THERE was a new challenge in town on The Great British Bake Off as the bakers were set some hard tasks in the first ever Dairy Week.
Here are the good, bad and somewhat sad moments that went down in the legendary white tent as the contestants tried to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
The first ever Diary Week took place on GBBO[/caption]
Five things we learnt from Bake Off 2019 Week Four
WARNING: Contains spoilers from episode three of Bake Off 2019
1) Trying something mooo
You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that dairy already plays a big part in most of the other weeks but as they headed into the tent contestants admitted focusing on just dairy made them appreciate all it encompasses.
Henry said: “I didn’t realise that dairy is not only a cow. There’s goat, sheep, buffalo, horse…”
Paul explained: “This week we wanted to celebrate but more importantly, we wanted to bring in cultured milk which can be used to moisten cakes.
“Where they’ve got to be careful is that by adding cultures they could overbake the cake and dry things out making it to be like cardboard inside.”
For Dairy Week, the group had to make a decorative Signature Bundt cake in which the mixture used cultured dairy product such as butter, butter milk or yogurt in order to make a moist sponge.
The Technical challenge was 12 Maids of Honour (aka a lemon curd tart) which dates back to the Tudors – and something Henry VIII loved so much that he kept the recipe under lock and key.
While the intricate Showstopper task was to make Indian milk desserts called Mishti, which are found at the centre of Indian Weddings and celebrations.
The bakers did all they could to avoid curdling under pressure[/caption]
2) Goth a lot of love
With their matching jet black locks and love for all things dark and wonderful, Noel and Helena could easily be a match made in heaven.
And the pair were happy to joke about that during various moments together in the tent.
While she was making her Almond and buttermilk ghost cake, Noel professed his love for the baker and she in turn joked that she had already told her husband that she would leaving him for the host.
As well as joking about getting married on Halloween and having ghouly babies together.
3) Handle with care
Michelle was the centre of attention after she accidentally broke her cake presentation tray.
While trying to get her baked cake out of the elaborate tray, Michelle managed to break half of the plate.
As she reacted in horror to the accident, she nearly lost her whole cake and had to hold everything up with a separate plate while producers tried to find a spare.
The Welsh baker apologised profusely to the production staff but luckily no real harm was done.
Meanwhile Michael also got off to a terrible start after his lemon cake split in half when taking the freshly baked creation out of the tray.
He lamented: “It cracked and cut right down the middle. Pretty much my worst nightmare. It’s unrescuable.”
And Henry was left red-faced when his attempt to get creative with his mishti showstopper ended with him serving melted ice cream that was a real dud.
Steph was the cream of the crop in Dairy Week[/caption]
4) The fourth Star Baker
Before we had to say goodbye to another baker, Steph got her time in the limelight as Star Baker.
It was a great week for Steph who literally excelled in all three challenges this week, thrilling Paul and Prue with her sensational choice of flavours.
The judges loved her Chocolate and raspberry buttermilk cake, even if it was a tad too rich.
And they thought her attempt at the Maids of Honour technical challenge was much better than the rest.
While her trio of Rose and pistachio, mango and date and walnut mishti had a “lovely combination of flavours” and even had Paul congratulating her for her “clever” choices.
While Phil’s attempts ended up being a dud[/caption]
5) The fourth contestant to get the boot
Phil didn’t have the worst time in Dairy Week but his decoration in both the Signature Challenge and the Showstopper that really let him down in the end.
His simplistic garden-inspired mishti elderflower rockery and pistachio roses with blueberry butterfly failed on all fronts for Paul and Prue.
At the end of the episode, Noel had to send Phil home.
Phil said: “Dairy Week – Curse the Dairy Week! – still I had a good run, and I have met such an amazing group of people. Fantastic, I have absolutely loved every second of it!”
On Phil’s leaving, Paul said: “Phil was particularly shocked, and he had justification to be shocked because it was that tight, it was that close. He struggled in his Showstopper, which is why sadly, Phil had to leave.”
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