1065 – Finale | Great British Bake You Off to Sleep C5/S8 E10
The whole cast comes back to cheer for baking and friendship which is a recipe for a nice sleep.
- Stitched myself up a little bit
- Are you a biscuit who needs icing?
- Work Blotches
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Mork & Mindy
Notable Talking Points:
- I think this must be the season that Prue tweeted who the winner was
- Divine taste of curry
- Liam is coy
Episode 1065 – Finale | Great British Bake You Off to Sleep C5/S8 E10
[START OF RECORDING]
SCOOTER: Ladies and…boy…friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and boysenberries everywhere…has there ever been…instead of a boy band, are there boysenberry bands? I’m sure there is at Knotts Berry Farm. Here’s a free thing; I like Knotts Berry Farm, so I’ll give it to you for free and left, obviously…plus other things we’ll discuss off the air. Probably you’ll be telling me to cease and desist what I’m doing. But just in case, I guess it’s not super…well, this may have been better at some other time, but you could…what if you have the Boysenberry Band? If you don’t already have that, you say Scoots, boy band and boysenberry band, it’s just too…and I say okay, I’m just…it’s just an idea, because I’m…if you’re confused…if you’re as confused as me, you’ll be even more confused soon, because I’m gonna keep on talking, ‘cause it’s time for Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep, and I couldn’t do it without all of you. Thank you, my patron peeps.
Hey everybody, just a heads-up here; this episode was recorded about four or five months ago, so I just wanted to give you a heads up. There’s discussion of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and when…Will Smith coming up here. It doesn’t have anything to do with the last few weeks. It was recorded a few months ago and it’s more about that sweet, neon striped shirt that some of you may be familiar with, and parents being away on a week’s vacation. But I just wanted to give you a warning just in case you feel strongly about things. There’s plenty of other episodes of Sleep With Me ready to go, but it’s one of those meandering intros, but I just didn’t want you to think I was making light of anything. This is…I think it was recorded right around the summertime of last year. But yeah, interesting that that word came up since it’s another song. But anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads-up just in case you want to skip it, but it’s still a pretty good intro. I listened to it a few times. Thanks.
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, about the past, present, or the future. So thoughts or thinking stuff, feelings, anything coming up for you emotionally or that’s there, physical sensations, it could be changes in your routine, the time, the temperature, situational stuff. Will Smith once sang Here’s the Situation, and I say Will, don’t gotta say anything more.
I’m familiar. Then that’s when that…parents went away on a week’s vacation and I said well, if…I said okay, Will…who would have thought…I don’t think anyone knew it at the time that that show, like that song…I wonder how many years elapsed…how many…first of all, how many intros have I talked about Will Smith or…during? A few times, even this song. But I would say, who would have thought? Is that the one? I think that’s the song, or was it a different song? I don’t know. Now I gotta go back in my mind. I’m lost in my Will Smith lyrics, I…’cause I said oh wait, this…keys to the brand-new Porsche, but that doesn’t…I don’t think that has anything to do with Bel-Air, so I may be mixed up in my…it’s not a metaphor. I don’t know where…how did I get there? Parents went…oh, I was saying whatever’s keeping you awake.
Now you say well, Scoots, Will Smith lyrics. I say, I got a easy fix for that, to get rid of that particular ear worm. So, you may or may…there’s a archetypal Will Smith Fresh Prince of Bel-Air image I have in my mind, and this is what I use to get rid of ear worms right now that I just thought of and made up on the spot, but I think it’ll work; so, my archetypal Will Smith…Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-era Will Smith comes from a poster or a cover or a piece of promotional material in probably a early season, and Will Smith is wearing a short-sleeved neon kind of…or Day-Glo striped shirt, and maybe a matching cap, but we’ll focus on the striped shirt. I just want you to picture that in your mind every time the lyrics come up, and then just start counting the stripes. Then you could count…you say, what is that? Is that a lime green?
No, because I’ve never seen a lime glow…neon green? Possibly. Then you say to yourself well, what other color am I picturing? I know what color I’m picturing. What picture…color picture…what color are you picturing? Okay, so that’s a ear worm fix right there, possibly. But here’s the thing; ear worm’s fixed. One time, I asked a John August of Scriptnotes; he said on Scriptnotes, the podcast about screenwriting and things interesting to screenwriters that he does with Craig Mazin, he was talking about ear worms. This was probably 20…I don’t know, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17, and they were talking about ear worms. Then Craig…or John said well, I know this…I learned this from somebody else, and he credited the person, I believe. He said, close your eyes.
Then I can’t remember what he said, and then I asked him and then he told me on Twitter, and…or he was gracious enough to say hey, this is what I said, actually. Then I still forgot it. So, then I…when people say it, I say I think you should close your eyes and you say oh my, oh my, Ohio. Maybe I’ll tweet him in a bit, though I think one time I made…but for the time being, just count the stripes on Will Smith’s neon shirt and maybe two or three years from now in an intro, I’ll get back to you. So, whatever’s keeping you awake. It could be any of those things, it could be something else, a situation; that’s what…a lot of times what does it for me, or a baffling one. But whatever’s keeping you awake, I’d like to take your mind off of that, and the way I’m gonna do it is I’m gonna send my voice across the deep, dark night here.
I’m gonna try and create a safe place by sending my voice, delivering it, or bringing it over, whatever you’re comfortable with, and I’m gonna use creaky, dulcet tones and pointless meanders and superfluous tangents, which means I’m gonna get mixed up, I’m gonna go off-topic, I’m gonna get confused, I’m gonna bring up stuff, then I’m gonna…you say there’s nothing accurate about what you’re saying, so it’s kinda like a mis-remembering. Then sometimes…then I’ll…I think that Will Smith thing covered it. You say, what just happened? I say, I have no idea. It was a pointless meander. I’m back…I’m speaking to you now in-between a pointless meander and a superfluous tangent. So while I have you, let me tell you a couple things.
