The Great Australian Bake Off

Bake Off recap: British Week!

Polish those crown jewels and round up the corgis, it’s British Week on The Great Australian Bake Off!

It wouldn’t be British Week without a sponge cake (or five), and this Signature Challenge isn’t without controversy. Maggie and Matt can’t stop talking about how important butter is in a sponge, yet Claudia and Raeesa are taking a sponge plunge with alternatives, despite the warning from the King and Queen of the Bake Off Shed...

Let’s talk flavour: Chris is opting for chocolate and vanilla sponges with passionfruit buttercream and raspberry jam; Claudia’s going for vanilla and raspberry with poached rhubarb and custard; Raeesa’s all about lemon and poppyseed; Barb’s repping Queensland with orange, pineapple and passionfruit; and Dave’s lacing his vanilla sponge with melon liqueur. 

Aside from Raeesa having a Union Jack joconde mishap, there are no real Signature disasters (unless you count the fact that we couldn’t stick our heads through the screen and eat the cakes).

Matt’s hoping to sort the aristocrats from the court jesters with his quintessentially British Technical Challenge, the Bakewell Slice. We love it when the name of a bake also serves as a wonderful piece of advice.

Raeesa’s going to need to pud everything into the pudding Showstopper if she wants to make it to the semi-final. Maybe Claudia’s doing her a favour?

Barb has built a Tower Bridge pudding, and despite her bold strategy of filling it full of flavours Maggie doesn’t like (sticky date, pecans, pecans covered in cinnamon and sugar) it’s so delicious that she wins Star Baker.

Unfortunately, Raeesa’s pud didn’t have the goods, so it’s goodbye hugs all round:

Next time, Barb, Chris, Claudia and Dave will battle it out in the celebration-themed semi-final.

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

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