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Great British Bake!

(66 Posts)
HildaW Tue 20-Aug-13 22:31:06

Well, not a bad assortment although one is definitely a clone of last years chap ... Bernard or similar. Who do you think will make Mr Hollywood smile?

merlotgran Tue 20-Aug-13 22:32:46

I've gone off him after the way he treated his wife and son.

Deedaa Tue 20-Aug-13 23:09:21

I was getting quite hungry watching - must have dinner later next week smile

susieb755 Tue 20-Aug-13 23:19:43

I was pleased to see a gluten free cake smile something I could bake and actually eat for a change !

shysal Wed 21-Aug-13 09:15:12

The participants seemed more nervous than those on the past, perhaps because there is so much more interest than before. I just love the programme, my only 'must watch' at the moment. Paul was quite kind last night, wonder if he has decided to tone down his comments.

merlotgran Wed 21-Aug-13 10:32:44

Why does it have to be staged in a tent? It's filmed in early spring and it must be cold because they all wear so many clothes. I don't like seeing aprons on top of fleeces, padded jackets, layers of jumpers etc. It's just doesn't go with a baking image of warmth and comfort.

They could tart up the Masterchef kitchen and give it a country barn look for the 'feelgood' factor. Might save a bob or two of licence payers' money.

Having said that, they're probably filmed at the same time....hmm

HildaW Wed 21-Aug-13 15:26:04

I think the tent is supposed to give us the whole 'Great British village fete' feel....and I suspect the filming was back in our so called spring when it was pretty parky!

Maniac Thu 22-Aug-13 06:51:09

'The Wright Stuff' yesterday had a phone-in on 'Are you bored of British Bake'
I am bored with British Bake !

betsysgran Thu 22-Aug-13 10:53:14

The cake my DD made for my DGD's 2nd birthday was one of the ones shown at the end of the programme in the number 2 cake montage. I'm very proud of her. It also tasted delicious.

Deedaa Thu 22-Aug-13 21:16:08

To my mind Maniac Bored of is right up there with Should of !!! But I'm still loving The Bake Off - nice relaxing viewing and it's so good to watch other people dropping stuff smile

Mamie Wed 18-Sep-13 11:31:35

What do we think so far? I love Kimberley. Cheerful, highly competent, unfussy and it all looks delicious. I think Ruby is good, but the doe-eyed stuff annoys me. I like Howard, but can't see any of the men as winners this year.

Ariadne Wed 18-Sep-13 11:50:39

I'm enjoying it very much, and I agree, can't see any of the men getting through. Kimberley is the best, and also the most engaging personality. No fuss, no angst, just capable and imaginative. Ruby annoys me - everything is such a trauma.

Theseus can't leave the room fast enough when it's on! He despises food programmes anyway ("poncy") and wonders why anyone could be bothered. But then I reminded him of all the birthday cakes I have produced over the years, of which he approved, and he had the grace to say they were great but I didn't faff around, just got on with it.

I feel the same about "Wheeler Dealers" etc!!

Mamie Wed 18-Sep-13 12:08:11

Mr. Mamie bakes all our bread so he always watches it, though he was so angry about the result last year that he had threatened to refuse to watch this year. He doesn't rate Paul Hollywood as a baker though.

Deedaa Wed 18-Sep-13 22:28:55

I like Wheeler Dealers as well as Bake Off Ariadne although I don't often get to watch it. I like the fact that they pick up so many of their spares in breakers yards like real people do smile

Henrietta Sun 22-Sep-13 20:28:34

I love the Bake Off. I thought the one where they tried to get the custard tarts out of the baking trays and on to the cake stands was one of the funniest things I have seen for a long long time. They're all so serious about it.
I don't have a favourite (like most of them) but I agree with Ariadne - that Ruby is beginning to annoy me too.

whenim64 Sun 22-Sep-13 21:03:05

I couldn't believe what I was seeing when they made those custard tarts. Very funny! grin

annodomini Sun 22-Sep-13 21:21:52

I was quite worried about Kimberley last week - she had been my favourite to win until then - let's hope she raises her game this week.

annodomini Sun 22-Sep-13 21:22:49

Anyway, what was that stacking business all about? Who actually serves cakes/biscuits like that? I don't think that was a good challenge.

Deedaa Sun 22-Sep-13 21:50:30

I hate all the stacking of food nowadays. Saturday Kitchen is particularly bad for it. Meat and two veg and some sauce and "jus" (!!!) all piled on top of each other. How on earth are you supposed to eat it? And it will be piled on a piece of slate so that all the sauces run off the edges.

whenim64 Sun 22-Sep-13 22:33:02

On a cookery programme a few days ago (forget which - I watch so many) it was announced that stacking days are over now. It's morsels of food laid out artistically with dabs of purée, a swish of jus, a few little drops of flavoured oil, a sprinkle of micro herbs........... Just give me a decent plate of food and enough with the pretentiousness. grin

merlotgran Tue 15-Oct-13 21:03:02

What on earth is going on? Ruby should NOT have got through to the final. She was awful. Poor Becca.

Flowerofthewest Tue 15-Oct-13 21:09:13

Is that Ruby still making cow-eyes at Mr Hollywood and he at her. Cannot stand the girl. I don't usually take exception to contestants on TV but she is rather simpering.

ginny Wed 16-Oct-13 10:16:26

I agree, Ruby really irritates me . Sulky face and 'Oh, I'm useless it's all gone wrong'. She should have gone last night. I hope she is not the winner. Don't mind either of the others winning.

Granart Wed 16-Oct-13 10:26:48

I think the results were fair based on performances yesterday. Banoffee for a luxury opera cake seemed pedestrian to me. I find it hard to connect with Kimberley as she is so self contained. So I really don't have a favourite.

merlotgran Wed 16-Oct-13 10:35:12

I fear this series will follow the same format of the others. The consistently good contestants like Kimberly and Frances will be trounced by a late improver (if you can call Ruby's efforts and improvement.) All previous disasters are forgotten so long as something passable is produced in the final. Ruby does not deserve to win.

Championing a no hoper might be good for the ratings but it's so unfair on the ones that have a genuine talent.