The Great Australian Bake Off

Bake Off recap: Here's how the cookie crumbles

It's biscuit time! From Matt Moran's jam drops, to biscotti, and other assorted cookies, here's the low down on this week's episode.

We’re diving hands first into the Signature Bake, where our remaining bakers must whip up 32 identical biscotti. Matt’s got some invaluable advice that we’ll remember forever: “You don’t want it to taste like cardboard”.

Yet again we’re seeing some top combos, like sour cherry, pistachio and chocolate (Emma), date, walnut and orange (Raeesa), and hazelnut praline, sour cherry and cocoa nibs served with dark chocolate and kirsch fondue (Claudia). For those playing at home, kirsch is a cherry-flavoured German brandy.

Marcus is having a wonderful time. Not only is our resident dentist going to make some extra cash if someone breaks a tooth on tough biscotti, he’s really in sync with his dough, communicating with it John Edwards style:

Matt tells Claudia he’s being “brutally honest” when he says her biscotti is “some of the best I’ve ever tasted”. Wow. That brutal honestly really put Claudia in her place.

After two weeks of Maggie Beer Technicals, it’s Matt’s turn to set the Challenge. Drumroll, please… it’s jam drops! Or would that be Matt Mo-jam drops? No. No it wouldn’t. Please forget we ever said that. These aren’t just any jam drops – they have fig jam instead of boring old strawberry, and frankly, we want to stuff them all into our mouths ASAP.

What’s better than a biscuit? A biscuit JIGSAW PUZZLE! That’s our Showstopper for today, and let’s just hope no one drops a piece down the back of the couch (100% would still eat it though).

Chris reveals that his jigsaw will be a grizzly bear because his nickname is Grizz. Yep, we’ll pay that:

Emma is baking a periodic table puzzle, prompting Maggie to reveal that if she were an element, she’d be titanium because of her knee. The Beer-onic Woman – coming soon to Lifestyle!

After a surprising Spice Girls reunion...

...There’s a flurry of activity as our bakers paint, glaze, and pipe their way to the jigsaw finish line.

Poor Marcus’s solar system is more of a black hole:

And Barb comes into full bloom with a sunflower bouquet that brightens her day with a Star Baker win:

But sadly Max’s Eiffel Tower doesn’t come out on top, and our Frenchman is forced to say au revoir.

Next week, round up your relos because it’s time for family favourites!

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

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