979 – Season Finale Great British Baking Off to Sleep S9/C6 E10
As you drift off to sleep a tear will roll down my cheek and a glass a milk one will seek.
- Navel Gazing
- Dulce de Leche
- Who Weekly? Podcast
- John Tesh
- Top Chef
Notable Talking Points:
- Practicing Making Sounds for Archery
- Rahul's Great Milk Line
- Rahul's Journey of Confidence
Episode 979 – Season Finale Great British Baking Off to Sleep S9/C6 E10
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, patron peeps…what do you say, patrons? What do you say we get bakin’? Goodness sakin’. You want a podcaster who’s here to entertain you and not fakin’. It’s time for Sleep With Me, patrons, the podcast you make possible.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake, whether it’s thoughts, things you’re thinking about that are on your mind, past, present, future, current. You know, I never thought…I just realized there was a show…used to be a show on TV called A Current Affair and it was a info…what do you call that? A news magazine show. I think that was technically the name of that genre of program.
I said, what a general…I had never…I said that must be the most general name…it wasn’t about affairs, either. It was about affairs, general. It was…meaning anything that’s going on. You say, what…a…current soirees? No, but if there was a soiree, I guess they could cover it. That was a show…I remember it starting as a kid and then it was probably on…one of the many times in my life I had the TV on and I wasn’t paying attention, just like this…it was…serves as background noise while I was playing with my toys. But I just thought of that I think because I used one of those words and I said A Current Affair; that doesn’t really say anything, does it? Then they said yeah, we could talk about anything as long as it’s somewhat current and whatever the generalized word of…is going on. So, current and happening, maybe.
I don’t know. Again, my vocabulary…oh, sorry. I’m making a sleep podcast, so whatever you’re thinking about, well, that’s how I got to it. I said if it’s current thinking…it could be feelings, anything emotionally coming up for you. I mean, I know I have emotions about that show because I think wait a second, wasn’t that…? And then I…and then there’s a sound effect that goes with it when they say it, like a zinging sound effect with a twang at the end. Kind of like if you were practicing arch…if you were practicing making sound effects for archery, that was their tag noise. Maybe there was music. I just remember the zoom, clang. I think this show was either on before or after Entertainment Tonight. I don’t know; is Entertainment Tonight still on the air? That was a show that I paid a little bit more attention to.
Particularly, that’s where I got…before Who? Weekly…nowadays, Who? Weekly, the podcast with Lindsey and Bobby, that’s where you could get your real info. But where was I? Oh, I was trying to start a sleep podcast. Sorry, I thought I was doing a thesis that was based on an ode I wrote; Things on TV While I was Playing with Toys. Now I think I’m hearing the theme song to a show…I don’t know. I said, is that Entertainment Tonight or something else? Okay, so feelings, anything feeling…emotionally coming up for you or physically coming up for you. Could be other stuff; changes in time, temperature, routine, your work schedule, your personal schedule, or it could be baffling.
But whatever it is that’s keeping you awake, I’d like to take your mind off of stuff and keep you company while you drift off. What I propose to do, which kinda sounds counterintuitive after these tangents I’ve already been on, but I mean, those are both shows in the…that started around the 80s or something that were on during…not during the day; after cartoons because that was the reason why I would have just watched cartoons or been generally…had cartoons playing, or animated television programs, technically. I would have had those on while I was playing with toys, but those end. I mean, who would have thought? They said well, now…sorry kids, now we gotta get on other shows.
There’s currently Entertain…there’s Tonight, There’s Entertainment Somewhere in the World, and There’s Currently Things Going On. So, oh…so, but I’m gonna send my voice across the deep, dark night. I’m gonna use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones, pointless meanders, and superfluous tangents. Those are things you’ve already…you’ve experienced already. I’m gonna go off-topic, I’m gonna get mixed up, I’m gonna talk about nothing, essentially, or nothing of importance. I mean, not to…I guess I could…can I throw shade at stuff that doesn’t currently exist in its current format? Talk…Current Affair was not really about…it was…that I remember. But I don’t think you would go to it for your hard news. So, again, very similarly, you say well, it’s a show about stuff.
Anyway, I don’t know what that has to do with any…well, this is…a couple things; if you’re new, this podcast is very different. You may have already determined that. So, if you’re having a strange reaction, that makes sense. People come to the show and they’re skeptical, and on their first listen sometimes their skepticism deepens and that makes sense to me because I’m skeptical about sleep stuff all the time. If you’re skeptical or doubtful, I’m glad you’re…like, I hope I can help you, but for most listeners they say hey, it takes two or three tries to get used to the show, so give it a couple tries. Nothing to lose. Some people just won’t ever…the podcast doesn’t work for everybody but it also sometimes elicits strong feelings in people of not liking it, and that’s fine too. You don’t have to like the show. I totally understand.
This is an acquired taste, but it takes some acquiring. So, oh, that’s the…other things on that level. This is a podcast you don’t really listen to or pay attention to, so you just kinda barely listen, just like when I was a kid there…I mean, I…let’s just say I’d…playing with my sister’s toys sometimes. I may have been…some…there is something…whatever you want to say about those Barbie dolls or whatever; let’s not get into that but their hair could be combed, and you want to talk about a meditative practice…here’s the thing; go to any store that sells used things. Do yourself a…this could be a new…I’ve tried all these techniques; none of them have really taken hold and I realize, yeah, the people have strong…Barbie is something that people have strong feelings about. Totally understandable.
Let’s just talk about the…combing hair on a Barbie independent of all that other stuff. I could do that all day long, or as a kid. I don’t know when the last time I did it was. I think if the last time I did it, it was not a Barbie. It was a…what is that, anthropomorphic figure from the TV show M-O-N-S-T-E-R H-I-G-H. But, I brushed their hair. I don’t think…’cause I don’t know if we have a comb. But anyway, so…but brushing dolls’ hair is meditative for me, or as a kid, I may have been doing that. I don’t care if you know. I mean, I’m proud that it relaxed me. I wish I would have…somebody would have said kid, keep that up, man. You’re gonna need that. You know what? When you go to school, you better take a doll in your backpack, one of your sister’s dolls, and your comb with your…with you, ‘cause you’re gonna need it.
