7 of Our Favorite Challenges From the “The Great British Baking Show”

  • 7 of Our Favorite Challenges From the “The Great British Baking Show”

    For your consideration, Paul Hollywood?

    After airing more than 100 episodes and spawning multiple spin-offs, it’s safe to say the phenomenon that is The Great British Baking Show, which debuted in 2010, has brought warmth to many a home. It acts as a soothing balm and a palate cleanser for TV viewers around the globe, in contrast to the barrage of the seemingly endless supply of “original” true crime documentaries that are uploaded to [insert streaming service here] on what seems like an hourly basis. So, in an effort to keep the good vibes going, we’ve compiled our favorite TGBBS challenges below and their corresponding collections/seasons! (Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched all of TGBBS, there are a few spoilers from past seasons.)

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  • Picnic Basket Pie

    Collection: 4

    Much like the Tennis Cake—which you’ll read about shortly—contestant Frances Quinn took a literal approach to her dense, veggie-filled pie, which sported a perfectly crispy outer layer that was formed in the shape of a picnic basket—a true chef kiss. Paul Hollywood agreed, as well, praising the outer layer of the pastry, but absolutely falling head over hills for its veggie-abundant filling.

    The recipe (which is, perhaps, unsurprisingly lengthy) can be found here !

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  • The Gingerbread Pub

    Collection: 2

    Though the third photo in the Instagram carousel may not do it justice, trust us on this: contestant Candace Brown’s Gingerbread Pub is a singular work of art. Her entry was inspired by an actual 16th-century pub that her parents managed in the ’90s and even features an interior with a homemade pool table, barstools, and bartenders.

    I’m not going to play around and pretend to direct you to a recipe that simply doesn’t exist, so, in this case, I recommend you don’t hold back on your gingerbread concoction come this next holiday season.

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  • Heaven and Hell Chiffon Cake

    Collection: 3

    I feel like the name of this sweet treat is more than appropriate: it’s heaven to taste and hell to make. Running three pages, the recipe calls for 18 eggs and over one pound of dark chocolate, among other things, and contestant John Whaite had a mere two hours to whip it up in this collection’s finale. Needless to say, he nailed it and took home the crown.

    Until an exact recipe replica of this entry drops into cyberspace, you’ll have to do with this (excellent) layered chocolate cake recipe in the meantime.

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  • Brendan’s Chocolate Twisted Bagels

    Collection: 5

    What can I say? I’m a sucker for a delectable bagel and Brendan absolutely knocked it out of the park. They might not be as showy as judge Paul Hollywood’s (weirdly aggressive?) rainbow-colored ones, but you know what? That’s fine!

    Find a version of the recipe—featuring Nutella—here. And, if you’re up for it, brave reader, find out how to bring Paul Hollywood’s intricate rainbow bagels to life yourself here !

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