Bake Off se­ries is go­ing to be just great

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

The Olympics are al­most over, so now it’s time for another pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion to be­gin - the hunt for Bri­tain’s best ama­teur baker (The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, Wed­nes­day,BBC1, 8pm). And this one in­volves a lot more cake...

Last year’s Great Bri­tish Bake Off was the most suc­cess­ful se­ries to date, with more than 13 mil­lion view­ers tuning in to watch Nadiya Hus­sain take the tro­phy. It also pro­vided plenty of talk­ing points, in­clud­ing Paul Jag­ger’s amaz­ing­bread lion, which won a spe­cial com­men­da­tion from judge Paul Hol­ly­wood, a man who isn’t known for be­ing eas­ily im­pressed.

So will the lat­est run be able to top it? Well, the signs are promis­ing as it seems that af­ter six se­ries of mak­ing dou­ble en ten dr es and con­sol­ing con­tes­tants about their soggy bot­toms, this time around, pre­sen­ter MelGi ed royc has caught the bak­ing bug her­self.

She told Prima Maga- zine: “For the first time this year, I have ac­tu­ally done some!

“Paul gave us a good recipe for no-knead bread and Sue showed me how to make soda bread. Cake-wise, we made a pineap­ple upsidedown sponge, which was a bit of a hit with the crew. And I re­ally loved mak­ing it .”

In fact, she en­joyed it so much that she’s ad­mit­ted that she’s dis­cussed open­ing up a teashop with co­p­re­sen­ter Sue Perkins once Bake Off is fin­ished.

That won’t be for a while yet though, as­the­newseries gets un­der­way and we meet the dozen bak­ers who will be hop­ing to wow us with their pas­try.

Ev­ery year, the stan­dard seems to get higher, and judges Paul and Mary Berry have come up with 30 new chal­lenges de­signed to test their tech­ni­cal knowhow and cre­ative flair. From bread to bis­cuits, and high-end patis­serie to store cup­board clas­sics via beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal cre­ations, the class of 2016 will have to prove they can do it all.

In the first edi­tion, the­fo­cus is on cakes as Paul and Mary take the hope­fuls back to ba­sics by ask­ing them to whip up a Bri­tish clas­sic in the sig­na­ture chal­lenge. How­ever, we shouldn’ t take that to mean that the con­tes­tants are be­ing eased in gen­tly, as the judges will be as ex­act­ing as ever.

Then it’s on to the dreaded tech­ni­cal chal­lenge, which sees them get­ting to grips with f at­less sponges and tricky choco­late work as they at­tempt to make a pop­u­lar lit­tle cake.

Fi­nally, i t’s the showstopper, which gives them a chance to re­ally im­press - but Paul and Mary are look­ing for per­fec­tion, and some­one has to go home...

If that’s not quite enough Bake Off ac­tion for one week, the episode is fol­lowed by The Chron­i­cles of Nadiya, which sees the reign­ing cham­pion go­ing back to her fam­ily’s roots in Bangladesh, where she shares some of her favourite recipes.

Then on Fri­day, BBC Two brings us The Great Bri­tish Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice, as Jo Brand looks at some of the high­lights - and low­lights - of the first edi­tion, and chats to the first baker to be evicted from the tent.

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