It was all about patisserie in this week’s quarter finals of the Great British Bake Off, and what an exciting heat it was as we watched Flora, Ian, Nadiya, Paul and Tamal battle it out for a place in next week’s semi-finals by baking 24 horns, Mokatines and Religieuse a l'ancienne – three really difficult baking challenges.
This week the bakers started off by making 24 horns for the signature challenge, creating two different types of fillings, some resulting in soggy pastry and empty bottoms. Ian set himself a further challenge by creating two different types of pastry, one plain and one chocolate, which unfortunately separated as they cooled.
Mokatines were this week’s technical challenge and challenging they proved to be, especially for Paul who despite making them twice didn’t manage to get any rise in his cake. Nadia commented: 'I did actually see this in Mary Berry's recipe book. Did I read it? No. I thought, 'Well, I'm not going to make that, that's really fiddly'.'
The show-stopper was Religieuse a l'ancienne and Ian and Tamal both used a different reinforcing technique to create their three tier show-stoppers. Several didn’t defy the pull of gravity, Nadiya despite the fact the Paul and Mary didn’t like her choice of flavours, bubble gum and peppermint (which were slightly odd) was announced as being this week’s Star Baker, but it wasn't a very good week for Paul, so he was asked to leave the competition.
If you would like to have go at improving your baking skills why not check out the Masterclass section of the BBC website, packed full of baking tips http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023vp1d