The Great British Bake Off – Episode 3

PUBLISHED: 13:29 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 20 August 2015

Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

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*SPOILER ALERT* Bread was the focus in episode 3 of the BBC cookery show. Whipping out their best kneading and plaiting techniques, the bakers set about to create quick breads, French baguettes and 3D bread sculptures

Paul (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)Paul (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

Bread week, AKA Paul Hollywood’s week – regular fans of the show will know what this means – the contestants were in for some harsh criticism from the master baker. As Flora succinctly summed up, “Paul Hollywood, he was punching bread and shattering dreams – it was nasty”.

Ian (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)Ian (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

First, the signature challenge was to create quick breads – a bake that requires no proving and for which the ratio of bicarbonate of soda with buttermilk is “crucial”. Both Mat and Nadiya opted for a Mexican inspired loaf “He’s totally copied me” joked Nadiya. Paul’s cranberry and orange sweet soda breads were the stand-out bake, receiving a rare congratulatory handshake and smile from Hollywood.

Dorret (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)Dorret (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

The technical challenge was to bake four identical French baguettes, with minimal instructions. After a promising start, this challenge saw Paul fall to last place after producing a “half baked” attempt. Last week’s Star Baker, Ian, came top of the French sticks, with Flora a close second.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

The showstopper challenge was to create a 3D bread sculpture. Dorret went for a baffling take on Tracey Emin’s Turner Prize-winning unmade bed – not the most appetising proposition and one that she hadn’t practised at home. Ian created a bread flower pot complete with flowers, with the help of a homemade mould. While Paul baked an intricately detailed bread lion, complete with almond claws and rosemary whiskers.

Results time and Paul was awarded a Bake Off first – “a special commendation” for his roarsome lion sculpture. Ian won star baker for the second week running, “I might just have a little fizzy pop in the bar this evening” he said. Dorret became the third baker to leave the tent – a warning to the other bakers that only practise makes perfect in the world of Bake Off.



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