Week Five of The Great British Bake Off saw the arrival of Pudding Week.
The eight remaining bakers’ first challenge was a steamed Signature; a school pudding, which should be light in texture and be served with an accompanying sauce or custard. The show’s historical element also made a return, with Sandi heading back to Cambridge to make an old classic. There were some stodgy sponges served, but Paul and Prue enjoyed the flavours – with Steven, Yan and Stacey all earning a Hollywood handshake!
The Technical Challenge had staggered start times – Paul wanted the bakers to bake six molten chocolate puddings, which should be filled with hot peanut butter. They each only had one hour to complete the challenge, Paul and Prue gave mixed reviews – meaning that Kate finished last, whilst Sophie took the top spot.
For the Showstopper Challenge, the contestants had to make an ornamental trifle terrine, which should have three distinct layers: a baked element, a set custard and a jelly. Some were spectacular, despite some of the bakers feeling wobbly under the pressure.
In the end, it was Sophie who clinched Star Baker, whilst James sadly missed out on a place in Week Six.
The Great British Bake Off returns next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel Four for Pastry Week.
James joins Jo Brand and her celebrity panel on ‘An Extra Slice’, on Thursday night at 10pm on Channel Four.