Great British Bake Off episode 5 2020 – Pastry Week: Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding present the halfway point of the culinary contest, with pastry week.
The bakers must put their own stamp on a Cornish classic and are set a retro technical challenge. For the showstopper round, they must concoct a classic tart in a pastry cage, before judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood decide who will be this week’s star baker and who will be going home.
The butterfly of hubris beats her tiny wings at the start of a highly exciting pastry week, as a couple of the bakers are VERY confident. “This is my week!” exclaims one. “This is the week I wanted to get to because I know how to make pastry,” smiles another.
There are plenty of triumphs and disasters. The technical challenge is particularly fraught, as the remaining bakers are set the task of making a crème patisserie. Some are better than others, while one notes wryly: “I’m just finding new ways to make scrambled egg.”
Meanwhile, for the showstopper round, the bakers must construct a “caged tart”. “Who would want to cage a tart?” wonders one. Who indeed?
It plays out like a pastry version of Grand Designs. Again, while some of the bakers’ efforts are glorious, others don’t meet Prue’s wish to see “elegant latticework”, and there are many hair-raising and nail-biting moments when pastry doesn’t cool.
Great British Bake Off episode 5 2020 – Pastry Week
Great British Bake Off episode 5 2020
Bake Off in the time of a global pandemic is very different behind the scenes as the 12 contestants, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas leave behind their loved ones to enter their own bubble.
But this sacrifice means that on-screen, fans will be relieved to learn, all is as familiar and comfortable as a well-loved bobble hat. The opening episode is a corker, with a bunch of good-natured, self-deprecating and often brilliant amateurs and the funniest round I can ever recall. It’s the showstopper and it’s hilarious. A fondant Freddie Mercury, anyone?
The elder statesman of Bake Off, Paul is the only member of the team who has been with the show since its very beginning, originally judging alongside Mary Berry until the move to Channel 4 in 2017. Paul also hosts the US version of the programme, The American Baking Competition and has served as head baker at a number of hotels in the UK and abroad, after first beginning his career at his father’s bakery when he was still in his teens.
Although it was Bake Off that really made Paul a household name, he had made some other TV appearances beforehand on shows including The Heaven and Earth Show and This Morning, while since making his name as a judge he has appeared on a number of programmes including his own show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.
Paul is known for his often harsh comments and for setting frequently challenging tasks in the signature challenge, while his coveted “Hollywood handshakes” reserved for the very best bakes have become a popular feature of the show.