Rising To The Occasion


Bake Off’s Julia kneads her bread ‘snail’

Can you ever get enough of oven ready sexual  innuendo?

Episode three of the Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

Reviewed by Frilly Keane, who writes:

The Season 8 Bread Week will be remembered for many things, and most of them nothing to do with Bread.

Bake Off always came with the ‘oo’er vicar’ innuendo; but we’ve gone well beyond that now. And it’s no longer Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith; its Prue’Paul. Thank you Sandi and Noel. If there is a doubter left among the Tent-Watchers, then they need their medications checked.

My moment of the night had nothing to do Prue interrogating the Hollywood on whether he flours the finger before inserting. It came when Julia admitted to not being able to make her snail without it looking “inappropriate”.

I dunno whether it was the Siberian demeanour combined with the Russian accent or the state the Bake-Off Tent leaves them in, but Christ a quality actor with a name that starts with Dame wouldn’t manage it. I’d say the camera and sound crew are still talking about it.

It fell apart for Steven in the Signature when his tea cakes flopped and spread like double DDs in a bad bikini, so nobody watching expected his Showstopper to take the Hollywood by such a surprise that he skitted with a swapping places thing; is that a GBBO first?

No handshakes last night that I remember (‘cept for Noel but that means nothing in Bake Off-life.) Besides I’m not that much of an anorak to go and check if the Hollywood is particularly stingy with the handshakes on Bread Week.

The Recipe of the week to try and follow up on is Kate’s Kraken Bread (the octopus in the Showstopper.)

[Interestingly, the signature was a good one for the home baker to give a go, but allow 24 hours, make the dough the night before or even 1st thing and let it prove away on its own for a good 5 hours. Enriched dough doesn’t need all your attention; just your respect.]

Over the last few episodes I mentioned how I would be watching how the Paul and Prue relationship proved.  I’m now confident enough to commit to an opinion on it.

Since, and undeniably, it’s the Hollywood that Bake Off principally relies upon to be viable, his Judging partner has to work. And how the Producers got is so right first time by casting Prue must surely be worthy of the kind of award that Graham Norton presents.

Mary Berry was like his much older sister who doted upon him, you know the family type – a surprise baby 10 years after the last kinda thing, and the whole house has him destroyed.

Whereas Prue is like one of the lads. The mature student he knocked around with in College. I know Prue has a few racy books, a bit like my own as it happens, out there, so I fully expect the innuendo’ing to escalate into Showstopper stuff as we continue, so ye have been warned.

And we now know like her predecessor she likes a drink, Christ she hammered that Vodka like I would have.

Finally, no dispute about Star Baker, and while Julia is definitely a contender, Kate is still my ‘Dahk Hoarse’

Next week is Caramel week. And my prediction is you’ll have a new Star baker again. Yan might come good, she is a scientist and caramel concoctions and heat and timing etc would be just the stuff to put her in her element.

Previously: Taking The Biscuit

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42 thoughts on “Rising To The Occasion

  1. Brother Barnabas

    I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to watch this.

    (Actually, my nan might have liked it)

      1. Brother Barnabas

        Yeah I know… must be missing something

        then again, I always try to time my arrival home at just the moment the dinner’s ready. no interest in the process.

        1. Frilly Keane

          sur we all do that
          but the grub in the tent now is not the sorta plate you and I will be sitting on our laps this evening

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Ah that I am.

            Now down to the nub of the issue. Should it be a firm prod or a persuasive fondle?

            You decide.

  2. Eamonn Clancy

    It’s aimed at English minded people, they love this sort of stuff. Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Carry On movies, etc, etc.

    1. Frilly Keane

      no its not

      Its about the Bakers
      and what Paul Hollywood thinks of them
      and their reactions to that

      the other stuff is just a by product a very by product at that

      and again, the most watched show in that slot again last night

  3. garthicus

    I like it as it’s a very relaxing, quaint show, a little comedy thrown in too and you learn the odd lesson about baking. It’s an hour of pure TV enjoyment.

  4. edalicious

    They did well by not doing anything with the format of the show. There must’ve been some temptation for C4 to make their mark on it but anything they did would’ve had a negative outcome, IMHO. They’ve even left the length of it the same, I noticed last night; 1 hour of BBC time to 1:15 of C4 time.

  5. Frilly Keane

    Ah here
    A fair few here kneading a good oul’ kneading ta’ themselves

    Keep the icing in the nozzle lads
    All that early spurting is only going ta’ruin ye’re final finishing off

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Is there nothing to be said for a Technical Challenge?

          It’s a true test of skill, is it not?

  6. Frilly Keane

    When Bodger clocks in to do the papers
    He’s going ta’ have murder when he sees the state of this place

          1. Frilly Keane

            Ya know I have to admit defeat here
            And have given this too much thought to keep meself decent

            I tried
            I just can’t figure out a way to make a doughnut that vibrates
            Tingles yeah
            But it wouldn’t be edible enough for a second bite

            It’s a job for the Ann Summers techs
            This one

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