Ready, set, bake!

The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens and has not disappointed. A bit like Stay in Touch, it’s the light relief we all needed.

Conscious that some of us are missing our chats the day after the night before, we put out a call out for a GBBO reviewer. Thankfully, Ian answered our plea.

Grab your cuppa and get up to date with Ian’s review. He’ll be back later in the week to summarise episode three. Warning: contains spoilers.


“Welcome to the Great British Bake Off!

“Unlike so many things in 2020, the ‘bake off’ is back and relatively unaffected by Covid-19. 

We started with 12 new bakers in week one: cake week. We welcomed Dave, Hermine, Laura, Linda, Loriea, Lottie, Mak, Marc, Mark, Peter, Rowan and Sura into our lives along with new host Matt Lucas (and his cheeky eating behaviours.)

This week had the usual mixture of ups and upside-down pineapple cakes, with spills and breaking sponge all over the place.

After a showstopper round with celebrity cakes that had everything from David Bowie to David Attenborough, we said congrats to ‘Star Baker’ Peter for his Chris Hoy cake and goodbye to Loriea along with any likeness to most of the people the bakers were meant to be baking.

In week two, it was floren-time for biscuits. The remaining 11 made a great batch of the classic biscuit and saw this series’ first highly sort after ‘Hollywood Handshake’ going to Lottie. She then threatened to not wash her hand again, which in a cooking show is not hygienic at all.

Unlike so many things in 2020, the ‘bake off’ is back and relatively unaffected by Covid-19. 

We started with 12 new bakers in week one: cake week. We welcomed Dave, Hermine, Laura, Linda, Loriea, Lottie, Mak, Marc, Mark, Peter, Rowan and Sura into our lives along with new host Matt Lucas (and his cheeky eating behaviours.)

This week had the usual mixture of ups and upside-down pineapple cakes, with spills and breaking sponge all over the place. After a showstopper round with celebrity cakes that had everything from David Bowie to David Attenborough, we said congrats to ‘Star Baker’ Peter for his Chris Hoy cake and goodbye to Loriea along with any likeness to most of the people the bakers were meant to be baking.

In week two, it was floren-time for biscuits. The remaining 11 made a great batch of the classic biscuit and saw this series’ first highly sort after ‘Hollywood Handshake’ going to Lottie. She then threatened to not wash her hand again, which in a cooking show is not hygienic at all.

Anyway, enough macarooning around, the technical pushed people to their limits this week with coconut treats. However, Dave came out on top and led us to the biscuit tabletop showstopper.

It’s only week two, but my word the bakers made some fantastic biscuit art. Plates, cups, toast, haggis, Viking boats, it had it all. Dave took ‘Star Baker’ after a great biscuit bowl and we said goodbye to Mak whose square design fell flat on the judges.

Next week it’s bread, a highlight of most series, as they are making Paul Hollywood’s speciality, but if week two is the standard then I cannot wait to get a loaf of them all.

See you all then!”