What are the Bake Off 2019 challenges? The Signature Bake, Technical and Showstopper explained

What are the Bake Off 2019 challenges? The Signature Bake, Technical and Showstopper explained

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THE tenth series of The Great British Bake Off is delighting fans once again after getting off to an exhilarating start.

The Bake Off challenges are what winners like Joanne Wheatley and Rahul Mandal stand out compared to the bakers who get given the boot. Here’s a reminder of how they all work…

What are the Bake Off challenges?

Every episode of The Great British Bake Off features three challenges back-to-back.

While each week has a different theme, the contestants’ performance regarding that week’s theme is assessed using these challenges.

The themes can be anything from a long list including cake, biscuits, bread, royal, Tudor and pudding.

The fan-favourite show picks a Star Baker every week based on contestants’ performances throughout the challenges.

Here’s everything you need to know about the challenges…

The Signature Bake

The signature challenge gives bakers a chance to display their trusty recipes
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The Signature Bake is all about bakers showing off their tried-and-tested recipes.

It also allows both the judges and the viewers at home to find out about the contestants’ personalities, creative flair and baking ability.

Technical Challenge

The technical challenge can be difficult as bakers don’t know what their going to get
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This challenge is a tricky one as the bakers’ have no idea what they will be asked to create before being given the recipe on the day.

This means they can’t prepare for it and have to take the punches as they come.

If that wasn’t difficult enough, the recipe given to the amateur bakers have either limited or minimal instructions, forcing the bakers to use their intuition and technical knowledge.

The finished products are judged blind and ranked from worst to best.

Showstopper Challenge

The showstopper challenge is about creating something stunning that also tastes great

The Showstopper Challenge requires the bakers to go above and beyond with their creations.

The judges ask that their bakes are jaw-droppingly professional in both their appearance and their taste.


When does the new Great British Bake Off series start?

The Great British Bake Off 2019 will next week on September 10, 2019 at 8pm on Channel 4.

The show will run every Tuesday at the same time.

The final is likely to be on November 5, 2019 – but this is still to be confirmed.

If you miss the hour and half long episode you can catch it on Channel 4+1 or the All 4.

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