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Those blue smoldering eyes. Gosh… They are almost intimidating. But the handshake would be awesome, am I right? Not a clue what I’m talking about? Well… The Great British Bake Off obviously. And who has those eyes? That would be Paul Hollywood, duh. haha. 

Truth be told, I’d love to go to culinary school, but it’s not an option. That doesn’t mean I can’t learn to cook/bake at home, right? I’ve really gotten into watching The Great British Bake Off. Actually, the first one I saw was the American version when Jeff Foxworthy was the host. Man, that was a few years ago. Then I saw there was a British version and it seems to have taken off better than the American version. I’m ready to move to Britain so that I can join in… however, I’m definitely not as good as those guys. Wow! So impressive!

I’m pretty sure that if I were to get some of the technical challenges that they do, I’d cry because I wouldn’t have the first clue where to start. And while a lot of them say, I don’t know what that is… they do a very good job! It’s impressive.

The Judges

Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry were the original judges of the British version. Then starting with series (I assume season ;)) 8, Prue Leith took Mary Berry’s place. But those blue eyes are still wandering the tent. While Paul Hollywood is older than me by a bit, he’s still a very good looking man! And those eyes… wow! haha.

Technical Challenges

If you’ve never watched the show… They do a signature bake, a technical bake, and a showstopper.

Each week has a theme. The contestants can practice the signature and showstopper, but the technical is done blind. No one knows what the technical challenge will be. The looks on everyone’s face and their reactions are quite priceless really. And some of that is the editing department/videoing, but you know that’s how the contestants reacted… It was just caught on tape and edited correctly to make it even more entertaining.

I really want to be on this show… but until then, especially because I’m not British, I can always try to make their technical bakes. And my husband has blue eyes… maybe he can give me those smoldering looks. haha.

Technical Challenge Bucket List

I’ll just keep my Technical Challenge Bucket List right here. I’ll update as I do them… wish me luck!

I may not always use their recipe for some of this… We’ll see 🙂

And on a side note: I much prefer this bake-off over the bake-offs on Food Network… I dunno…

Series 1:

  • 1: Cakes Week: Victoria Sponge
  • 2: Biscuits Week: Scones
  • 3: Bread Week: Cobs
  • 4: Puddings Week: SoufflĂ©
  • 5: Cornwall: Cornish Pasties
  • 6: Tea Party (Finale): Petit Fours

Series 2: 

  • 1: Cakes Week: Battenberg
  • 2: Tartes Week: Tarte au Citron
  • 3: Bread Week: Focaccia
  • 4: Biscuits Week: Brandy Snaps
  • 5: Pies Week: 5 Miniature Pork Pie
  • 6: Desserts Week: Chocolate Roulade
  • 7: Pâtisserie Week: 12 Iced Fingers
  • 8: Finale: Sachertorte

Series 3:

  • 1: Cakes Week: 4 Rum Babas
  • 2: Bread Week: Eight-Stranded Plaited Loaf
  • 3: Tarts Week: Treacle Tart
  • 4: Desserts Week: Crème Caramel
  • 5: Pies Week: Hand Raised Pie
  • 6: Puddings Week: Queen of Puddings
  • 7: Sweet Dough Week: Jam Doughnut
  • 8: Biscuits Week: Pâtisserie Week: Fraisier Cake
  • 9: Finale: 25 Fondant Francies

Series 4:

  • 1: Cakes Week: Angel Food Cake
  • 2: Bread Week: 8 English Muffins
  • 3: Desserts Week: Floating Islands
  • 4: Pies and Tarts Week: 12 Egg Custard Tarts
  • 5: Biscuits and Traybakes Week: 18 Tuiles: 9 Original, 9 Dipped in Chocolate
  • 6: Sweet Doughs Week: Apricot Couronne
  • 7: Pastry Week: 8 Religieuses
  • 8: Alternative Ingredients Week: Hazelnut Dacquoise
  • 9: French Week: Charlotte Royale
  • 10: Finale: 12 Pretzel â€“ 6 Savory, 6 Sweet

Series 5: 

