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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

sue & mel are grate i love them

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

not thrilled about it either, trying not to dwell

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


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

lol no its cool *rages-*

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

Great British Flour & Sugar Hour

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

gifs i have loved

King Luis


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

Norman the Scot & his adorable semaphore


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

We have all been this Dorrett


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

though I would have eloped with Keith in college imo

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

Like she is more Captain Chaos than Jordan ever was.

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

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

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

yes! also her grey is so good

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

Chetna was my baking crush

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

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

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

dude that's pretty ageist & mean

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

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

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

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

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

(in a good way)

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

That should kill it off then.

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

yeah but they hated the taste of her lavender tart & her signature was dry & pru hated the decoration ( i thought it looked rad)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 29 September 2019 03:08 (one month ago) link

no enjoying this season very much tbh, the judging feels weirdly aggressive

the whole mood is completely off.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:41 (one month ago) link

i am not digging the oddball challenges ("dairy sweets"?) and the dearth of older contestants is a bummer.
i really dislike paul as a personality; it's unpleasant to have to see so much of him.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:41 (one month ago) link

it's like, the show worked despite him.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:42 (one month ago) link

yeah, though he clearly thinks it's "because of"
i kind of agree with "it's off" but it's mostly the last two episodes or so that have been most off.
kinda like succession.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:43 (one month ago) link

no goth baker, no credibility

My partner was not into the vibe this season either, so we bailed on it early. :( She thought there was more of a tense, competitive, and generally American feel to it.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:49 (one month ago) link

yeah, that is kind of how I feel too. Most are obv. angling for their aftershow career.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

For all that they keep talking about how good everyone is this year, I was shocked (you know, in context) by the number of them who didn't know how to make choux pastry for one of the technical challenges. Surely that's something you should be able to do in your sleep if you're applying to Bake Off? There seems to be a weird dearth of basic baking skills. Maybe it just seems that way to me because of the offness of the whole thing this year.

trishyb, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:22 (one month ago) link

Well, I'm enjoying it! We've had a testing few weeks, and Bake Off provides an oasis of comfort, where nothing bad can happen. Bread and circuses etc, but I'm no much into circuses, so.

Also enjoying the Henry/David touchy feely stuff. It all looks so relaxed and unselfconscious.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:51 (one month ago) link

michael as well as rosie must go

(I like steph and david)

conrad, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:27 (one month ago) link

We just assumed making choux must now be an American Thing and that it doesn’t pop up much in British baking anymore.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:39 (one month ago) link

terrible news for henry fans

I very rarely care about the dating lives of literally anyone including my own but I will be up all night angrily smoking cigarettes like in a 1940’s movie because of reading this pic.twitter.com/7l6MLCxR34

— Millie De Chirico (@milliedechirico) October 2, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:36 (one month ago) link

Well, I'm enjoying it! We've had a testing few weeks, and Bake Off provides an oasis of comfort, where nothing bad can happen. Bread and circuses etc, but I'm no much into circuses, so.

Oh, it's still very pleasant. But, perhaps weirdly, Celebrity Masterchef is actually delivering the feel-good factor far more than Bake Off this year. And The Dog House is my absolute go-to for comfort telly at the moment.

trishyb, Thursday, 3 October 2019 11:02 (one month ago) link

Did someone mix up white powdery ingredients because this thread's gotten salty!

Doctor Hu (Leee), Friday, 4 October 2019 19:47 (one month ago) link

yeah i’m not so mad at this season

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:18 (one month ago) link

Contestants this year are overly adorkable + less interesting bakers. But it’s still pretty enjoyable.

Paul is great btw, y’all silly. It’s his weird wrongness that makes him great, too

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 4 October 2019 20:56 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...


conrad, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 19:18 (three weeks ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

fyi there is a v good recap podcast for the current series called Bake Down & includes as regular cohosts former GBBO contestants lovely Howard Middleton & Jane Beedle
it’s quite enjoyable

who doesnt want to listen to Howard on the reg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:41 (three weeks ago) link

My friend who is a food PR operating Oop North works with Howard a lot.

coup de twat (suzy), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:43 (three weeks ago) link

apparently he does baling demo’s for Hen’s Parties! how cute is that

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:46 (three weeks ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

i am rewatching Nadya’s season

I still find Flora to be a delightful insane person with the way she always covers her cakes in biscuits & tuilles & utter nonsense. it’s adorable & so bloody weird.

the cheesecakes had macarons AND a flag lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 06:00 (three weeks ago) link

that didn't go as planned.

koogs, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

perfect end to this show’s worst season tbh

non-euclidean lenin (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 06:51 (two weeks ago) link

Season wasn't bad, just some underwhelming contestants. The format and the presenters are still v strong. Also, Noel's Dinosaur Jr jumper.

