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Holiday Baking Championship

Holiday Baking Championship

Food Network 2014

The search to find the greatest holiday baker begins as eight amateur bakers enter the kitchen, where they show off their family traditions and superb baking skills. To survive the challenges from week to week, they must prove their abilities in front of our tough-love judges: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. Hosted by Bobby Deen, this baking championship is the sweetest way to celebrate this holiday season.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Holiday Baking Championship

Holiday Baking Championship - S7E5

#1 - It's the Inside That Counts (Season 7 - Episode 5)

Host Jesse Palmer gives the seven bakers advent calendars filled with different types of chocolate to inspire them to make desserts with a surprise inside. Then, for the main heat, the competitors must bake one delicious cheesecake with three different flavors for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 17 votes.

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Holiday Baking Championship - S6E7

#2 - Gettin' Gifty with It (Season 6 - Episode 7)

Some of the tastiest treats of Hanukkah are gold-covered chocolate coins, and Jesse Palmer challenges the four remaining bakers to give the classic treat a twist by incorporating candied orange, espresso beans, smoked salt or toasted coconut and create a dessert highlighting their chosen flavor. In the second challenge, the competitors bake up delicious cheesecakes with an assigned crust and decorated with an edible shiny ice rink on top. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale get serious about which three bakers move on to the finale.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 18 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S6E8

#3 - North Pole Vaulting (Season 6 - Episode 8)

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of a holiday brunch, so Jesse Palmer challenges the three remaining bakers to make a Christmas morning brunch using the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and eggnog. In the final round, the bakers must create cakes that are plaid both on the inside and the outside. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale crown one baker the Holiday Baking Champion and award the $25,000 prize.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 20 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S7E1

#4 - Holiday Style (Season 7 - Episode 1)

Host Jesse Palmer kicks off the competition by challenging 12 bakers to make holiday decorated quick bread wreaths with assigned flavors. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall decide which baker will be at the top of the naughty or nice list and which baker will be eliminated.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 24 votes.

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Holiday Baking Championship - S7E8

#5 - Christmas Windows in Time (Season 7 - Episode 8)

Dressed as a Christmas tree, host Jesse Palmer kicks things off by asking the final four competitors to honor the holiday tree in the form of a beautifully decorated macaron tower. In the Christmas past, present and future main heat, the bakers must feature an assigned icing style in a stunning cake that evokes their assigned time period -- marzipan from the past, buttercream from the present or mirror glaze from the future. In the end, judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall will decide the one baker who will be crowned Holiday Baking Champion and walk away $25,000 richer!

The episode was rated 8.12 from 17 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S7E2

#6 - Holiday Goodie Games (Season 7 - Episode 2)

Host Jesse Palmer asks the 11 remaining competitors to bake a cake inspired by a winter hat to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall. The baker that falls to the bottom of the naughty or nice list will be going home.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 16 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S6E3

#7 - Filling Grateful (Season 6 - Episode 3)

Apple cider doughnuts are a sure sign of fall, so in the first round, Jesse Palmer asks the eight bakers to create a dozen kicked-up apple cider doughnuts decorated with seasonal themes. Then the bakers must transform a classic holiday yule log into a festive Thanksgiving roll cake, and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which competitor's cake falls short.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 21 votes.

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Holiday Baking Championship - S5E2

#8 - Plenty of Gratitude (Season 5 - Episode 2)

For the pre-heat, the eight bakers work in teams to make four different kinds of pies on the same sheet pan; in the main heat, the bakers embrace the stuffed feeling after the Thanksgiving meal by making stuffed cakes featuring seasonal ingredients.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 20 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S5E3

#9 - Turkey Day Delights (Season 5 - Episode 3)

Seven bakers must make a dessert combining cranberry with another flavor; to combat the sleepiness that follows turkey, the main heat challenges the bakers to create a sweet treat that pairs coffee with an unusual flavor of coffee syrup.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 25 votes.

Holiday Baking Championship - S4E7

#10 - Twelve Days Of Christmas (Season 4 - Episode 7)

Three bakers grab two last-minute holiday gifts and combine them into one dessert before creating a 12 Days of Christmas dessert. The winning baker walks away with 50,000 dollars and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 27 votes.

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Holiday Baking Championship - S7E6
#11 - Topsy-Turvy Holidays
7.93
Season 7 - Episode 6

Host Jesse Palmer is turning things on their heads as he challenges the six competitors to work in teams to create jelly doughnut-inspired desserts, a twist on traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnuts. Then, the bakers get creative with the yummiest, gooiest holiday decorated upside-down cakes to satisfy judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Holiday Baking Championship - S6E6
#12 - Trendsetting Turkey day
7.90
Season 6 - Episode 6

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S8E5
#13 - Gifts That Keep on Giving
7.90
Season 8 - Episode 5

In honor of the Hanukkah oil that kept burning, host Jesse Palmer asks the seven remaining bakers to create festive Hanukkah olive oil cakes. In the main heat, it's all about gift exchange desserts as the competitors randomly choose a dreaded holiday dessert and attempt to spin it into holiday happiness to please judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S7E3
#14 - Take Holiday Pies by Surprise
7.89
Season 7 - Episode 3

Host Jesse Palmer asks the 10 bakers to highlight a nut or seed in a holiday dessert. Then, the competitors spin a wheel to determine which fundamental holiday ingredient -- holiday spice, dried fruit or holiday spirits -- they must add to unseasonable desserts, like icebox cakes or fruit tarts. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall make the call on which bakers pull it off.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
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Holiday Baking Championship - S3E8
#15 - Adults vs. Kids
7.88
Season 3 - Episode 8

Three stars from Kids Baking Championship (2015) and three stars from Holiday Baking Championship (2014) compete in a holiday-themed showdown for the $10,000 prize.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S7E4
#16 - Hosting the Holidays
7.88
Season 7 - Episode 4

Host Jesse Palmer challenges the eight remaining bakers to turn breakfast items, like French toast, into amazing Thanksgiving breakfast desserts. Then, the competitors take common Friendsgiving potluck dishes, such as glazed carrots, and use them in a dessert to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall. Plus, since Friendsgiving is all about community, they're doing it in teams.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S5E7
#17 - Gifts of Greatness
7.86
Season 5 - Episode 7

Three final bakers must create a beautiful edible holiday ornament display in the pre-heat; for the final main heat, the bakers must create a cake that is decorated like a gift on the outside and reveals a surprise inside when sliced.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
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Holiday Baking Championship - S5E5
#18 - Light and Inspiring
7.85
Season 5 - Episode 5

Five bakers have to update traditional rugelach with unexpected new flavors like cardamom, grapefruit, guava paste, peanut butter or chai; the judges are craving their favorite ingredients in the form of a light and creamy tiramisu in the main heat.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S6E5
#19 - Thanksgiving It My All
7.84
Season 6 - Episode 5

Jesse Palmer teaches the six bakers a lesson in repurposing holiday gifts in the first round, when they must turn panettone, the classic holiday Italian sweet bread, into an entirely new dessert. Then they're challenged to create a beautifully decorated cupcake mosaic inspired by a pair of holiday pajamas. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale send one baker packing

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Holiday Baking Championship - S7E7
#20 - A Classic Christmas
7.84
Season 7 - Episode 7

Host Jesse Palmer asks the five bakers to pull out all the stops and create the most-delicious, over-the-top version of a holiday trifle. Then, the classics continue in the main heat when the competitors make the ultimate Charlotte royale for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall, as well as the king of Christmas -- Santa Claus!

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
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