That would be something that plays out exactly the opposite of how you would think. It’s…excuse me teacher, before you raise your voice, or excuse me older children, before you…let me take this doll and comb its hair. Then I would just be blissed out and they would be stunned. I’d say, I’d appreciate it if you…just like those episodes when I have a perm. Oh boy, I’ve gone far-field. So, oh, this is a podcast you don’t really listen to. Like, I was playing with toys and not listening to the TV shows. I was aware they were on but they were there more as a undercurrent affair. They were under my Current Affairs, so I wasn’t really paying attention other than to the music and the sound effects. So, that’s this podcast. This podcast also — believe it or not — doesn’t put you to sleep. It’s here to keep you company while you fall asleep.
Eventually the idea is you’ll fall asleep. You’ll just be listening to me and then you’ll wake up tomorrow. That’s why the shows are over an hour, to give you plenty of time to drift off so you don’t feel any pressure or anything. So, it’s a podcast you don’t listen to, don’t fall asleep…I’m here to keep you company. Even if you can’t sleep, I’ll be here. But I’m here to be your bore-bae, your bore-sib, your bore-cuz, your bore-bestie, [00:10:00] your bore-bruh. Then the structure of the show is also something that does take getting used to for some people, which is understandable. It’s a different structure; show starts off with a greeting so you feel seen and welcome and know that I’m doing my best to create a safe and welcoming place. Then there’s listener support and then there’s support for the free podcast.
Then there’s a intro. The intro runs twelve to twenty-five minutes of me doing what I’ve been doing for the past eight or nine minutes; rambling. But so, for a regular listener, they say okay, I wonder what Scoots is gonna talk about tonight. Didn’t expect…again…once again in, you know, a thousand…almost a thousand episodes, I found stuff I probably haven’t talked about before. I’m even saving…the names of people…hosts are popping into my head. Well, John and Leeza; that’s who I was thinking of, but…I said well, I could have saved that for another intro. Now, but so, John Tesh and Leeza Gibbons. That’s what…when I think of…what was the name of the show? Stars Tonight? Oh, Entertainment Tonight. Sorry. That’s where I got my Hollywood news from, or entertainment-based news. Okay, so, pod…oh, the intro.
It goes on and on and on. Now, regular listeners say okay, Scoots is getting mixed up again. But the…for most listeners, the intro offers you a chance to get some distance from the day. So, if your first reaction is what is the intro? Why are you still going on? Is this some sort of self-promotion or navel gazing? I’d say well, I mean, navel gazing; probably. If I could…I’m not a…I’m recording now, so I can’t really gaze at my navel. But probably that’s what I was doing when I was a kid instead of paying attention to those shows. I was gazing at the navels of my toys. So, oh, so the intro eases you into bedtime, so a lot of listeners are doing some sort of other activity like brushing dolls’ hair. There’s definitely one or two people out there listening doing that, and I say thank goodness, keeping the dream alive for me. Thank you.
Doesn’t it feel good? Isn’t it relaxing? I wonder if it’s relaxing…maybe just like…maybe that’s one of those things…literally a tool in the toolbox we keep intact…or just, you know, you could get one of those ones that you put the makeup on that’s like, a three-quarter size head. Keep that put away somewhere and then when you had a really rough day you say well, I’m gonna brush some doll hair. It might work. Oh, but so, the intro, it just…it gives you a way to get ready for bed or to start to unwind, and then get in bed and get comfortable. Now, you could skip it. 3% of listeners start the show at twenty to twenty-two minutes, but just see how it goes. Then after the intro is business. That’s how…again, it’s just part of keeping the podcast free for everybody. Then there’s a story.
Tonight, I’ll be honest, it should be a Great British Bake Off episode but it could be something else. So, I don’t really know ‘cause I’m recording it tomorrow. So, I don’t know what it’ll be. Well, we’ll say it’s a Great…we’ll just make this the opening for it, so it’ll be the season finale of the Great British Bake Off, so that’s exciting. Then there’s some thank-yous, so that’s the structure of the show. The reason I make the show is because you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a place you could rest and if you get the rest you need, your world will be better and my world will be better, and that’s really important to me. It’s also important because I’ve been there tossing and turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, so I know how it feels.
I want to help, so alls I could tell you is give it a few tries, see how it goes, and yeah, and then kinda test it out. Well, I’d like to start it here. I like to listen all night or I put it on when I wake up, or I start it when I’m starting to get ready for bed, or I do some knitting. Maybe you’re knitting clothes for dolls. Maybe it has nothing to do with dolls. You say wait a second, your bedtime routine does not involve dolls? You say oh, figurines. I’m sorry, Uncle Merl. I think figurines and dolls are very similar, but I’ll…oh, you’re polishing your figurines. Well, do you…okay, do you…are you polishing them as they are in the current moment or do you talk to them or imagine anything? Oh, so you’re just polishing figurines. Okay, I apologize. I was projecting on you ‘cause I would be talking to them or imagine…I’d say oh, how is it?
Are you familiar with The Sound of Music? Do you want to be a yodeler? Oh, are those breeches or shorts you’re wearing? Oh, those are britches, but you’re not wearing britches. Oh, okay. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here. I really hope I can help. I work really hard, I yearn and I strive, and I really want to help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by. Here’s a couple ways I’m able to be here for you twice a week.
Alright everybody, Scoots here. It has been a while for me, though it’ll only have been a few episodes for you to…for when I have seen the Great British Bake Off. I mean, I had already seen this episode but…that I actually formally recorded, ‘cause I just went through the whole Mandalorian series. I had tried to get all of the Great British Bake Off episodes done, but I just couldn’t get this last final done.
So, it’s after…so, this is coming out after…before even…you’re listening to the last two episodes of The Mandalorian; that’s when I’m recording this. But you’ll be far in my future. This is the final of Collection 6, Episode 10, Season or Series I forgot, and it does not open with a comedy sequence. That was one thing I noticed, and…but there’s a teaser of the finalists; Rahul, Kim-Joy, and Ruby kinda running around obviously in the finale, begging…what do you call that? A bargaining…all the stages of being a reality show contestant, they’re dealing with. Love with us, leave, no commentary, outside nature…oh, that comes up next, outside nature. Now, they walk but they’re not walking towards the tent; they’re already in the tent, the three of them.
