The Great British Bake Off

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Alternative Ingredients

Series 2015 - Episode 5 Alternative Ingredients



From the start of Bake Off, there’s been a small note of disgruntlement amid all the happy cooing and giggling: what about people whose dietary requirements mean they could never enjoy half the creations that form in the hallowed tent? Dismissing gluten-, sugar- or dairy-free baking as a nuisance is easy if you’re lucky enough to eat what you like, but those variations are now part of our cuisine, and GBBO reflects that fact in this episode.

The signature challenge bans white sugar, with one baker going a step further by eliminating flour as well, which surely risks ending up with just an omelette. Then Paul Hollywood demands pittas without gluten, but with fluffy pockets. Finally, in a showstopper round where imaginations run riot and in some cases disappear over the horizon, ice-cream rolls have to be made with coconut milk in lieu of dairy.


The eight remaining home-bakers face a challenge of a different kind, as Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins reveal that the contestants must work their way through this week's tasks using alternatives to commonly-used ingredients. For the signature bake, they are asked to create a variety of sugar-free cakes, and one competitor decides to take an even healthier step by preparing a cake without any traditional form of flour. Next up, in the technical challenge, Paul Hollywood sets the bakers to work making gluten-free pittas using a particularly sticky dough, and for the showstoppers, they must create dairy-free ice-cream rolls.

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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