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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 Worst Episodes of The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off - S4E10

#1 - The Final

7.39

Season 4 - Episode 10

It's the final of The Great British Bake Off! 13,000 applicants were narrowed down to 13 of Britain's best amateur bakers, and the 13 became three. There are just three final challenges standing between the bakers and the title of winner of the Great British Bake Off. Mary and Paul have chosen the final challenges to test the bakers on the areas in which they wanted to see how far they had grown in skill and creativity. The Signature Challenge asks them to create a technically difficult picnic pie - a savoury pie packed full of fillings that create a creative design, surrounded by shortcrust pastry with perfectly baked sides strong enough to be served out of the tin. The Technical is one of Paul's, as they are tasked to make 12 perfectly shaped pretzels, six savoury with rock salt and six sweet, flavoured with poppy seeds and topped with sweet orange zest and glaze. For the very final challenge in this year's Bake Off they must bake the ultimate showpiece in a baker's repertoire - a wedding cake. Three tiers that are their last chance to showcase their creative, baking brilliance. All of their efforts will be prepared for their family and friends at the GBBO summer garden party, who will be there to support the winner - but which of our female finalists will it be? Bake Off finalists; on your marks....get set......BAKE!

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 76 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S4E12

#2 - Masterclass 1

7.47

Season 4 - Episode 12

Mary and Paul take over the tent for the ultimate baking masterclass. Mary makes a whole orange cake and angel food cake, Paul makes breakfast muffins and olive bread sticks, and together they make a chocolate cake showstopper.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 36 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S8E8

#3 - Forgotten Bakes

7.50

Season 8 - Episode 8

The remaining five bakers step back in time for Forgotten Bakes Week, facing the test of baking with unfamiliar recipes, with places in the semi-final at stake. They start with a sweet and savoury signature challenge, before Prue Leith sets a boozy technical and, for their final challenge, the bakers must produce an elaborate sponge showstopper that once graced the dining tables of high society. Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are on hand to help the bakers calm their nerves.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 310 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S9E8

#4 - Danish Week

7.52

Season 9 - Episode 8

Volkommen to Danish Week with a bread signature requiring style and substance, a spherical technical and an elaborate pastry showstopper fit for a Danish birthday party and everyone is out to impress.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 175 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S5E2

#5 - Biscuits

7.54

Season 5 - Episode 2

One week down. Having survived cakes, the remaining 11 bakers are tested on biscuits. Serving up signature savoury biscuits, the bakers must push themselves on flavour to create biscuits that go well with a cheese course, and Sue learns the dirty secret behind the invention of the ice cream cone and the start of the UK ice cream industry. In the technical challenge Mary sets the bakers her recipe for florentines. With their chewy caramel sauce and lacy brandy snap texture covered in tempered chocolate, the bakers must follow Mary's basic instructions, adding up to a more exacting bake than expected. And finally a showstopper like no other - in the most ambitious biscuit challenge to date, the bakers are challenged to create three-dimensional biscuit scenes. They can make any scene they like as long as it is made entirely from biscuits and doesn't fall over... easier said than done in the Bake Off tent. The bakers are really put under scrutiny as the biscuits must taste as good as they look, as the judges make their decision about who will leave the Bake Off tent.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 169 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S5E15

#6 - Masterclass 4

7.58

Season 5 - Episode 15

In the final masterclass of the series, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood dust off the flour one last time, creating the signature, technical and show-stopping challenges from the last part of the Great British Bake Off. Mary makes a pair of chouxs with her lemon and raspberry eclairs, while Paul gets fruity with his cherry and chocolate loaf. Paul explains how to stretch your skills to make the technical povitica, followed by his show-stopping raspberry and chocolate doughnuts. And Mary finishes with her elaborate double chocolate entremets that will impress at any dinner party, giving helpful advice to inspire you to achieve the same at home.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 12 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S2E10

#7 - Masterclass

7.58

Season 2 - Episode 10

The ultimate baking masterclass with The Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Mary and Paul get behind the workstations and bake. The programme revisits the technical challenges from the series as Mary and Paul guide you through challenges faced by the bakers in this year's Bake Off. In a step-by-step guide they demonstrate all tips and secrets you need at home get achieve a perfect bake every time. The masterclass features Paul's luxury pork pies, filled with the perfect combination of pork loin and a quail's egg, and Mary's chocolate roulade recipe where Mary will show you how to get the perfect roll every time. Plus Paul's traditional iced fingers and Mary's sachertorte.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 53 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S8E7