I would like to frolic in the creek outside of…it’s probably a protected creek, so they’d say sir, you can’t…the queen wants to speak with you for frolicking in our creek. That’s a heritage creek. I say well, this was on my dream list, though. So, then we see aprons going on. Oh, talking heads; I wanted to cover this talking heads stuff. Classic line from Rahul. They say good luck to one another. Very surreal, Rahul says. I never thought I would get this far. Very, very, very nervous. Kim-Joy says last night I was thinking well, if I won it, that would be amazing. I’d love to win it. Ruby says I’ve been on lows, highs…can I get higher? I don’t know. The competition’s phenomenal but I’m standing my ground, proud to be a part of the final three. Then Sandi goes, three remaining bakers.
Final challenge…three final challenges. They come out. Congratulations, finalists. Doesn’t that sound great? Man, Sandi…especially with this episode, just seals it. Talk about somebody you wish you want…you aspire to be friends with. She says okay, first up is two batches of beautiful iced donuts. Noel says that. Six filled, six ring donuts. Iced donut challenge. Judges are looking for icing technique, beautiful decoration, batches should be consistent in size, shape, and finish. Like me and Sandi, they…Noel says. Three hours. On your mark, get set, bake. They go into action, right away starting to work. Rahul’s talking about stress. Batches of beautifully-baked donuts…or, you know, they’re not baked. Three hours…oh, when does he say milk? Where does he say that?
The classic Rahul, he says…let’s see, final’s just started. The more I stress, the more I think about it, Rahul says, but I just gotta crack…oh no, that’s Ruby. I don’t know, Rahul at some point has a great milk line. Paul says yeah, I love donuts. They’re hard to make. Aerated texture, flavors that pack a punch, beautiful golden brown. Keep it simple but keep it perfect. Prue says all the bakers have been Star Baker twice. Level playing field. Nobody out front. Fantastic competition for a final. They go to Rahul first. So, we’re on [00:20:00] donuts. When you cut a donut, what are you looking for? He goes well, I’ve never had a donut before I did this challenge. He laughs, then Sandi’s like, what? He goes yeah, there’s…Sandi says is there any equivalent in India? He goes, no. I was just not interested in deep-fried bread.
Paul’s shocked. They show the donuts he’s making. One is gonna have paisley royal icing and the other one’s gonna have butter…orange buttercream flowers, like a wreath, which kinda gets a long pause from Paul and Prue. Like, buttercream? Prue says like, to eat? Even Sandi says well, that’ll be messy. They go, no pressure. Good luck, buddy. See you later. So, he’s even more nervous. Kim-Joy seems a little more confident. She says yeah, I enjoy making donuts, so…doing well in the signature would be a good start, so we’ll see. She’s mixing. Hers are gonna be an amaretto diplomat-filled donut and then a lemon ring donut with iced bumblebees and a lemon glaze. The other one will have orange glazed…flavored dough ‘cause there isn’t a whole lot of time. Ruby’s making cinnamon dough.
Holy cow, I didn’t know that. She’s proving thirty-five minutes, two different doughs, pushing herself. What’s the point going to the final and coasting? Dulce de leche and raspberry and cardamom ring donuts. The dulce de leche has the cinnamon dough. Oh, boy. She says she practiced five times this week. Sandi says, did you take the week off work? She goes yeah, I did, but I’m tired. Holy cow, I’ve been working. So organized, very impressed, good luck. You gotta do this. Good luck in the final. Thank you, thank you. Ruby says yeah, I want to prove myself. My family likes my cooking. They’re quite nice to me but they’re not always nice. They’re tough. Then they show her with her family, some childhood pictures at her kitchen table. Great pictures. There were definitely a lot of tears in this episode for me.
They talked to Sonia, her sister, who said she’s always been a…excelled at everything, hard-working. They read one of her report cards. She’s doing practicing…she even has notes up…Post-it notes up everywhere. Vena, her cousin…like, little inspiring notes. Cool, confident, I’m the winner, I’m Star Baker. They say, she’s gonna show the world what she can do. Her mom, Kelly. I’m gonna be the proudest mom in the world. Then it’s back to Ruby. She has a caramel in a can in water. While the bakers’ dough is proving, they’re making the fillings, so everybody’s making that. Almond liqueur…alcohol with a kick. Let’s see, Rahul’s mango…oh, he talks about David and Liz. This was…oh boy, man, talk about pulling on the heartstrings. Sandi says who’s coming to the final for you?
He goes well, I don’t have any family here but David and Liz are like my family. They’re the ones that encouraged me…David encouraged me to apply. Sandi says we all need friends like that, don’t we? He goes, yeah. Then they show his friends and Rahul looking at pictures when he was a boy visiting the Taj Mahal. Not even smiling there. They met David…David and Liz met him through work when he moved from India eight years ago. He didn’t know anybody. He was on his own, and they kinda look back at their relationship and how good he was at baking, how he got into it, picking up a new cuisine from a country, and now he’s a Top 3 baker. His friends are so proud of him. Then he talks to his parents who are also proud of him. I like how he was in his socks, like Zooming with his parents.
We see pictures of him as a child. David says my life would be a lot poorer if I hadn’t met Rahul. Then Noel says you’re halfway through. He puts up a donut to his eye, a red donut. Touching stuff. Everybody starts cutting their donuts. Make them uniform in size. Kim-Joy’s even making sure she’s weighing her donuts out. Very precise. They don’t want to…she wants them all to be fifty grams, then I’ll know they’re all cooked. Then you have to prove the donuts after you assemble them. Precision, chocolate rainbows. Kim-Joy’s making what looks like bees but also something that looks like UFOs, and I’m not sure if those were UFOs. I’ll have to check. Kim-Joy…talking…oh, she talks to Bill, her partner. I think it is a UFO.
