Great Baking Challenge

Great Baking Challenge

See My Great Baking Challenge Progress Here!

GBBO: Series 3
Progress 40%

Series 3 Chart

Episodes:

Signature:

Technical:

Showstopper:

Episode 1: Cakes

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Orange Babas

Hidden Design Chocolate Cake

Episode 2: Bread

Garlic Buttered Naan & Basic Flatbreads

8-Plait Challah Bread

Cinnamon Raisin & Thyme Rosemary Bagels

Episode 3: Tarts

Apple Pear Tarte Tatin

Treacle Tart

Chocolate Orange Raspberry Tart

Episode 4: Desserts

Lemon Blueberry Torte

Creme Caramel Up Next!

Why am I doing this? Read below to find out...

Who out there knows the Great British Baking Show??

I cannot say enough good things about this show. If you don’t know what it is or haven’t watched it yet, go watch it right now. Yes, I mean start this very second. It’s a super homey, and totally addicting. Basically, it’s amateur bakers competing against one another through 10 episodes for the chance to be star baker of each episode (and to not go home) and ultimately the last one standing.

Each episode consists of three challenges: a signature, a technical, and a showstopper. The signature challenge is where the contestants bake a dish with flavors they are partial to. The technical challenge is a bake of the judges choosing in which the contestants only have a limited set of directions. You could say this bake proves the skills and experience they have. The last challenge, the showstopper, is exactly what it sounds like. The bakers are meant to pull out all the stops with this one! So after all three challenges the judges decide who gets to be awarded star baker and who has to go home.

I love this show not only because it’s baking, but because it has none of the glam, the pressure, and the hyped-up drama all the other shows out there have. This show feels more homey with its delightful background music, hilarious hosts, laid-back judges (although Paul tends to be a little harsher with judging, Mary and in later seasons, Prue, tend to balance him out), and fun atmosphere. That’s not to say there isn’t any pressure in the tent at all; there definitely is, but it’s not extrapolated to the tenth degree. All the contestants care for each other, the judges and hosts care and it’s all good fun! There’s no back stabbing, fighting, gossiping, or high stakes. It’s just people who love to bake.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

What's the Great British Baking Show have to do with me? Let me tell you...

Every single time I watched the show, I wanted to bake whatever it was they were baking. I came to realize that I could bake every single thing they make on the show and then blog about it! Of course I came up with the idea while watching Julie and Julia, the movie based on a true story where a woman decides she’s going to give herself a year to bake every single recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I did the math and with the 7 seasons and 2 holiday episodes released in the U.S. With 10 episodes per season and 3 bakes per episode, that’s a total of 216 recipes for me to bake. With a full-time job and and the other bakes I do, this challenge could end up taking me a while to complete, but I’m up for it! 

I plan on going through the seasons in the way they were originally released in Britain. That means I’ll be starting with Series 3 (Series 1 & 2 are not available in the U.S.) which is called “the beginnings” collection on Netflix. Once I finish Series 3, I will move on to Series 4 and so on.

Take a look at the GBBO Wikipedia page. It goes over each season, what the challenges are and who all the bakers are. It’s how I keep track of what I should be baking next!

Chocolate Orange Tart

I hope you stick around to see me complete my challenge. Happy baking! 

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