The Great British Bake-off

GreatBritishBakeOffThere’s a new baking series on the rise and New Zealand could be next to jump on the bandwagon.

The Great British Bake Off is the latest franchise to take off and while we already have Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker on TV3, a New Zealand version could be an interesting prospect given the ratings success the likes of MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules have enjoyed on TV One and TV2.

The Brits started it all in 2010 and since then the Bake Off franchise has spread to the likes of America, France, Ireland, Italy and most recently Australia.

Anyone who has caught The Great British Bake Off on Prime will see the differences immediately between it and other cooking shows. Continue reading »

8:30pm Wednesday, January 16 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins has reached the Grand Final. After seven gruelling weeks the three finalists; Holly, Jo and Mary-Anne face their biggest challenge yet – baking for The Great British Bake Off’s street party. Inside the Bake Off tent new levels of stress are reached and the pressure hits boiling point as they must bake not only for judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, but also friends, family and former Bake Off contestants. In order to be crowned the victor they need to bring together their skills making a selection of petit fours and for the first time ever in the Bake Off – puff pastry. Among their offerings are Mille-Feuille, Mini Victoria Sponges, Strawberry and Cream Meringue Nests and Miniature Strawberry and Rhubarb Cheesecakes. Only one can be crowned Britain’s Best Amateur Baker and take home the Bake Off trophy!

8:30pm Wednesday, January 9 on Prime

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After seven weeks of gruelling challenges, it’s the semi final of The Great British Bake Off. The four remaining bakers; Holly, Janet, Jo and Mary-Anne have to excel in every challenge to prove they are worth a place in the coveted final. To start, the signature challenge requires them to make a baked, layered, mousse cake and the standards are high with Mary-Anne attempting something different again with a joconde sponge and decor paste. Finally, the showstopper where the bakers have to make the labour intensive and technically demanding layered or laminated pastry dough to produce a batch of 3 different types of pastries or croissants. With a place in the final within their grasp the bakers know they have to deliver their very best to the judging table every time. Who will make it to bake in the final of The British Bake Off?

8:30pm Wednesday, January 2 on Prime

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Join us for the all lady quarter final of The Great British Bake Off! This week the remaining five have to impress with their dessert skills. As usual starting with the Signature Bake the exacting judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are expecting to see and taste baked cheesecakes that reach their high expectations. Next is the Technical Challenge and the b�te noir of most bakers; a chocolate roulade. Finally, the spectacular showstopper that requires the bakers to impress with hundreds of choux pastry profiteroles that must be perfectly baked, filled and then assembled into a croquembouche. Who will have what it takes to book a place in next week’s semi finals?

8:30pm Wednesday, December 19 on Prime

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The fifth round of The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins continues in the search for Britain’s best amateur baker. This week everyone is out to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom as the seven remaining bakers face pies. The marquee is soon filled with the delicious aroma of fresh baking as the Signature Challenge sees the bakers doing all they can to impress acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood and legendary cookery writer and baker Mary Berry with their signature family pie. Next is the dreaded Technical Challenge where for lifelong vegetarian Jason delivering 6 individual, beautifully baked and seasoned pork pies to the judging table proves problematic. Finally, a sweet Showstopper Challenge in the shape of a meringue pie. The judge’s expectations are high with hopes of crisp pastry bases, delicious custard and fruit fillings topped with a perfect meringue. Who will be named Star Baker and who will leave The Great British Bake Off?

8:30pm Wednesday, December 12 on Prime

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The second round of The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins continues in the search for Britain’s best amateur baker. Tonight, biscuits are on the minds of the bakers this week as they are tasked to pull off the perfect macroons. Whose biscuits will have the x factor and who will crumble under the pressure?

8:30pm Wednesday, December 5 on Prime

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Twelve of the UK’s best amateur bakers take part in the second series of The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Over eight weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills are tested to the limit as they are challenged to bake everything from the perfect tarte au citron to towers of macaroons, and iced fingers to family pies. Tonight the bakers’ bread making skills are put to the test. Who will rise to the exacting standards of the Bake Off Judges and whose Bake Off journey will be over?

8:35pm Wednesday, November 21 on Prime

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Twelve of the country’s best amateur bakers take part in the second series of The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Over eight weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills are tested to the limit as they are challenged to bake everything from the perfect tarte au citron to towers of macaroons, and iced fingers to family pies. Tonight the bakers’ pastry skills are scrutinized as they tackle tarts but the pressure of pastry proves too much for some. Who will be named Star Baker and whose Bake Off journey will be over?

8:30pm Wednesday, November 21 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Twelve of the Britain’s best amateur bakers take part in the second series of The Great British Bake Off hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Over eight weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills are tested to the limit as they are challenged to bake everything from the perfect tarte au citron to towers of macaroons, and iced fingers to family pies. All the challenges are devised by legendary cookery writer Mary Berry and acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood who are both on hand to judge and taste their efforts. Tonight, the twelve amateur bakers are challenged to make 24 beautifully flavoured and decorated cupcakes in two hours and the stress of highly pressurised surroundings of the Bake Off’s open plan kitchen soon shows. Next they must make a coffee and walnut battenburg cake from one of Mary Berry’s recipes that delivers drastically different results.

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The Great British Bake-Off is an entertaining and exciting search to find and crown the best amateur baker in Britain. Each week passionate bakers are put through three challenges to test every aspect of their baking skills from making their signature biscuits to a chocolate celebration cake. This competition format provides tears and tension, with amateurs pushed to the limit as they endeavour to impress the judges with their originality and skill and ultimately try to survive and bake another day.