The most important thing you’ll hear on this podcast is that you and your sleep are important, whether this podcast can help you or not, and that you deserve a good night’s sleep. You deserve a place of respite where you can unwind, a bedtime that you don’t dread, that you at least feel neutral about or you could look forward to, and that is why I make this show, because it is…it’s not my belief; it is actually true that one, you do deserve that, but two, that if you get the rest you need, your life’s gonna be more manageable, and that means when your life’s more manageable, your life is better and it’s probably improving, and maybe you could be in the world and build on that and be flourishing. That means the world that we all share is a better place to be in.
If your world’s a better place, it does…it indirectly…I know; my internal critic’s piping up, to…indirectly impacts all of us, and it’s just a good thing any…either way. So, that’s the part of it. The other part of it is I know how it feels; tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep. I was trying to sleep on a plane last night, and…so, I know how it feels in bed or wherever. I actually had…I had…I said, what the heck? So, whatever’s keeping you awake, I’m here to try to help with that. Now, the thing about this podcast is it’s very different, so it just does not work for everybody. It’s not…I misused the irony there. It just happens that this podcast almost works for nobody on the first try. It takes two or three tries to get used to that…this…that show, this podcast, and that’s what review after review says, of long-time listeners.
Just because it is so different, and if you’re like a lot of us, you’ve struggled. You’ve tried a lot of different stuff to get to sleep, so if you’re skeptical or doubtful, that’s kinda part of it. My job’s just to win your trust over by being absolutely incapable of getting to a point, and you know, obviously that doesn’t make any sense. You say, you’re gonna win me over? I say well, it only works putting people to sleep. I’ve tried it the other way. You say, you’re gonna win me over by putting…never getting to the point? Then I say abadda-badda-badda. So, it doesn’t work out in…outside, you know, in matters of the heart. It only works on a podcast. But what was my point there? So, oh, it was just a pointless meander.
So, just give it a few tries and see how it goes, but I totally understand if you’re skeptical or doubtful or if you already loathe me, let’s just be honest, ‘cause that’s a situation that happens a lot, check out the podcast and list of sleep audio at sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou, ‘cause there’s a lot of other stuff to check out. Maybe something like that will help you. I also recommend having a bedtime routine and Sleep With Me being a part of that, which kinda goes into the next couple of things that I want you to know if you’re new or to remind you if you’re a regular listener; I’m so happy you’re here. This is a podcast you could just barely listen to. Now, you can listen closely, but…well, it works best as you develop your own relationship with it and you say oh, I like to turn it down, I like to listen, I like to do this.
But at first, if you kinda look at it like clouds passing by, you…that’s usually…you say okay, that’s a cloud; definitely puffy, and…without the pressure that we put…this is one of the things that happens to people that can’t sleep, is the same thing, when you’re with somebody else and they say, what is that cloud…? What do you think that cloud looks like? You say oh boy, I’m not sleeping tonight. You say, I’m gonna be thinking about this one for hours on end, especially imagine if it was somebody you had a crush on or something. You say whoa, boy, talk about performance anxiety in an unexpected situation. Then you say well, it’s quite a…maybe…here’s a piece of advice that just popped in my head, so it might not be good advice, but maybe you say it’s a beautiful cloud. But this podcast; no pressure.
You just say huh, yep, that’s a cloud. Nobody asks you. What is Scoots…tomorrow, if someone recommended the podcast to you or you happened to have someone you live with and they…they’re sleeping soundly, they might say what was that sleep podcast they were talking about? You say, I don’t know; Will Smith and clouds, I think, and how a cloud started the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, maybe. I don’t know. I have no idea what he was talking about. It absolutely made…and I slept great. Now, that does come with not practice, but practice not listening to me. So, this is a podcast you don’t really listen to. It doesn’t really put you to sleep, either. I’m here to keep you company, really. That’s really my job, to make things less lonely and to be someone giving service, in a sense, of like, I’m talking so you don’t have to listen to me.
But you could listen, because there is a percentage of listeners that have insomnia and can’t sleep, and so, I’m here to the very end of the episode to keep you company, to be your friend in the deep, dark night, to be that presence that’s there for you whether you’re awake or asleep or whether you’re listening to me or not. That’s really important to me. It really is the essential…I can’t even describe…I’d say it’s the mission of the podcast, but I can’t even do that concisely. But you could feel it; I hope so. So, it’s a podcast you don’t really listen to, it doesn’t really put you to sleep. I’m here to be your bore-friend, your bore-bae, your bore-cuz, your bore-sib, your bore-bestie, your bore-bor, your neigh-bore, your bore-bud, your bore-bae.
So, yeah. I’m here to keep you company and…as you fall asleep, or to make the night less of a grind. So, those are a couple things. The other thing that throws people off is the structure of the show, so I’ll try to go through that ‘cause I got…I went on and on and on about other stuff. So, the structure of the show. The show starts off with a greeting; friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and then I say something silly so that you feel seen and welcome and you say oh, this show sounds a little bit goofy. It’s not one of those straightforward…it’s not…doesn’t make any sense. I say okay, check. Then there’s support for the show via sponsors or Patreon membership stuff.
That’s so the podcast can come out for free twice a week and be on whatever podcast app you use for the most part for free, on a free podcast app, and the podcast is free, and there’s tons of episodes you can access for free. So like, 435 or something. So, that’s part of it. Oh, that’s why…that’s what that does. Then there’s support for you, the listener, support for the communities around the show. So, that’s one chunk there. Then there’s the intro which is a separate chunk. It’s a show within a show, and this really…the business throws some people off, and then the intro throws some people off, understandably. But the intro, for a normal podcast, you could do the intro like Scriptnotes, the things interesting to screenwriters…talking about…I can’t even remember.
Scriptnotes; things interesting…screenwriters…I can’t…how can I not remember something so simple as that? But that’s just my job. But on Scriptnotes, they…their intro is like, they do…I guess…I don’t know. Now I’m gonna go off-topic again. They say, is that an intro or the setup? But they’re usually very…they say, this is what we’re gonna talk…this is what the show’s about. This is what we’re gonna talk about, this is what we’re gonna talk about. Let’s talk about it. That’s what a normal intro is, which I can’t even recount successfully, and…because that’s not my job. So, the intro goes on and on and on so that you get an idea what the podcast is. But if you’re a regular listener or even if you’re not, it gives you a chance to wind down. The intro is actually a buffer between your day and going to sleep.