So, they show them looking at old pictures, talking about how they met, pictures from them on a trip, some of her notes. He goes yeah, I met Kim-Joy at a board game night. She’s into baking. It’s like heaven being with a baker. He goes, she’s a mad artist throwing stuff together. She just creates incredible things, beautiful art. One of her friends says I feel bad eating it ‘cause it’s so pretty. They all talk about how proud they are of her and getting in the finals and how they’re…she’s gonna win. They’re confident in their friend. She’s gonna do it. Bill gives her a handshake like he’s Paul. Noel looks at the bees; he says holy cow. Then a real bee lands on a fake bee, and then he makes jokes about it, wiggling…layers of jokes. He says yeah, sexy time, maybe? He’s gonna be embarrassed when he goes back to the hive.
There’s just two great jokes on top of one another. Then there’s a shot of a real bee. Then they say one hour left, and everybody’s getting ready to cook. They do the warning about the frying. Rahul’s having buttercream stress at some point. Fry time. Perfect temperature…Ruby’s doing 180 degrees. Kim-Joy…and two-and-a-half minutes. Ruby; two minutes, or Kim-Joy, two…I don’t know. Ruby; two-and-a-half minutes. Kim-Joy; two minutes, and flip. Then there’s the flip phase sequence. Second-time stress, normal stress. Rahul, you know, he’s always a bit under duress. You don’t want raw dough. Some peoples’ are getting a little overcooked and a little bit misshapen. Say come on, please don’t do that to me. Kim-Joy runs to get a second timer. Yeah, Sandi says extra stress, Rahul’s stress.
No, no, no, massive air bubble on one of Ruby’s. The donuts come out. Fifteen minutes. Telling the donuts…what does that mean? Like, following Ruby on set? I don’t know. I’ll have to see what that is. Rahul…oh, his bag blows out. That’s coming up. I’d carry it away, get this over with. Outside shot. Bakers, you have fifteen minutes. Kim-Joy…oh, Ruby’s filling hers pretty effectively. Same with Kim-Joy. Kim-Joy’s weighing his, but Rahul’s is jammed, so his blows up. He had a lot of setbacks which was the setup for a comeback. That’s what a setback is, if you say that. But yeah, he’s working. He loses his mango. Such a big mess, he says. Mango on your wrist and collar. Have you had an affair with a mango, Noel says? Everybody’s getting their…Kim-Joy’s getting her lemon glaze.
White chocolate for Ruby. Rahul’s down on himself. One minute left. What, everybody says? Oh, no. They’re trying to get them done, hoping the judges will love the decorations. Some kinda spray; I don’t know what the spray is. Finishing spray or something. Everybody’s decorating. Swervy donuts. Ruby says drip, drip, drip. Place your donuts at the end of your stations. Signature done. Everybody; oh, boy. Then Kim-Joy goes first. Uniform shape, good, delicious, decadent, nice texture, nice and light. Very nice, heavy…something heavy. I hear…they’re eating it right now on screen. Kim-Joy’s…the ring donuts are very uniform. Un-uniform. Quite dark on the bottoms though, but this one’s light. Oh, so not uniform. Inconsistent. Shape’s round though, and decoration’s delicate. Carefully done.
Nice texture inside; nice and light. Nice and lemony, Prue says. Great color, great texture, got flavor. Then…wow, these are heavy, these ones. A lot of filling [00:30:00] in there. Almond liqueur? Yes. Paul just keeps saying lots of filling. Very almondy. Great flavor, Paul says. Lovely flavor, Prue says. She goes, you could have gone overboard. I might come back and eat it ‘cause Paul…Prue loves that liqueur in food. Then they go to Ruby. Cardamom and raspberry ring donuts. Great designs. She’s got a good spacey one. A bit of dripping, though. Let’s take a look. They cut the ring in half. Good texture; it’s light, but chocolate’s very sticky. I’m not sure if that was the right way to go. Paul says basic donut is excellent but it’s too sweet and too sticky, the topping. Then they take the filled and Paul says this is under-filled.
Takes a bite. Prue takes a bite. They don’t even say anything so you know it’s not good. A bit boring. Needed lots of filling in there and a lighter icing, maybe. ‘Cause how much sugar can you get? Thanks, Ruby. Ruby’s like oh, boy. She had missed filling even one of them. Then they go to Rahul. His colors are amazing, they say. Prue says that. Such personality. Over-decorated, maybe? Paul says. But he goes, let’s see the flavor. Then Noel says if I have a funeral, bring this wreath donut. Put it on…bring it for me. A little dark and oily, though. Texture’s a little bit tight, Paul says. Under-proved. Eats it; he says far too much buttercream. So, we don’t get the…he goes, it’s just buttery. He goes, I don’t want to taste butter when I eat my donut. He goes, I like the height of the filled donut; massive. Too much filling.
Oh, my goodness. They eat it and then say the texture’s better…lighter than the first one, but…and I do like that mango filling. Mango bomb, because it’s absolutely stuffed. Thank you very much. Noel says yeah, don’t forget that on my…at my…put it on my pass-away stone. Rahul says yeah, that’s too much…I agree with their feedback. Dear me…he always says that; dear me. Ruby says well, it’s not the best of starts. I don’t make it easy, though. Just relax, keep going, onto the next challenge. Kim-Joy goes, Prue really liked it. Love the flavors. It’s my last chance to win a technical which will be lovely. No pressure, though. Then we see some sheeps, some sun, and it’s hot, I guess, in the…the temperature’s about to go up a notch, Sandi says. Noel comes; this is the last technical. Paul, any advice?
Make good use of your heat source, he says. Which, everybody says that’s weird. They send them off. Can you lay any of these foresters? Oh, that was that other thing. Talking heads, we got that. Ovens are out of bounds. So are your work benches ‘cause we’re going outside. Are you with us? Everybody’s like, what? Get your trays and come with us. Their trays are very heavy and they make them carry them, at least on camera. They go outside. There’s campfires, umbrellas. I guess they have to make six pitta breads with three dips out in the garden. You can also catch some preps…preparation for the final…finale final…the final finale part tomorrow. So, that must have been a little bit con…distracting. Then they say okay, for your technical challenge, six pitta on the campfire.
