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The GBBO round-up: biscuit week

Image credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

29th Aug 2018

The Great British Bake Off is back - and boy are we happy about it!

*WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS* The first week saw the bakers undertake biscuit challenges - a departure from the norm, where cakes are usually the bake of choice for judges Paul and Prue. [caption id="attachment_19790" align="aligncenter" width="600"]GBBO round up Channel 4/ Love Productions[/caption]
The signature
Always the first task in hand, the signature bake, saw the bakers create a whole lot of (mostly) delicious biscuits! Our favourite moment? While meeting Briony and seeing her wonderful sunny personality come through was a definite highlight, we might never get over Karen tucking into the crisps she pulled out of her lunchbox having finished early. The ultimate passive-aggressive act, perhaps?! [caption id="attachment_19794" align="aligncenter" width="600"]GBBO round up Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption]
The technical
While we do have to question the logic of making something as complex as a wagon wheel when there are branded versions for a quid available in near enough every supermarket… the challenge was a toughie even by week one standards. The crucial biscuit element, paired with marshmallow, jam, and coated smoothly in chocolate - that’s a challenge that’s hard to face even with a full recipe! Ruby was crowned the winner with the best wagon wheels in the tent.
The showstopper
Again, this biscuit week showstopper is far removed from the gingerbread structures we’ve come to expect (a personal highlight will always be Candice’s gingerbread pub). But, that’s not to say it’s any less fantastic, as the bakers impressed the judges with their biscuit selfies. Briony’s artistic selfie with the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and balloons in the Bristol-based background and Kim-Joy’s stunning representation were both highlights, as was Manon’s immaculate and neat creation. Our favourite though? Terry’s incredible interpretation of the brief, where he makes a brandysnap mould of his own face, then paints the piece as though it’s a work of art with buttercream. Magnificent! [caption id="attachment_19798" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Gbbo round up Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4[/caption]
Next week
Thanks to her performance in all the rounds - and with that perfect showstopper - Manon was named Star Baker this week. We also had to wave goodbye to Imelda - a shame, as we felt that she had heaps more to show us! As week one ends, we wave goodbye to biscuits and hello to cake! We can’t wait to see what the bakers get up to, and you’ll find all the tips and troubleshooting info you’ll need to know heading into cake week here.

Fancy learning more about biscuits, and how to overcome some of the trials and tribulations faced by the bakers this week? Head on over to our biscuit 101.

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