It’s part of a lot of listeners’ wind-down routine or getting ready for bedtime or getting comfortable in bedtime. So, you could fall asleep during the intro, and that’s awesome for all the people that fell asleep already. Looking good. You could skip the intro; 2% or 3% of people skip the intro and start the show at, whatever, twenty, twenty-five minutes or something. But just see how it goes at first, ‘cause the intro is really a slow lowering not of the actual volume of the podcast, but of the volume of your day, like a landing strip. So, it’s a transition. That’s all that’s ever really worked for me, is having that wind-down time, for the most part. So, that’s why it’s new every single time, but it’s also…it follows somewhat of a same structure, because…that we have something familiar, but it’s different every time because my brain adjusts to anything else.
It says oh, now I know what’s gonna happen. So, that’s the intro. Then there’s business between the intro and the episode or the story part, because again, that’s how we come out for free, twice a week, whenever you want it, or…all the other episodes are on-demand. Then there’s the story. Tonight, we’ll be talking about the Great British Bake Off, the last episode, the finale. Oh, boy. I think that’s what I was scheduled to record. I hope so. So, that’s…we’ll talk about that. It won’t be…it’ll be very soothing, even more soothing than the show, or definitely more soothing than the finale, because that tends to have a bit more ups and downs. But it won’t be…it’ll be mostly people looking at ovens and saying, huh. No one ever said blimey on there, but you could say that. I don’t think we…yeah. Then there will be some thank-yous at the end. So, that’s the structure of the show, that’s why I make the show. I’m really glad you’re here. I work really hard, I yearn and I strive, and I really hope I can help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by, and here’s a couple ways I’m able to do this for you for free twice a week.
Alright everybody, it’s Scoots here and we’re talking about the season finale of Collection 5, Season 8? Was that what I have here? I know I have it here, but I was just realizing that I think this must be the season that…oh, my download failed. I think this must be the season that Prue…I don’t need to download it because I can just watch it. But this must be the…so, last season was the first season I covered the next season. I don’t do anything in order. Well, I do, but this…I just happened not to. But that this…the start of the next season, they joke about how Prue tweeted who the winner was, I think. I remember saying what was that joke? They did a Back to the Future thing. Now I’m realizing that this is probably the season that it happened, ‘cause it was Prue’s first season working on the show, so it’s understandable.
So, yeah. So, let’s see. I’m gonna get it loaded, but let’s run through my notes first. GBB final to open. So, it goes straight to the open. Sandi does…then Sandi does a vio…three bakers, three challenges. Steven, Kate, Sophie. Something bread, bread…dunk on it. Oh, bread is a dark art. Twelve small loaves. Three types of bread; four shaped, four flavored, four alt-grain. Good luck. Prue excited. Paul loves bread. Rama rama? Paul loves bread…Pomona? We’ll find out. Calm…baking merger…finals dry. Sophie; record…spelt loaves. Ciabattas, brickleys…brioches, I think that is. Long prove? Question mark. Stickard myself…stitched myself up a little bit…oh, this was a phrase I like; stitched myself up a little bit. Kate; safe and simple. Spelt curry…jaggergor…sugara, whole body, jaggery…running in time…back.
Sophia; stress. Lots of butter. Steven; no holding back. Whole roasted garlic, spelt and rye. I love rye bread so much. I don’t know about spelt. I probably had it before. Winston not for tie. Scouts…bigger baking. Bee-gee baking? Sister Kate, cut your own hair. Mom and…mom and dad. Oh, so this is the kinda family sequences. Mom credit Star Baker…more doughs. Double in size. Get harder…second prove will vary. Spelt flour…don’t overwork. Roman army…Kate loves the film Gladiator. Mum, dad, auntie…everything she was into. Kate; school, job, and bake…school, her job, and baking. Three doughs, three tries, and filling it…Sophie; I like it. All that mothers…Linda mum. Brilliant, too tall…ballet; too tall. Army goes and gets it. David bake herd? No, David boyfriend. Can’t go to Tesco in my pjs anymore.
I haven’t been to a…I say well, I’d love to go to a Tesco in my pjs. It’s been a while. At least fifteen years since I’ve been in a Tesco. Probably longer than that. Get it over with…half wait…this one, I’ve never seen. This might be my worst…warm enough. I thought I would never get that. It’s probably…it might not even be warm enough, but it looks like…I don’t know. I’ve seen some bad handwriting in my day, but that probably takes it. Monce more complicated…math’s more complicated. Steven maths. Uniform size and shape. Maximus…Stewart Roman names. Design knots…prove again…twenty minutes…ciabatta. Prove in bed. Please tell me that…Scoots, what do you want me to say, prove in bed? Prove in bod? Prove in bok? Prove or bake? Ready or not. Wriggle on, now. Nice crust. Drop it down.
Half-hour left. Not enough space. Skin of my teeth. One spit in my haste…is that really what that says? One spit in my haste…spelt like bricks. Sophie does crow pose, a handstand yoga. That’s a…crow pose is a yoga handstand, kind of. One more…stress. Don’t drop. Then he goes, one minute. This is…whoopy happens when you rush, rush. Time is up. Storm on floor, said…Steven on floor; sad. Judgement time. Sophie; looks good. Impressed. Sounds good, but under-proved. Floor…flour; lovely. Ciabatta naan…nice structure. Key mushrooms. Great structure. Overworked. Merchant flour. Enchant flour. Steven; look different. Terrible constants. Smells good. A big tough; need more nectar. Under-proved, gluey. Nice flavor. Knots beautiful. Done…beautifully done. Very good. Under-perfect.
Kate; these are interesting. Need salt. Paul likes it. Sound all…great stardom. Perfect. I like great star…star…store…store door. Third Avenue; lovely. Third one; lovely. Like curry, divine. Like it. Very well, very well done. Talking heads; Kate happy. Sophie speechless, Steven frustrated. Not going to change…not going to change anything. Being frustrated’s not gonna change anything. That’s what Steven says, I think. Two levels of precision, Prue. All about the bake. All about the bake. No treble, no treble. All about the bass. No trouble, no trouble. Ten ginger briskets, iced, Prue’s pared-down recipe. Lace icing, partner. Classic British bake. Ginger biscuit, really crisp with a snap or crunch. Not too posh. Too dork? Too dark? Too something…eggs. One, two…stiff dough. Steven; too much egg. Try again.
