All the masterpieces from this week's Bake Off
It seems like only two minutes since this series of The Great British Bake Off started, but sadly it’s coming to an end, and we’re torn between never wanting it to be over and sheer excitement for next week’s final.
This week the contestants battled it out to bake the best baklava. It was the most tense show of the series thus far and we practically watched the whole episode through our fingers.
If the contestants weren’t panicking over layers, they were torn between making last minute improvements to their bakes. The pressure to perform well ahead of the final began to get to the ladies, with the men emerging and strong contenders for the much-coveted winner’s trophy.
Click through the gallery to see whose baklava impressed, and whose sank their hopes of securing star baker status…
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Mary Berry loved the 'crisp crunch' she got from Nancy's muesli-filled baklava - and we loved the thought of cake for breakfast!
Despite Nancy worrying that her desserts 'lacked finesse', they got the seal of approval from Mary and Paul thanks to the crisp texture throughout. Originality prevails on Bake Off once again!
The big debate of the epsiode: is a 'cup' really a baklava? Sadly, the answer was a resounding no. Luis' creativitiy failed him this time, and Paul declared his bake 'far too dry'.
His Hawaii Baklava Rolls couldn't save the day either, when Mary declared his filo pastry too thick. Next time Luis - try more layers!
It seems that Richard can do no wrong, and last night was more of the same - almost. Mary and Paul loved his Rose and Pistachio Baklava, praising everything from the traditional look and flavour of the bake to the big pistachio chunks (Mary was a fan).
Sadly, his second bake - Walnut and Almond Baklava - was slightly underbaked. Richard, it's unlike you to be so
We loved the sound of Chetna's baklavas - like a chocolate orange cake! Sadly, Paul and Mary were disappointed in the layers which were too thick and, subsequently, absorbed all of the syrup.
This week's bakers just can't seem to get those pesky layers right!
Schichttorte is probably as difficult to make as it is to pronounce! 20 layers of grilled cake - yes, you read that right, grilled - covered in chocolate.
As usual, the contestants had a good go at baking a cake that they had never heard of before, with mixed results. Nancy's Schichttorte was missing two vital layers, but had the taste the judges were looking for.
Mary and Paul admired the 'great height' and professional finish of Luis' Schichttorte. Amazingly, he also managed 20 perfectly light and dark layers! Even the flavour didn't disappoint. First place and a 'faultless' from Paul - what a week!
Chetna's lopsided Schichttorte didn't go down too well with Paul and Mary. Only 17 layers and a 'hard crust' on the bottom layer? Oh Chetna, this really wasn't your strong point!
Richard's 20 layers were there, it's just a shame they were slightly too thin. We did admire his glossy finish though, as did the judges. A well-deserved second place.
Showstopper time! Our mouth's were wartering at the thought of Richard's clever entrements, and the judges were just as impressed as us by the finish.
With Mary saying Richard's bakes were 'very exciting to eat' and Paul describing them as 'delicious', are we witnessing the next big thing in the baking world?
Despite the judges being unimpressed with the appearance of Nancy's entrements, the flavours were praised. Sadly, Paul thought the desserts were 'a bit low' for her standards. Poor Nancy!
'Really sensational' from Mary Berry is one huge compliment, and Luis made sure his layers were perfectly up to her standard. Is Luis creeping up on favourite Richard as one to watch for the Bake Off crown? We'll be keeping a close eye on him!
Chetna's clever chocolate work was admired, but mary described her cappucino entrements as 'bulbous'. Oh dear.
Sadly, Chetna didn't impress, and she left this week's Bake Off after a lack of flavour and overall disappointing week.
With just one more week to go, we say bring on the final!