Great British Bake Off episode 6: European cakes
|Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry|
Wilkommen and bienvenue to our review of last night’s Great British Bake Off (watch it here). This week, it was all about European cakes, which gave hosts Mel and Sue a chance to dust off some of the dodgiest accents not seen since Mind Your Language ended in the late ’70s.
Dressed in black, Paul looked like he was in no mood to take prisoners this week. Oddly, the bakers seemed to be at a loss when asked to name a European cake. Dodging the issue somewhat, Nancy said, “I’ve had lots of European holidays and I’ve probably had lots of cake.” Right then. The first task was to make a gugelhupf, or kugelhopf. Yes that’s right, it was off to the Alps for a classic, yeast-risen bake cooked in a fancy tin. All the contestants made European-style bakes, apart from Nancy, who chose to flavour her creation with Caribbean influences.
Richard opts to wing it… again. Not surprisingly, Paul asks him if winging it six weeks into the competition demonstrates the right attitude. Meanwhile Martha went mad with the butter, and Paul was incredulous that she added four tablespoons to the dough. The proof was in the proving, and poor Nancy overdid it. She also used a terrible decoration, resulting in possibly the most un-germanic kugelhopf ever seen. And banana as a flavouring? What was she thinking?
Sue eats an entire table of cake
This week’s history segment was all about Jutland in Denmark, and saw Sue forced to sample an entire table-ful of cake – not a bad day at the office, though she was clearly feeling the strain at one point.
This week’s technical
This week’s technical challenge – chosen by Mary – was a beast, with 26 ingredients and 14 steps. It’s a prinsesstårta or princess cake, and there’s a lovely history here. Paul thought it was a tough, nay, cruel challenge to give them…
Mary’s advice was simply…
Nancy, who had a bad first bake, amazingly, did much better in the technical. Richard and Kate’s effort however, looked dreadful. Perhaps it’s the curse of the star baker? Kate (star baker last week) had a bad week, and Richard, who was star baker the week before, also seems to be slipping down the rankings.