The Great British Baking Show has had 7 good seasons. Sadly, the presenters have now parted methods and the present won’t be fairly the identical once more. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to nonetheless meet up with earlier episodes on PBS or Netflix.  In case you’ve by no means watched The Great British Baking Show, listed here are simply a number of the explanation why it’s so particular, and never like every other cooking present on the market.

1. You be taught a lot about baking.

Some cooking reveals really feel like over-produced, emotional curler coasters, the place it’s much less in regards to the cooking, and extra in regards to the drama. This present is completely different. You’ll be able to’t assist however be taught a lot alongside the best way. One of many key ideas from the present is to blind bake your pastry, in order for you to keep away from the dreaded “soggy bottom”.

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2. Persons are good.

Competitors can deliver out the worst in individuals. For some purpose when individuals collect on this wondrous white tent, all of them simply get on.  As quickly as a cake begins falling aside, a fellow contestant will provide their fingers to assist maintain it collectively. When somebody wants room within the tiny freezer, they are going to come working to their fellow contestants help to make room for his or her creation. This present offers you religion in humanity. It’s a contest, however there’s all the time time for hugs, tears, and comforting cups of tea.

three. The actual showstoppers are when the truffles collapse.

When a cake has been lovingly made by one of many contestants, and it slowly begins to topple over or when the chocolate mousse gently seeps from the underside, it’s laborious not to get emotional. The digicam often pans from the highest of the cake, to the sodden mess that now lies on the plate, to the contestants dejected face. I don’t know the way they do it, however each time, I really feel like I’m that contestant, and I really feel for them.

four. The baking is such a excessive normal.

The place else would you discover elaborately adorned Jaconde Sponge cake, Tennis Cake, Spanish Windetorte, and a Religieuse a l’ancienne (tower of choux pastry nuns)! The contestants are requested to make these intricate bakes with the sparsest directions for the technical problem. Many instances, they’ve by no means even heard of those desserts. The souffle was one such technical problem, and a recipe which you could undoubtedly grasp at residence.

Chef John's Chocolate Souffle

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5. Mel and Sue

The hosts of the present, Mel and Sue, all the time handle to lighten the temper within the tent. Cream horns,  woman’s fingers, and dough balls are all simply the suitable fodder for Mel and Sue’s risque one-liners. Right here’s a direct quote from Sue — “The following signature challenge has been assessed by the Double Entendre Police and I’m delighted to inform you that Paul and Mary would love you to make cream horns. And there’s nothing fun to say about that whatsoever.”

6. Paul Hollywood’s steely glare.

His blue eyes are like piercing lasers. When one of many contestants mentions how lengthy he cooks his soda bread for, there’s a lengthy pause as Paul stares him down. He manages to unnerve and unsettle even essentially the most unflappable contestants.  His silence through the stare-off simply makes it worse.  Then again, if you do handle to please the palate of Mr. Hollywood, you get one among his well-known handshakes, and that’s a uncommon and delightful factor.

7. Mary Berry’s model is all the time on level.

Mary all the time has a jaunty scarf, a sassy jacket, or simply the suitable accent to make her the queen of favor. Actually Mary Berry even precipitated a style frenzy on the excessive road.  Not many 82-year previous girls can declare that. In 2012 she wore a floral printed bomber jacket from high-street retailer Zara, which bought out virtually instantly after the present. Mary all the time wears vivid colours, and simply the suitable shade of lipstick.


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eight. The oven-watching.

Grown adults on their knees or sitting on the ground staring into an oven is a standard sight on the present. You’d assume it will be boring to see individuals actually stare at ovens, nevertheless it’s fascinating to see individuals get so engrossed in what they’re baking. In the event that they’re not nervously peering via the glass oven door, they’re anxiously sipping a cup of tea. Most reveals would edit out these moments, however for me these are the precise moments that make this present human.


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9. It’s delightfully British.

It’s delightfully British, from the Union Jack flags that adorn the tent, to the persistent summer time rain outdoors. It *all the time* appears to be raining.


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10. The dreaded “soggy bottom”.

Mary is extremely well mannered when she criticizes the contestants, which makes it a lot worse. Disappointing Mary should really feel like upsetting your grandmother. In Mary’s eyes, the worst crime in opposition to baking is a “soggy bottom” on a pastry crust. She seems to be visibly harm when she discovers some crumbly, damp, pastry lurking beneath the pie filling. Please simply bake the crust blind, and don’t make Mary unhappy.


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