SHANTY the golden fish portion (stevie), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 07:35 (two weeks ago) link

Who doesn't know how to make a roux? Also, who doesn't know that a white sauce and a roux are not the same thing? Very annoying. Those chocolate cakes did look delicious, though.

trishyb, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 09:45 (two weeks ago) link

Also, the final had altogether too much drama and no actual tension. Poor Steph just went to pieces immediately, and Alice's freaking out over her folks possibly missing the party was just irritating to me. Maybe I am heartless.

trishyb, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 09:51 (two weeks ago) link

"alice has received an upsetting phone call" - I thought someone had died

conrad, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 10:36 (two weeks ago) link

Neither me or my partner had a favourite in the final this season! Usually there's at least a "least bad" candidate but we were both a bit mehhh about all three this year. I woulda repped Henry or Rosie if they'd made it.

Rosie's parents were both very loving so it's wrong to criticise that, but by God they were a little much.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:02 (two weeks ago) link

Rosie? Do you mean Alice?

SHANTY the golden fish portion (stevie), Thursday, 31 October 2019 11:07 (one week ago) link

yes! i mean alice

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:26 (one week ago) link

"good management alice!" etc

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:26 (one week ago) link

It seemed like none of the contestants this year actually liked...baking. Every week it was 'ugh, I hate bread, I never bake it' or 'Ugh, pastry' etc etc etc. David really grew on me with his unflappable precision, but he seemed like kind of...hated food and eating, and it was just a project of time management and task execution for him? He did seem to have a passion for decoration and design, and I guess that showed through.

sous les paves, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:38 (one week ago) link

Having good management means you don't need to have baking fairies.

Antonym Scalia (Leee), Saturday, 2 November 2019 23:38 (one week ago) link

i started scolding the parents for bad management when they were having flight problems.

Yerac, Saturday, 2 November 2019 23:40 (one week ago) link

def had some eye-rolling for alice’s indulgent parents.

steff’s nerves def did a number on her...she was SUCH a mess.

honestly the final didnt quite feel finalsy bc it seemed like her & alice were off their game.

glad david won tho. he was a cool cucumber all the way through.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 November 2019 00:12 (one week ago) link

Guess who:

Not at all. “I’m not that clean and tidy. I don’t like showering. I never wear shoes. I’ve not washed my hair in more than 15 years. I didn’t go to a hairdresser until I was about 28. I think these things are healthy.

“I’m very hippy and outdoorsy. I love talking about my bowels and anything disgusting and medical.”

Antonym Scalia (Leee), Thursday, 7 November 2019 01:49 (six days ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:19 (six days ago) link


Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:33 (six days ago) link

The Junior bake off that's on at the moment is reassuring TV. The kids are impressive, there's very little criticism of anything, It's nice to see Liam again and Harry Hill is amusing.

(The kids age from 10 to 15 which is a massive range. And such a display of bad teeth...)

koogs, Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:44 (six days ago) link

Quotation comes from David!

Antonym Scalia (Leee), Thursday, 7 November 2019 17:50 (six days ago) link

wow. unexpected

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:11 (six days ago) link

wash yr hair u savage

Titanic was cliched Marxist crap. (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 7 November 2019 19:35 (six days ago) link

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/nov/06/bake-off-winner-david-atherton-i-enjoy-the-buns-innuendos

Choice pull (his parents are Evangelical):

Atherton came out seven years ago by writing to his parents. He chose this method, he says, to give them time to process the news. “The reaction that someone might have from it being sprung on them might not be the reaction they’d want to have if they’d considered it. You’ve been thinking about it for ages, but it’s new for them. I told my parents in a letter and said: ‘Speak to my twin brother before you speak to me because he wants to be able to answer certain questions first that might seem offensive to me.’ They took it very well.”

Antonym Scalia (Leee), Thursday, 7 November 2019 20:54 (six days ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 November 2019 01:37 (five days ago) link

lol i swear i am not a wow-bot

that’s kinda fascinating. impressively methodical

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 November 2019 01:38 (five days ago) link

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