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The GBBO round-up: Danish week

Image credit: Love Productions

18th Oct 2018

With baking challenges aplenty, last night we said “hej!” to Danish week on The Great British Bake Off.

*WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS* Another first for this series of The Great British Bake Off - Danish week! Challenging pastries, unusual breads and strong savoury flavours were the topics of choice this week, and it’s fair to say that it was a challenge for everyone.

The Signature

This week, the bakers were tasked with creating their own Smørrebrød - a Danish open sandwich created with rye bread. This included a bake that would typically take 24 hours to make with elegant, decorative and delicious toppings - all created in just two hours. [caption id="attachment_20341" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Danish Week bake off Kim-Joy Credit: Love Productions[/caption] While Manon faced criticism that she hadn’t really made a rye bread, Briony’s was more of a malt loaf, and Rahul’s was essentially raw and inedible, Ruby’s modest efforts were hailed “a celebration of rye”. Good work Ruby!

The Technical

“The judges went nice and easy on the bakers this week,” - Things We’ll Never Say.
Once again, the challenge was blinking TOUGH. Aebleskiver. Small, round pancakes filled with apple and cinnamon - cooked in a specific contraption. They look delicious, but there’s definitely a knack to getting them perfect - and that was very much shown by the bakers. [caption id="attachment_20339" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Danish Week Bake Off Rahul Credit: Love Productions[/caption] While Ruby truly panicked and just stuffed the apple filling into the cooked pancake balls, and Rahul's aebleskiver burnt, Briony soared with some perfect aebleskiver and went on to win the technical challenge this week.

The showstopper

The showstopper this week was another one that truly tested the bakers, with a creation we’ve (unsurprisingly) never heard of - a kagekone. This bake is shaped like a doll, and is a very traditional birthday cake - where the party screams when the character’s ‘head’ is cut off! Comprising danish pastries and divine sweets, chocolate and fruit decorations, the bake was a gentle balance of texture, flavour, style and timing. [caption id="attachment_20340" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Danish Week Bake Off Ruby Credit: Love Productions[/caption] While Kim-Joy’s kagekone was absolutely stunning, Paul’s judging was very harsh. Briony and Ruby’s were acceptable to the judges, but poor Rahul and Manon struggled.

Next week

Ruby took away Star Baker this week, and we waved goodbye to Manon - which has not been received well on social media. Thousands have taken to Twitter to lament Manon’s departure, suggesting that perhaps Rahul should have left instead after his similarly abysmal week. This has definitely been the most controversial moment of 2018’s Bake Off to date! Next week, we see the return of the much-loved patisserie week - so get those delicate pastries and tarts in for next Tuesday!

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