The Great British Bake Off: Bread Week
September 11, 2018 10:10 PM - Season 9, Episode 3 - Subscribe

It's that dread week, Bread Week on the third episode of this season's Great British Bake Off. Our bakers begin with a Chelsea Bun Signature Challenge, tackle Garlic Naan for their Technical Challenge, and vie for the top spot with spectacular Korovai Show Stoppers.
posted by halation (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

That's a Chelsea bun for Antony. :`(
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 7:59 AM on September 12 [1 favorite]

Antony's Chelsea buns sounded delicious. Honestly, they were the ones I most wanted to eat. (Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of proper Chelsea buns or of squishy sticky treats generally, and I like them to be a bit hard and crunchy on the outside; I often prefer them stale, and I'll toast them or 'caramelise' them by sticking them in a microwave until the edges harden up, because I am a monster.) I think the judges generally -- and maybe Paul particularly -- don't like peanut butter and maybe don't understand it? I always worry when people use it. So sad to lose Antony; he seemed like such a lovely ray of sunshine, and he took interesting risks.

It's petty and wrong but I was annoyed when Terry won the Technical because I knew it would be enough to save him if (when) his showstopper went awry. My hatred of him is 100% irrational and 110% sincere :/ THE FACT THAT I CANNOT JUSTIFY MY DISLIKE OF HIM MAKES ME DISLIKE HIM EVEN MORE SOMEHOW. UGH.

I suppose I can comfort myself with the fact that Briony stayed (because she is delightful) and with Rahul's blossoming into a double Star Baker -- deservedly so, as his showstopper is one of the best I can remember, bread or otherwise. he is so self-deprecating and anxious and i love him so much and he bakes things "to make new friends" oh my heart

I think I'm also finally coming around to the new hosts? I will always have a crush on Sue Perkins but Noel is a sweet and gentle and charming weirdo and I am beginning to warm to him.
posted by halation at 9:22 AM on September 12 [4 favorites]

As much as I miss Sue and Mel, Sandi and Noel have really stepped up to the plate. The end of S8 nearly did me in when you could see them become increasingly verklempt every time they had to lose another baker. I was worried about Noel at first, but am relieved he's reflecting kindhearted zookeeper Vince Noir from S1 of the Mighty Boosh, instead of the shallow scenester from S3.

And him drawing the sweary cat for Briony? AHHHH! <3
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 10:52 AM on September 12 [4 favorites]

i... kind of want a tattoo of that sweary cat, ngl, it matches the aesthetic of some of my other work
posted by halation at 10:56 AM on September 12 [1 favorite]

Oh my god, look! Pheasants!

Rahul confirmed my favorite.
posted by rewil at 3:42 PM on September 12 [3 favorites]

The cat korovai! I can't imagine eating them, but it was wonderful.
posted by Vibrissa at 5:25 PM on September 12

Dear sweet Antony, you'll be missed. Three episodes in and I'm already getting upset when the other bakers have to leave.

Rahul bakes to make friends? That's adorable. I did the same thing when I moved to my new city. I kept bringing cupcakes to social events until people started calling me the Cupcake Lady. But I also met the beau at those events so... I guess it worked?

Anyway! The bakes. So many delicious Chelsea Buns, which I've never had but kind of want to now. I think I could maybe make those myself, which is exciting.

I'd made naan before, but fried and with yeast, but I might try finding their recipe if it's posted online somewhere to make myself. I liked Ruby's reaction to the technical - I don't make naan! I get it from the freezer and put it in the toaster.

Signatures! I'm sorry that Briony's didn't turn out very well, because I absolutely loved her Rapunzel's tower design. Rahul's was absolutely stunning, and Kim-Joy definitely does cute well.
posted by PearlRose at 7:04 AM on September 13 [1 favorite]

Weather-wise, this would have been a much better week for the chocolate collars, apparently. Say what you will about Paul Hollywood, but that man can wear the hell out of a coat.
posted by merriment at 1:09 PM on September 13

Yeah, Ruby and I have the same attitude towards naan. Freezer, toaster, yum.

I loved Antony's response to the technical. We don't even make naan! We make roti!

I sorta failed to pay attention during the showstopper bake, but Rahul's was just fantastic at presentation.
posted by Kyol at 7:27 PM on September 13

« Older Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Source...   |  Movie: Death Becomes Her... Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments