Bread week’s ris­ing star

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY VIC­TO­RIA PREVER

GREAT BRI­TISH Bake Off’s bread week has his­tor­i­cally been a big­gie. Un­til last year, the win­ner of this round in each se­ries had gone on to reach the fi­nal.

Stacey Hart, the Jewish con­tes­tant from Hert­ford­shire, reg­u­larly dab­bles in dough, hav­ing shared that she bakes a chal­lah each Shab­bat.

“This is a big week for me. It’s my chance to show them I can bake bread” she said in Tues­day’s lat­est in­stal­ment of the show on Chan­nel 4. She needed a good round to take her from the drop zone, with her only no­table bake to date, glit­tery marsh­mal­low brownie sand­wich bis­cuits. Would Hart’s bread save her from fetch­ing her coat?

The sig­na­ture bake task was to make 12 per­fectly formed tea cakes. Stacey, de­spite be­ing spooked by judge Paul Hol­ly­wood’s warn­ing that her cho­sen milk glaze would make her cran­berry and cin­na­mon-flavoured treats too soft, earned praise from both judges. “It’s a good tea­cake” said Prue Leith, with Hol­ly­wood be­grudg­ingly agree­ing it to be “de­cent” while main­tain­ing the milk was a mis­take.

Af­ter the rev­e­la­tions of his Nazi fan- STACEY WATCH Stacey Hart nailed her cottage loaf , but her show­stop­per bon­net lacked flavour

cy dress in the Sun­day pa­pers last week­end, it was a re­lief to see Hol­ly­wood in his usual combo of jeans and shirt.

Stacey was happy but still han­ker­ing for higher praise: “All I want is for them to say ‘you’ve nailed it’, and that hasn’t hap­pened yet,” she com­plained.

The tech­ni­cal round was the seem­ingly sim­ple task of mak­ing a cottage loaf. Stacey, get­ting plenty of air­time this week, was glee­ful. “I do know what a cottage loaf is — I’ve made it be­fore,” she smiled.

Her ex­pe­ri­ence paid off as she cruised to vic­tory. Punch­ing the air, she was de­lighted: “First in the tech­ni­cal on bread week. That is mas­sive!”

Go­ing into the show­stop­per round

as fron­trun­ner had turned her for­tunes around. As Prue Leith said: “Bread week has blown it wide open”. Even Hol­ly­wood was root­ing for her: “I’d like to see her do well in the show­stop­per. She’s set her­self up to be star baker.”

The task was to make a colour­ful bread sculp­ture us­ing nat­u­ral colours. Stacey’s cre­ation, a bon­net with a chal­lah brim and bread­sticks pok­ing up from the crown was judged el­e­gant, but crashed and burned on taste.

She came so close to glory, and although she did walk away with first place in the tech­ni­cal, for Stacey, this will be the week that got away. Still, she lives to bake an­other day with Liver­pool granny Flo leav­ing the tent.

PHOTO: CHAN­NEL 4

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