VIEWERS were transported back to the roaring 1920s in the fifth episode of The Great British Bake Off.
There was handshake highs and tart-dropping lows in the white tent this week as our eager bakers did their best to impress Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
We has a Roaring 1920s theme in the fifth episode of The Great British Bake Off[/caption]
Five things we learnt from Bake Off 2019 Week Four
WARNING: Contains spoilers from episode five of Bake Off 2019
1) The second Paul Hollywood handshake goes to…
David Artheton was delighted to start the episode off with a coveted Paul Hollywood handshake thanks to his impressive Signature bake.
The contestants were tasked with making four decorative custard pies and David thrilled the judges with his vanilla custard pies decorated with flapper girl biscuits and a glazed fruit topping.
Paul stated: “These look like ones you see in French patisserie shops. They look very professional and neat.”
Then after the handshake, he added: “It’s a perfect custard pie. Baked to perfection with the perfect crust to custard ratio.”
The bakers then had to make 18 Beignet Souffles (French doughnuts) with sabayon as the Technical challenge.
Finally they were tasked with creating two-tiered Prohibition alcohol infused cake inspired by their favourite cocktail as the Showstopper.
Rosie accidentally dropped one of custard tarts but the judges were forgiving[/caption]
2) Don’t drop the ball – or should we say Tart
Poor Rosie Brandreth-Poynter had the day of nightmares as she prepared her Blackberry custard pies with matcha tea shortcrust.
She explained: “This is not fun, the moving bit is not fun.”
And as if she jinxed herself, or the cameramen were a bit too distracting, the baker accidentally slide one of her tarts onto the floor.
Hearts collectively sank as the vet looks in in crestfallen horror, while other bakers realised what had happened.
Rosie added: “Well I can’t really salvage that.I’m going home.”
To make matters, worse her elderflower jelly dome topping completely melted as everything went to pot for the baker.
She wailed: “I don’t think there’s a possibility of anything going worse in my life right now.”
While Michael Chakraverty also struggled while making his Beignet Souffles and was left in tears as his attempts kept failing.
He joked: “I need to get real men cry trending this week. Hashtag man tears.”
Michael shed a few tears but he bounced back in the end[/caption]
3) Rosie really doesn’t like rabbits
In a more bizarre part of the episode, Noel Fielding and Rosie had an interesting conversation about animals.
The baker was injecting her colour into her jelly topping with a horse vaccine needle when the funnyman came to quiz her about her work as a vet.
Rosie explained: “I find rabbits the most difficult animals. They just want to die.”
Noel laughed: “That shouldn’t be funny but it is.”
Rosie added: “Rabbits are not my thing. Give me an angry stallion or a snake any day.”
Noel then responded: “Or a crab with herpes. Yep, herpes there goes your outline.”
To which Rosie replied: “They get chlamydia, not herpes.”
You learn something new everyday!
Steph is starting rise above the rest as she got Star Baker for the second week[/caption]
4) The fifth star baker is Steph… again!
Facing the challenges of 1920s week was a roaring success for Steph Blackwell as she was named Star Baker for a second week in a row.
First she impressed with her “perfect” zesty custard pies, while she also managed to fare well in the Technical challenge.
Then her Sour Lime Pina Colada cake with Swiss meringue buttercream and candy shard toppings had the judges raving again.
Paul gushed: “I love the lime sponges, I’ve never had anything like it. It’s a first for me. This is really clever.”
Michelle was one of the two bakers eliminated at the end of the show[/caption]
5) Double elimination
It was double trouble for Helena Garcia and Michelle Evans-Fecci as they both got chopped from the show in an unexpected turn of events.
Having been Star Baker earlier in the series, Michelle didn’t do enough to stay in while Helena still got the boot despite winning the Technical challenge.
Michelle said: “I got halfway through, I never imagined that. I never set myself a goal of how far I could get, so halfway was amazing. I was just so happy to get into the tent.”
While Helena said: “I wanted to have the experience of a lifetime and I really got it! I got to half way and it was a double elimination, so although bittersweet to leave it was really lovely to go with Michelle who was in exactly the same situation.
“We are the best of friends and on the phone all the time.”
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