The Great British Bake Off

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Bread

Series 2015 - Episode 3 Bread

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Review

It’s bread week and although Paul Hollywood is his usual scarily inscrutable self as he questions the remaining ten bakers about their quick breads (ie loaves baked without yeast), he’s surprisingly generous when he tastes their efforts. “It’s a thing of beauty, my friend,” he tells one. “A work of magic,” to another. And then one lucky amateur gets the Hollywood handshake of approval.

However, the technical challenge (making four perfect baguettes) is another matter. According to one contestant he’s “punching bread and shattering dreams”. And that’s worrying because coming bottom in this round, according to Mr H, automatically puts you in a precarious position.

But just wait until you see their bread sculptures – there are loaves in the shape of a lion, Brighton Pavilion and a bicycle. And one of them impresses the crusty judge so much he says it’s the best thing he’s seen made from bread ever.

Summary

The 10 remaining home-bakers must steel themselves to face the full force of Paul Hollywood's discerning eye as Bread week arrives. For the signature bake, the contestants are given an hour-and-a-half to prepare quick breads with no proving - which results in creative flavours such as sweet chocolate loaves and manchego and prosciutto-stuffed bread coming to the fore. Next up is the technical challenge, in which Paul lulls the bakers into a false sense of security by asking them to make baguettes, a relatively simple task that concludes with `the male judge' delivering one of his most brutal verdicts yet. Finally, a bicycle, a snake, a lion and even Brighton Pavilion find their way into the tent's ovens as the showstopper challenge sees the competitors crafting edible 3D bread sculptures.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Presenter Sue Perkins
Judge Paul Hollywood
Judge Mary Berry
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Series Producer Paolo Proto
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