Hard to believe it’s that time of year again guys. The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens tonight (even if only on Channel 4). What did you all think?!
I have to be honest, I never thought the Great British Bake Off would work without Mary Berry. I remember nearly a year ago now, when they announced it was moving off the BBC without Mary Berry about thought, why have Channel 4 even bothered. Then, when Noel Fielding was announced I just couldn’t see it, and I actually enjoy seeing Noel Fielding on tv usually.
I guess the thing blocking it in my mind so how they pitched it, the very same but very different. Yes, we are still given iconic bakers as judges but with the random addition of The Mighty Boosh! Also, I didn’t actually spot Noel eating any cake..! His presence is a funny one because he’s actually quite reserved on it. I kind of feel like they haven’t let his natural character out. Maybe this will change as the weeks go on but I’m not sure what the point of co-hosts are if they don’t bring their own personalities to the show. Mel and Sue were cute together with their puns and jokes but that doesn’t mean the new co-hosts need to be carbon copies. If Noel is going to be on The Great British Bake Off then I want to truly see him on it. Not a toned down version.
Anyway, having just finished watching the entire episode, it seems there really wasn’t a lot to worry about at all. Apart from all the adverts and the placement of a Jamie Oliver (LOVE) loaf tin, you’d hardly know it had moved station. It’s the same Great British Bake Off but without Mary Berry (I missed her though!). I actually found myself a little disappointed that they didn’t try to change it at all?! The intro, the music, the structure have all remained the exact same.
The signature round kicked off first as always, asking the bakers to make a Fruity Cake. Nothing too wild here and kind of what I expected for episode one. Some of them were awful though and hard to watch. I actually can’t imagine the pressure of having to preform on camera, especially when things don’t go your way! I go crazy even when alone in my own kitchen never mind with a large audience. Seeing them cry is awful, especially in the first episode.
I loved the technical round: Chocolate Mini Rolls! Retro but still very much a welcome addition to any teatime. They were tasked with filling them with a peppermint buttercream though – have you ever heard of this? Is this a traditional filling for them? To be honest, I felt a lot of the contestants did really well with this challenge. Although some of them looked a bit clumsy (que Mary Berry), they are fiddly to make.
The show stopper round was crazy for the first episode. They were asked to make an Illusion Cake (I didn’t even know what this meant!). Basically, it’s a cake that does not look like a cake. Sounds obvious now I type it. Some of the cakes presented were truly amazing. I would never have been able to achieve what some of these bakers presented and it’s only the first week. I know it is the GREAT British Bake Off, but jeez give them a chance to settle in.
If I have a slight bug about The Great British Bake Off, it’s only that it is quite advanced. Elaborate illusion cakes on week one! Don’t get me wrong, I do love seeing them create unbelievable cakes and creations. However, I would like to see a stronger emphasis on cakes the average home baker could recreate. Then again, this would probably be a completely different show.
I’m definitely tuning back in next week and would encourage doubters to do the same. It’s funny, The Great British Bake Off is welcomed back by me but I do miss Mary. Paul was pretty consistent but was throwing out handshakes left, right and centre. There is a time and a place sir and episode one is not it.
I’m now debating whether I should have a go at making Mini Rolls myself over the next week. It would be kind of fun to bake along with the show. Would you guys like to see more posts on the Bake Off challenges? What did you all think of the first episode on Channel 4? Let me know 🙂
PS, cute throw back from watching the final back in 2013! Told you I was a Mary Berry fan 🙂