Kate; wet dough, a couple of millimeters. Kate can’t fit in freezer. Human error. Two hours. Six, eight, ten by…eight by eight, ten by seven oval. Oval freehand. New drum oval…never drawn an oval in my life. I think Steven said that. I said Steven, you kidding me? Or whoever said it. I mean, I’ve never drawn a proper oval in my life, but I mean, I guess I live in a world of ovular logic, so…Noel; little eggs, like marth…Mork and Mindy. This was quite a…I said wait a second, what…how old’s Noel? Like, a Mork and Mindy reference, and then that Kate knew it, so maybe there was a replay…like, more…maybe there was a Nick at Nite in England. Let me know. When was Mork and Mindy re-aired in England? What channel? Stress on greers. Stress on sizes. Hathaway. Seven minutes, eight minutes, five minutes.
All about the bake. Mixing icing sugar, back in oven for snap. I think I’m happy. Oh, snap. One hour…six meters per biscuit. Kate’s is too dark. First icing…every yolk…four and a half minutes per biscuit. Piping and flooding…draw the line. Semi-set. Gamey set…Steven has surprisingly steady…everyone learning to pipe…or everyone should learn to pipe. Are you a biscuit who needs icing? Can’t be the really…hand bake…neck arms. Oh, it was really hard on the back, neck, and arms. Are you a biscuit who needs icing? I like that. That could be a poster. Time is up. Stop worrying for nozzles. Steven; even could be there. Snap nice. Very good ginger. Kate; but this…they didn’t know this, but a couple of…assuming not fused. Very difficult. Nice crunch, a bit dark. Taste good. Nothing on them.
So, Kate didn’t quite get her icing done. A couple of icing; not finished. Just interpreting my language afterwards. Sophie; quite neat, big, finished. Looks good. Nice snap, flaked well…flooded well. Thicker; could be skipper. Who has triumphed? Three; Kate, two; Sophie, one; Steven in first!! Double exclamation point. Steven sighs. Willing that Sophie is a chance…Kate; fear eggnog. Bakes walk off…sheep. Time…walks in, jackets off. So, we’ll run through the tape for the first two sequences and then…let me get my subtitles on, here. Set the speed, and we’ll be rolling here. Picture me rolling some dough. Okay, we got the sun shining, we got some grass and some water, then a fast drone shot over some flowers, then the bakers’ shadows. Then oh, okay, here’s a thing; let’s rewind that.
Okay, if you’re watching it on Netflix, 55:40 left in the segment, you might want to slow it down. They got some really good camera work. Creative stuff. I won’t even tell you. Check it out. Steven’s got a nice…I didn’t really note people’s outfits, but Steven’s got a polo-type shirt with white and blue stripes. They do the review of all Steven’s wins and tough moments. Huge box, one big tick; the winner. Then Kate’s road…rocky. Some things worked, but her creativity, historic inspiration, bold flavors, steady rise, sensational cake. I don’t want to be arrogant; there’s two other good bakers in there. Sophie marched through precision, two times Star Baker, but a tough time with bread. She dislikes bread. Oh, dark art I have yet to master is bread. Okay, of course that’s what they have to start out with.
Signature challenge; Paul and Prue…twelve small loaves, and three different types of bread. Four loaves shaped, plated…alternative grain, four, I think. Three hours. On your marks, get set, bake. Good luck. This is the final. Prue is in blue. Exciting. Paul loves signature. So, twelve loaves, three different types, three different proving times, three baking times. It’s gonna be very easy to get into a muddle. Critical to remain calm. Be confident, make some baking magic. Hello, Sophie. Okay, spelt loaves, ciabattas, brioche, orange…two breads. Brioche is usually overnight, Paul says. Maybe I stitched myself up a little bit, she says. I mean, I guess, yeah, that would be it; if you stitch yourself up, it would be hard to get back out. Kate playing it safe, rolling her dough, patting it, marking it with a K for Kate.
Roman spelt, coconut kala chana, jaggery gur…it’s a sugar, cane sugar type thing, Sandi says. Perked me right up when she tries it. Lovely flavor. She found it on Bold Street in Liverpool, the jaggery, rummaging in the shelves. Ah, here’s the thing, Sandi says. Steven starts his first prove. Sophie’s working on her enriched dough. Steven’s working on his second dough, putting the garlic in. I’m big on roasting garlic, holy cow, so I hear you, Steven. Spelt and rye, chocolate and cinnamon, cinnamon sugar. Winston Knot…three strands. When I was in Scouts, I wanted that badge. So, it’s not for a tie; it’s for something else. Then we see Steven, a flashback with Katie, his sister, and Judy, his mom. Says she loves cooking. He would help in the kitchen. Mom’s a big influence for Steven, Katie says.
She might be surprised at how much she’s influenced him. Mom’s very proud. He’s my Star Baker. Steven’s proving his next…oh, he’s got his timers on his dough. That’s smart. Sophie’s working on her…one of her proves. Gotta budget time. Kate’s wiping some perspiration off. Steven’s having tea or coffee. Moving on to number three, the spelt. Easy to overwork it. Could end up with chewing gum. Spelt and rye for Steven. Kate’s Roman army, olive oil…likes Gladiator…her dad…Kate at the pyramids. Barry, Kate’s dad. Dance school, drama, martial arts, fishing, horse riding, Brownies, go-karting, then baking. Kate’s getting her Masters and full-time job, and baking. It’s amazing. Three doughs, three proving times. I’m just gonna put another timer on it, somebody says.
Kate’s working on her peshwari filling with the jaggery. Sophie’s working on a mushroom filling, then we get a christening of Sophie. Linda, Sophie’s mom, making her big cakes, ballet, but too tall. Army was surprising, but she puts her art into it, she goes for it. Incredibly proud…stuff she comes up with, that’s David. She’s the best baker in Britain, even from an Irish perspective, he says. Can’t go to Tesco in my pjs. Then we start filling. Sandi’s looking…Sandi always has…she really makes people feel seen, I think. That’s a really good takeaway for me. So, even though the…take away from Sandi, make people feel seen, like really seen, not just make them feel seen. See people and be excited, I guess. Then Noel; casual conversation that comes from…his humor kinda…a lot of times, comes from what’s popping in his head.
