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Bake Off Bake Along | The Final

Well, that’s it, it’s all over. I thought it might be nice to sew up this series with something more conversational instead of attempting one last bake, because it feels as though there’s a lot to talk about, and I don’t want to distract from it all with another bloody baking fail.

Bake Off Bake Along Teacakes

The Final

Something bizarre happened this year: I didn’t cry. I didn’t cry when Sophie won, I didn’t cry when Sandi cried, I just didn’t cry. This, from a girl who cries at every televisual opportunity she can. Tears stream down my face at McDonalds adverts, I don’t even attempt to watch nature programmes anymore, and don’t get me started on One Born Every Minute. For me to remain dry eyed throughout all the should-be tear jerking content of the last episode of GBBO can mean one thing, and one thing only..

I was not that engaged this year

I don’t know why. It might be because I’m crazy busy all round this year and I just haven’t had the energy to be emotionally invested, but I don’t think that’s all it is. I have to admit that, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t warm to Prue Leith as a Mary Berry replacement, and it kind of threw me off. On top of that, I didn’t feel invested enough in any of the contestants this series – at least not enough to be glued to the tv for the entire hour to make sure I didn’t miss any slight giveaway of who might win star baker and who might be on their way out. It wasn’t the highlight of my week as it has been in years before. Is that a reflection of my life being emptier before or the show lacking slightly now? I’m undecided.

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Noel Fielding

Oh boy, was he a wild card. I adore Noel, so I was super invested in him doing well and stuck my fingers in my ears when people were berating him in the first few episodes because he clearly needed to settle in. Having now seen him do the entire series, I’d say he did pretty damn well. He’s not a natural fit, but he manages to retain enough of his quirky charm without seeming uncomfortable on the set of a show that is sort of opposite to his style in pretty much every way. Plus, he and Sandi are slowly developing a lovely comedic partnership that I am very much looking forward to witnessing the continuation of. However, they’re no match for Mel and Sue. So while the entire time I was watching Prue and wishing, wishing she were Mary, the same is true of Noel and Sandi. I think it will take me a few transitional series to just get used to this cast change.

Will I keep watching?

Of course. These are all teething problems of my own. The format of the show hasn’t changed, I still adore it and it still brings food Twitter together in ways that are totally worth sticking around for. I’m just super hung up on the loss of Bezza, Mel and Sue.

The Baking

It’s been so good for me to be in the kitchen baking every weekend, and I really hope that I continue this at least fortnightly now because it is such a lovely therapeutic activity, particularly at this time of year. Here’s a look at some of my best..

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Banana and Thyme Cake

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Whisky Custard Creams

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Millionaire Shortbread

I think we’ll leave it there. Mostly because it’s Sunday morning and I have all sorts of jobs to do that I’m currently ignoring. I hope you enjoyed following along with the bake off with me, I’ll almost certainly be doing it again next year.

If you’re worried about what’s going to fill the Monday slot on the blog now, don’t fret. I’ve got the most exciting blog series launching this time next week, you’re gonna love it.

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5 Comments

  1. Totally agree with you about Prue, I thought I might warm up to her, but unfortunately just found her to be a bit annoying. In fact, I didn’t expect to like Noel as much on Bake Off, but I did! I hope next years is a bit more impressive.. x

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