The Great British Baking Show has a pastry fixation this week, but what sorts of challenges might we see in the show? And how can you watch?
Last week’s episode of The Great British Baking Show debuted something new for the bakers to test themselves against: batter. Whether it was a churro-tastic showstopper, the Yorkshire pudding signature, or even the lace pancake technical that had people feeling less than artistic, it was a tough week.
Fortunately, things are a little more normal this week with pastry. Does that mean they’ll be any easier? Well, probably not.
Here’s an official episode description, coming via PBS:
"“See how eight bakers handle three types of pastry. For the signature, it’s breakfast time, Danish style. Then, the technical is a classic British tart. The bite-size showstopper is a pastry notoriously difficult to make and even trickier to bake.”"
Tough pastry, you say? At this point in The Great British Baking Show, knowing how to do pate a choux and puff pastry is practically expected. That means that they probably won’t feature. Besides, puff pastry has featured before in the mille-feuille challenge from a few seasons back, and it seems unlikely that it’d be called “notoriously difficult” because of that, anyway.
As for the “classic British tart,” well, there are a lot of options there, so we shan’t bother to guess. Finally, danishes seem like the obvious choice for the signature, because, well, the description literally mentions “Danish style.” Far be it from us to not pick up on a hint when it’s so easily handed to us, though we expect a few other requirements to be thrown in as well.
"Date: Friday, July 7Start time: 9 p.m. ETEpisode: “Pastry”TV Channel: PBSLive Stream: Stream 1 | Stream 2"
The Great British Baking Show has plenty of difficulty in store this week. Check back Saturday morning for the Culturess breakdown.