So, now they’re talking Roman names. Is Stuart a Roman name? No, we don’t think so, kinda joke. Looking at these knot shapes, plating things…not making skills for Steven. Different brioche…cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips. Oh, boy. Hello, Steven. Here, can I have some of that? A couche, which is a bread for dough when it rises; that’s what Sophie’s using. Forty-five minutes left. People are seeing…checking their proves, putting them in the oven, seeing what rised. Gotta get a wriggle on, now. Steven sighs, ex…all that bread has to go in one oven, too. Only an hour…half an hour left? Everybody’s checking…get these babies in the oven. Spelt loaves, scoring…Sophie’s…some are misshapen. Kate doesn’t even have room in her oven.
There’s no room in the oven…skin of my teeth if they’re under-baked…Steven sighs. Everybody’s standing in the middle, looking at their splits. In my haste…no pressure. Air bubbles in the ciabatta. Hopefully the spelt isn’t bricks. That’s when Sophie does her yoga pose. I can’t even do that, so she’s very good at yoga. I can only…been trying for a year to be able to do the crow pose, but still slowly working towards it. Whip ‘em out when they’re done. One minute remaining. Get them out of the oven. Everybody’s faces…this is what happens when you rush, Steven says. They’re all split open, but people are putting them on. Time is up. Smiling, not happy, though. Everything looks…there’s Steven on the floor, a little down. It’s judgement time. Sophie’s up first. Hello, Sophie. Spelt…I can’t…so, they go, look good.
A little under-proved, the plated one. Naan bread looks interesting. Spelt ones look interesting. Sounds good. Under-proved, under-baked, then. Nice flavor. Great flavor. Spelt’s not the tallest; more of a ciabatta. So, Paul cuts it the long way to see the inside. Very mushroomy. You used dried and sauteed? Wow, the different texture is very good. Not a ciabatta though, he says. Great structure. Wow, orange works. Excellent flavor. Soft crumb, great texture. Plating’s good. Thank you. Everyone smiles. Well, these look different, Steven, and they don’t look the same. They’re not consistent. Look awful. Smells good though, but it’s tough. Your dough needed more water. Dry dough splits. These don’t look good, either; under-proved. That’s why the bread’s ripped. But let’s taste it. Slightly doughy inside, gluey.
Nice flavor. Beautiful artisanal ones with the knots, but you did good with the stuff in the middle. This is very good. Delicious. Chocolate’s good, enough cinnamon. Under-proved, under-proved, perfect. Thank you, thank you. Then Kate. Let’s see, they…okay, these look interesting. That’s what Prue says, and beautiful. This is spelt? A little ripped. Nice pattern. You needed more salt, though. But Paul says he likes it, so this agreement…push back…it springs back. Let’s have a look at these. That’s a good sound on this next one. Good structure. Knife drags the dough. Good tension. Texture’s perfect; they’re nice and crisp. Get a little flavor; okay. The filled one…Prue takes a bite. Paul’s chewing. Okay, what’s he thinking? You can never tell. I’ll tell you what I think, Prue says. Lovely texture, properly baked.
Liked the curry, liked the flaky edge. Paul says divine taste. Something I might even look at. Overall, well…well done, Kate. Thanks. Much better than expected. Woo. Yeah, I mean…Sophie says I could have done…thought bread was gonna be my undoing, but it’s good I’m not starting from behind. Steven says, what’s the point? But it’s not gonna change anything. We see some lambs. Not one, but two levels of baking precision on this one. Prue said it. They laugh; it’s all about the bake. No treble. All about the bake. I don’t know if that song…I thought that song was popular ten or fifteen years ago, but…okay, ten ginger biscuits, powerful snap, perfect thing, half oval, half square, intricately iced. Good alliteration there. Two and a half hours. On your mark, get set, bake. Identical ingredients.
Prue’s pared-down recipe worries me. I think in red, it says ‘don’t confer with the other contestants’ on the recipe. We see Prue’s version, her exquisite royal icing. Check it out. First pipe; flood the outline, then put a thicker icing for the baubles. It’s intricate, difficult to do. You want a crisp, proper biscuit with a snap. Still a wafer. Are you too posh to dunk? You’re never too posh to dunk. Darn right. Okay, make the ginger biscuit…Steven’s hoping to do better. Everybody’s trying to figure out how much egg to put in. Stiff dough…Steven has to redo his dough. Muscovato…awkward, Steven says. Try again. Then frozen, and firm it up in the fridge. Just a couple millimeters. Nice and thin. Kate can’t fit hers in the fridge ‘cause she’s got a bigger sheet. Human error in action.
Everybody goes…puts it in the fridge. Stick it in the fridge, as G. Love once said. Eight by eight, ten by seven. That’s not ten by seven. I’m gonna have to freehand it. Never drawn an oval before in my life. Not very ovaly, but close enough. Then Noel says, this is more like an egg, to Sophie…egg-like, from Mork and Mindy. Okay, then working on it. Needs to be bigger. Gonna freeze these, stick them in the oven, cut them out afterwards. Don’t want the outside; it’s all about the finesse. Bakers, halfway through your ginger biscuits. Get these in the oven. Just bake. Sounds about right. I got five minutes. Then they’re working on their royal icing. Lemon juice…alls I can tastes is sweet air, did Kate just say? Five minutes…stuff’s coming out of the oven.
Different ways to not have browning on the edges, different strategies. Maybe they gotta go back in the oven to firm up. Steven’s doing them in increments. Gotta have a nice snap. Nice and thin. A couple more minutes. Steven does one; okay, good snap. Kate’s putting them back in the oven. One hour left. Six minutes per biscuit. Pipe the flower pattern. Simple, right? Oh, yeah. Well, no; a bit too dark. I burned my biskies, Kate says. Sandi says, isn’t it enjoyable, doing this intricate icing? You got four and a half minutes per biscuit, Kate. She says, it took a lot longer. So, Kate has way more…Kate’s behind, I guess. Then they show some flooding and decorating, and, yeah, people adding the icing. Very soothing, watching people ice things. Surprisingly steady. Speed piping…ten minutes left. Not enough time at all.