  • 1: Cakes Week: Cherry Cake
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 18 Florentines
  • 3: Breads Week: 4 Ciabattas
  • 4: Desserts Week: Tiramisu Cake
  • 5: Pies and Tarts Week: Mini Pear Pies
  • 6: European Cakes Week: PrinsesstĂĄrta
  • 7: Pastry Week: Kouign-Amann
  • 8: Advanced Dough Week: Povitica
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: Schichttorte
  • 10: Finale: 12 Mini Victoria Sandwiches, 12 Mini Tarte au Citron, 12 Mini Scones

Series 6: 

  • 1: Cakes Week: Frosted Walnut Layer Cake
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 8 Arlettes
  • 3: Breads Week: 4 Baguettes
  • 4: Desserts Week: Spanische Windtorte
  • 5: Alternative Ingredients Week: 12 Gluten-Free Pita Bread
  • 6: Pastry Week: 12 Flaounes
  • 7: Victorian Week: Tennis Cake
  • 8: Pâtisserie Week: 9 Mokatines
  • 9: Chocolate Week: Chocolate SoufflĂ©
  • 10: Finale: Mille-Feuille

Series 7:

  • 1: Cakes Week: 12 Jaffa Cakes
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 12 Viennese Whirls
  • 3: Breads Week: Dampfnudel
  • 4: Batter Week: 12 Heart-Shaped Lace Pancakes
  • 5: Pastry Week: Bakewell Tart
  • 6: Botanical Week: 2 Herb Fougasse
  • 7: Desserts Week: Marjolaine/Dacquoise
  • 8: Tudor Week: 12 Jumbles
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: Savarin
  • 10: Finale: Victoria Sandwich with No Recipe

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Series 8:

  • 1: Cakes Week: 12 Chocolate Mini Rolls
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 12 Fortune Cookies
  • 3: Breads Week: Cottage Loaf
  • 4: Caramel Week: 12 Stroopwafels
  • 5: Puddings Week: 6 Molten Chocolate Puddings
  • 6: Pastry Week: 12 PastĂ©is de Nata
  • 7: Italian Week: Pizza Margherita
  • 8: Forgotten Bakes Week: Cumberland Rum Nicky
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: 9 Les MisĂ©rables Slices
  • 10: Finale: 10 Ginger Biscuits

Series 9: 

  • 1: Biscuits Week: 8 Wagon Wheels
  • 2: Cakes Week: Le Gâteau Vert
  • 3: Breads Week: 8 Non-Yeasted Garlic Naan Breads
  • 4: Desserts Week: Raspberry Blancmange with 12 Langues du Chat biscuits
  • 5: Spice Week: 12 Ma’amoul
  • 6: Pastry Week: 6 Puits D’amour
  • 7: Vegan Week: Vegan Tropical Fruit Pavlova
  • 8: Danish Week: 14 Ă†bleskiver
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: Torta Setteveli
  • 10: Finale: 6 Campfire Pita Bread

Series 10: 

  • 1: Cakes Week: 6 Angel Cake Slices
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 12 Fig Rolls
  • 3: Breads Week: 8 White Burger Baps & 4 Veggie Burgers
  • 4: Dairy Week: 12 Maids of Honour
  • 5: The Roaring Twenties: 18 Beignet SoufflĂ©s
  • 6: Desserts Week: 6 Verrines
  • 7: Festivals Week: 12 Sicilian Cassatelles
  • 8: Pastry Week: Moroccan Pie
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: Gâteau Saint HonorĂ©
  • 10: Finale: 6 Stilton SoufflĂ©s

Series 11: 

  • 1: Cakes Week: 6 Miniature Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes
  • 2: Biscuits Week: 12 Hand-Shaped Coconut Macaroons
  • 3: Breads Week: 6 Rainbow-coloured Bagels
  • 4: Chocolates Week: Chocolate Babka
  • 5: Pastry Week: 3 Raspberry Éclairs & 3 Salted Caramel Ă‰clairs
  • 6: Japanese Week: Matcha Crepe Cake
  • 7: The 80’s Week: 6 Custard & Jam Finger Doughnuts
  • 8: Desserts Week: 2 Sussex Pond Puddings
  • 9: Pâtisserie Week: Danish Kransekake Cornucopia Cake
  • 10: Finale: 8 Walnut Whirls

 

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