Bake Off Breakdown: Pastry Week

by | Oct 3, 2017 | All, Reviews

Week six already? How time flies in the big white tent.  This week it was time for the Bake Off’s annual pastry week.  The theme of the signature bake this week was savoury pies and there were plenty of interesting designs on offer along with a few raw disasters.  A rough puff technical was next with Pastéis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts. Nope, me either. Finally, the bakers faced an ambitious challenge of a hot water crust hand-raised pie. Not asking for much there, were they? Again, this week Prue, quite rightly, did not mince her words and Paul was just his usual blunt self. It’s also now obvious to see the new hosts and judges are growing fond of the bakers with Sandi tearing up as this week’s baker left.

In the week of chunky fillings and burnt edges the highlights were:

Crisp golden crusts of the week:

  • Sophie’s pie fillings were “delightful” and her pie crust lovely.
  • Liam’s savoury pies were “a triumph”
  • Yan’s tarts had both a swirl and a lovely custard.
  • Sophie’s game pie was amazing to see.
  • Yan’s checkerboard pie was “absolutely wonderful”
  • Liam’s goat pie was a “spectacular” tropical delight
  • Kate’s potato curry pie looked like something anyone would enjoy.

Soggy bottoms of the week:

  • Julia added baking powder to her shortcrust pastry then burn it.
  • Yan’s filled pies were raw.
  • Kate burnt her tarts. Badly.
  • Julia over-whipper her custard ending up with a modern foam and horrible tarts.
  • Stacey left baking parchment inside the bottom of her hot water crust pie which also collapsed.
  • Hand raised pie crusts DO NO go on the inside of a mould. That’s just a pie!

Sandi and Noel highlights of the week:

  • The Life Of Pi re-enactment introduction with added Noel in a tiger outfit.
  • Noel’s disappointment at realising it wasn’t pasty week, designed for goths.
  • Noel crust-whispering to release Liam’s pastry.

Star baker: Liam. Finally. And a stunning reversal of last week’s disaster. His gran’s pie recipe was 100% a winner.

Who left the tent: Julia. Burnt pies. Baking powder in her pastry. She put her pastry on the inside of the mould for her hand raised pie. Seriously, has she never seen the bake off before?

Who’s for the chopping board next week?: Stacey. She had a disastrous week with her bakes looking terrible,  It feels like her time is coming to an end.

Contributed by Graeme Thomson-Gold

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