Bake Off final: The bakes we will actually make from this series

The Great British Bake Off 2020
The Great British Bake Off 2020 (PA Media)
11:23am, Tue 24 Nov 2020
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Yep, it’s final time for Great British Bake Off contestants Dave, Laura and Peter. Ten weeks of dodgy babas, outstanding caged tarts and cheesecakes galore are coming to an end – so it’s only fitting to look back at the many challenges the bakers have been set.

Some bakes have been pretty standard: pineapple upside-down cake (although anyone who opts to make individual ones rather than a massive tray of the delicious stuff, is beyond us), quiche, pasties and chocolate brownies (how so many of the contestants messed this round up, we don’t know…).

While many of the showstopper challenges looked pretty inedible once constructed and reinforced (no one wants a large bread plaque, Paul Hollywood, and no, we’d rather not chip away at a 3D biscuit table setting, Prue Leith). But there were some bakes we’d genuinely like to attempt.

These are the goodies you might just catch us trying out at home…

Soda bread: Move over sourdough, soda bread looks an absolute doddle to make. And you can bulk it out with crispy bits of bacon and a tonne of cheese. We are totally sold.

Chocolate babka: There looks to be something very soothing about braiding together a cocoa laced dough and squishing it into a baking tin. And then you get to tear hunks off and get away with eating it for breakfast. Yum.

Coconut macaroons: Towers of coconut, mango curd and chocolate – these babies look ridiculously good. Plus they require a little finesse, but won’t keep you in the kitchen for an entire weekend.

Chocolate florentines: A few batches of these, boxed up nicely, and Christmas presents are absolutely sorted this year.

Ice cream cake: Oh the nostalgia! And the weird squeak as your teeth bite through the cold of the ice cream into the sponginess of cake. To be fair to the bakers, they had to contend with a heatwave when making theirs, but at home, an ice cream cake would be quite an entertaining project.

And the ones we definitely won’t…

Battenburg: Mr Kipling just does them so well; why interfere?

Eclairs: The very idea of devoting an entire afternoon to grappling with choux pastry and piping bags makes us feel quite exhausted. These are best bought from the bakery; light, airy, full of cream and slathered with chocolate. Homemade, they’re bound to bring on some kind of existential crisis.

Sussex Pond Puddings: We’d happily eat one (they’re traditionally stuffed with a lemony syrup after all), but the words ‘suet’ and ‘pastry’ strike fear into our amateur baking hearts.

Jelly art design cake: No. Just no. Sure, the bakers’ cakes were impressive, but jelly should only be used in trifle, or in conjunction with ice cream at children’s birthday parties. That is all.

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