Okay, I’m just gonna pipe the dots around the…something. Noel says, can I help? She goes, not unless you’re a biscuit that needs to be iced. Yeah, and then they’re looking messier. Some people are getting more and more…then it’s very hard. Back, shoulders, arms, it’s a lot of piping. Bakers, time’s up. Step away from your nozzles. Somebody says they look good, mate, probably Sophie’s, maybe, or maybe Steven’s. I don’t know. So, they go Steven’s first. Beautifully even. Likewise with the oval flooding, icing’s thin. Could have been thinner in order to flood it. Good snap, crisp. Very good ginger biscuit. Lovely flavor. A couple issues; not finished with Kate’s. They aren’t the same. Nice crunch. A bit dark, but tastes good, but they’re not finished. These are neat. Quite big blobs.
Biscuits aren’t square; they spread in the oven. Still looks a good biscuit. Nice snap. Texture’s good, flavor’s good. Flooded, but it lost something. Piping’s not blobs. They could have been thicker. But who has triumphed? Third place is Kate. Well, Kate, you didn’t finish. Sophie is second place. Consistent icing’s off, then they weren’t all finished. Then Steven’s in first. Intricate, tried hard, nice crack, and proper biscuit. Steven sighs. Everybody gets up. There’s a chance everything tomorrow…but we’re gonna have to bang on. Fair enough, Kate says. Came in third. They walk out of the tent. Everyone’s kinda starting from the same point. We see the lambs, we see them walk back in. One challenge remains. Coming in…who’s got two challenges? They’re table talking.
Kate on top, and then close to Sophie and Steven. Steven, Sophie, Kate. So, this is gonna come down to the showstopper for the winner, and maybe you’ll win, Noel. Yeah, amazing. Okay, they go up. Everybody is definitely nervous. Morning. Last-ever challenge for 2020…2017. Final showstopper. Paul and Prue…entremet. Sandi; what’s entremet? Light, delicate, multilayered cake served as dessert between courses. Five elements; sponge, glaze, ganache covering it, decorated to the highest standards, sliced should hold together perfectly, and all the layers should be visible. Five hours. On your mark, get set, bake. It’s actually pretty clear parameters. It’s a mousse cake with layers contrasting complimentary flavors. Paul says yeah, they’re probably very nervous, and this is a difficult challenge. Sponge, one element.
Elements; mousse, bavarois, jelly meringue, maybe. All gotta be in useful…use, or whatever, working together. Gotta work backwards. How long does it take to…you gotta do a lot of math. Very tricky with the setting. Prue says I know all of them could do it, and I hope they do, so we struggled to find a winner. Ode to the Honeybee is what Sophie’s doing. I love honey, an incredible…so, chocolate mirror glaze entremet, several layers honey custard, blackberry jelly, orange blossom, hazelnut, lemon, lavender mousse. That one is where Paul is like, lemon and lavender? Well, honeybees love lemon and lavender, so let’s just hope there’s no stings in the tail. Please get rid of Paul, Sandi says. It’s raining outside. Two and a half hours. Countdown.
Unless they set the layers quick, it won’t be firm enough to stack. You gotta chill and stack. So, it’s really like a cake with…I don’t know how to describe it. It’s got jellies and puddings and stuff, type cake. Multi-tasking is a principle of W-A-R, so Kate’s…or Sophie’s army training’s coming in handy. Kate’s doing a white chocolate yuzu and lychee entremet, lemon…yuzu lemon zest, genoise, coconut dacquoise, bavarois, yuzu juice, kinda like lemon, lemon and mandarin. Going for a zen cake. What are you gonna do if you win? I’ll streak through the carnival. First layer of custard for Steven. One down. Kate’s doing some…the Japanese flag, I think. Steven’s doing two halves, yin and yang entremet; one without the other. Creme brulee, chocolate mousse, hazelnut gen…whatever, genoise.
Fourteen elements in two halves, contrast, different glazes. One will be galaxy, other…and the other one will be frozen velvet. Then Steven has this great thing; he does really have his anchors. Says it was inspired when I was in Sweden. Snow on the ground…you can see the galaxy in the sky, the Northern Lights. So, Steven’s very good at theme and storytelling, too. Layer of custard, layer of bananas, perfectly set back in the freezer. Contrasting textures, sponge element. Light and airy. Petite four type texture Sophie’s going for on one layer. Gotta get it as flat as you can in the pan, man, ‘cause if you get it off on one, it’s accumulative effect since there’s so many layers. Steven’s doing his custard layer. Knew this would take a while. It’s gonna be the star of the show. Halfway through. Two and a half hours left.
Lemon curd…kinda…everybody wants a crunch. Coconut…like a coconut meringue type thing, a honeycomb crushed up. Rice crispy cake; that’s what Sophie’s has. Noel looks at one of Steven’s layers and says, make me wistful. Frozen insert…he’s cutting it in half, or cutting it in his yin and yang shape. Before they can begin assembling, so many processes. Mousse encase the entremet, choc…white chocolate and lavender, white chocolate bavarois. Kate’s is like, it’s very experimental. Then Prue and Paul are commenting on…oh, they’re going for that? Well, Sophie’s doing this lavender and lemon. I don’t know, Paul says. Worried about Steven. Chocolate is so dominant. Has he bitten off more than he can chew? Timing will be his downfall. Is Steven gonna finish? Sophie’s is complicated.
Is Kate gonna have the finesse? Sometimes she lacks, Paul says. So, they’re all running around. Everybody’s commenting. Sandi says entremets…final judging, putting it together. Steven’s like, this is looking sloppy. Kate’s…or Sophie’s lemon curd is perfectly flat. I’ve never seen anything…caramelized honey. Steven’s cutting his. Both Kate and Sophie’s layers are really flat. It’s impressive. Then they go…they put their completed cakes in the freezer before they do the coating. Steven’s still assembling. He’s making his honeycomb and trying to get everything in the molds. Cocoa butter on acetate, and then the white chocolate, Kate says. Maybe that’s for the top of her cake. Different bee…honeybees type eggs that Sophie’s adding. Half an hour more in the freezer, Steven needs.
