see how that turns out!

Catch up with our round-ups from Biscuit Week and Cake Week too!

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