You got…I mean, this…Top Chef’s done this, too. It’s not something I really like, is where you throw people for a curve this late in the game and say you’ve excelled so far. I’m sure they got a lot of criticism online, so I don’t need to criticize it. It’s just, it happens a lot on these cooking shows where it’s like, can you shake it up earlier, then? Or maybe do it for a challenge where you win something else but you can’t get eliminated? None of them…they have to build the fire and manage the fire, everything. So, it’s really…this was a bit of a mess. Ruby does say Bear Grylls, eat your heart out. Then they go to Paul. Campfire pitta bread. Prue says, why’d you pick that? Paul goes well, never done it before. Baking bread on a hot stone has been around for thousands of years, so it’ll be a good challenge.
But you gotta have the right temperature to make a good pitta ‘cause it puffs up. Too hot, it’ll take out the yeast and be more of a flatbread. There’s three dips; that’s another important thing. Lots of ingredients to play with that goes well with pitta bread. Roasted something…and Paul goes yeah, I love this one. They’re gonna get hot under the collar. Temperature’s gonna be…he loves this. They’re cooking. They gotta prove…they even have to make the dough and prove it, so you gotta keep it…Ruby’s like, I think pitta…a little bit wetter on the dough. Kim-Joy says it’s been a while, so it’s…and it’s wholemeal flour so she’s like yeah, we gotta work this. So, a lot of kneading going on. Eyebrows…running down people’s faces, really hot. Noel even tries to play that up. Then they try to let their thing proof for thirty minutes.
Different places…then they make their dips. We got three dips. I still don’t know what they are. One’s a baba ganoush, salsa verde or something. But they’re all trying to figure out the fire ‘cause you have a…you gotta make a fire and then let it die down to the coals. Oh, like a roasted pepper and onion one, too. But again, they’re all trying to figure it out as they go. So, a lot of work. They’re trying to blacken the peppers on the fire. Stuff’s rolling around. Sandi and Noel don’t even know what to do ‘cause they’re like…Rahul says help…can I use some help? Sandi says we can’t really help you. He raises his hand and she goes, are you panicked? He goes, I don’t know what I’m doing. He goes, I don’t know. He goes, these…and he goes, my peppers are burning. She goes yeah, I better get outta here.
Then Noel…they say how much time they have left. They play a little badminton. Everybody’s trying to get their…what do you call it? Peppers together, make the dips, burnt down…peppers over a log…Rahul, no. One hour left. Let’s go, badminton. Oh, they don’t have anything to mash other than their hands, so they’re trying to mash up their stuff. Peel and chop on a dip down…Rahul didn’t like baba ganoush. He blows on a smoky pepper. That’s cool. Half an hour. Six equal pittas. Ruby’s like, I think mine are a little thick. Gotta puff it up like pitta bread, so they heat up their slate…they’re cooking on slate. Rahul is blowing on his fire with something and everybody’s waiting for his to puff. There’s no puffing. Yeah. There’s no puffing. Kim-Joy…something. Everyone but squad…on extra five minutes. Let’s see.
Spray the pitta with za'atar and water. They’re using even…yeah, they’re really in…Ruby had put her za'atar in something else. I don’t know what they did. Probably the dough’s not hot enough. Too much heat will kill the yeast; the pitta bread won’t rise. Covered that part. Rahul’s very focused on heating his fire. He would be a good fire tender but yeah, this is just a rough challenge. I think they do just end up being like okay, not much puffing. Little bubbles on Kim-Joy’s but nowhere near…it’s too hot for Rahul and Ruby. Theirs are getting a little crispy. One of Kim-Joy’s burns but she had enough extra…what do you call it, to make one more. Squidges one extra out. So, everybody’s trying again. Five minutes left. These are gonna be flat as a shoe.
I mean, everybody’s just like…these are turning out awful, which is understandable. Stress city; oh, no. That is bad. Damage control. [00:40:00] Disgraceful; bin that one. Utter disgrace. Diabolical. Then they get back and it’s like, okay, we’re looking for beautifully baked pitta breads. Who versus whose? So, they line everybody’s up next to their photographs. Get out of the sun. Ruby says I’ll never complain about the tent again. They start with Rahul’s. Charred on some places. They’re baked but more of a flatbread than a pitta. Flamed pepper…got a kick. His dips are superior; baba ganoush and the cherry…something. Texture’s nice. Kim-Joy’s; they’re thinner, much better shape, slight envelope but it’s charred. Za'atar’s burnt. Then they have the dips. Nice flavor; salsa verde. It’s got a nice kick. Paul’s taken aback.
Then they go to Ruby’s, the thickest and the smallest. They need to be thinner. Let’s try the dips. Salsa verde’s got za'atar. Something just poked me in the mouth. I like the pepper one. Nice blend. They say oh boy, this is gonna be tricky. Who has triumphed in the final technical? In third spot they have Ruby. Too bad with the big problems with the breads. Second place is Rahul. If it was a dip competition, you would have been on top, but your bread was a little charred, a little bit thick. First place; Kim-Joy. She laughs. She’s very proud of herself. She’s really, I think…the first two competitions had him above…had him head and shoulders above everybody. They go yeah, I did good. That’s a compliment. She’s like, finally I won a technical, on the talking heads sequence. I can sleep well tonight.
Ruby says I didn’t come in last. I came in third. But you know, I’ll just do my best tomorrow. A good night’s sleep, come tomorrow morning. Rahul says I’ll have my glass of milk. That’s it; my favorite part of the episode. Twenty-nine…twenty-eight minutes into the episode. Get some sleep, have my milk, and I’ll put my everything into tomorrow. The sun sets, then they have a shot of the sun. They say okay, one channel remaining. Everybody marches in. They’re in the tent again. We see set up for the party outside, family and friends will discover who wins. Okay, Kim-Joy won the technical. This is the table talk. Prue says yeah, it’s close. Kim-Joy did well on the signature. Yeah, they all did okay. They’ve worked this hard. It’s down to the last challenge.
Noel’s showing a lot of skin; his shirt’s buttoned…unbuttoned way down. Someone’s gonna have to excel. It’s gonna come down to the baking. The baking will choose the winner. Paul also has three buttons down on his shirt. Noel’s shirt doesn’t have any more buttons, so that’s just the style. He’s lucky that his chest isn’t very hairy, so he can get away with it. So, they go back in and they get ready to announce it…announce what’s going on. Welcome back; final challenge. You can feel the sense of calm. This is your show…last showstopper and Paul and Prue want you to create a landscape dessert, incredible landscape dessert, a delight for the senses, visually exciting, texturally stunning, taste sensation. This is your last chance to shine. I think we should remind them, just to rub it in; this is it. Four and a half hours.
