‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 finale recap

Well obviously, the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016 is Candice. In practical terms, it always was going to be. A baker who was determined to do the best she could, whose meeting of own personal expectations of her levels of excellence were probably more important to her than the Bake Off trophy … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 9

2016 has been a very curious year. It’ll be the year that we talk to our grandchildren about as they try to score energy bars from the hordes of zombies. And they’ll look to us, eyes full of wonder, and ask: ‘Did you see it for yourself? What did Selasi look like in a dress?’ … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 8

It’s the era of Crumb Well, and oh, you know what? We can’t pun anymore. Things are getting serious. Well, as serious as they can get in Tudor Week for the Bake Off tent. Only five bakers remain, but it’s certainly beginning to feel a lot more claustrophobic. First challenge is to make a display … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 7

We’re now getting to the last course, the final furlong – indeed, it’s time for desserts, as we knock out one more baker, clearing another space on the gingham altar in time for the quarter finals. The first task this week is to whip up a roulade in such a way, Mary suggests, that it … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 5

Week 5 and we’re half way through. We’re down to just eight bakers (although if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ll know that’s a better result than Channel 4 have, having paid £25 million for Paul Hollywood in a tent). Andrew declares, sweetly nervously,  that he’d like to make Star Baker before he leaves the … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 4

Between last week and this, as you’ll no doubt have heard, the juggernaut that is The Great British Bake Off has been gobbled up by Channel 4. There’s been a curious lack of celebration by the commercial channel, however – it doesn’t even look like anyone’s baked a cake – and with Mel and Sue … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 3

So, 350 years after London burned down when a fire began in a bakers, things heat up in the Bake Off tent. The contestants have a (bakers) dozen problems, but a brioche ain’t one.  It’s Bread Week, and as Paul sombrely tells us, the Star Baker of Bread Week has always gone on to the … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 2

Week 2 in the Bake Off tent, and the remaining contestants have to risk it with their biscuits to have a chance of winning the title of Star Baker. Val is currently indestructible, even if her bakes are not, while Tom and Michael are both coming across like the kind of young men who never survive … >

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‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 1

‘Karma’s been restored,’ says contestant Jane at one point, and it’s difficult to disagree. This week, The Great British Bake Off returns, and an exhausted nation falls hungrily on their screens, clutching their iPlayers to their chests, whispering to themselves ‘we’re alright, aren’t we? It’s all going to be alright.’ In savvy recognition of exactly … >

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