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The Great British Bake Off
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Series 3 - Episode 1
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“You respect Mary but you fear The Wood,” says one of the 12 amateurs in this year’s exceedingly good baking contest. And with good reason because while Queen Mary Berry is always charmingly polite about the soggiest-bottomed disaster, silver fox Paul Hollywood’s straight talking can cut through a nervy cook like a hot knife through butter.
The format’s the same, although there’s no well-endowed squirrel in the opening sequence and the nostalgia-draped Bake Off tent is now set up in glorious Somerset countryside. And the delicious Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc still provide the funny bits — and a shoulder to cry on — in between the bouts of baking.
The standard of baking has risen like a perfect soufflé with each series — some of the showstopper cakes in this first round are truly amazing — but mistakes are still made. Dusting a cake tin with salt instead of sugar is never a good idea.
Another chance to see the 2012 contest, as presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins invite 12 enthusiastic bakers to take part in a contest to determine which of them is Britain's best amateur, facing challenges devised by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. To begin with, they tackle an upside down cake, before following Paul's recipe for rum babas, a hybrid of cake and enriched dough that baffles some of the competitors. Finally, they are challenged to produce a show-stopping cake that reveals a hidden design when sliced into. Who will be first to leave?
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Full Episode Guide
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Bake Off's Sophie Faldo reveals the moment she spotted Prue Leith's Twitter blunder
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Paul Hollywood was "horrified" by Prue Leith's Bake Off gaffe
Prue Leith will return for The Great British Bake Off 2018
Bake Off finalists Sophie and Steven are going on a baking holiday – why aren't Channel 4 going along too?
What happened next: here's what the Bake Off class of 2017 is doing now
The Bake Off class of 2016 reunited to watch the 2017 final and it was heartwarming
Bake Off stars Julia and Yan took a road trip to see Flo and viewers loved their Carpool Karaoke
How to apply for The Great British Bake Off 2018