On Your Marks, Get Set, Baaaaake! A Thread for Great British Baking Show / Bake Off & all of its sundry delights

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My knowledge only covers Netflix US-aired seasons which are the English Bake Off seasons 4/5/6 (it's confusing I know)

Let us now discuss Russet Gandalfs, bread lions, genoese sponges & why you dont throw your baked alaska in the bin

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 00:43 (four years ago) link

S1 - Nancy is a BOSS i love her
Scottish Norman is adorable
Russet Gandalf Ian <3

S2 - Ruby is my fave
Kimberly is a genius
Frances is lovely but her teeth scare me
Howard <3

s3 NADIYA FOREVER but seriously I have seem this season 3 times and i love it so much, they're all lovely esp Matt the Fireman

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 00:53 (four years ago) link

sue & mel are grate i love them

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:43 (four years ago) link

so weird seeing it called "baking show", it's like calling 30 rock "television building"

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:53 (four years ago) link

not thrilled about it either, trying not to dwell

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:24 (four years ago) link


Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:33 (four years ago) link

lol no its cool *rages-*

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:34 (four years ago) link

Great British Flour & Sugar Hour

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 02:35 (four years ago) link

gifs i have loved

King Luis


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:43 (four years ago) link

Norman the Scot & his adorable semaphore


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:47 (four years ago) link

We have all been this Dorrett


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 06:49 (four years ago) link

The Dorrett thing is SO SAD

I always scream when people drop their food, or like a layer falls off the top off a cake - I don't know why, it makes me really nervous, like watching a small child on a really tall climbing frame.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 09:13 (four years ago) link

Mr Veg found the first 3 seasons of Bake-Off for me on the t0rentz

Season 1 format is rather different! The tent travels round to different cities, they eliminate 2 bakers each episode, and Sue and Mel do a lot of 'history of the biscuit' 'history of the cake' interstitial stuff during challenges so it's not 100% baking heavy the way it is now. Which isn't great, cuts too much into the baking which is the best part. Also episode 1 inside the tent was shot very jumpily, and not very well light, so it wasn't nearly as colorful as it quickly became in the next episode. Thankfully they fixed that pretty quick.
Mary Berry's hair is very flat!
Bakers call out to the judges and ask how much time is left!
And there's some dude doing the voiceover which is v weird.

Favorite moment so far was Ep 1 with Sue sitting on a blanket inside a stone ring with an eccentric-voiced longhaired baking historian discussing bannocks and I have NO idea how she sat through that without bursting into gales of laughter. I wish I could find a photo of him.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:12 (four years ago) link

oh and:
signature bakes are a little bit looser: bake any kind of cake, bake any kind of biscuit
technicals so far have been basics like victoria sponges or scones, but the bakers are given the ingredients only: no method at all

and there's a weird little canteen area in back where bakers can go up and ask for items, one lady ran over and asked for double cream.

it's kind of fun seeing how it's all evolved!

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:15 (four years ago) link

god the showstoppers are out of control on S1

SIX different types of bread rolls, half a dozen each! 3 savory, 3 sweet

SIX canapes, 3 savory, 3 sweet, half a dozen each!

Three puddings: suet, baked, crumble!

they must have drowned in leftovers, holy shit

i would have ptsd after these

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 05:55 (four years ago) link

it is crazy how good this show is at building flopsweat tension around some of the lowest stakes imaginable

frankie r. failson (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 6 March 2017 11:47 (four years ago) link

Every week has the "are they going to complete this in time for the judges" montage before the end of the round, and ALMOST EVERY TIME it's completely fine, and yet it worries me every single episode

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 6 March 2017 14:57 (four years ago) link

totally!! it's a very chill show compared to top chef etc but I still get stressed out

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 March 2017 16:40 (four years ago) link

s1 almost done

- can't STAND ruth and it makes me feel bad bc shes a good baker etc. idk. buu her stupid "boy bait" pudding and making quiche for the finale "for the men" it's like she's pandering to paul and it drives me barmy

-they have clearly done some work reigning in paul bc he was a borderline WANKER in this season. key moment: dismissed ruth's cupcakes as too girly AS THE ONLY MAN ON A PANEL OF WOMEN!! and farting on about stuff looking commercial & professional ragh i love him now but i could slap him almost once every episode

- mary berry telling miranda she reminded her of hrself when she was young <3 that would make my life

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:35 (four years ago) link

S2 report:

Next to Tamal, Rob is the most beautiful creature I have seen in this show so far


Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 05:00 (four years ago) link

though I would have eloped with Keith in college imo

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 05:03 (four years ago) link

Hi! I'm watching the Netflix season now, and it's so refreshing watching a reality competition without any producer-mandated villains.

