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GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Pepper Pig » August 22nd, 2017, 4:13 am

Last edited by Suelle on August 30th, 2017, 8:42 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby earthmaiden » August 22nd, 2017, 7:36 am

Sounds quite positive! Pity we still have to endure Mr Smarm ,,, but I'll have a look :)
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » August 22nd, 2017, 8:02 am

I did enjoy Prue Leith's comment about the commercials, just record the programme then fast forward through the ads :D

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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby StokeySue » August 22nd, 2017, 2:23 pm

You should be able to set your series link now, starts 20:00 Tuesday 29 August C4

My guess is C4 have been a little worried, I don't think they usually allow reviews to be published this far ahead?
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » August 29th, 2017, 9:07 am

Decision time, do we watch it live or do we watch it on play back and fast forward through the commercials?

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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby Suelle » August 29th, 2017, 9:11 am

cyprusmoira wrote:Decision time, do we watch it live or do we watch it on play back and fast forward through the commercials?

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Watching it live will also mean missing the first 15 minutes of the last episode of Trust Me, on BBC1. Dilemmas and decisions! :D
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby smitch » August 29th, 2017, 9:27 am

I can't decide if I want to watch or not. Will see if OH wants to I think!
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby PatsyMFagan » August 29th, 2017, 11:51 am

I will probably watch it on Catch-up and forego the adverts ... ;)
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby dennispc » August 30th, 2017, 7:47 am

PatsyMFagan wrote:I will probably watch it on Catch-up and forego the adverts ... ;)


Snap! :D No spoilers please.

Advertisers are paying 95,000 for 30 second slot. :o
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby cyprusmoira » August 30th, 2017, 7:59 am

Basically it was the same programme with ad breaks. It is made by the same production company, everything is there including the rain

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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby Suelle » August 30th, 2017, 8:17 am

cyprusmoira wrote:Basically it was the same programme with ad breaks. It is made by the same production company, everything is there including the rain

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And the same title sequence, including the cake which needs another raspberry to finish it properly! :lol:
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby earthmaiden » August 30th, 2017, 8:34 am

I watched it - how long shall we leave it with no spoilers until we can discuss? I have quite a few comments to make :)
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Re: GBBO 2017

Postby dennispc » August 30th, 2017, 8:37 am

earthmaiden wrote:I watched it - how long shall we leave it with no spoilers until we can discuss? I have quite a few comments to make :)


Hopefully tonight. However, I suggest those of us who haven't watched it yet, don't look at this thread. Simples! :D
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Suelle » August 30th, 2017, 8:42 am

I've altered the title, so that those of us who have watched it can discuss.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby earthmaiden » August 30th, 2017, 8:55 am

Ok, well it may be the same production company and setting but I thought that the new presenters were very poor speakers (or else the sound guys got it wrong) and I found it hard to understand what they were saying a lot of the time. Particularly annoying when they were announcing what the next item to bake was. Both Noel Fielding and Sandi Toskvig seemed awkward though the latter settled down eventually, the former seemed like a fish out of water throughout.

The baking bit was pretty well the same as before with some interesting creations and I thought that the challenges were good. Not too keen on Pru Leiths new makeover but that's by the by :).

Do you think that contestants should be allowed to throw away cakes they are not pleased with and start again?
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Pepper Pig » August 30th, 2017, 9:18 am

I loved it. Thought the standard was very high. Loved the watermelon. :D
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby cyprusmoira » August 30th, 2017, 9:28 am

earthmaiden wrote:Do you think that contestants should be allowed to throw away cakes they are not pleased with and start again

Throwing away cakes or other dishes is something that has worried me for some time. Sometimes, here in the real world I do not have sufficient ingredients to do that.

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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Suelle » August 30th, 2017, 9:56 am

earthmaiden wrote:
Do you think that contestants should be allowed to throw away cakes they are not pleased with and start again?


I'm not against it, as they are trying to win a competition, which isn't the same as home baking. Having to start again does put them at a time disadvantage, so I guess they have to weigh up whether it's better to produce an unfinished cake, or a bad quality cake.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » August 30th, 2017, 10:56 am

I enjoyed it . Noel and Sandy will take a bit of getting used to, but that's to expected. I actually prefer Prue to Mary. I thought the watermelon and winning sandwich one were amazing. Felt sorry for the guy that got eliminated with his loaf of bread cake. You think he'd have watched enough episodes to realise that his effort wouldn't cut it
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby scullion » August 30th, 2017, 11:02 am

i recorded it on 47 as it clashed with other recordings earlier - and the channel was slightly scrambled - so i'll see if it's on again or watch on 4od. - or maybe it's a sign!
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Chinchilla_lady » August 30th, 2017, 11:52 am

I really enjoyed it, thought the technical was very advanced for a first episode, and loved the some of the illusion cakes, didnt much care for NF but I watch it for the baking, not the presenters.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby smitch » August 30th, 2017, 12:00 pm

I've decided I will watch after all :lol: just downloaded the episode
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby slimpersoninside » August 30th, 2017, 7:53 pm

I was dubious but I enjoyed it and have it on series record.