On your marks, get set, bake. Kim-Joy says usually at the start is when I’m the most stressed, but Ruby says nothing big; just the finals. Prue’s extraordinarily excited and nervous. Concept’s just as important as the bake, Prue says, a landscape that we’re not expecting, perfectly executed. Paul says he wants three elements; a cake, nice and light with flavor, biscuits with a nice snap, and something else. All the criteria…Prue says I hope nobody’s too ambitious. It’s thirty-two degrees and rising. Paul’s like, no idea who’s gonna win. They check in with Ruby. She’s doing a magical landscape. Three main elements; a choux mountain in the background, shortbread hills, passion fruit cake, and sweeping praline dust pathways with salted pistachio brittle stepping stones, blueberry compote, cardamom hills, choux mountain with lemon…something, crème pâtissière with unicorns on the cakes, isomalt lake.
They say good luck, good luck. Try your best. She says okay. Noel wants to talk unicorns. He goes, unicorns are in baking. Minotaurs; not so much. Minotaurs, he says, though. Kim-Joy’s gonna be Minotaur-free but she will have mythology ‘cause she’s doing the lost city of Atlantis. She loves fantasy. She goes, I feel like I live in a fantasy world anyway. Ginger cake and ginger biscuit recipes that won Kim-Joy Star Baker in Spice Week. Waiting to be discovered salted caramel well and treasure chest, sea…fondant sea horses, isomalt coral. There’s one ancient mystery Kim-Joy has to solve. She needs ancient Greek. She says Sandi, can you look up ancient Greek for Atlantis for me? She says I’ll do it. No problem. Leave it with me. Then Rahul, he’s…his timer doesn’t work; that’s one.
He’s doing a rock garden because…he goes, Victorian explorers started rock gardens when they went to different countries. Then they brought it back with them, or they discovered them. He goes, I wanted to do…came to do my PhD here. I don’t know, I guess I’m missing what he’s saying, but he’s doing this edible rock garden. Cardamom-filled choux, two-tier chocolate orange cake, a lemon joconde mound, pond filled with orange curd, ginger biscuit stepping stones, chocolate soil, pralines, everything. Making plants…he goes, I can’t afford to waste a single moment. Then one of his jars just breaks from the heat in the thing, and this really…storage jar just from the heat in the room. That sets him back because then they have to deal with all that. You see the production team jump into action.
He says yeah, I gotta start over because…this wasn’t his fault, so…it ends up they make it right, but he’s so far behind and stressed. But you do see them get back into action. You see him talking to the production team. I just lost twenty minutes of my schedule. They’re watching. Kim-Joy and Ruby are in control but Rahul’s got himself in a tizz, they say. Paul says he might be pushing himself too much. We have to see his mindset ‘cause if he’s in this mindset…and he says yeah, I gotta calm myself down. Sandi checks in with him. He goes, maybe I need to stop baking. She goes, are you behind? He goes, yeah. She goes, can I kiss you on the cheek? Yeah. He goes, kiss me on my forehead, too. He goes, that helps.
So, then Kim-Joy and Ruby are starting to put stuff in the oven, their biscuits and their dough, and getting everything ready. Yeah, it’s interesting. They’re doing all their assembly, then Rahul’s getting caught up. He starts getting stuff in the oven. Paul checks in; you calmed down? He goes, I’m really relying on this chocolate cake. He goes, if it’s not okay, I’m toast. Prue’s spying on Kim-Joy. They give him a extra fifteen minutes which is the same amount of time, they said, that he lost. Will it be enough, though? For his rock garden he needs time to bake not just one but two cakes, two different types of cakes; a joconde sponge…I gotta crack on, he says. Then Noel’s in Paul’s chair. He goes, I’m practicing being a bit more judgmental. Sandi goes, three hours. He goes, that wasn’t a very good time call.
She goes well, that’s judgmental. Kim-Joy’s making a biscuit well. I don’t know, Rahul’s doubting his cakes but…as they come out of the oven. Ruby’s making her [00:50:00] choux. Kim-Joy drinks this…this one’s interesting; it just caught my eye. I don’t know why. Twenty minutes left in the episode. She’s drinking some sort of sparkling strawberry-colored drink. She’s really thirsty ‘cause it’s so hot. I said that’s a smart move, but what is she drinking? Finalists have to juggle the concoctions and creations. Mascarpone cheese icing, orange flavoring, lemon crème pât for my choux; that’s for the filling for Ruby’s. Rahul’s making orange curd. He’s coloring it blue, though. Blueberry dipping sauce for Ruby. Twenty stages. Oh, we also get to see a lot of their notes and their process. Everybody’s running around.
Proving’s proving impossible. Kim-Joy’s putting hers together like a jigsaw puzzle. She’s like, I’m trying to assemble this. Then Noel has a good round of commentary. He goes, you really are whimsical. I associate you with whimsy. I love how you don’t care and you just go for it. She goes yeah, I like whimsical stuff. He goes, Ruby’s doing unicorns but I don’t think she’s whimsical. He says this loud enough for everybody to hear it. He goes, more stroppy. Kim-Joy goes, stroppy? Ruby says, I’m not stroppy. I don’t even know what that means, either. Stroppy and whimsical. Rahul, what about you? He goes, depressing. That’s how I’d describe me in one word. They have ninety minutes left. They still got a lot of work to do. They’re starting to do toppings and the assembly.
Kim-Joy’s like yeah, mine’s gonna be a little rustic. We see Ruby’s map. Hers is really well mapped-out. She has a full…a scale map which I said well, that’s really good planning. Rahul’s like oh boy, I’m in too much…I’m in a mess. Oh, boy. I’m gonna start making my crème pât. Kim-Joy’s making her things. Ruby’s trying to grab her stuff when different timer…I didn’t realize too, you don’t necessarily know if you’re not at your station if your timer’s going off, ‘cause I think they’re all using two stations, so they even have more room. Then they get the choux in the oven. I don’t know what choux is. I guess I never learned that this year, either. It’s like a puff pastry, I guess. I don’t know. Puff pastry puff.
