The baking continued this week on The Great British Bake Off, as the semi-finals kicked off.


For this week's Bake Off theme, it was all about patisserie week, with the remaining contestants in the Great British Bake Off 2023 line-up tackling an elegant French patisserie Signature, a tricky Technical and an Italian celebration cake made up of delicate puff pastry layers.

As usual, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood returned to judge the bakes, while Noel Fielding was on hand to provide support to the bakers and host the show.

Viewers will have noticed, however, that Alison Hammond was missing from this week's episode.

Read on for everything you need to know about Alison Hammond's absence this week, including whether she'll be back on the baking show in time for next week's final.

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Why isn't Alison Hammond on The Great British Bake Off this week?

Alison Hammond didn't host The Great British Bake Off 2023 semi-final alongside Noel Fielding due to feeling unwell.

At the beginning of the episode, Noel announced that Alison would be sitting this week out, saying: "Welcome back to the tent! Unfortunately, today Alison is a little bit poorly, so she won't be joining us, but she'll back soon."

When will Alison Hammond be back on The Great British Bake Off?

Hammond is expected to return for The Great British Bake Off final, which will air on Tuesday 28th November.

It will see the final three contestants going head to head in their final Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges.

The best contestant will be named this year's Great British Bake Off winner, following in the footsteps of last year's champion Syabira.

The Great British Bake Off airs at 8pm on Tuesdays on Channel 4.

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