I did miss Mel, Sue and Mary but I'm happy with the new lineup. I'm with Chinch, I watch for the baking not the presenters.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby StokeySue » August 30th, 2017, 8:29 pm

The show stoppers were amazing :shock:

Apart from the ads, fine by me
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby earthmaiden » August 30th, 2017, 10:56 pm

Am I really the only one who couldn't catch all that was being said? :?
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby dennispc » August 31st, 2017, 10:38 am

Thanks for changing the subject heading Suelle.

We watched it yesterday, without the adverts.

Overall it was the same show and I'll give credit for not changing the basic format though sadly that meant keeping in the ridiculous, 'only two minutes', with a host of unfinished cakes suddenly transformed. I think the finish will be close because there are some good bakers.

Some of those illusion cakes were absolutely brilliant, but felt the task should've been left to later. We agreed with the judges on star baker, but thought three or four of the others were fortunate to be coming back.

After a lot of thought I feel it was the editing that didn't allow the two presenters to do their best. Some parts, the judging of the chocolate rolls, seemed rushed, as it was the same production company perhaps they were trying to fit in the adverts.

Sound - we put on the subtitles.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby StokeySue » August 31st, 2017, 10:43 am

One thing about the choc rolls
Peppermint butter cream :sprout: :sprout: :sprout: Why?
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Postby earthmaiden » August 31st, 2017, 11:41 am

I agree Sue :sprout: - but I think it was a test to get just the right degree of peppermint - it would be so easy to put in too much!

I have never even thought of making mini-rolls. Might be fun to try, I'm useless at normal swiss roll.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Hope » August 31st, 2017, 4:14 pm

Well I enjoyed it almost as much as on the Beeb. I miss Mel and Sue. (whispers - I didn't really miss MB though as I find her a bit annoying anyway!) Feel free to expell me for such a blasphemos comment!

The ad breaks were annoying, but then they always are, so...

Illusion cakes - amazing!
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby StokeySue » September 12th, 2017, 9:56 pm

Enjoyed bread week
Think PH actually works better as a double act with Prue than Mary, Prue is better at going off piste
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby cyprusmoira » September 13th, 2017, 5:35 am

Loved the bread handbag, complete with chain!
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby suffolk » September 13th, 2017, 8:49 am

Re the snail ... thought Prue would keep PH in order ... and she did :tu: ;) ... much sharper than MB who was inclined to indulge him.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby Suelle » September 13th, 2017, 9:00 am

cyprusmoira wrote:Loved the bread handbag, complete with chain!


I thought it was a bit strange to add a chocolate-flavoured bread (was it the handle?) to two savoury breads, but I suppose that was the dessert! :D
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby StokeySue » September 13th, 2017, 9:16 am

suffolk wrote:Re the snail ... thought Prue would keep PH in order ... and she did :tu: ;) ... much sharper than MB who was inclined to indulge him.

I meant almost the opposite
MB is so prissy, Prue is much quicker on the uptake and will play along where she likes the joke and thinks it funny, if she doesn't think it's funny he gets The Look that Matthew Fort knows so well :D

Don't forget it's very heavily edited, over 12 hours filming cut to 45 minutes, but they chose to leave in the comment about the snail, probably damage limitation as everyone at home wasgoing to spot it

Suelle wrote:I thought it was a bit strange to add a chocolate-flavoured bread


Me too! But it was a great bake

Never seen a cottage loaf slashed before :?
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby suffolk » September 13th, 2017, 10:35 am

StokeySue wrote:I meant almost the opposite
MB is so prissy, Prue is much quicker on the uptake and will play along where she likes the joke and thinks it funny, if she doesn't think it's funny he gets The Look that Matthew Fort knows so well


I think we meant the same thing but said it differently ... Prue saw the joke and IIRC it was she who drew attention to it ... but made it funnier by snapping at PH with one of her looks rather than MB who I think would have played it down.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby suffolk » September 13th, 2017, 10:53 am

StokeySue wrote:Never seen a cottage loaf slashed before


I agree Sue ... certainly my paternal grandmother with whom I made my first cottage loaves didn't slash them (and she came from a family of village bakers in Cambridgeshire). I've looked in my copy of Elizabeth David's English Bread and Yeast Cookery and my copy of Dorothy Hartley's Food in England and none of the illustrations of cottage loaves show slashes.