#8 - Italian Week

7.59

Season 8 - Episode 7

The amateur cooks take part in Italian week, which culminates in a fiddly showstopper in the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the tent. Before that, under the ever watchful gaze of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, the contestants dish up a Sicilian signature that gets them all hot under the collar and a deceptively tricky technical. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig are on hand to keep the bakers in line as the pressure of reaching the final stages of the competition intensifies.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 315 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S5E1

#9 - Cake

7.59

Season 5 - Episode 1

The Bake Off is back for another year, welcoming the tent's youngest-ever baker and the oldest. All 12 bakers will be challenged on their baking skills from every angle by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, all the while helped - or hindered - by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. But their first hurdle is cake. As they enter the tent for the very first time, their first Signature Challenge is to make a swiss roll. But with such a seemingly simple challenge comes a risk - who will have the tightest roll? Whose roll will split? Should the bakers go for the classic or push the boat out to impress? Recovering from their first challenge, they face their first ever Technical Challenge. It's cake week... it's a Mary recipe... it's a classic cherry cake. But will the bakers be able to suspend the cherries and ice their cakes to the exacting standard of Ms Berry? As the next day dawns so does the Showstopper. The bakers must make classic British cakes... in perfect miniature... all 36 of them... 30 challenges, 12 brand-new bakers, two judges and two presenters, but there can only be one winner. On your marks, get set... bake!

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 181 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S4E8

#10 - Quarter Final

7.61

Season 4 - Episode 8

It is the quarter final and there are just five bakers left. In the last seven weeks they have been tested on normal cakes, breads, pastries, pies and puddings so the judges are upping the ante. This week's challenges test them on how they cope working with unconventional flours and unusual desserts which push their creativity to the max. For the signature challenge, the bakers must make a loaf using non-traditional wheat flours, encouraged instead to use the rarer flours such as spelt, rye, potato or tapioca flours. Whilst the bakers get busy with their loaves, the programme explores the history of the National Loaf. This culinary creation was borne out of necessity during World War Two, when the Ministry of Food developed a flour to make imports go further and keep the nation healthy in times of rationing. The technical round sees the bakers challenged to each make a dacquoise, made with three layers of fragile coiled meringue, sandwiched with coffee custard and topped with hazelnut praline, a dessert which also happens to be gluten free. For their final challenge, the bakers must push themselves out of their comfort zone to create showstopping novelty vegetable cakes - which must also be dairy free.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 145 votes.

#11 - Dairy Week
7.61
Season 10 - Episode 4

It's Dairy Week and Prue and Paul have set some tricky challenges including a Technical that dates back to Henry VIII and a Showstopper usually found at Indian weddings.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 140 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S5E4
#12 - Desserts
7.62
Season 5 - Episode 4

It's week four in the tent and the baking is getting serious. Having seen the bakers make cake, biscuits and bread, Mary and Paul up the ante - for the first time, we see how the bakers cope with multi-tasking across several baking skills at once. For their signature challenge the bakers must bake saucy puds - delicate sponges hiding a gooey saucy filling or a saucy surprise at the bottom. If baked for just a fraction too long the sauce won't ooze upon cutting, but they won't know if it has worked until they are judged. Sue explores the origins of the Paignton pudding - a pudding larger than a cow that caused a riot in Paignton in the 19th century. For the technical challenge, Mary sets the bakers her tiramisu cake. It's a new kind of tiramisu requiring the bakers to temper chocolate, bake beautifully thin coffee-soaked sponges and assemble to create perfect layers of sponge, cream and chocolate... but only if they read the recipe properly. For their final flourish the bakers are challenged to bake incredible showstopping baked alaskas made up of cake, meringue and ice cream... on the hottest day of the year so far. In the centre of a field in the middle of the English countryside the bakers have the odds stacked against them, as temperatures soar and tempers fray. There is still everything to bake for... on your marks... get set... bake!

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 155 votes.

#13 - Cake
7.64
Season 4 - Episode 1

The Bake Off returns and for the first time ever, the tent welcomes a baker's dozen to do battle. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax them through their baking trials, all the while under the scrutiny of the inimitable judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. With a range of baking styles and personalities, the Bake Off tent is packed with the best amateur bakers from around the country; from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter. But after ten weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious. This time, nobody is safe because Mary and Paul may decide to lose not one but two bakers at any time. The judges set the signature challenges as true home baker staples so that they can immediately see the bakers' personalities and their range of skills and ideas, setting them apart from each other. The first challenge is a sandwich cake. While this might seem simple, there is a difficult choice to be made between going for the classic or being experimental. Something tried and tested might not stand out, but going for ambitious flavours and ideas could miss the mark. Mary's first technical challenge is for angel food cake, which is not the bakers' idea of heaven as they attempt to follow the bare bones of the recipe, which proves to be a recipe for disaster for some. The showstopper explores all things chocolate, and is their final chance to secure their place in the Bake Off and save them from being the first to leave the tent.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 209 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S1E3
#14 - Bread
7.64
Season 1 - Episode 3

