The Great British Bake Off returned for Bread Week on Channel 4 tonight (September 27).
Presided over by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and featuring duo Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, the remaining contestants entered the iconic white tent for the third time in this series in search of Star Baker glory.
Traditionally, at least one of them left the competition, but the absence due to illness of Rebs Lightbody and Abdul Rehman Sharif meant that their co-bakers received a rare free pass and no one went home.
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For this week’s Signature Challenge, Paul and Prue wanted each of them to make two pizzas to share, which saw all kinds of flavors meet mushy bases, including Hawaiian lamb, sweet with rosemary, spicy Malaysian shrimp and even full english breakfast.
The next technical step was Raisin Bread, which many viewers will be familiar with.
And for the Showstopper? Variations on the classic Smörgåstårta, a Swedish party cake constructed with layers of sliced bread, delicious fillings and flavorful decorations.
Ultimately, Janusz Domagala’s inventive take on fish and chips won over Paul (hilariously dubbed “The Priest of Yeast” by Matt) and Prue tonight, contributing to their decision to crown him Star Baker.
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“Hearing you’re a Star Baker is an out of this world feeling, you just can’t believe it!” the Polish native told the cameras.
Paul, meanwhile, had this to say: “Janusz is very artistic, almost [illusionary] in some of his pastries, and he’s definitely one to watch in the future!”
The Great British Bake Off broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. In the United States it is known as The great British pastry fairand streams on Netflix. Bake Off: an extra slicehosted by Tom Allen and Jo Brand, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.