Then Sandi comes through with Atlantis Island written on ancient Greek on the back of the pon joke sign from back…French Week or whatever. Rahul forgot to set his timer for his choux pastry. One hour left. Noel and Sandi have switched seats. He acts…he’s…I gotta go host the other show. I think it’s probably a show Sandi hosts. Rahul’s begging and bargaining with his choux that it doesn’t collapse. Ruby’s making these mint Chantilly mushrooms. Not of Chantilly lace but with Chantilly…that you taste, I guess. Multitasking, making caramel. Rahul’s even getting his thing…his platform ready. Kim-Joy’s making decorative seaweed. Everybody’s trying to push through. It’s gonna be okay. Isomalt…I think caramel got a little burned for Ruby. She’s running low on time. Fifteen minutes left.
Putting the choux on. Everybody’s spray painting and decorating. Kim-Joy makes these amazing sea horses, too. Snow-topped mountains, painting a sea horse…what color is the sea horse, Kim-Joy asks? Ruby’s marshmallows…or mushrooms are melting. She’s trying to make…Kim…Ruby’s trying to make a bull and she actually gets a little too hot on her thumb or something. Bull just does not work with the time she has left. Noel looks at the camera. Everybody’s running. Some of the side things on Kim-Joy’s…some of her decorative stuff is just absolutely amazing. Her treasure box does…Rahul starts making these amazing cactuses. I wanted to eat those. Kim-Joy…or Ruby’s unicorns look more like puppies, a little bit. There’s a lot of shaking going on with Rahul.
Kim-Joy and Ruby are getting into their final assembly ‘cause their time is up. Rahul has fifteen minutes left, which has gotta be stressful ‘cause everybody’s just watching him. But such good hugs between Ruby and Kim-Joy. Rahul’s running around in the last minutes. Lots of hugs and tears. He’s trying to get his pond done. Everybody’s feeling for him. You could tell he’s really well-loved ‘cause Sandi’s face and Noel’s face…even Kim-Joy and Ruby’s face…they say one minute. He says okay, I don’t know if I’m missing anything or not, but tries to do a little bit last green algae spray paint and one last piping of decorative stuff. It splashes out again and his time is up. He takes about forty deep breaths, then he hugs Kim-Joy and Ruby. His hands are covered, so he can’t actually hug them. They’re hugging him.
They say well done. Everybody’s clapping. Sandi and Noel hug and laugh. They’ve left home now; they’ve grown up. Sandi’s crying. I was definitely crying. Then they go sit outside. We start to see that this festival’s going on with acrobatics and fun rides for the kids, picnicking, running around, balloon animals. Then we hear interviews, so we see Briony first. It feels like I just left, which is kinda true. She goes…or no, it feels like I’ve been gone forever. Then we hear Jon. He goes yeah, the kids are loving this party. Manon says I’m cheering on Rubes, queen of the technicals. Dan thinks Kim-Joy has it, her unique artistry. Antony thinks Rahul’s gonna have it, and the other guy…I forgot his…I forgot a couple people’s names but then Karen says I don’t care. Good luck whoever. She’s not rooting for anybody.
Said, okay. Then we say okay, Ruby’s up first. Bring her showstopper up to be judged. Noel helps her carry it up. Paul studies it and then he says tell us about your landscape, please. She goes, a magical landscape; a choux mountain, lemon crème pât, blueberry dipping sauce, passion fruit cake, and a unicorn. They go okay, this choux pastry looks rocky. Impressive. He goes, there’s a bull here, though. She goes yeah, I tried to make a isomalt bull but it didn’t work. Tries the biscuit; cardamom orange buttercream. Say yeah, it’s very crisp. Nice flavor; buttery how it should be. Very good. Mushrooms are melted. Chantilly raspberry gel, but it was too hot. They say beautiful flavor comes through. Delicious. Then they take the cake. Paul bites it first, and…beautiful sponge flavor as well. Lovely. Then they do the choux.
That one’s not…doesn’t work. It’s bitter. Caramel was overcooked. Crème pât’s good, but too bad about the caramel. Overall flavors…overall was good. Thank you very much. They take it away. You’re like okay, Ruby’s in pretty good shape. Then they say Rahul, would you like a hand? Sandi gives Rahul a hand. They bring his up. Thank goodness they got up there. I don’t know why they didn’t have a cart, but I guess transforming it to the cart…say okay, my showstopper’s a interpretation of a rock garden. Chocolate cake, butter…thin buttercream, orange flavor, choux mound on top, lemon joconde, then a pond of orange…colored orange curd, choux pastry, cream mousseline, cardamom, chocolate soil, some biscuits, stepping stones. He goes sorry I talk a lot. They say well, this is impressive.
Looks natural, so natural it doesn’t make my mouth water, Prue says. Paul goes yeah, it’s a sludge pond. Then they take a biscuit of the stone, dip it in the sludge. He goes with…he leans in and they say holy moly, this is good. Delicious. Melts in your mouth curd. [01:00:00] Holy, whoa. Then they say, these choux buns look hideous. Praline, choux, cardamom, and caramel? Prue puts one in and they say whoa, this is delicious. Their minds are blown. Comes through your taste buds one flavor after another. They pull the cake out. Italian meringue buttercream. Prue takes a bite of the cake. She goes whoa, this is lovely joconde; well-baked, aerated. Excellent, Paul says. Then they take out the chocolate cake. Paul takes a bite.
Prue says if the other cake wasn’t so good, this would have been amazing by itself. It’s very good cake. Paul says perfectly baked. Clever, thinking things through, Prue says. Flavors are good. Well done. So, then Kim-Joy is like, I gotta go after that? Which really kind of is not…I don’t know if they draw for that or what. Kim-Joy gets help from Noel. They bring it up to the front and Prue says wow, this looks great. Lost city of Atlantis, she says. Ginger biscuit, ginger cake, caramel, praline, very colorful, very original. Some delicate work in there. But they say we would have liked to see the cake a little bit taller. They take the cake out. Paul takes a bite and Prue takes a bite. They say okay, well, it’s like a Jamaican sticky ginger cake. Cake’s delicious, well-baked.
