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The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off

BBC Two 2010

Bakers attempt three challenges each week trying to impress the judges enough to go through to the next round and eventually are crowned Britain's best amateur baker.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off - S5E14

#1 - Masterclass 3


Season 5 - Episode 14

Once again taking over the Bake Off tent, Mary and Paul tackle the signature, technical and show-stopper challenges from the second half of the series. Just as the challenges got harder for the bakers, Mary and Paul must also make their more elaborate bakes, showing us how to achieve the perfect results at home. Mary makes a swirling chocolate and orange tart and the most complicated technical challenge of the series, the Swedish prinsesstarta. Paul dusts off his pastry skills making mini sausage plaits and demystifies the delicious kouign amann, which so baffled the bakers in the tent. Finally, Mary constructs her own version of the two-tiered dobos torte, complete with caramel of all kinds, with hints and tips on how to achieve perfection at home.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S3E11

#2 - Masterclass


Season 3 - Episode 11

It is the calm after the baking storm, and Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry take over the Bake Off tent to show how the technical challenges should be done. Free from the frenzy of whipping, piping and kneading, Mary and Paul tackle treacle tarts, rum babas, creme caramels, hand raised pies and Paul's infamous eight-strand plaited loaf. Going through every step of the first five technical recipes of the series, they show exactly how to avoid the mistakes some of the bakers made.

The episode was rated from 43 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S5E11

#3 - Masterclass 1


Season 5 - Episode 11

After 10 weeks of stiff competition, calm finally descends on the Bake Off tent as judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry take up the reins to demonstrate how they would have tackled the contest's signature, technical and showstopper challenges had the roles been reversed. They begin with tasks from the first two weeks of the series, with Paul making a blackcurrant and liquorice Swiss roll and two types of savoury biscuits, while Mary prepares a cherry cake with lemon icing, Florentines and miniature classic coffee and walnut cakes.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S3E13

#4 - Masterclass


Season 3 - Episode 13

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back in the Bake Off tent to show exactly how to tackle the remaining technical challenge recipes from the series. From the queen of puddings to chocolate tea cakes, jam doughnuts, fraisier cake and fondant fancies, Mary and Paul prove that no bake is too big or too small. They go through every step in detail to show how to avoid the mistakes some of the bakers made

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S11E10

#5 - The Final


Season 11 - Episode 10

The bakers pull out all the stops in a set-custard and puff pastry signature, a choccy-nut technical and a magnificent dessert tower showstopper. Who will be crowned the winner of Bake Off 2020?

The episode was rated from 128 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S3E10
#6 - The Final
Season 3 - Episode 10

After weeks of pastries, cakes and bread, three bakers have made it to the final. They now must face the most demanding of challenges yet as every aspect of their baking skill is scrutinised. To prove themselves to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, they must create pastry perfection with a signature pithivier. Then on to one of the most intricate technical challenges ever devised - fondant fancies. Finally, it all comes down to their last ever showstopper, creating a masterpiece with a notoriously difficult chiffon sponge. After two days of baking, only one of the finalists can claim the title, winner of The Great British Bake Off.

The episode was rated from 147 votes.
The Great British Bake Off - S10E10
#7 - The Final
Season 10 - Episode 10

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host the final of the culinary competition. As family and friends gather on the lawn outside, the last three bakers enter the tent to prepare a chocolate cake as their signature bake. For the technical challenge, they must master that most delicate of dishes, the souffle, and finally for their showstopper, they must create an edible illusion using only cake, sweet bread and biscuits. Last in the series.

The episode was rated from 129 votes.
The Great British Bake Off - S3E14
#8 - Masterclass
Season 3 - Episode 14

With the Bake Off tent all to themselves, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood show, for the first time ever, which signature bakes they would have chosen if they had been in the bakers' shoes. Armed with sieves and spatulas, they show their signature sponge puddings, flat breads, wellingtons, sweet buns and tarte tatins. They go through every step of their recipes, with no soggy bottoms in sight, proving that anybody can give baking a go if they follow their advice.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
The Great British Bake Off - S5E10
#9 - The Final
Season 5 - Episode 10

The three finalists face a Signature Challenge in which they have just three hours to prove they have mastered a pastry technique that usually takes a whole day. They then have to tackle a Technical Challenge without the aid of a recipe, before rustling up a Showstopper that turns sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petits fours into a winning combination.

The episode was rated from 139 votes.
The Great British Bake Off - S9E10
#10 - The Final
Season 9 - Episode 10

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig present the 2018 grand final, as the three remaining bakers compete to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and take home the trophy. For the final three challenges, they must prepare and decorate doughnuts, followed by a deceptively simple technical, and climaxing with an intricate, multi-layered, edible landscape showstopper. Last in the series.

The episode was rated from 180 votes.

Last updated: dec 08, 2021



This show is so bloody stressful


Stop marking this as cancelled, it is not.


Not cancelled. Needs updating to, airs Tuesday 8pm Channel 4.


Not cancelled and needs updating to airs Tuesdays 8pm Channel 4.


The show just wrapped filming. It's not cancelled. Get your status right!


This show has not ended, Channel 4 has renewed it until at least 2021 :)


This show is listed as cancelled. it has not been cancelled


One series/season is enough to watch. Probably won't watch again.


I like cooking competition shows, this one is the best. None of the contrived drama and BS of most American shows (and you can almost guarantee there will be an American version of this soon enough). Such skilled bakers, I wish I could bake like that! Not a fan of the new man-baby host but otherwise it's a solid show.

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