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‘The Great British Baking Show’ Season 5, Episode 5 Recap: Pie Week

Ryan's Key Lime Pie Showstopper (Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions, worldwide, all media in perpetuity)

Eight bakers arrived back in The Great British Baking Show marquee to take on the newest trilogy of Berry-Hollywood challenges. (Mel Giedroyc also made a welcome return.) At the half way point of the competition, things were getting serious for Pie Week. Not to be confused, of course, with pi week which celebrates the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Though if you think about it many pies are round… 

But I digress. Our octet of amateur bakers was handed three pie challenges, created for the purpose of separating the upper crust from those who would be eating humble pie.

'The Great British Baking Show' Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Dessert Week

Nine bakers returned to The Great British Baking Show this week, intent on surviving the vaguely titled “dessert week”. Why this particular competition bears this name is something of a mystery.

Cakes, most tarts and some pies are desserts, after all. In fact, a majority of the challenges on The Great British Baking Show could technicallyfall into the dessert category. I guess it’s not ours to question why, only to witness the pursuit of baking perfection.  And thisw eek the bakers had to be perfect at whipping up torte, crème caramel and meringues. 

'The Great British Baking Show' Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: Bread Week

The queen and king of baking, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (Photo Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions, worldwide, all media in perpetuity)

A man named Paul Hollywood once said, “Understand bread, understand baking.” And in the second round of The Great British Baking Show, all the contestants were willing and “bagel” to demonstrate their bread making skills.

This week eleven bakers tackled the challenges of flavored flatbread, a complicated plaited loaf and a bevy of bagels in hopes of being named Star Baker or, at the very least, avoiding being sent home by Paul and Mary.

‘The Great British Baking Show’ Season 5 Episode 1 Recap : Cake Week

Sue, Mary, Paul and Mel return to PBS in a throwback season of The Great British Baking Show  Credit: Courtesy of © Love Productions, worldwide, all media in perpetuity

Cake, bread and pie lovers, rejoice! Our penchant for watching British people politely yet passionately baking in a tent will once again be satisfied thanks to the return of another season of The Great British Baking Show to PBS. 

In this season originally broadcast in in the UK in 2012, we are welcomed by the familiar faces of Paul, Mary, Sue and Mel.  The competition begins with cake week challenges that include fruited upside down cakes, rum babas and a cake that features a clever hidden design when sliced. On your marks, get set, BAKE!

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