The Great Australian Bake Off

Bake Off recap: Bigger, better, batter

You batter be ready for Batter Week on Bake Off!

The Signature Challenge is 12 sweet or savoury waffles with toppings to match, and our bakers are feeling it. 

What’s on the menu? DELICIOUSNESS. We’ve got pineapple, macadamia and coconut (Marcus); okonomiyaki (Robert); corn and avocado salsa (Barb); bacon, cheddar and fried chicken (Chris); and mushroom, chestnut and hazelnut (Claudia).

Dave redecorates the floor of the Shed. And Maggie’s head almost catches fire after trying Chris’s Tabasco maple syrup.

And before we know it, it’s time for Matt’s Technical Challenge: Apple clafoutis. If you haven’t heard of a clafoutis before, imagine what would happen if a pancake had a baby with a flan.

Matt leaves the bakers with some very mature clues.

But sneakily doesn’t tell them how long it needs to bake in the oven, which results in a tense standoff. Barb takes the biggest risk by leaving her clafoutis in for 20 minutes longer than everyone else, but you know what they say: no risk, no clafoutis, and she comes out on top of the Tech.

The batter battle intensifies with the Showstopper Challenge. You know how when you’re eating crepes you think, “Gee, I could go for another one”? That’s what this bake is all about, except instead of one extra crepe, there’s HUNDREDS, because Matt and Maggie have demanded that our bakers each whip up a crepe cake with at least 60 layers.

They’re constructing crepe cakes the likes of which you’ve never seen: red velvet (Chris); ombre (Barb and Dave); citrus (Raeesa); choc orange (Marcus); chocolate galore (Robert); and Black Forest (Claudia).

See Claudia's winning crepe cake recipe here

Unfortunately for Marcus, he’s had batter days, and it’s time for him to dance his way out of the Shed. As for Claudia, she’s nabbed herself a third Star Baker crown.

Next week is one for our fans with intolerances and allergies – we’re going free-from!

Keep up with the baking mayhem on The Great Australian Bake Off, Thursdays 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

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