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The Great British Bake Off 2015: Seven things you need to know about the latest episode

Did Paul and Mary get a rise out of you?

Published 19/08/2015 | 21:11

The Great British Bake Off contestants.
The Great British Bake Off contestants.

It's bread week. No pomp, no circumstance, no pretty decorations. Just bread - pure, unadulterated carbicide.

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And it seems this week's episode of the Great British Bake-Off had a bit of an unofficial Irish theme - yeast-free soda breads to start in the Signature, and our beloved baguette for the Technical challenge - although there wasn't a chicken fillet in sight.

The educational portion of the episode saw some Ukrainian ladies singing to their traditional marriage bread for luck, while Sandy told everyone that she cuts her Irish soda bread to let the devil out. Bread and superstition clearly go together like birds of a feather.

Mary Berry let slip who went home this morning on Chris Evans' radio show (bless her), filling many viewers with spoiler rage. But nonetheless, sinking in to tonight's episode was like biting in to a warm loaf. Bliss...

So said Dorrett of the Signature's quick-breads, yeast free creations that puff up in the oven. Unfortunately, Paul liked her bread-y take on a Waldorf salad the least, even though it sounds like a genius idea (who wouldn't want a bread-y salad?)

Mat brought the heat with a Mexican bread because fireman just like it hot, while Ugne was typically smug about her chocolate bread that was essentially a cake. #Smugne

2. "There's no devil in there"

Sandy's soda bread had bacon in it, but no devil, thankfully.

3. The Pauls have chemistry

Handshakes, lingering stares, mutual respect and cool silver fox hairstyles, Judge Paul and Contestant Paul have a 'thang' going on... and it's taken us three weeks to realise they're the spit of each other.

4. "I'm pinching my bottom... seam"

The Technical challenge was rife with innuendo and wet, sticky dough. However, few of the baguettes were crunchy or long enough for Hollywood. Ian reigned supreme.

5. "Michelangel-dough"

Never have there been so many dough puns than in the showstopper, where contestants made 3D Bread Sculptures. They really had to know their dough.

6. "Is there a danger the bread will Sag-Aloo?"

Mel's punning on learning that Mat would continue with his fiery theme (will this go on throughout the series? We hope so) with curry breads resembling the Brighton Pavillion.

7. "That is one of the best things I have seen in bread EVER"

The bromance between the Pauls reached fever pitch in the Showstopper thanks to Contestant Paul's Bread Lion. Bualadh bos!

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