It is week three of the competition and the six remaining bakers are making bread in Kent. If they found cakes and biscuits challenging, it’s bread that’s considered the real test of a baker’s mettle. In the shadow of Sarre Windmill, the bakers will be kneading, proving and knocking back their dough under the watchful eye of baking writer Mary Berry and master baker Paul Hollywood. And as they battle it out to produce the perfect loaf, Mel and Sue will be tasting Britain’s earliest bread roll, finding out what happened to bread during the Industrial Revolution and relating the hidden history of the sandwich. Making bread is an ancient skill. Which of the bakers will best cope with the pressure and who will be the one who has to leave the Bake Off?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 225 votes.

#15 - Spice Week
7.65
Season 9 - Episode 5

It's Spice Week, and Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith task contestants with a teatime favourite Signature. The Technical means the bakers are tested with a tricky Arabian pastry. And, finally, they take on a fiddly Showstopper that promises to be anything but light work.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 198 votes.

#16 - Biscuits and Traybakes
7.65
Season 4 - Episode 5

Almost halfway through the Bake Off and the remaining eight bakers are faced with biscuits and traybakes. First up, a Signature Challenge that requires them to do something apparently simple - produce their favourite traybake. The bakers offer Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood their twists on everything from bakewells to banoffees and brownies. Next they face the thinnest Technical Challenge ever devised on Bake Off - the French classic tuiles, biscuits formed into fragile rolls and decorated with delicate designs of piped chocolate. And finally, a Showstopper of epic proportions as the bakers make 'biscuit towers'. Mel and Sue follow the trail of biscuit crumbs as the bakers produce architectural feats inspired by everything from ancient Japanese civilization to one of time travel's most feared enemies. Meanwhile, we discover how the Tottenham Cake, a pink, iced traybake produced by the Quakers of North London, became a match day treat at White Hart Lane.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 155 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S3E2
#17 - Bread
7.66
Season 3 - Episode 2

From the off the atmosphere in the Bake Off tent is charged as eleven bakers attempt to make flatbread. Tempting Paul and Mary with two varieties, the bakers are under pressure to produce 24 perfect flatbreads each. The feared technical challenge has the bakers in a twist as they attempt Paul's recipe for the notoriously difficult eight-strand plaited loaf. Remaining in the competition rests on pulling out all the stops in the showstopper challenge. Attempting a technique new to Bake Off, the bakers endeavour to make bagels. Boiled before they are baked, the eleven hopefuls have to produce 12 sweet and 12 savoury bagels. But who will impress and be named Star Baker and who will fail to make the grade and leave the Bake Off tent?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 189 votes.

#18 - Bread Week
7.66
Season 10 - Episode 3

It's Bread Week and the bakers tackle a signature bake designed to be shared. Then, the bakers must tackle a deceptively simple summer staple in the Technical and to finish there is an ambitious Showstopper.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 146 votes.

The Great British Bake Off - S1E4
#19 - Puddings
7.66
Season 1 - Episode 4

It’s week four of and the remaining five bakers have travelled to Bakewell in Derbyshire. This time the bakers are reinventing an often neglected British classic – the pudding. There will be sticky toffee puds, peach and blueberry ”boy-bait’, rhubarb and orange betty and a cherry queen of puddings. But the surprise bake set by judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry really tests the baker’s ability to cope with the pressure. Will the bakers rise to the occasion? As the puds go in the oven, Mel and Sue roam the country finding out how and why puddings changed from ‘meat’ to ‘sweet’, visiting the birthplace of school puddings and discovering how puddings helped change Britain’s image overseas.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 199 votes.

#20 - Patisserie Week
7.66
Season 8 - Episode 9

It's the semi-final, and the four remaining bakers must set to work on producing 24 exquisite choux buns. Prue Leith has set a complex technical for her first semi-final that leaves everyone stumped. And there's a meringue sculpture showstopper where the bakers mustn't crack under pressure. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig present, while Paul Hollywood passes judgement alongside Prue.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great British Bake Off from 271 votes.

Last updated: mar 07, 2021

Comments

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This show is so bloody stressful

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Stop marking this as cancelled, it is not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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