GBBO 2018/19

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby cyprusmoira » September 26th, 2019, 12:54 pm

Why didn't anyone make a classic American Key Lime Pie for the custard pie challenge ?
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » September 26th, 2019, 1:29 pm

Someone did make one with lime in it. It seemed to me that 'classic' anything wasn't what they wanted but noticed that those which contained a classic custard filling were well received. I still don't fully understand what the brief was really looking for. An interesting programme, I had not come across the fried choux pastry before and didn't think it was something you'd swot up on (the basic pastry of course, but not the rest of it), it was quite a tough one. Some are still stupidly ambitious!
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby scullion » September 26th, 2019, 1:40 pm

maybe they couldn't get key limes!
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » October 23rd, 2019, 6:36 am

Spoiler!
Has anyone apart from me and Moira stuck with this?

I don't think that generally it is as entertaining as it was, I would like to see more of the methodology and less messing about.

Last night I was quite impressed with the glass domes but baffled as to why, in the tartlet section, at least two people baked the cases blind without any baking beans in the centre. They seemed to me extraordinarily lucky to get away with it. I was rather glad to see the loser go - bit of a drama queen :rolleyes:

Who will win?
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby Busybee » October 23rd, 2019, 7:17 am

I’m watching Em. I agree in so much as it hasn’t been a stellar season, too many controversial eliminations.

I don’t think Steff will win, the editing has been far too positive for her throughout the series. I thought Alice was going to have a breakdown last night so goodness knows how highly strung she will be next week!

I think a David does some beautifully designed pieces but his almost paranoia about healthy eating means that he does some unusual flavours.

I think it could be anyone’s to win.

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » October 23rd, 2019, 7:32 am

I think that's a very fair assessment BB! No-one really stands out, I don't think it will be David.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby Suelle » October 23rd, 2019, 7:51 am

I'm still watching, but don't have much interest in the outcome. None of the three left seem to have the 'spark' that will give them a career in the public eye, like so many of the previous winners.

I was disappointed that so many of the tasks seemed to be gimmicky rather than showing real baking skills - last night's showstopper being a case in point. Making the 'glass' box must have been time-consuming but wasn't really related to baking, as Steph showed by just glueing 5 sheets of isomalt together.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby StokeySue » October 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am

I’m still watching but find myself not paying it full attention
For the final I’m supporting David but realistically think Alice
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby cyprusmoira » October 23rd, 2019, 8:55 am

I am glad that others think that making sheets of Isomalt is not baking. Perhaps in the next series they should go back to the original tasks, if only to show how everyone has progressed. I can remember when a mirror glaze was a challenge not routine.

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby scullion » October 23rd, 2019, 10:36 am

i'm still watching but i think it's getting more and more silly. why would you use over a hundred eggs just on practising for the next episode? do they get an allowance for practice?
there have been a few things that aren't really baking. i agree, maybe they should start using previous series challenges rather than trying to come up with some obscure things that they've had to trawl the world or history for, things that one could think 'ooh, i'll have a go at that' .
i've only once made a cake that had been made by one of the contestants (without the decoration). it was a good cake - but just that - a cake, not a showy thing that ended up being criticised for being dry, flavourless or whatever in favour of being artistic, over constructed and faffy.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby StokeySue » October 23rd, 2019, 12:54 pm

scullion wrote:maybe they should start using previous series challenges rather than trying to come up with some obscure things that they've had to trawl the world or history for, things that one could think 'ooh, i'll have a go at that' .

I’ve long thought they could recycle challenges
After al, most bakers make things more than once!
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » October 23rd, 2019, 5:41 pm

Definitely. I would like the technical challenge to be something like a Victoria sandwich which would stand a chance of being presented flawlessly.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby StokeySue » October 29th, 2019, 9:56 pm

Well, now we know

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby cyprusmoira » October 30th, 2019, 6:41 am

With added jeopardy, will a contestants parents get back from Dublin in time ? Why do I think that the production company helped there?
Are soufflés a baking task?

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby Suelle » October 30th, 2019, 7:51 am

StokeySue wrote:Well, now we know

The right result on the day I think


It's always the right result on the day, but often doesn't seem fair when looking at overall performance. Steph was easily capable of winning based on past performance.

I've said for several years that contestants shouldn't be eliminated on just one bad round, especially in the early rounds - for instance, give them all a chance at a cake, a bread and some pastry before sending anyone home, then use subsequent rounds to showcase more than one area of baking, and if necessary for time factors, send more than one person home each week.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » October 30th, 2019, 9:03 am

I had come to the conclusion during the programme that the person that won would be the winner. It was a bit of an odd series, as someone said in a previous post, no-one really stood out.

I suppose that the way they do it makes better telly and discussion! It has lost its sparkle a bit though.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby Ratatouille » October 30th, 2019, 10:15 am

The right person did win on the night.
Two points, bot girls let their nerves and emmotions get the better of them. Twice cooked souffles are not baking.
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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby cyprusmoira » October 30th, 2019, 10:28 am

Ratatouille wrote:Twice cooked souffles are not baking.
I agree
Meanwhile, aren't we good not mentioning who won (smug smiley)

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Re: GBBO 2018/19

Postby earthmaiden » October 30th, 2019, 10:42 pm

Just in case anyone's keen to take part next year .. :chef:

https://gbbo.take-part.co.uk/
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