Thursday 29 September 2016

'We break Paul's heart on Chocolate Week...' - Great Irish Bake Off contestant Sandra reveals this week sees biggest disaster ever

Published 14/11/2015 | 13:38

Tv3 - The Great Irish Bake Off Baker Sandra O Reilly from Malahide,Dublin
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Tv3 - The Great Irish Bake Off Baker Sandra O Reilly from Malahide,Dublin Picture Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

It's the half way point on the Great Irish Bake Off and the technical challenges increasing significantly in difficulty with this week's spelling disaster for almost every baker.

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Contestant Sandra O'Reilly reveals that they have their worst week of the series so far on Sunday night's episode as their chocolate technical challenge is a complete disaster.

Paul Kelly & Lilly Higgin judging Bread Week on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3
Paul Kelly & Lilly Higgin judging Bread Week on The Great Irish Bake Off/TV3

"It catches everybody out," reveals Sandra, who won Star Baker last week for her delectable breakfast picnic loaf.

"Obviously if you're a baker 9 out of 10 of you will love chocolate and we were all really looking forward to Chocolate Week.

"Looking at the technical challenge, baking a Swiss roll, you wonder how could anything possibly go wrong but when you're in the moment you think you don't recognise something you've done before.

"I made a Swiss roll about two months ago.  I know how to make a Swiss roll but the way the recipe is written out you're expected to know certain things.  Everybody was caught out."

The bakers nervously await their fate in the first episode of the new series The Great Irish Bake Off
The bakers nervously await their fate in the first episode of the new series The Great Irish Bake Off

Judge Paul sets the challenge it's his own recipe, but with the exception of one, maybe two, efforts, he's appalled by the standard of bake presented to him and fellow judge Lily.

He refuses to even taste one roll.

Bakers taking part in the new series of The Great Irish Bake Off on Tv3. Picture Brian McEvoy
Bakers taking part in the new series of The Great Irish Bake Off on Tv3. Picture Brian McEvoy

"No matter how hard to try to do Paul's recipe, it's his own recipe and it's like his child.  He knows how it should turn out and if it doesn't turn out that way it's so disappointing," says Sandra.

"We really break his heart.  He's fuming with us, absolutely fuming with us.

"I understand it to a certain point because it was his baby, his lovely recipe that he knows tastes gorgeous and then 12 eejits come along and make a mess of it!"

Paul and Lily's palpable disappointment translates into an unexpected shock for the remaining contestants, but Sandra's keeping schtum on the outcome. 

Of all the contestants on Bake Off Sandra often seems the most content at her work station.  She's the epitome of 'cool, calm and collected'.

"I just love to bake," she says, "When I bake I go into my happy place. Even with the technical challenges I just look at them as a new recipe and I do new recipes all the time and never know how they'll work out so I just look at it like that."

While she admits the "tent factor" makes things a little nerve-wracking she says she'd be more than happy to do the entire series all over again.

While it remains to be seen how far Sandra gets on the show, she plans to continue baking for her stall at Sylvesters Market in Malahide every Saturday.

"People were asking for the breakfast loaf," she says, "I bring down the techincal bakes or one of my own bakes I did on the show and they're getting better and better!".

Great Irish Bake Off, TV3, Sundays 9pm

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