The best and worst bakes of series 3
Relive the baking highlights and soggy bottoms of the series, in the run up to the final.
Episode 1 - Cakes - Victoria’s blackbird hidden in a pie cake
“It tells a story, anybody could guess it," said Mary, awarding Victoria star baker.
Episode 1 - Cakes - Stuart and Peter's union jack cakes
Both Stuart and Peter attempted union jack cakes, but Peter’s had the edge.
Episode 1 - Cakes - James' pear, pecan and parsnip upside down cake
Mary said: “It’s very brave to put that parsnip in, even though we can’t find it”.
Episode 1 - Cake - Nastasha’s hidden rose sunset cake
This impressed Mary on the outside, but on the inside Paul said; “It’s practically raw”.
Episode 2 - Peter's wrapped flag bagels
“They’re more like bread rolls, than they are bagels.” said Paul.
Episode 2 - Bread - Stuart’s cinnamon and cranberry & tomato and thyme bagels
Paul said: “both are over proved... and they don't look like bagels.”
Episode 3 - Tarts - James' rose, lychee and raspberry fruit tart
It was an instant hit with Mary, who had never tasted a rose flavored tart before.
Episode 3 - Tarts - Victoria's tropical fruit tart with black pepper crust
"Slight soggy bottom there" says Paul, who also picks up on a confusing mix of flavours.
Episode 4 - Desserts - Manisha's crème caramel
Sue remains supportive of this effort; "You can't deny it's got a good wobble though".
Episode 4 - Desserts - Danny's blackberry, white chocolate, lemon and elderflower torte
Paul commented on the "impressive layers" and Mary stated it was "absolutely delicious".
Episode 5 - Pies - Ryan's technical challenge - hand-raised pie
Paul didn't hold back: "There's no layers at all. This is not a pie, it's a pasty".
Episode 5 - Pies - Ryan's key lime pie
Paul stated this pie was "good enough on its own to make Ryan star baker".
Episode 6 - Puddings - Danny's jubilee chocolate fondants
Danny had a disaster when she dropped her bake on the floor.
Episode 6 - Pudding - Danny's banoffee puddings with walnut butterscotch sauce
Paul was complimentary saying; "That's delicious. Both of them taste extremely good".
Episode 7 - Sweet Dough - Brendan's black forest Christmas stollen
Mary and Paul were impressed by the presentation and taste of the stollen.
Episode 8 - Biscuits - Cathryn's cheese and pickle crackers
Cathryn had a disastrous signature bake with her cheese and pickle “car crash crackers.”
Episode 8 - Biscuits Cathryn's technical challenge chocolate teacakes
Cathryn had a biscuit dilemma, when the chocolate refused to set on her teacakes.
Episode 8 - Biscuits - James’ gingerbread barn
“If that is the look you are going for, top marks,” said Paul, awarding James star baker.
Episode 9 - Patisserie - Brendan's lime curd choux pastry cygnets
Paul said; "Petit Four? You’ve come the closest of the four".
Episode 9 - Patisserie - Danny's technical challenge Fraisier cake
Paul said: “We’re going to need a spoon with this, rather than a slice.”
Episode 9 - Patisserie - James' Paris-Brest
Sue said: “It’s the nicest bike I've ever eaten,” of the Tour-De-France inspired pastry.
Episode 10 - The Final - John's Tartarus et caeli: heaven and hell cake
But it was John's showstopper chiffon cake that won him the crown of best amateur baker.
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