Another typical Bake Off week – nail-biting decisions, missed deadlines, frustration, fury and controversial departures. Meanwhile, let’s look at what’s been happening inside the tent.
In a Bake Off first we’re diving into a week devoted to batter. It’s a painful reminder of the time a journalist described a certain baker as having legs the colour of raw batter. I should never have worn those shorts.
We start with a signature challenge of twenty-four identical Yorkshire puddings with a savoury filling. Mary says that once they’re in the oven, Yorkshire puddings are in the lap of the gods. I thought they were in the oven. Val says that her Yorkshires are also in the lap of the gods. Zeus and Aphrodite are furious at a plethora of oily crotch stains.
Andrew’s adding a pinch of mustard powder to the batter of his tasty tapas-style Yorkshires filled with Spanish chicken. Benjamina’s using classic sandwich fillings of red onion, bacon and brie. Her puds just needed a little longer in the oven but her flavours are excellent.
Now I know the pain of seeing myself on TV, realising that my chin has a tendency to disappear into my neck and knowing that millions of viewers would witness this, so I pity poor pouting Candice, who must be discovering she has a face that could challenge a champion gurner as she repeatedly attempts to inhale her mouth. Copious amounts of expensive lipstick still can’t turn this into a flattering look. Candice starts again after producing a batch of Yorkshire biscuits. Second time around, her beef Wellington-inspired puddings with horseradish cream are judged to be beautiful.