The American Baking Competition Review

It was week four in the American Baking Competition.  We are down to only seven bakers.   This was my favorite of all weeks because it was all about Bread.   Host Paul Hollywood is known for his breads.  So I was excited to see and hear his recipes.

Bread is pretty finicky due to environmental factors and the quality of ingredients.   If you have ever made bread at home you know that sometimes the yeast rises and sometimes it doesn’t.   It is very easy to kill the yeast.  I have been there done that 🙂

Remember the bakers have to complete three bakes: signature bake (something they make at home all the time), technical challenge and the final show stopper bake.

Most of the bakers do really well in the signature bake although both Kolette and (surprisingly) Effie’s breads are under baked.  Effie is one of the stronger bakers in my opinion but it just goes to show you how finicky bread can be to make.

In the technical bake, they made soft pretzels!  If you read my blog you know that my family should have been on the panel for tasting the technical bake.   We LOVE pretzels!  What shocked me was that a couple of the bakers forgot what shape a pretzel is…really?  I see and make so many that it’s engraved in my head permanently.   A lot of the bakers had trouble with the boiling process too.   Many over boiled the pretzels but Darlene did a great job and won the technical bake.

The show stopper is, of course, croissants! Laminated dough is pretty time-consuming, so they get two hours one day and three hours the next. They fold and fold and fold dough into the darkness, each of them waxing poetic about their fate thanks to how they did on the previous challenges.  Elaine (who has been star baker two weeks in a row) put her dough in the freezer instead of the fridge, which might be disaster. Kolette put in twice as much butter for her dough, and the croissants become an oozy mess.  At this point I know Kolette is going home and she did.   Darlene won Star Baker for the week because she did so well on all three challenges.

Is anyone else getting annoyed with Brian?  He definitely is my least favorite on the show.  Why you ask?

Brian complains about the mixer bowl (a gorgeous glass KichenAid bowl, by the way) and then in his home interview tells us how great he is at exercising. Then he goes a step further by trying to appeal to the judges for Star Baker.   He thinks all of bakes are the best and truthfully nothing he has made has really appealed to me.

Who’s your favorite baker?  Who do you think the final two will be?  Did you know that American Baking Competition won its time period last night with 5.8 million viewers

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