Great British Baking Show: Welcome to Biscuit Week


This is the second week of the new season of The Great British Pastry Fair and that means, as fans well know, it’s Biscuit Week. When I first started watching the show, I didn’t understand that cookies were what the British called cookies. I was always waiting for someone to bake cookies and wondered why everyone was baking cookies.

Either way, as you might remember from last week’s leaderboard, Jurgen and Giuseppe were clearly the favorites after Week 1 with Maggie and Freya also in the mix. Would the ranking change after a weekend of cookies? Keep reading to find out.

For the Signature Challenge, the bakers were tasked with making cognac snaps. They must have taken 24 identical shots, all filled with a tasty filling. Overall, most bakers walked out of the Challenge with at least a few positive words. Last week’s Star Baker Jurgen really impressed Paul and Prue with his spicy chai snaps while the flavor of Jairzino’s passion fruit snaps was too strong.

However, it was Maggie who received the worst reviews due to a soggy cookie. Which was shocking considering his performances during Cake Week. His traditional photographs were the only ones to receive overwhelmingly negative comments.

Which baker came home during Biscuit Week at the Great British Baking Show?

The technical challenge was Jammy Biscuits. It’s basically a sandwich cookie with two shortbread cookies filled with jam. While they are not necessarily complicated to perform, the heat in the tent and the pressure of the technique can provoke intense emotions.

Eventually Rochica found herself at the bottom with Crystelle and Jairzino, who really needed a solid performance. At the other end, Giuseppe and Jurgen, who quickly become the bakers to beat in the Tent.

For the Showstopper, the bakers are tasked with creating a 3D recreation of their favorite biscuit toy and just to make things more interesting, it has to have an interactive element. This is where some of the bakers really shone while others have faced one disaster after another.

In particular, it was Amanda who had a terrible day when her rocking horse completely collapsed while she was assembling it. This was probably due to the fact that she was using sugar cookies to make her Showstopper while everyone else was using gingerbread. The sugar cookie was just too brittle to hold together and while it tasted good according to Paul and Prue, that was about it.

Jurgen went with a windmill that was as tall as it was impressive. Giuseppe made a game board that looked great but lacked ambition and Jairzeno tried to create a sailboat with limited success.

Overall, most bakers get high marks for taste and a few, like George’s Plane, really get compliments for the technical magic achieved with the cookie. Jurgen left with his second Star Baker and a little surprised, (Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched the episode yet!), it was Jairzeno who came home, and he almost looks relieved.

After Biscuit Week, our Great British Pastry Fair The standings see a bit of a shuffle, with a few bakers dropping a few places and a new baker taking the top spot.

  1. Jürgen
  2. Giuseppe
  3. Freya
  4. Chigs
  5. Cristalle
  6. George
  7. Amanda
  8. Maggie
  9. Lizzie
  10. Rochica

Can Jurgen win three Star Bakers in a row? Will his rivalry with Giuseppe intensify? Can Freya break through and reach the top? How long before Lizzie and Rochica get home? Next week should be Bread Week, so expect another reshuffle as this Great British Baking Show season continues.

What do you think of the culprit eaters? Did Jairzeno deserve to go home for Maggie or Amanda? What do you think of the season so far? Leave a comment below and let us know or join the conversation on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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