On your marks, get set… Let’s get baking!
There’s nothing quite more British than enjoying a slice of cake and a cuppa while watching the Great British Bake Off. And, oh my, are we glad to be spending the next ten weeks engulfed in the wonderful world of baking! After all, who doesn’t love a bit of British baking banter?
That’s right, the Great British Bake Off 2019 graced our screens, buns and all, with the first instalment on Tuesday, airing on Channel 4. (Here, in The Handbook office, we’ve already got a sweepstake going for who we want to win!). Questions are already stirring online about who’s going to be making their way to the final, who’ll be bringing the drama, and who Paul will make cry first.
So what dough the next ten weeks have in store for us baking heads?
First off, Happy Birthday GBBO! It’s The Great British Bake Off’s tenth anniversary, and what a whole lotta fun have they got in store for us baking fanatics! Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding have returned to host, with a fresh set of baking puns, while Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are left to judge the often questionable baking creations. Jo Brand will be on hand every Friday night with An Extra Slice of gossip.
This year, we’ve been greeted with 13 contestants – a baker’s dozen – and because, there’s an extra contestant this year, it’s been said there could be a double elimination at anytime so be prepared for the waterworks.
This Tuesday, it was cake week in the tent, and the eager new bakers were tasked with creating their signature fruit cake. Which is a little dated in today’s candyfloss flavoured cupcakes, and CBD-infused teacake world, but hey, it’s good to learn the basics after all. As brutal as it seemed, one contestant, 32-year-old Dan Chambers, has already been given the boot for serving up raw fruit cake.
This season’s first Star Baker was Welsh-born Michelle Evans-Fecci, who dressed to impress when contestants were tasked with creating the birthday cake of their childhood dreams. Michelle’s dolled up toadstool-themed cake was described as ‘faultless’ by Paul. Wowza, this already pushes her above the rest, receiving the first nice comment from Paul this series! But we knead to know if she can keep up the challenging work…
Next week will be the battle of the biscuits! The remaining bakers will be rolling-pin fighting for their place, but who’ll shine through as star baker and more importantly, who will crumble?
Catch The Great British Bake Off every Tuesdays, 8pm on Channel 4 or online