Thursday 29 September 2016

Great British Bake Off Patisserie Week round-up: Ian gets cocky, Contestant Paul cocks up, and Judge Paul throws a tantrum

Published 24/09/2015 | 08:48

It's Patisserie week and there are only five contestants left  – Flora, Nadiya, Tamal, Ian and Contestant Paul are battling it out in the quarter final.

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And things are getting tough with a tricky signature of cream horns, mochatines in the technical (basically tiny coffee cakes nobody had heard of that seemed very finicky) and Religieuse Alencienne– a choux mountain in the shape of a nun - for the showstopper challenge. No, you didn’t misread that!

Who will live to see the semi-final? And is anyone else distraught that there’s only two weeks left?!

“There’s not much that could go wrong, is there?”

FOOLISH WORDS IAN.

He’s getting cocky, making chocolate dough and laughing at the thoughts of cocoa being difficult. Paul says it’s deceptively difficult. Nadiya’s not a fan. “If you ask me if I like cream horns – I would say no.”

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“Fill your horn right to the bottom and enjoy it to the last mouthful”

They could choose rough puff or full puff, but Mary Berry wanted it to be as full a cream horn as possible.

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Angry Baby Paul

The bromance is back – Judge Paul was excited at the thoughts of the consistency of Contestant Paul’s banana and custard horns. His little eyes lit up. However, the result wasn’t what he expected, leading to a mild tantrum. Contestant Paul was visibly devastated when Judge Paul told him “you filled me up, and then just kicked me back”. Is this going to all end in tragedy?

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Try-hards don’t always win

As usual, Flora went above and beyond – but this week, it didn’t pay off. She had leaky cream horns the poor pet. Ian dropped a horn, and the ones that survived were deemed below par - the plain rough puff and chocolate pastry didn’t bond. See Ian? You should be scared of cocoa. However Nadiya’s horns were deemed “exemplary”.

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Tamal is still a dreamboat

The anaesthetist’s cream horn impressed, and he was on top of things in the technical challenge. Still, he’s feeling the heat in the GBBO kitchen. “It feels like we’re a pack of gazelles being picked off by lions one by one.” Dramatic much? Yet he does admit his sponge is “under-risen”.

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“Which is the nearest exit?”

Contestant Paul had a complete crisis of confidence when he couldn’t make a Genoese sponge for the technical challenge Mochatines, and said it was going to be game over. He appeared a defeated man, while Ian was typically smug. However good ol’ Nadiya came out on top.

 

“I feel like I’m having an out of body experience”

Nadiya is freaked out by doing so well. Perhaps her inner baker is superseding her low self-esteem, because going in to the Showstopper she’s top dog and looking very good for the semis.

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A Choux Pastry Nun. Really.

This week’s showstopper was particularly whacky, even for Bake Off. Mary has had the contestants make a version of this before in the technical, basically one crème patisserie filled profiterole on top of another, like a little nun. In this case, a tower must be constructed from éclair choux to make one gigantic nun. The contestants could choose their own flavourings.

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A Real Chouxstopper

The contestants had to wait two hours to be judged – a cruel and unusual punishment to see if their nuns were still standing.

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“It’s not quite my flavourite”

Ah Mary Berry, what a portmanteau. She was NOT in to Nadiya’s bubblegum flavoured nun, but Judge Paul liked it. However Mary did lick her lips and wink at Ian, the oul divil.

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Nadiya claimed her first Star Baker accolade, while sadly, Contestant Paul left us. We think we saw Paul shed a little tear.

Join us next week for (sob!) the second last episode!

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