Great British Bake Off episode 8 2021 – Free-From Week: The remaining bakers explore alternative ingredients during Free-From Week. The Signature requires them to bake without dairy, before a hearty vegan Technical and finally towering showstopping celebration cakes that must be entirely free-from gluten. With a place in the semi-final at stake, who will win the coveted star baker title and who will be leaving the Bake Off tent?
There’s a typically mad bit of chat between Noel Fielding and one of the bakers tonight. He turns up at her workstation and remarks on the “funky” smell from her chocolate biscuits. Noel can be relied on for flights of fancy and describes it as smelling “Like the inside of a coffin”.
But she goes one better; she reckons they remind her more of “Jaguar wee”. It’s great to see Noel taken aback “Jaguar wee? Wow, you’re weirder than me, it’s official.”That’s the thing about Bake Off: amid the bunting and crimping and niceness, it always has a deliciously odd edge (like some of tonight’s cakes). Paul Hollywood starts the show dressed as the Incredible Hulk. Matt Lucas makes a very retro joke about puff pastry. Prue Leith threatens to strangle somebody. It’s a joy ride.But for the bakers, there’s a fresh challenge: it’s “Free from…” week. Silken tofu and all.
Culinary competition in which amateur cooks compete in a variety of culinary challenges, hoping to be crowned Britain’s best amateur baker. Contestants create a wide range of sweets and pastry dishes, before the judges cast a critical eye over their efforts. Each week, the bakers must prepare their own take on a tried-and-tested recipe, complete a technical challenge with minimal instructions, and finally pull out all the stops to create an outstanding showcase of their talents.
Great British Bake Off episode 8 2021 – Free-From Week
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?
First up in Cake Week is a Battenberg signature challenge. As new boy and Sandi Toksvig replacement Lucas settles in (very well, actually) there is raw dough, a classic technical challenge, and a catastrophe caused by carelessness at the gingham altar. And yes, of course there are tears.
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.