The Great British Bake Off Season 11 Episode 9 – My Thoughts

Itโ€™s that time again, itโ€™s another episode of The Great British Bake Off but – this time – itโ€™s the Semi Final! I for one canโ€™t believe how quick it has gone.

Last week, the bakers demonstrated their dessert skills as they crafted cheesecake, stumbled over Sussex puddings and were judged on their jelly designs.

This week, Semi Final Week, saw the bakers patisserie put to the test (Iโ€™m struggling to come to terms with it almost being the final).

As with my previous posts, Iโ€™ll talk about the bakers, the challenges and the results. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, SEASON 11 EPISODE 9.


The bakers

As Iโ€™ve previously said, my opinions on the bakers will change from show to show – though there arenโ€™t many to love/not love this week!

I couldnโ€™t really say who Iโ€™m loving or the โ€œones to watchโ€ this week because – being so close to the final – theyโ€™ve all proven themselves.


The challenges

The ninth week – and the semi final – of the competition saw the bakers patisserie put to the test. As is standard, they took on the Signature, Technical and Showstopper Challenges.

๐’ฎ๐’พ๐‘”๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“‰๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘’๐“ƒ๐‘”๐‘’

For the Signature Challenge, the bakers were asked to make 12 savarin – which took me a long time to figure out how to spell! All I do know about them is that Iโ€™d (very) happily eat them all for sure. There was a bit of trouble, plenty of alcohol and even a handshake.

๐’ฏ๐‘’๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘’๐“ƒ๐‘”๐‘’

For the Technical Challenge, the bakers were asked to make Danish cornucopia which was very technical indeed! It was a bit of a faff if you ask me and the results definitely varied.

๐’ฎ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“Œ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘œ๐“…๐“…๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘’๐“ƒ๐‘”๐‘’

For the Showstopper Challenge, the bakers were asked to make a cube cake. They reminded me of a certain branded cake but more technical (of course) and with added STRESS. The final products were somewhere between very messy (but still delicious looking) and perfect patisserie.


The result

As the final comes hurtling ever closer, the judges have got tougher on the contestants, making the judging process almost as hard to watch as the bakers creating their bakes each week!

The results this week were

โญ๏ธ Star Baker: Peter

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Out: Hermine

This week, the stress levels (both in the tent and for the viewers at home) increased tenfolds! I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s the final of the 2020 series next week, though. Iโ€™m sad itโ€™s almost another series over but Iโ€™m looking forward to watching and stressing one last time.

Did you watch tonightโ€™s episode? Iโ€™d love to chat with you in the comments ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Want to catch up with the series so far?

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You can hear my thoughts on the series so far on Twitter, and other, non-Bake Off related things on Instagram , Pinterest and Goodreads.

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