Great British Bake Off: Beca Lyne-Pirkis
Who can ‘bake’ it in the final!
And so, the final is here. Series five of The Great British Bake Off is upon us and from thousands of applicants, 12 amateur bakers were chosen and whittled down to the final three. Having baked their way through 27 challenges in a tent in the middle of a field, all that stands between one of them winning is a few more challenges and two very hard to please judges.
Richard, Luis and Nancy are three phenomenal home bakers who have proved to the nation that they deserve to be in the final. They have created some spectacular bakes and flavour combinations, have accumulated many star bakers between them (but most of them by Richard!) and have managed to impress both judges along the way, even getting the occasional Hollywood Handshake!
As it is the final, then I fully expect some very tricky challenges for the bakers to tackle. So how does puff pastry sound to you? Oh and they have to make it as well as create something from it in three hours, and that’s just the signature bake! The showstopper challenge consists of sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petit fours, all to be completed in five hours in the Bake Off tent. It’s more of a baking marathon than a competition; whoever has the best stamina and is still standing at the end of the three challenges will be crowned the winner.
The judges will be looking for perfection in everything, from taste and decoration, to skill and technique as well as how the bakers present their final bakes.
Even before I went into the tent, I would always make sure that whatever I baked was presented beautifully on one of my many cake stands…you can never have too many in my opinion! I have stands in slate and glass, some pretty pink ones as well as my treasured Sophie Conran for Portmeirion cake stands in every size. When we got married, one of the things I wanted on our gift list was a new set of crockery and I knew I wanted something that was contemporary and young, something of good quality that would stand the test of time and something white so that it would show off whatever food it was showcasing.
The Sophie Conran for Portmeirion range ticked every box for me. I love inviting the girls over for afternoon tea and getting out my Sophie Conran for Portmeirion teacups and saucers and making the table look pretty. I often make a fuss even if I’m just having a cup of tea with something I’ve baked. If I’ve managed to get both my girls down for a nap, you will usually find me enjoying half an hour of peace with a cup of tea and a homemade scone using my best crockery and napkins of course.
I suppose that is one very good thing that has come from being on the Great British Bake Off; I still absolutely love to bake and still see it as a treat, and it’s a joy to think that we as a nation love our cake so much that we get very emotionally involved with a baking competition. But who doesn’t love cake?