Everybody’s working on their decorations. Steven’s begging the stuff to freeze. Kate’s working on a dragon fruit for her decoration for the top. Steven’s like, this is not gonna stay together. Kate makes…or Sophie makes this very fancy flower. Steven’s doing a breathing exercise. Totally relate, man. Chocolate collar, Sophie’s working on. Keep calm, Sandi says, Steven. You’re gonna be okay. Let me wipe your face. Sophie’s doing her bees. Steven’s still trying to breathe. Kate’s entremet is coming out. Sophie’s is coming out. Time to work on their mirror glaze. Steven’s trying to get his out. It is holding its shape, but he has to be careful. People are working on their different things, their toppings or whatever. Kate’s doing one of those pour toppings where you pour it on and it goes over all the sides.
Can’t imagine having to clean all this up, same with Sophie’s; it’s like, bumbly-colored, but in a marble way. Steven’s doing one of his toppings, the galaxy one. Really does look cool. Sophie’s chocolate collar breaks, and…so, she’s trying to fix that and figure that out. A little frustration. Kate’s trying to get hers on her platform, and Steven…she gets hers on. I think she’s done. Steven’s still working. He gets both of his on there. Not as beautiful as I imagined. Sophie’s like, there’s cracks in my collar. One minute left. She puts her…final decorations are going on. Where are my balls? ‘Cause Steven has these balls that are supposed to go on there, and he’s shaking ‘cause he only has one minute. Gets his on. Wow, they say. What a relief. All over. Hugs. More hugs. Well done. Kisses.
But still tentative hugs, ‘cause it’s not over yet. Sandi looks both very stressed and excited. Actually, Noel looks a little overwhelmed, too. Then the bakers all hug each other. Sandi’s very emotional because she’s so caring. Then we see the festival, kids rolling on the hills, babies, bakers, butterflies that the dad says…we see Liam; they say, who are you gonna work for? Liam’s coy at first, like choosing your favorite kids. Yan wants Steven. Liam says Sophie. Floe says Kate. Tom, I think…was that his name? Says Steven. Now it’s judgement time, the final entremets. Please bring up your showstopper. Sophie goes first and they say, tell us about it. It’s called Old Honeybee. She kinda talks about jelly, caramelized honey custard, white chocolate lavender mousse, mirror glaze. Beautiful. Stunning marbling. Original. Pretty.
Collar’s broken. The honeycomb with the bee, the flower, exceptional. Knife just falls through; that’s great, Prue says. Look at that. It’s all set; they’re not running into each other, the layers. Very neat jelly. Holding together. They taste it; Prue’s like, this is amazing. Lemon lavender has got to be the new taste. She laughs. Paul’s slow, chewing, chewing, sighs. I love it. Theme of the entremet is honey. It’s not overly sweet, though. Jelly has the tartness. Sponge is just right. A little bit of bite that gives the whole thing…even the lavender and the lemon works. Creamy jelly layers. Right amount of gelatin; not rubbery, not liquid. Fantastic. Thank you. Sophie says thank you so much. Noel actually helps clear the table, and then gulps…a lot of reaction shots of everybody, and there’s a long shot of Sophie taking a drink.
Kate goes up, something falls off; one of her butterflies. Tell us about your entremet. White chocolate bavarois, yuzu, coconut, lychee, yuzu zest, white chocolate, and yuzu ganache. Unusual. Shiny as a bathroom tile. Mirror finish, color choice is superb. Knife drops well. Look at that; wow, wow, wow. Hold equal. Prue laughs as she’s taking a bite. Yuzu flavor’s sharp and delicious; surprising. Tasting grapefruit, then it’s not grapefruit. Lovely. Paul says I love the flavor; bavarois, citrus, it hits well. Meringue and coconut, different flavor. Harmonious, lemony. Contrast to textures and flavor’s really beautiful. Okay, melts in your mouth. Sublime. I’d eat it all day. Well done. So, she takes hers off. Well done, Kate. Good luck…good luck, Steven. Steven, bring up your showstopper. His just is not as big as the other ones.
It’s beautiful. Tell us about your entremet. Hazelnut…raspberry, bananas, custard, chocolate mousse. White chocolate on one side, a galaxy mirror glaze. What a good gazing. Looks like a shell. Could be a bit more refined; the one side looks unfinished. Let’s try the mirror glaze one. They take it out and unfortunately, it’s…the layers are not distinctive ‘cause of timing. Mirror glaze is not quite set, so knife took the layers through one another. Paul takes a bite, though. Everybody…we get a bunch of face reaction shots. Prue takes a bite. Paul thinks. Love the bananas, love the mousse. If I was to close my eyes and eat it…but it’s too many textures. So, Prue says I want to try the other side. You got bleeding layers on this side, too. Hard to distinguish the layers. It’s very rich and sweet.
I thought you’d be…she says, probably not able to eat a lot of it. You missed the trick, Paul says. Thank you very much, Steven. So, we see sad faces, obviously, from Sophie and Kate, ‘cause they’re feeling for Steven. Steven’s in a bit of a…then we go, Paul and Prue have a huge decision. Three bakers came into showstopper even. So, is this difficult? Well, it’s precision. You get exceptional from Sophie, Kate’s was gorgeous, flavors…Steven’s was a little bit let down. Not as good as the other two. Ten weeks of amazing memories, Sandi says, and it comes down to this. I don’t think it’s a easy decision. Came in here thinking I knew who was gonna win. I don’t know. Somebody changed my mind. It’s a lot of people out there. You tell them. Then the bakers come out with their cakes. They get to join their family and friends.