Flavor of the orange goes well…no, he said it doesn’t go well with the ginger. What’d you use? She says, extract. He goes well, you should have used zest. It would have gave it more tang. They have a biscuit with the caramel and Prue says nice caramel. Nice ginger biscuit, but then you had a ginger cake, Prue says. The ginger cake was gingery; biscuit’s kind of a letdown. Kim-Joy…you could tell she’s like, oh no. They go yeah, I got ginger cake…you’re missing a trick here. You could have done something more. Paul’s a little bit flat. They also use this…focus Paul in different times during the judging. But yeah, you gotta feel for Kim-Joy. She does maintain some dignity even though it was really…that must have been really hard ‘cause she was so far ahead, I felt. Then they go to the outside.
Largest crowd we’ve ever seen at a competition. Waiting for the final decision. We do one last table talk. I think Kim-Joy played it safe, Prue says. The style is rough and ready. That’s what he says about Rahul. I loved Ruby’s passion fruit cake. Sponge was delicious. Biscuit was great. Sandi says, we have a outright winner? They say well, we look at the challenges together. They all did very, very well but someone stuck their neck out. Then Prue says one of the bake…most consistent bakes. Another absolutely shown on design. They say well, good luck ‘cause there’s several hundred people out there waiting for who you want to win. Then everybody claps as the winners…or the three finalists come out. They’re holding their bakes. It’s cool, really well-decorated. You see some of their family and friends.
Kim-Joy says jeez, I’m so happy. Then they start hugging each other. She hugs Jon. She says hopefully I’ve done enough. Rahul sits with his two friends. You can see…he goes, I’m…I’ve done enough of everything. I just can…and they even laugh. They say, you got a mess all over yourself. Ruby says yeah, I’m gonna come back, and she hugs Briony. Briony says don’t cry. She goes, Paul liked the cake. She gives Anthony a hug and introduces Rahul to her family. Ruby says I’m more than happy with…I did the best I could, so…then the judges and the hosts come out with flowers. I don’t know if that’s for first, second, and third. I didn’t understand that, but everybody claps. Sandi says thanks for coming. Let’s get the finalists to come forward. Round of applause for them. Everybody claps.
Beautiful, beautiful moment. They stand up front. Everybody’s cheering. They all hold hands, all the contestants. Ruby says I love you all. Noel says I wish it could be all three of you, but you’ve been amazing. I love you all, but only one winner. I like how they don’t wait or anything. They don’t have any gimmicks. They just say, and the winner is…there’s a pause for a few beats, but they say Rahul, who, I mean…I don’t know, I really loved a lot of the contestants but that was my favorite contestant, and then Kim-Joy. So, it was like…I don’t know. If you want another heart-wrenching moment of joy, four-twenty…I mean, when they…when he wins, his face…but then his friend’s face…she’s so happy for him. Oh, and she’s looking at people. Oh, it’s just…and then everybody’s hugging. I’m getting choked up.
Holy moly. You’re just so happy for a contestant. I don’t know. This is where the show really excels. Paul even has a moment of humanity. He says well done, mate. Very proud of you. Your mom would be proud of you. He goes, what are you gonna…I don’t know. I said wow, even Paul’s making me choke up. Sandi hugs him. She even whispers something to him. Rahul says I don’t even know what to say now. Then all the other contestants come out, there’s more hugging and cheering. Prue talks about how…his journey from un-confident, that he kept going. Never reigned in his ambition, tried to do more than everybody else; paid off. Paul’s kinda…loves…he says jeez, this is one…he’s one of these characters and he doesn’t even have any idea how good he is. He goes, I’m gonna miss him.
He goes, he’s one of those people you miss when they’re not around. He goes, his intensity and…just so good at it. I don’t know, so, a really nice moment. He goes, that’s what’s magic about him. Then they present him to the audience. Everybody cheers. Kim-Joy says yeah, I’m pleased for him. I got into the finals, so that speaks for itself. Then the whole cast that’s present hugs one another. Ruby says eleven…this is the best experience of my life. I wouldn’t change anything. Then he’s…Rahul connects with his friends. Again, he says I don’t know what to say. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or what. I don’t know. I just feel like I need to talk with my mom. Then he calls his mom. Holy cow. It just keeps getting…and he says hello, ma. He says to her in Bengali; he says…let’s see.
Oh, for some reason it’s not coming through. Let me change…I’ll be right back. Well, I mean, I’m not going anywhere but I gotta turn off the English subtitles. He says it in such a formal manner but he’s holding his…they gave the flowers to the contestants, so he’s holding the flowers. But then he calls his mom; he’s sitting on the stone wall. Some dude walks by with a plate of food. He goes, they’ve announced the results. According to this year’s results, I’ve won. She says oh, this is so much happy news. I’ve been praying and oh, I’m so…I wanted you to have the strength, and she’s just so happy for her son. He goes yeah, she’s happy about it, he says to the camera. So, just beyond cute. Then it fades out, and then they lift him up, all the other cast members, they lift him up over his…heads. He goes no, don’t do that.
But they lift him up and carry him around. They’re cheering for him, dancing. Then it pauses, then it goes kind of like a post-script. Since this is last year’s bake-off, the bakers have been meeting up across the country. In London, Ruby, Manon, and Antony have been enjoying nights in with wine. We see them enjoying wine. Then it cuts to Imelda coming in from Northern Ireland to hang out with them. Then in West County, Terry, Briony…Terry and Briony’s daughter Nora for ice cream. Then in the north, Luke…sorry Luke, I forgot your name. Karen, Kim-Joy, and Rahul have been taking turns hosting dinner parties and laughing. Dan still loves baking for his family and Constance, [01:10:00] who puts a pie in his face. Jon’s still sporting his Welsh football team and bakes for his family. He’s gonna be a granddad.
Then Rahul’s parents came over to spend some family time, so they show him presenting a cake to them that he’s…a traditional English bake. They also hold his trophy. They’re so happy for him. His mom holds his face; so cute. That ends the season of the…it was the Great British Baking Bake Off Baking Show. It was such a joy to cover and…so, that’s it. Hope you’re sleeping well. If you’re a patron, you’re…might have already gone through all the…yeah, we probably went through all those extra behind-the-scenes or behind-the-facts episodes, too. So, goodnight, everybody.
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