The Great British Bake Off: Advanced Dough
September 25, 2014 7:51 PM - Season 5, Episode 8 - Subscribe

It's the quarter-finals of the Bake Off and only five bakers remain. Asked to make enriched sweet fruit loaves for their signature challenge, the bakers must work with soft dough to create works of art for Paul and Mary to critique.

The technical challenge stretches them to the limit in the beautiful eastern European cross between a bread and a pastry filled with a hidden design of swirls of cinnamon and walnuts.

And finally, a show-stopper that takes the ordinary into the extraordinary. The bakers must make 36 show-stopping doughnuts of two different types, demonstrating skills and ideas that take their baking to a whole new level.
(description via BBC iPlayer)
posted by mumkin (9 comments total)
#RIPMartha. Amazing that a 17 year old made it this far.

I think that even though Richard keeps walking away with the tin star, my money's on Chetna to take the crown.
posted by mumkin at 8:07 PM on September 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

I really want Chetna to win, I just find her really entertaining and enthusiastic. Sad that Martha went, but she'd been having some trouble with the more difficult bakes, so it was probably fair. I love it when Paul wonders round intimidating the contestants.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:25 AM on September 26, 2014

I still think Luis could pull a Frances and take the crown, if his bakes taste as good as they look. At this stage though, all the contestants are brill with good personalities to boot. I think Nancy is the favourite to go next week, and while her bakes don't excite me, I do like her constant jokes at Paul Hollywood's expense.
posted by dumdidumdum at 1:39 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also, I just LOVE Chetna's converse.
posted by dumdidumdum at 1:40 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

Martha knew it was coming at the end didn't she.

My boys are completely bake-off addicted & definitely Chetna fans.
posted by pharm at 2:05 AM on September 26, 2014

I love Chetna but I feel like she hasn't had enough camera time to be the winner. I think Luis might win.
posted by hfnuala at 2:08 AM on September 26, 2014

Y'all know about An Extra Slice? Jo Brand and random fans talk about the show and the ejected baker of the episode comes on with another dish and gets an amusing cake. It is very silly fun.
posted by viggorlijah at 2:55 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh! Extra Slice has moved to Wednesdays? How very convenient.
posted by mumkin at 9:36 PM on September 26, 2014

Martha knew it was coming at the end didn't she.

They usually do, I think. Although this year's group has really been quite strong, and quite evenly strong, throughout. It seems like in previous years you'd always have a couple who'd really push the boat out and get inventive, and sometimes it would go horribly wrong. But they'd also have a chance of blowing everybody else out of the water with their showstopper, so then there'd be more of question as to whether they could squeak though. Conversely, there also seemed to be a couple -- Jo the season 2 winner was one --- who were quite experienced home cooks, but who really had to push themselves beyond their comfort level in order to impress the judges, and sometimes they'd surprise you, and themselves. Norman fit that mold this year but it was pretty clear early on that he faltered when he tried something outside his zone.

Overall, this year's batch have been pretty inventive from the get-go, and quite technically accomplished --- even on the tricky technicals, very few made an absolute pig's ear of the thing. Maybe people are figuring out the Bake Off formula.
posted by Diablevert at 9:44 AM on September 28, 2014

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