Everybody claps. There’s hugs, nerves. Proud, pleased. Kate and Steven are my friends now, Sophie says. Kate says, whoever wins will deserve it. Steven hungs his…hugs his mom. I haven’t let go of the dream of winning, but I clawed it back halfway through. Sit down…Steven sighs. He turns his head. They do a long shot on him. Sandi and Noel come out and…with flowers. Let’s see…let’s run through my notes though, before we get to the winner, right? Okay, let’s see…so, the bakers walk in…jack tough…Paul and Prue. Who wins showstopper wins. You win, Noel. Nervous faces. Morning baker chat. 2017…entremet multi-layer cake. Recent better verse covers…each layer withstands shrugs. Sand mousse chafe cake…sponge one entremet…mousse, bavarois jelly…magazine…work blanches.
Oh, work backwards. Very tricky. So impressed. We struggled to choose a winner. Sophie; honey. Ode to Honeybee. Honey custard harmonizes well, Paul. No sting. Rainy day…Steven; two and a half to freeze it. Consistent…your entremet. Steven; custard first. Sophie; jobs on the get. Concurrent activity. That’s the military word for multitasking and where she’s skilled. Kate; lychee jelly, first of color and mother. Japanese flag, yuzu juice. You look calm. Make…naked cartwheel. Steven custard. Steven; yin yang, caramel, banana brulee. Tiara halves…two halves. Sweden snow on ground. Galaxy…mile…mild away. Set three layers on more. Contrasting textures…genoise…light and airy. Sophie; petite four level. Steven; last layer of custard. Star of show. Two and a half hours. Element of crunch.
Steven making a honeycomb. Sophie; Rice Krispie cake. Perfect mousse to encase entire cake. Paul and Prue talk lavender and lemon. Prue worried about Steven…more than he can chew. Is Steven gonna finish? Finnys…finesse…Kate; finesse she lacks. Everyone assemble to get again. Steven; a bit too sloppy. Ten minutes…save. Sophie bolds layers look. Good; into freezer. Steven behind. Sophie; honey cauldron…honeycomb. Kate; cocoa butter. Sophie making bee stripes. One hour left. Nice shine. Freeze freezer dryer. Fruit; dragon fruit. Steven; so soft. Not going to bliss. He tries to breathe four to five times. Great job, Steven. I gotta say, I’m breathing. Good self-care. Sandi tries to help him. Sophie makes bees. Steven…star; carry on. Sophie’s set fine. Kate mirror glazes.
Honey jelly that sponge…badder work as well. Not rushing. Talk fantastic. Faces off experience. Steven’s stunned. Long sequence. Sophie drinks, nervous. It was a really long shot of Sophie drinking water with a nervous look. Kate; yuzu wall chalet. Unusual, beautiful color. Subliminal. Look at that; wow. Big, bold, equal sharp. Delicious…lowly…love flavor combinations. Centimeter hits, coconut jelly melts in mouth. Well done. Steven; glowing but could be simpler. Layers upset me…comes down to timing. Glaze is not set. Love the bananas and mousse. The layers kinda leak into one another too much. Rich and sweet. Sad faces. You missed a trick here. Outside table talk. Sophie; away. Kate; flavors…Steven a little down. Let half dance…ten weeks of around moments. Outside…cheers for bakers. Hugs, nerves.
Steven; music and tears. Judges…host with flows. Big round of applause. Holding hands…Sandi gets to announce the winner. One champion. Winner is Sophie. She has a stunned face. Hugs, piano music. She hugs her…playdar? She hugs her plate; she gets a plate as a trophy. Steven puts it all in perspective. Pretty mega. Checks in. So, let’s go to the…for this last sequence. Three finalists at four…Noel’s leading the way. Paul’s holding a…I don’t think it’s a plate. I think it’s a cake stand. They hold hands. Alright, lads, or something. Good luck. Huge honor. I’m gonna cry, Sandi says. With a huge honor, announcing the winner. There can only be one champion, and the winner is Sophie. We get a long shot of everybody’s faces first and breathing before she says it. Cheering, applausing. Steven hugs her first.
We see her boyfriend’s belly ‘cause his sweatshirt pulls up when he puts his hands above his head and cheers. There’s more hugs with everybody and Prue says you deserve it. Looks like Sophie’s dad. She hugs her cake…what is that called? Cake plate. Hasn’t sunk in, not quite yet. Well done. Sandi’s so proud. Oh my goodness, Paul says I was a little emotional ‘cause Sandi got emotional, but I pretended it was wind in me eye. Well done. Huge learning curve. That entremet on the final bake; shocked about the standard. Sophie’s calm. Hopefully this gives her even more confidence. I’m proud of her, proud of all of them, Prue says. Done well. Kate says I lost to a brilliant baker. Fair play. Proud of you. Then Steven…this is great; I think he maybe has one more piece of grace.
Says Kate can…or Sophie can appear quite tough, but she’s soft inside. Tom; scared as Kate and I were, I saw a vulnerability. She puts her heart and soul into this, as we all have, and she puts her heart and soul into it, and she earned it. She really earned it. She says I’m gonna keep pinching myself. Maybe this is my calling. Never dared to think about it ‘til I was here. Met some brilliant people, got to the final. It’s beyond anything I could have dreamed of. She holds it above her head; what a privilege. Yeah, it’s pretty mega. Everybody cheers and applause. She stands; big kiss from her boyfriend, and they fade. Since this year, this is the recap.
Peter is developing a baking blog with coconut recipes, Chris has gotten fortune cookies down, Tom is training for the London marathon and hoping he can do…prove he can do something at a reasonable time, James is doing an artisan tour of Essex and gonna say hi to Peter. Julia and Yan went on a road trip to visit Floe in Liverpool. They did karaoke in the car. Liam’s…his final year of university, he’s writing a banging dissertation on the drama of baking. Stacey’s pink obsession has reached new levels. Full-time job, masters, and her hobbies. Kate is going for a black belt in karate. Steven and Sophie are friends. Best baking friends forever. They meet when they can. They had substance and style. Little thing, hashtags.
They meet; they’re planning on going on a holiday together to Scandinavia to visit bakeries and see the Northern Lights. That is how our season ends, everybody. What a great season. Once again, great people to root for, great…very calming. So yeah, that’s the end of Great British Baking You Off to Sleep. I’ll tuck you in. I don’t think you want to be tucked in in a bavarois, but it sounds like something…you say, let me…do…you say, is that like a duvet? Of course it is. Goodnight.
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(Transcription by Leah Hervoly)