The Great British Bake Off: 2016 Christmas Specials: Episode 1
December 26, 2016 3:38 PM - Season 8, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The tent has been decorated and the invitations have been sent out for two very special Christmas episodes of The Great British Bake Off. Eight bakers of Bake Off past return to the tent to compete once more. In this first episode there's another chance to see Mary-Anne from Series 2, Ali from Series 4, Cathryn from Series 3 and Norman from Series 5.

The bakers face three festive challenges, starting with the signature challenge. Paul and Mary want them to make some highly decorative Christmas bakes that require intricate icing.
For the technical challenge, Mary has a special present of mystery ingredients and a recipe which, if the bakers follow correctly, will produce a stunning bake, decorated with chocolate snowflakes.
And finally there is the showstopper, for which the bakers must produce a festive masterpiece with Christmas theme.

(This is the first in a three episode miniseries: two following the normal format, and a "Goodbye" programme, before the show leaves the BBC for Channel 4.

Currently on iPlayer here, for those within the UK.)
posted by metaBugs (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Ha that was a nice romp. Thanks for posting it so I knew to look for it.
I really enjoyed seeing Norman and Ali up their respective games and turn out some fine bakes.
posted by janell at 10:45 PM on December 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

This was so great. I'm glad they brought Norman back-- he's my favorite! The Ron Swanson of GBBO.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:14 PM on December 27, 2016 [1 favorite]

It seemed that everyone was much more comfortable saying they wanted to win than I recall happening during the regular series. Enjoyed seeing Mary-Anne again, as she is one of my all-time favorite contestants, though Cathryn's distress was kind of hard to watch.
posted by Tentacle of Trust at 10:58 PM on December 30, 2016

Always great to see Norman and his skewed view of "exotic flavours".
posted by Julnyes at 9:22 AM on January 23, 2017

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