We have hit the final at the Bake Off tent! The uncomfortable feeling of ‘what am I going to watch when it finishes?’ is creeping upon us. We have seen some amazing bakes and some not so amazing bakes, but so far it has been a fun, nerve wrecking roller coaster and not just for the contestants. Through the many seasons of Bake Off there have been highs and lows from show stoppers to soggy bottoms but hidden in the dough, we have learnt many life lessons thanks to Bake Off. Here are a few of our relatable favourites.
Everybody makes mistakes
There has not been anyone in the Bake Off tent that has not made a mistake in one episode or another, no one has been perfect! Our favourite was when Mat (2015) used the oven instead of the freezer! An especially epic fail when you consider its his job to know the difference between hot and cold. Mat proved its okay to make mistakes and to always keep in mind someone will always be making a bigger one than you.
We all have moments of stupidity…
Especially when under stress. Watching contestants stare through the most intense window currently known to humans and then to realise, with 10 minutes left before judging, the oven was not switched on! This has to be the biggest rule of baking a switched on oven. Its disappointing and frustrating for all of us but it does make us feel that little bit better when we have our own ‘didn’t turn the oven on’ moments.
There is always a silver lining
Some of these bakers will walk up to the judges with their gateau leaking, questionably shaped biscuits and icing in everything but the bake, but baking goddess Mary Berry will always find something to be positive about. Even down to that little crumb resting on the side of the plate that is the perfect shade of brown. Best hide that soggy bottom though – Mary doesn’t like a soggy bottom.
When the food drops…
…after watching a baker breaking their back with their designs all drawn out, carefully moulding their dough with such intricacy and beautifully placing them on a baking tray. It’s incredible seeing their designs come to life. They finally feel mentally prepared for the next level and take the most intense step, lean down to open the oven door with dough still in hand, shakily bring the tray to the opening ready to cook their works of art into sweet sweet goodness, only for them to drop it! Somehow I can’t see the secret ingredient being carpet. It’s frustrating and annoying, especially for us, as we can see it happening from a mile off. However the contestants move on, pick up what they can salvage and carry on (Lets hope Paul doesn’t realise that delicate flavour is floor. We need to take a leaf out of their cookbook and keep motivated at what seems like the most disastrous of times.
Its okay to be a little nutty!
When it starts to get tough, losing the plot a little is okay, especially if it helps you to get through the tough times. We love that Val on this year’s Bake Off listens to her cakes sing, claiming that’s how she knows they are ready. Or when she is doing Zumba like dancing when she bakes for no reason other than being happy. If her aerobic exercise is really about cooling her cakes down, I can see classes for this popping up soon! A little bit of eccentricity does not harm anyone especially if it is as positive as Val’s.