From Dessert Week to Tudor Week on The Great British Bake Off

Dessert Week was the theme of TV series ‘The Great British Bake Off’, which aired at 8pm last Wednesday (October 5) on BBC1.

In episode seven of 11 of the competitive baking show, the six remaining contestants were set three challenges.

The signature challenge was a family-sized roulade, which had to be sweet and made of sponge.

The technical challenge, set by co-judge Merry Berry, was to create a marjolaine: a French rectangular gateau comprising four layers of nutty meringue sandwiched with butter cream, praline and ganache.

The showstopper was 24 mini mousse cakes. Mary and her fellow judge Paul Hollywood were looking for ‘high-end and sophisticated’ cakes in two flavours – 12 of each.

This week is the quarter-final and the show is stepping back in time for a Bake Off first – Tudor Week. For episode eight, which airs on Wednesday, Mary and Paul have set three challenges that embrace a time when Henry VIII reigned and flamboyant banquets and impressive centrepieces were Tudor showstoppers.

The signature challenge is a Tudor classic: pies. Although a few hundred years ago the pies would have been filled with feathered birds, the contestants will attempt to make a version of a savoury stuffed pie.

In the technical challenge, the bakers face a rather unusual Tudor biscuit that ‘has them all tied up in knots’. And the final challenge is to construct a centrepiece made of marzipan.

Meanwhile, co-presenter Mel Giedroyc heads to Hampton Court, a royal palace in Surrey, to uncover how one sweet delicacy nearly enticed Queen Elizabeth I to marry.


L-r: co-presenter Sue Perkins, co-judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, co-presenter Mel Giedroyc

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