However, a copy of The World Encylopedia of Bread and Breadmaking somehow acquired by DS and passed to me shows snips around the outer edges of a cottage loaf and states "... snipping the top and bottom sections of the dough at 5cm/2in intervals not only looks good but helps the loaf to expand in the oven ...'... a regional variation maybe?

Grandma also didn't stick her fingers into her cottage loaves ... she stuck the floured handle of her big wooden spoon down through the centre to fix the layers together.
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby StokeySue » September 13th, 2017, 12:25 pm

suffolk wrote:However, a copy of The World Encylopedia of Bread and Breadmaking somehow acquired by DS and passed to me shows snips around the outer edges of a cottage loaf and states "... snipping the top and bottom sections of the dough at 5cm/2in intervals not only looks good but helps the loaf to expand in the oven ...'... a regional variation maybe?Grandma also didn't stick her fingers into her cottage loaves ... she stuck the floured handle of her big wooden spoon down through the centre to fix the layers together.


I wondered about regional variation

Wooden spoon seems like a better idea, my fingers aren't actually long enough the palm would get in the way

Now what I want for lunch is the ploughman's from the Pub with No Name, an individual cottage loaf with two kinds of cheese, home made pickle, and a little salad, And a pint og Gale's of course
Probably haven't had that in 30 years
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Postby earthmaiden » September 13th, 2017, 2:00 pm

The standard continues to be pretty good. I wish we could taste the results as some of the flavour combinations need to be tasted to fully appreciate (or not)! I too was surprised at the chocolate component of the handbag but of course it doesn't have to be very sweet.

I agree that PH and PL are a good team, I'm still not sure about Noel F. I like him but he has a rather understated personality for this kind of thing.

I have seen cottage loaves with snips as well as without, maybe as you say, it is a regional thing.

I want to try making teacakes now.
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Postby dennispc » September 13th, 2017, 2:27 pm

Teacakes.

Dan Lepard's version

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... k.baking22

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Postby StokeySue » September 13th, 2017, 2:31 pm

I though Noel showed well when he was gently encouraging Liam to have a bit more confidence, I wondered of either of them would take on Mel's mantle, she was so good at that.
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Postby suffolk » September 13th, 2017, 2:32 pm

Noel :luv:
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Postby TeresaFoodie » September 17th, 2017, 6:34 pm

I just caught up with the bread episode and fell about laughing when PH lost it over the snail. Loved the handbag and the rose display. I have never seen dough constructions. Very impressed.
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Postby cyprusmoira » September 27th, 2017, 9:22 am

I foresee a fashion for terrine trifles :D
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Postby Pepper Pig » September 27th, 2017, 9:34 am

Yes, it seems to be "A Thing". I'm going to really cry when Liam finally goes. :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby earthmaiden » September 27th, 2017, 7:43 pm

:chops: :chops: :bounce: :bounce: .. bring it on! I love the glamour as well as the taste of pretty puds of that kind .... maybe turned out of fancy moulds too!

I think Liam will go ... but it will be a shame. I was talking to a friend today who really wants Steve to win. I don't.
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Postby Hope » September 28th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Really enjoying it overall. NF has won me over too.

But OMG - triffle terrines. Two things I dispise brought together. Triffle - cold, set custard :sprout: terrines with clear jelly (was on the receiving end of a few cold vegetable terrines in the eighties :sprout: :sprout: :sprout: ) They did make them look pretty, but...

(my mum used to make a hot triffle, which was lovely, though!)
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Postby cyprusmoira » October 4th, 2017, 9:10 am

We achieved a soggy bottom this week :lol: I have felt sorry for Julia from the first episode, she was asked to cook food from a foreign culture, no wonder she had trouble with raised pies .
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Re: GBBO 2017 - warning: may be spoilers!

Postby suffolk » October 4th, 2017, 9:16 am

cyprusmoira wrote: I have felt sorry for Julia from the first episode, she was asked to cook food from a foreign culture, no wonder she had trouble with raised pies .


Absolutely agree ... according to my Russian ex DIL they regard good pastry to have a softness to it. She used baking powder and a lower fat content than we do ... the pastry was very tasty, but different. She also said that the pastry at the bottom of a meat pie, with all the meat juices soaked into it, was the best bit and a larger piece would be given to the guest of honour (that was sometimes me :chops: :tu: )
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Postby StokeySue » October 4th, 2017, 9:25 am

It was a good episode I thought
Poor Julia but I really didn't want to eat any of her offerings
Liam's pie looked great
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Postby earthmaiden » October 11th, 2017, 7:42 am

Well, Italian week was interesting with everything in sight melting! I was not impressed with the way that Yan kept running her hands through her hair and then continuing with dough making :sprout: :sprout: .
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