Also, I forget who said it, but when I heard somebody mention "roasted veg" I got a good chuckle.

Also also I have a crush on Kate.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:10 (four years ago) link

Like she is more Captain Chaos than Jordan ever was.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:11 (four years ago) link

Also also also I decided to put closed captions on because SO MANY ACCENTS, but even with the subtitles, I still have no clue what the contestants are talking about.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:12 (four years ago) link

Kate is v cool but def has captain chaos tendencies

Though lets be real, the *true* Captain Chaos is Jordan Crazy Teeth

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:57 (four years ago) link

Maybe Jordan didn't last long enough to impress his chaos on me, but with Kate, she's up one week, then down the next, then oh noes her dough is still raw and yet she ends up in second place anyway! She is a roller coaster!

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 02:41 (four years ago) link

I dunno I just picture Jordan covered head to foot in flour with a saucepan burning in the background

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 03:29 (four years ago) link

Kate's hair fascinated me. Like this amazing curly braided amazingness. And she seemed like she'd be cool to hang out with

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 03:31 (four years ago) link

Speaking of hair, Chetna's haircut is soooo stylish, love it.

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 19:38 (four years ago) link

yes! also her grey is so good

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 19:55 (four years ago) link

Chetna was my baking crush

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:37 (four years ago) link

Russet Gandalf was p cute but I think I kiiiind of fancy Richard? Dimples + pencil behind the ear is a winning combo

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:41 (four years ago) link

and i have a girlcrush on Nancy. She's saucy

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:42 (four years ago) link

It's only natural that the Queen of Spices has pepper in her hair! xxxps

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Friday, 10 March 2017 20:54 (four years ago) link

Very distracted by Deborah and those pictures of her husband and child which are just really hard to make sense of given her apparent age.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:07 (four years ago) link

And why are there only photos to show? Did she steal someone else's photos like she steals ingredients??

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:09 (four years ago) link

dude that's pretty ageist & mean

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:46 (four years ago) link

I mean yeah, sorry...but...don't you wonder about people's lives? There's a story there.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:13 (four years ago) link

there's a differemce between "wondering" & "side-eyeing"

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:41 (four years ago) link

I finished Season 2 of English bake off & it's pretty marvellous

Jo's such a love - bubbly but terrified, Essex mum finally doing "something for herself". I read online that her husband was doing 16 years in jail for money laundering at the time. Which just made me love her more. she seemed like she mightve had a hard life & that confirmed it

and MaryAnne!! What a treat. Rugby champion, baking historian, mum, wizard. Amazing. She has a book!

Janet was hilarious - mr veg said her facial expressions reminded him of Beaker from the muppets

lots of great women in this season.

As for the guys -

dreamboat Rod turned out to be a bit of a disaster, very disorganized, bit too cavalier. he definitely put the wind up Paul, I've never seen the silver fox come down on a baker like he did with Rod.

sweet baby Jason had sooooooo much potential, very talented for one so young but was just a tad too green for the big leagues. Definitely fun to watch though.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:52 (four years ago) link

I just finished the Chetna season! I really admired Richard for his ability to laugh at himself, and it was sad to see him crumble in the last week, though I would've been fine with any of the final three winning. (When they showed a picture of a young Richard with a full head of hair, I can see why Veg might crush on him!)

One episode into the next season, and watching Ruby struggle with her lack of self-confidence is so painful (I empathize with her completely), I'm not sure I can handle a whole season's worth (I caught a random episode of this season on PBS and know she hangs around for at least a little while).

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:59 (four years ago) link

Rubes is one of my favorites, I love her so much.

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:01 (four years ago) link

She looks like the daughter of Saffron Burrows and Elizabeth Berkeley, plus her look of utter astonishment when she was Star Baker in bread week was lolz.

That aside, this cast is so much less likeable than the previous one! So many stubborn people and/or people whose insecurities are showing. :(

Downtown Julie Mau (Leee), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:48 (four years ago) link

Yeah... it grew on me though. Francis is kind of a crazy sorcerer with her amazing showstoppers, i'm in awe of her creativity

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:56 (four years ago) link

Slight crush on Kimberley from that season. And Howard is all-time great.

Richard had a weird Martin Freeman vibe, I thought

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:40 (four years ago) link

(in a good way)

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:40 (four years ago) link

I wrote a tl:dr blog post about GBBO for my own amusement...


Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:10 (four years ago) link


Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig to host new Great British Bake Off

New presenters will join new judge Prue Leith and Bake Off stalwart Paul Hollywood in the Channel 4 version of the show

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:38 (four years ago) link

That should kill it off then.

Ongar Is An Energy (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:49 (four years ago) link

Anyway we can confirm for sure that the judges really do go based on the merits of the bakes and there’s no fiddling with the elimination process based on what would make good tv.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:36 (six months ago) link

I'm glad that people are pushing back against Laura's naysayers, for whatever reason her nominally failed baked never stood out in my mind. As for finalists who lacked presentation skills, Ruby v1 comes immediately to mind.

Of course Hermine would've definitely made the final more interesting.

Basic Chan Ho Park (Leee), Sunday, 29 November 2020 17:16 (six months ago) link

Ruby’s stuff was a lot more ambitious than most anyone on this series.

scampopo (suzy), Sunday, 29 November 2020 18:40 (six months ago) link

can we all agree that the show lost its soul when they stopped using the squirrel balls insert shot?

assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 29 November 2020 21:57 (six months ago) link


the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 29 November 2020 22:08 (six months ago) link

needs more ducklings imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 29 November 2020 22:36 (six months ago) link


I’m always perplexed why ice cream and chocolate challenges continue to be chosen during the summer. Paul tries to play dumb about it! “Uh, I didn’t know it would be so hot.” Buddy, it’s July.
Trust me, we were all thinking the same thing. Really?! You just have to look back and laugh. It was uncomfortably hot, but we all got through it. Even though it was absolute carnage for me and Lottie, you can’t do anything but laugh. It was 98 and 99 degrees at times, but it feels hotter with no fresh air. Some days they would have to put the sides of the tent down to accommodate the cameras. Just imagine being in this hot tent with no windows open and hot television lights everywhere. You have your dress on, camera pack, and a pinny. You feel like you’re melting.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 4 December 2020 03:49 (six months ago) link

to be fair, it's rare that it gets that hot in the UK, I think they were filming over the two heatwaves of the summer, which each lasted a week or so. Normally doesn't get that much over 80, and frequently much lower than that.

colette, Saturday, 5 December 2020 15:21 (six months ago) link

They also mention the lights, which wouldn't help.

koogs, Sunday, 6 December 2020 07:46 (six months ago) link

the thing that's annoying is that they can TOTALLY address this if they need to with a walk-in cooler that's so that chefs can quickly chill their stuff and cool down. it happens every season! every restaurant has a walk-in! Quit fucking around!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 6 December 2020 08:06 (six months ago) link

The reason I've read is that AC units are had for sound, though I live in SF so have no first-hand experience with them.

Stone Cold Steve Ostentatious (Leee), Sunday, 6 December 2020 16:24 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

junior bake off is effin hilarious fyi.

ledge, Friday, 15 January 2021 19:51 (five months ago) link

What is that streaming on?

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:02 (five months ago) link

Never mind, channel 4

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:07 (five months ago) link

the kids are actually pretty good but when they fuck up they're like "oh well!"

ledge, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:07 (five months ago) link

I can imagine kids are really good at time management.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:11 (five months ago) link

We're slowly getting trhough the 2019 series with my 6yo. Harry is hilarious, Liam is funny and great with the kids, Prue should never work with children ever again.

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:25 (five months ago) link

Also I kind of think they shouldn't send kids home every week - have it be a competition, yeah, but ending each episode with a talented young kid in tears is actually a bit of a downer.

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:25 (five months ago) link

Loving it, the kids are great. My friend’s daughter is trying for it next year - she is Georgian, really into baking, and massively into GBBO.

scampopo (suzy), Friday, 15 January 2021 20:27 (five months ago) link

never has so much caramel been crystallised.

i do enjoy it when harry's jokes completely fail to land with the kids. and the general non-critical stance of it all.

(prue's been replaced for series 2)

koogs, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:30 (five months ago) link

my daughter turned down a piece of candy saying that white chocolate is "a bit too sweet" and it's 100% great british baking show haha

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 January 2021 21:44 (five months ago) link

not worth the calories

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 15 January 2021 21:52 (five months ago) link

would like to go on record as saying that is a hall of fame bad catchphrase

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 15 January 2021 23:17 (five months ago) link

but ending each episode with a talented young kid in tears is actually a bit of a downer.

I think that too, but then I think about how much fun they're going to have watching themselves on telly, and it doesn't seem so bad. Although yesterday's was a tough one. "At least I got to hug Harry Hill." BLESS.

trishyb, Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:05 (five months ago) link

xpost hard agree

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:37 (five months ago) link

They did skip evictions the first week, which is something they should consider for the adult show, I think.

