Great British Bake Off – Recap – Week 4 – ChocolateOctober 20, 2020 by Jenny
This is going to be a quickie recap. Since Friday evening, I haven’t felt well. But before the sickness took over, I was able to watch Chocolate Week on Friday morning. (Updated now that my strength is back.)
Here are our bakers:
- Dave, 30, Armoured Guard
- Hermine, 39, Accountant
- Laura, 31, Digital Manager
- Linda, 61, Retirement Living Team Manager
Loriea, 27, Diagnostic Radiographer(eliminated Week 1)
- Lottie, 31, Pantomime Producer
Makbul, 51, Accountant(eliminated Week 2)
- Marc (a.k.a. Hammish, his dog’s name), 51, Bronze Resin Sculptor
- Mark, 32, Project Manager
- Peter, 20, Accounting and Finance Student
Rowan, 55, Music Teacher(eliminated Week 3)
- Sura, 31, Pharmacy Dispenser
My favorite line of this week was Prue to Lottie: “You just have to be “not” the worst”. Reminds me of the old adage when running from a bear you just have to be faster than your friend.
Signature bake: 90 minutes to bake 18 chocolate brownies. The judges expect a fudgy texture and a crackly, crisp top.
The bakers worked so hard on their brownies to be met with brutal judging. I almost pulled the covers over my head. Too sweet, too sponge-like, overbaked were just a few of the negative comments flowing from the mouths of the judges. I am a good brownie baker (or so I’ve been told) and I felt that either the bakers were not experienced enough in the brownie arena or the judges were in an awful mood.
Technical challenge: 2 1/2 hours to bake a chocolate babka, an enriched dough with nuts and chocolate, rolled split, and twisted.
Prue stepped on the pride of many a New Yorker with her comment to Paul. She stated that the babkas she had eaten in New York were not as nice as Paul’s loaf they shared in the judge’s tent after the technical announcement was made.
Many bakers didn’t know what a babka was but three ended up with great results. Linda came in first, Laura second and Mark third. I’m not sure why a babka is a technical challenge during chocolate week in a British bake-off but who am I?
I couldn’t locate a Paul Hollywood chocolate babka online. There is a recipe for a chocolate babka in The Great British Bake Off: Celebrations cookbook and Paul has a regular babka recipe on the Cooking Channel website.
Showstopper: 4 hours to make a spectacular white chocolate cake with at least two layers and decorated with white chocolate.
Hermine’s lemon and white chocolate cake didn’t look perfect but did produce a “Prue-gasm”. Sura’s offering was not edible as it was raw. Again, “too sweet” was bandied about and I kept thinking: 1) it’s dessert 2) it’s white chocolate and 3) I give up.
Wrapping up – Mark L was crowned star baker and no surprise Sura was sent home. She had a really rough week.
Updates: Darcie shared a piece from the Eater this week and I have a few things to add. I have tried not to be too snarky because I missed the GBBO so much and I still look forward to it, but…
If I were not sick, I would have written something along the lines of this piece. My version would be a kinder, gentler manifesto. I love GBBO but I do not understand the whole build a bread sculpture that represents the meaning of life. I do not understand the plundering of the bagel. I don’t think cake should be in the shape of someone’s head. White chocolate – just NO.
I also agree with some of the tweets from fans where they state that there is favoritism being shown to the attractive baker this year, Lottie. One fan wrote, “Lottie could just lob the raw ingredients on the counter and survive.”
I miss the love of Sue and Mel. Noel and Matt are okay but they are just about the jokes – I see no compassion for the bakers. It is all about the ill-timed joke or sexual innuendo. Lastly, I miss Mary Berry. Prue is great but I miss Mary’s sweetness.
Let’s make The Great British Bake Off – British again and not try to Americanize the jokes and the feel of the show – let’s do British bakes, technicals that British bakers are at least remotely familiar with and stop with the bad comedy routines.
The bakers are still kind and caring but the overall feel of the show is off, way off.
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