From Botanical Week to Dessert Week on The Great British Bake Off

‘Botanical Week’ was the theme of episode six of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, which aired at 8pm last night (Wednesday September 28) on BBC1.

In the show, which was episode six of 11, the remaining seven contestants were set three challenges inspired by nature.

The signature challenge with a citrus meringue pie, while the technical challenge, set by co-judge Paul Hollywood, was to create two leaf-shaped herb fougasse (a type of French bread).

The showstopper was the biggest challenge of the series so far: a three-tier floral cake. Paul and his fellow judge Mary Berry were looking for ‘beautifully flavoured sponges and stunning floral designs’.

Episode seven of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, which airs next Wednesday (October 5), is Dessert Week. The six remaining bakers will be battling for a place in the quarter-final by completing three sweet-themed challenges.

For starters, the bakers face a signature challenge that has them rolling out their skills to impress Mary and Paul. The technical challenge is billed as ‘one of the toughest of the series so far, which layers on the pressure as the bakers are tested on a tricky French dessert’.

Finally there is a multi-bake mini-showstopper that is described as ‘a bit of a mousse marathon’.

Meanwhile, co-presenter Sue Perkins heads to Paris for a lesson on the history of praline and nibbles on a few of these nutty delicacies.


L-r: co-presenter Sue Perkins, co-judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, co-presenter Mel Giedroyc

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