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2021 05:05 (five months ago) link

with kids, they should likely make the people voted off into judges

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 05:10 (five months ago) link

That’s a good idea

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 16 January 2021 09:02 (five months ago) link

That's a great idea!

trishyb, Saturday, 16 January 2021 09:57 (five months ago) link

Slightly off topic: any of y'all seen The Great Pottery Throw-Down? It's Bake Off, but for pottery... my boo has been getting into throwing over the last year and a half, and her good pal gave us access to her HBO Max specifically so she could watch this show. It's fantastic so far! Obviously a bit more niche than baking, but OTOH more of it translates visually without smell and taste being as critical. And the stocky male judge's thing is occasionally he just gets so moved by what someone's accomplished that he starts weeping, which is a nice change from Hollywood's steez. Very very soothing and also educational to watch!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 16 January 2021 13:29 (five months ago) link

Oh yes, the Pottery Throw Down is the absolute business.

trishyb, Saturday, 16 January 2021 13:45 (five months ago) link

some discussion on the forks throws pottery thread: forks throws pottery (and maybe you do too?) - An ILX Ceramics Thread

ledge, Saturday, 16 January 2021 14:19 (five months ago) link

oo, thanks!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 16 January 2021 14:30 (five months ago) link

Yeah, have your wife join me in that thread please Doc! It's lonely being the only chatty potter.
Where's her studio?

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:41 (five months ago) link

not my wife! but can pass it on. she's kinda not a messageboard "type," i fear....

her studio is in park slope, brooklyn. it has some pros, some cons (mostly the commute from bushwick) but it's where she started taking classes. they closed down in march of course but set up some protocols and limits for reopening in the fall - no classes, just bookable blocks of wheel and glazing time. enough to restore that creative/meditative "not looking at a screen" outlet...

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 16 January 2021 20:19 (five months ago) link

sorry. "boo" not "wife"
i gather she's at BK Clay then. I've heard good things!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 16 January 2021 20:23 (five months ago) link

my partner is a big fan of the Great British Portrait Artist or whatever it is called

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Sunday, 17 January 2021 07:03 (five months ago) link

yah Clayhouse BK! she also took a look at Choplet in W'burg, which had this more old-fashioned, cozy, cluttery kind of vibe, which i loved but which she found distracting or like, not suited to her pottery zen vibe. could also be that quarantine procedures had jumbled up the space a bit and put people in odd places, dunno.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

yeah, my studio is all distanced but folks are having a hard time figuring how to be community minded but still stay apart. We've had several positive tests and one student death. I've been mostly avoiding which makes me very sad.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:02 (five months ago) link

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2020 season is nominated in the 2020 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2020 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends After January 29, 2021

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (3 minimum, 25 maximum, ranked by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 21 January 2021 19:41 (five months ago) link

almost complete fail in yesterday's semi final.

just about to start watching the final but i think all my favourites are out.

koogs, Friday, 29 January 2021 18:10 (four months ago) link

My favourite made it to the final. Bottom in every technical challenge in final week but the only one who could make choux.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 29 January 2021 18:23 (four months ago) link

Just an all-round amazing programme. And for god's sake, making almost flawless entremets at that age. Bloody hell.

trishyb, Friday, 29 January 2021 19:04 (four months ago) link

cultural mix of the final interesting as well, much moreso than the adult version (with it's 4 middle-aged, white presenters). families noticeably dressed up for the garden party apart from robby's dad who had his tracksuit top on. (also, a round of the national anthem with everyone in the tent singing)

well won by the young kid though, showstopper was head and shoulders above the others.

koogs, Friday, 29 January 2021 20:22 (four months ago) link

I'm only 3 eps in, CeCe and Reece are great

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Saturday, 30 January 2021 08:06 (four months ago) link

Fyn is in the Tom W "You are so bad at this how have you not left yet" seat

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Saturday, 30 January 2021 08:06 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

the Food Network is showing repeats and i thought i'd give it a go seeing as i missed the first n years.

but the series they are showing (7) must be the first one i saw (Candice and Selasie are on it) and they've also taken the original bbc1 show and cut out enough of it that they can have ad breaks and still fit it within an hour. feels panicky almost, not relaxing.

koogs, Thursday, 18 February 2021 12:04 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

series 6 now. yesterday was bingate.

koogs, Friday, 19 March 2021 17:24 (three months ago) link

(oddly wikipedia has this as series 5, but epg says 6)

koogs, Friday, 19 March 2021 17:28 (three months ago) link

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